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Brazil’s Zika Epidemic Undercovers Human Rights Issues Unaimed 

Brazil’s Zika Epidemic Undercovers Human Rights Issues

São Paulo (HRW) – Brazil has not addressed longstanding human rights problems that allowed the Zika outbreak to escalate, leaving the population vulnerable to future outbreaks and other serious public health risks, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government declared an end to the national public health emergency related to the Zika virus in May 2017, but the Zika threat in Brazil remains. The 103-page report, “Neglected and Unprotected: The Impact of the Zika Outbreak on Women and Girls in Northeastern Brazil,” documents gaps in the Brazilian authorities’ response that have a harmful impact on women and girls and leave Read More

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Conscious Threads: Labor Activists Demand Transparency in Clothing & Shoe Industry Activism Environment Featured 

Conscious Threads: Labor Activists Demand Transparency in Clothing & Shoe Industry

London (Human Rights Watch) – More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said in a joint report issued today. The pledge commits companies to publish information that will enable advocates, workers, and consumers to find out where their products are made. The 40-page report, “Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry,” comes just ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse disaster in Bangladesh. It calls Read More

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ACA, Planned Parenthood Under Attack Again Activism Women 

ACA, Planned Parenthood Under Attack Again

Washington (Human Rights Watch) – Congressional efforts to draft a new version of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act may be just as threatening to women across the United States as the previous Republican-sponsored bill, Human Rights Watch said today, based on media reports that members of Congress have started new rounds of health care discussions. Human Rights Watch published the accounts of several women who described their reliance on services that they received under the Affordable Care Act and that they would probably lose under proposals being discussed by House Republicans. “I am terrified that Congress will Read More

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