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The Citizen Access to Information in Vanuatu study was designed to assess the information needs and media and communication habits of Vanuatu citizens, and their attitudes towards development issues in order to help the development, media and policy community better understand community needs and optimise their citizen engagement strategies in Vanuatu.

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This 80-page report documents 28 cases of police abuse against members of the public since the start of 2007, and examines official investigations of police conduct in those instances. The cases include fatal and non-fatal shootings by the police; ill-treatment and excessive use of force by police against demonstrators; and ill-treatment during or following identity checks. Those who file complaints against the police often find themselves put on trial for having “forcibly resisted” the police.

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This guidebook builds on the achievements of women human rights defenders, including those attained in the framework of the three-year international campaign on women human rights defenders. By looking at the specific types of human rights violations affecting women defenders because of their gender, the guidebook enhances understanding and awareness of the challenges faced by women defenders and serves as a tool to advocate for protection, redress and compensation measures.

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The report reflects the growing body of analyses produced by the members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD International Coalition) since 2005. It demonstrates the evolution of our articulation of challenges to women human rights defenders (WHRDs), the source of these challenges and how best to respond to them. The use of 43 cases studies selected by WHRD International Coalition illuminate specific trends and experiences of WHRDs. The cases provide a vivid glimpse of the landscape in which WHRDs live and work.

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This 96-page report documents the coercive nature of manual scavenging. It is based on research Human Rights Watch conducted between November 2013 and July 2014 in the Indian states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. According to Government of India statistics, the states chosen have had the highest number of people engaged in manual scavenging. Over 135 interviews were conducted, including with women and men who currently or previously practiced manual scavenging, rights activists, trade union workers, lawyers, and government officials.

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Torture remains commonplace in Kazakhstan and the torturers are allowed to go free. The authorities of Kazakhstan have failed to hold the security forces accountable and to carry out an independent investigation into their abuses. It is time to change a culture that always ranks security above human rights. Reform is long overdue and real changes should be introduced as a matter of urgency. Victims of government abuses and their families are still waiting for justice.

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This paper explores the linkages between corruption, violence and poverty, identifies conceptual and practical limitations of top-down, technical approaches to combating corruption, articulates a bottom-up approach, and explores recent cases of civic action to curb corruption and win accountability. First presented at the International Peace Research Association Conference in July 2010 at Sydney, Australia.

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HURRICANE is the human rights abuse documentation initiative of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. It seeks to build leadership and capacity in immigrant communities and and to systematically track, document and seek redress for human rights abuses and rights violations committed against members of immigrant communities.

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