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Human Rights Watch

From 2007 to 2012, over a quarter of a million non-citizens, including lawful permanent residents, were deported from the United States after a drug conviction. Many of these deportations involved minor offenses for possession or use. Immigrants who receive no sentence or relatively short criminal sentences can spend months in immigration detention with no opportunity to apply for bond.

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Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations. The UAE government has failed to adequately protect female domestic workers from abuse by employers and recruiters.

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The Cambodian government is failing to protect garment workers who are producing for international apparel brands from serious labor rights abuses. The predominantly women workers often experience forced overtime, pregnancy-based discrimination, and anti-union practices.

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LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed.

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Nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they may face violence and neglect. Russia should stop abuse of children with disabilities in state care, and prioritize support for children with disabilities to live with their families or other family-based care, rather than in institutions.

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Young people are held in solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the United States, often for weeks or months at a time. The isolation of solitary confinement causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers.

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Transgender women in Malaysia have filed a groundbreaking court case challenging a law that prohibits them from expressing their gender identity. On May 22, 2014, the Putrajaya Court of Appeal is expected to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws.

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The government of South Sudan should increase efforts to protect girls from child marriage. The country's widespread child marriage exacerbates South Sudan's pronounced gender gaps in school enrollment, contributes to soaring maternal mortality rates, and violates the right of girls to be free from violence, and to marry only when they are able and willing to give their free consent.

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