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  • Bangladesh: Failing response to arsenic in drinking water

    complicityNew research from Human Rights Watch shows that drinking water supplies in rural areas are widely contaminated with naturally occurring arsenic, affecting some 20 million people. An estimated 43,000 Bangladeshis die each year from arsenic-induced illnesses like cancer, cardiovascular disease and lung disease.
     
  • A Missed Opportunity to End the War on Drugs

    drugaddictionIn a blog on the Human Rights Watch website, Diederik Lohman of the Health and Human Rights Division expresses his disappointment with the outcomes of the United Nations summit on drugs. He wrote: "While there are signs many countries are stepping back from the destructive 'war on drugs' approach to drugs, it’s hard not to conclude that overall the meeting was a missed opportunity."