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Excessive Use of Force: Tear Gas and Bird Shot in Panama


The promulgation in June of controversial Law 30, which weakens unions and potentially limits the right to strike in Panama, triggered mass protests leaving several dead and scores wounded. According to eyewitness accounts, the Panamanian government reportedly sent in 300 National Police to disband several thousand peaceful demonstrators among Bocas Fruit Company union members in Changuinola (Bocas del Toro province) on 8 July 2010.

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With Liberty and Justice for All?: The US Must Ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities


Twenty years after the groundbreaking passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there has been great progress. Wheelchair-friendly ramps improve access to public buildings, public schools serve many more children with disabilities and many workplaces now accommodate physically and mentally disabled employees.

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Why Physicians for Human Rights Endorses the Vienna Declaration


The International AIDS Conference is taking place this week in Vienna, Austria. The theme of the Conference is "Rights Here, Right Now," and a major focus is on the exploding epidemic in nearby Eastern Europe fueled by injecting drug use.

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Impact of Landmines on Burma's children


Fourteen-year-old Kyan Khen* unwittingly triggered a landmine that took his left leg, and severely injured his right, while tending to his four buffalo in a rice field just across the Burmese border in Karen state in October 2009.

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Available Now: Global Fund Round 10 Toolkit on Health Systems Strengthening


The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria launched its Round 10 call for proposals on May 20. Round 10 gives countries around the world another opportunity to utilize the Global Fund to support health systems strengthening (HSS) and build health systems that can tackle AIDS, TB, and malaria, as well as provide better overall healthcare for all.

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