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Judicial commissions of inquiry highlighted police use of excessive force, including unlawful killings, and failures in delivery of services to poor communities. Incidents of property destruction and displacement of refugees and asylum-seekers continued to occur. Access to treatment for people living with HIV continued to expand and HIV treatment interventions for pregnant women contributed to a decline in maternal deaths. However, key discriminatory barriers continued to delay women and girls' access to antenatal care. Progress was made in addressing hate crimes based on the victims’ sexual orientation or gender identity. Human rights defenders faced intimidation and threats.

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