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    Somaly Mam, Anti-Trafficking Crusader Caught in a Scandal, Revives Her Cause

    by  • December 7, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Somaly Mam in 2010. Her anti-trafficking work has been hurt because of scandals sourced to questions about her life story. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITALY

    PHNOM PENH — Dueling depictions of Somaly Mam, the Cambodian activist who has campaigned against sex trafficking in her country and elsewhere, have splashed across large media outlets in the last six months. Mam, who contends she was a child prostitute, became a worldwide name when her story was written by The New York...

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    To Empower Women, Take a Cue From Rural Men in Maharashtra

    by  • November 24, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, India, Women's Issues • 
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    Girls learning to speak out, and boys to listen.PAMELA PHILIPOSE/WOMEN'S FEATURE SERVICE

    PUNE, India — They came at her with knives and other weapons so that they could disrupt her meetings and prove her ineffective. When Sangeeta Banne became the first woman to head a local government council in the state of Maharashtra she knew what she faced. The battle leading up to her election had...

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    The UN Exerts More Pressure on North Korea and Its Rights Record

    by  • November 18, 2014 • Asia, General Assembly, Human Rights • 
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    Michael Donald Kirby (Australia), Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, speaks to journalists following a Security Council meeting. On the right is Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia) and left is Sonja Biserko (Serbia).
17 April 2014

    The United Nations General Assembly’s human-rights committee denied Cuba’s attempt to stop efforts to send the North Korean leadership to trial in the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. The abuses include starvation, forced labor, executions, torture, rape and infanticide — committed mostly in the country’s political prison camps. Instead, the committee voted...

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    Why Indian Women Are Forced Into Risky Sterilizations

    by  • November 17, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, India, Women's Issues • 
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    A meeting of women in India. RAKESH SAHAI/ADB

    The tragic deaths of more than a dozen women in India recently, after being sterilized in assembly-line style by a doctor and his assistants eager to cash in on as many procedures as possible on a given day — at least 83 in a few hours in this case — are the symptom of...

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    Projecting Future Populations Requires Tracking the Past

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Cuba Libre in Havana. CHRISTOPHER MICHEL/CREATIVE COMMONS

    In politics it is often said: “While the future is known, it’s the past that keeps changing.” In demography, it’s exactly the opposite: while the past is known, it’s the future that keeps changing. That is simply because population’s fundamental building blocks — births, deaths and migrations — are not fixed but vary over...

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    Shadowy Militias Spread Terror in Rural Myanmar

    by  • October 7, 2014 • Asia, Governance, Myanmar, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 
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    Wirathu

    He is a young man whose name or exactly where he lives in the Burmese countryside cannot be published because he fears retribution when he returns to Myanmar from a visit to the United Nations headquarters. Speaking in English, learned from books and private tutors, he details the harsh treatment people away from major...

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    Lakhdar Brahimi: When Will the US Learn From Its Mistakes in the Middle East?

    by  • September 26, 2014 • Asia, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, US Foreign Relations • 
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    US Navy Super Hornets prepare to launch from  USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, to conduct strikes against the terrorist group ISIS in Syria, Sept. 22, 2014. ROBERT BURCK/US NAVY

    More than two decades of American naivety or misunderstanding of Arab and other regional societies, astonishingly poor planning and post-conflict miscalculations that undercut claims of success have left a deep mistrust and lack of confidence in the United States in the Middle East, in the view of the United Nations’ most experienced and savvy...

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    Women’s Feature Service: Mapping the Struggles of Feminism in India

    by  • September 1, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Pamela Phillipose

    Pamela Phillipose was editor of the Women’s Feature Service, the only syndicated news service in India with a gender perspective, for nearly six years, until she stepped down this year as editor in chief and director. She wore other hats for the publication as well, writing and photographing. The service began operating in India...

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    Khmer Rouge Leaders, Recently Sentenced to Life Imprisonment, Face New Genocide Charges

    by  • August 8, 2014 • Asia, International Justice • 
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    Nuon Chea

      The highest panel of judges on the joint United Nations-Cambodian government tribunal on crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime have cleared the way for a second trial of two top leaders of the Communist movement that devastated the country almost four decades ago. The new trial, completely separate from the earlier proceedings against...

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