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    In Progressive South India, Threats of ‘Honor’ Killings Persist

    by  • July 23, 2014 • Asia, Honor Killings, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Honor killings ttkt. Here, women in New Delhi raise their voices against the deadly practice.

    CHENNAI, India — Ramya hails from a small village in a coastal district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Her parents gave her the best of education and continue to support her endeavors to do well in her career in the booming information technology industry in Chennai, the state capital. But every time...

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    Khmer Rouge Practiced Widespread Sexual Attacks on Minorities

    by  • June 11, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, International Justice, Women's Issues • 
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    Khmer Rouge cadre

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Until now, sexual violence against ethnic minorities during the Khmer Rouge era in this country went largely ignored. Now for the first time, the Cambodian Defenders Project, one of the oldest legal aid organizations here, has published first-person accounts of interviews with 105 men and women from ethnic Vietnamese, Khmer...

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    Meet Sapana Malla, a Diligent Pioneer of Women’s Rights in Nepal

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Asia, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 
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    Sapana Malla of Nepal

    As a lawyer, Sapana Pradhan Malla has pioneered women’s rights in Nepal, consistently advocating for equal inheritance, reproductive rights and women’s participation in politics. She has also been a politician herself, as a member Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, or parliament, from the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist Party, where she fought not only for equal rights...

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    UN Peacekeepers Heading to the Central African Republic by the Fall

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Child soldiers, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    SG Ban Ki-moon with IDPs at a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized yet another peacekeeping force for an African country, the Central African Republic, approving up to 12,000 military and police personnel who are not likely to arrive until mid-September. The goal of the force is broad, given the nation’s crippled affairs: restore law and order, protect civilians, provide...

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    India’s Election Begins, With Voters Numb to Nepotism and Corruption

    by  • April 9, 2014 • Asia, Governance • 
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    Indian election

    India opened the polls on April 7 for another of its uniquely epic elections. In nine stages of staggered voting that stretch into mid-May, allowing election officials, observers and law enforcement teams to move from place to place, 814 million voters are registered to cast ballots across a country one-third the size of the...

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    Poverty Stalks Eastern European and Central Asian Countries

    by  • March 11, 2014 • Asia, Poverty, World Bank • 
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    A family in Macedonia is making coffee using a Primus stove after a power outage

    The world’s most abjectly poor people are most often — too often, they say — illustrated by faces from South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, where numerically, the majority of the global poor live. A new interactive report from the World Bank moves the focus north, to eastern European countries and Central Asia, where scores of...

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