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    A Nepali Gay Rights Activist Achieves the Impossible

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Human Rights • 

    Sunil Pant in the Gai Jatra Festival in 2011 (In Chitwan, Nepal)

    The name Sunil Babu Pant is synonymous with gay rights in Nepal. Over the last two decades, Pant has been seen rallying on the streets of Kathmandu, the capital, distributing condoms to people in the gay community and recently making laws as a parliamentarian in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly. Under his watch, homosexuality was legalized in [...]

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    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments and [...]

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    Iraqi Women, Insisting on Their Innocence, Dealt Severe Rights Abuses

    by  • February 26, 2014 • Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 

    Woman on Iraq street

    There can be no other region in the world now as broad as the swath of Middle Eastern and North African nations where so many women are living in violence, extreme vulnerability and a corrosive foreboding about their future. These deprivations are occurring from Tunisia or Egypt — where women struggle to keep the legal [...]

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    Mexico Rising: Advances in Women’s Health and Rights

    by  • February 6, 2014 • Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 

    International Women's Day in Mexico City

      When the latest list of 20 top donors to UN Women appeared last year, there was only one country outside the richer nations of the world among them: Mexico. The Mexican commitment to the women’s agency reflects the strides that the country has made in promoting women’s rights in recent years, powered by government [...]

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    A Rape Accusation in Northern Mali and the UN’s Awkward Response

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    A woman in Gao after the French attack in January 2013.

    Now that Gao, a remote but critical outpost in northern Mali, has become a hub of military personnel — Mali Army, French troops and UN peacekeepers — to fend off terrorist incursions, it is also a simmering spot for sexual assaults and intimidation of women who live there. These acts are committed in the shadows [...]

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    Nigeria Attracts Latest Criticism for Anti-Gay Laws

    by  • January 15, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights • 

    Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria

    In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS, the organization called AIDS-Free World wants answers to questions about how the UN will deal with Nigeria after the adoption of a sweeping law broadening the criminalization of  homosexuality. Nigeria has the second-largest number of people globally [...]

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    Indian Ban on Gay Sex Draws UN Human Rights Rebuke

    by  • December 13, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights • 

    Gay pride parade, Bangalore

    An unexpected Indian Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 11 upholding a law that criminalizes same-sex relationships drew a swift rebuke within 24 hours from Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who called it a violation of international rights. The Indian court decision came barely a day after international Human Rights Day. [...]

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    New Human Rights Council Members Include China and Saudi Arabia

    by  • November 12, 2013 • General Assembly, Human Rights • 

    Human Rights Council vote 2013

    The United Nations General Assembly has elected 14 new members to three-year terms on the 45-member Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. The new countries to serve on the council, starting on Jan. 1, 2014, are Algeria, Britain, China, Cuba, France, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Vietnam. [...]

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    Will Afghan Women Survive in 2014? A UN Expert Relays the Fears

    by  • October 29, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    Georgette Gagnon of UNAMA

    LONDON — Georgette Gagnon’s job in Afghanistan as the country representative for the United Nations high commissioner for human rights may sound like an impossible mission, given the country’s notorious instability and flagrant abuse of women’s rights. Yet it is not so much the pending Western troop withdrawal in 2014 that unnerves Afghan women, in [...]

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    Schoolgirls Forced to Take ‘Pregnancy Tests’ in Tanzania

    by  • October 6, 2013 • Africa, Education, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    Chika, Tanzanian schoolgirl

    As reports of the scale and brutality of rape in India emerged in the last year, a secondary practice was also exposed: the high incidence of “virginity tests” by police investigators that doubled the abuse of victims seeking redress. Now, a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights has directed attention to another, not [...]

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