• Human Rights

    French Military Covered Up Sex Abuses by Its Soldiers in Central Africa, a French Journal Says

    by  • July 14, 2015 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights • 
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    French soldiers at the checkpoint of their base in Bangui

    Alleged rapes by French soldiers of boys in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014 were actually known by French officers in Bangui, the capital, as the sexual abuses occurred, says a new investigative report published by Mediapart, a well-respected independent French journal in Paris. The article, written in French and...

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    Tunisian Women Feel Their Rights Eroding

    by  • July 9, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    A market in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, where women say their rights are eroding. JOHANNA HIGGS

    TUNIS — Tunisia has possessed the rare reputation of being progressive in gender equality in the Middle East-North African region. Yet with the rise of an Islamist political party in Tunisia after its relatively placid revolution in 2011, the question is, how have women fared in the post-Arab spring landscape? In Tunis, the cosmopolitan...

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    Pursuing Justice for Peruvian Women Forcibly Sterilized Under Fujimori’s Rule

    by  • May 5, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, LGBT, US Foreign Relations, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    A Quecha-speaking woman in the highlands of Peru. RHONA SCULLION

    LIMA, Peru — Despite making great economic strides in recent years, Peru has a violent history that remains relatively fresh for many people here. Starting around 1980 and lasting until 2000, the country was rocked by an internal armed conflict between the Peruvian army and various guerilla groups, most notably the Shining Path. Atrocity...

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    More Questions Than Answers About Europe’s Plan to End Migrant Smuggling

    by  • May 11, 2015 • Africa, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Security Council • 
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    A transit point for human smugglers in Agadez, Niger. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

    Will the European Union go ahead and militarily dismantle migrant smugglers’ networks operating in Libya without authorization from the United Nations Security Council and resistance to the plan from Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general? Federica Mogherini, the head of foreign affairs and security of the European Commission and a former Italian foreign minister, made...

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    Hungarian Women Perceive Threats From Intensifying Patriarchy

    by  • April 30, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Judit Wirth

    BUDAPEST — Judit Wirth is one of the originators of Nane, Women’s Rights Organization, a nonprofit group in this capital city banked on the Danube. Established in 1994, the charity’s first service was to set up a hotline run by trained volunteers for women and children exposed to violence. Nane then set up an...

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    The Controversial Cambodian-Australian Refugee Deal Hits Snags

    by  • April 21, 2015 • Asia, Human Rights, Myanmar, Refugees, UN Agencies • 
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    A Montagnard

    PHNOM PENH — A controversial $40 million deal signed between the Australian and Cambodian governments last September to resettle about 1,000 refugees from detention centers on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to Cambodia was the first time two ratifying states of the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees agreed to transfer their...

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    The Woman Behind Brazil’s Law Against Domestic Violence

    by  • April 8, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes, the Brazilian advocate whose husband tried to kill her twice.

    FORTALEZA, Brazil — Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes was fast asleep when her husband shot her and left her a paraplegic. Four months later, he made another attempt on her life by trying to electrocute her. Maria survived yet again. In thousands of homes across Brazil, women like her are subjected to extreme abuse...

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    The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

    by  • March 20, 2015 • General Assembly, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    For all its words about human rights and women’s issues, the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions. These women generally work in challenging circumstances, and their hard-won victories, by their own accounts,...

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    In Eastern Ukraine, Questions Abound Regarding Violence Against Women

    by  • March 10, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    A recent cease-fire seems to be holding in eastern Ukraine, promising relative relief in the region from the incessant, percussive beat of heavy artillery from Howitzers, tanks and rocket launchers with a backbeat provided by Kalashnikov AK-74s. Fighting in Ukraine’s civil war has kept people in the embattled zones on a razor’s edge since...

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    Rising Attacks and Cultural Obstacles Denying Education for Girls

    by  • February 13, 2015 • Education, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Schoolgirls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, who have benefited from a British government program providing monthly stipends of about $1 to keep the girls in school. VICKI FRANCIS/DIFD

    In the few months remaining before a new set of development goals are set to be adopted in the United Nations to replace the Millennium Development Goals, specialists in many fields will be drilling down into why some of those MDGs have fallen short — sometimes far short — of their aspirations, especially in...

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