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Egypt: Take Concrete Action to Stop Sexual Harassment, Assault

Egypt: Take Concrete Action to Stop Sexual Harassment, Assault

🕔16:08, 16.Jun 2014

(Beirut) – Egyptian authorities should act quickly to combat all forms of violence and harassment against women, Human Rights Watch said today. After a spate of sexual assaults during post-election celebrations, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told the prime minister Ibrahim

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Global Summit Spotlights Rape in War

Global Summit Spotlights Rape in War

🕔06:53, 9.Jun 2014

(London) – The London Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict is a landmark opportunity to strengthen global efforts to end rape in war, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should use the summit, from June 10 to June 13,

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Spain: Abortion Bill Violates Rights

Spain: Abortion Bill Violates Rights

🕔09:50, 13.May 2014

(Madrid) – The Spanish government should protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion by scrapping draft legislation that would ban abortion with only severely limited exceptions, according to a letter sent on May 9, 2014, to Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón by

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Netflix to Show Human Rights Film

🕔07:09, 11.May 2014

(New York) – The ambitious distribution agreement for the new documentary E-TEAM, profiling four Human Rights Watch researchers, will bring critical human rights issues to a broad new audience, Human Rights Watch said today. The Associated Press reported on May

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Q&A: The Plight of the UK’s Migrant Domestic Workers

🕔03:01, 2.May 2014

Wealthy families who come to the UK may bring with them domestic workers who work for them in their home country – often women who raise their children, clean their homes and cook their meals. In a move to cut

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Tunisia: Landmark Action on Women’s Rights

🕔07:59, 1.May 2014

(Tunis) – Tunisia has officially lifted key reservations to the international women’s treaty, an important step toward realizing gender equality, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunisian government should next ensure that all domestic laws conform to international standards and eliminate all

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Malaysia: Obama Should Speak Loudly on Rights

🕔01:59, 24.Apr 2014

(Washington, DC) – US President Barack Obama should use his historic visit to Malaysia on April 26-27, 2014, to speak directly to concerns about the country’s deteriorating human rights situation, Human Rights Watch said today. Obama will be the first US president

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Bangladesh: Rana Plaza Victims Urgently Need Assistance

🕔02:13, 23.Apr 2014

(Bangkok) – Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, Human Rights Watch said today. International companies that sourced garments from five factories operating in the Rana Plaza

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Europe Treaty on Violence Against Women to Take Effect

🕔01:54, 23.Apr 2014

(Berlin) – A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014.

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Saudi Arabia jails lawyer and human rights activist in ongoing crackdown on dissent

🕔12:47, 17.Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia must immediately release prominent human rights activist and lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who was arrested following his fifth hearing at the Specialized Criminal Court on Tuesday and taken to al-Ha’ir prison without an explanation, said Amnesty International. Waleed

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Israel: Lift ‘ludicrous’ restrictions on whistleblower Vanunu decade after release

🕔12:45, 17.Apr 2014

Ten years after serving a full sentence for his revelations to the press about Israel’s nuclear weapons programme, Mordechai Vanunu still faces severe restrictions that arbitrarily infringe on his freedom of movement, expression and association, said Amnesty International. The former

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US: Hope for Sexual Assault Survivors in DC

🕔04:20, 12.Apr 2014

(Washington, DC) – A bill making its way through the DC Council would be a significant step toward improving police response to sexual assault in the District of Columbia. The DC Council unanimously approved the bill, which adopts recommendations Human

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Unchecked surveillance shows Colombian government ignoring history and human rights

🕔02:57, 9.Apr 2014

Last February, the Colombian media revealed that the country’s intelligence service carried out widespread surveillance of key NGOs, journalists, and leftist politicians, including their own governmental team responsible for negotiating a peace agreement with the Colombian guerilla. The Colombian operation,

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Sri Lankan government amplifies its ‘dirty tactics’ during UN session

🕔09:09, 8.Apr 2014

The Sri Lankan government’s ongoing dirty tactics to silence and smear dissidents are a brazen attempt to deflect criticism as the country faces fresh scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Amnesty International said today. The Council

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Dispatches: Italy Takes a Step Back from Criminalizing Irregular Migrants

Dispatches: Italy Takes a Step Back from Criminalizing Irregular Migrants

🕔03:05, 5.Apr 2014

Italy sent an important message yesterday  - undocumented migrants aren’t criminals. The lower house of Italy’s parliament agreed with the Senate to abolish the crime of entering or staying in the country without a permit.  The law dated back to

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Thailand: Southern Separatists Target Women

🕔03:01, 5.Apr 2014

(New York) – Separatist groups in Thailand’s southern border provinces have killed at least five Thai Buddhist women, mutilating three of their bodies, since February 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The insurgents should immediately end their attacks targeting civilians, which

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Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

🕔11:51, 1.Apr 2014

Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in itsannual review of the death penalty worldwide. Alarming levels

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UK: Migrant Domestic Workers Face Serious Abuse

UK: Migrant Domestic Workers Face Serious Abuse

🕔05:59, 1.Apr 2014

(London) – Migrant domestic workers accompanying their employers to the United Kingdom are being subjected to serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UK government is doing far too little to protect vulnerable workers,

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Human Rights Council: states must reject proposed amendments to resolution on peaceful protest

🕔02:31, 31.Mar 2014

ARTICLE 19 together with 15 other leading international human rights organisations has called on Member States of the Human Rights Council to reject amendments, proposed by South Africa and a group of “like minded States”, to weaken a resolution on promoting

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Empty victory

🕔02:20, 31.Mar 2014

International Women’s Day: a celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women. Dating over a century back, this day esteems women for their social, political, and economic achievements. Names the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst (fighter for Women’s Suffrage), Evita Peron (founder of the Female

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Pakistan:Slavery on capital’s doorstep

🕔02:15, 31.Mar 2014

ISLAMABAD: Sajid Hussain, 24, has not visited his home in the Bahawalpur district after he started working in a brick kiln in the Losar village near Rawat about three years back. Hussain misses his family but it is impossible for

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Pakistan:In most cases, acid attackers go scot-free

🕔06:39, 29.Mar 2014

ISLAMABAD: Victims of acid attacks have had fewer reasons to smile especially when they are denied justice. The Ministry for Law, Justice and Human Rights told the National Assembly on Friday that most of the offenders in the 290 cases

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Pakistan:Women activists, religious parties differ on domestic violence

🕔06:35, 29.Mar 2014

PESHAWAR: Women rights activists and female members of the provincial assembly from a religio-political party seemed to be at odds over the definition of domestic violence during a consultation in the capital city on Friday on lacunae in a bill

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Saudi Arabia: Obama, on Visit, Should Raise Rights

🕔19:00, 28.Mar 2014

(Beirut) – President Barack Obama should raise human rights issues during his visit to Saudi Arabia on March 28-30, 2014. His visit comes as Saudi authorities are clamping down on civil society activists and peaceful dissidents, and have arrested and deported at

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Whether Princesses or Paupers, Long Road to Saudi Women’s Rights

🕔18:50, 28.Mar 2014

Despite small reforms, Saudi women are still not treated as full legal adults   MARCH 28, 2014 Author(s): Rothna Begum and Adam Coogle Published in: Independent   When the story broke earlier this month of four Saudi princesses allegedly confined to their Jeddah home

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UN: Rights Council Records in Spotlight at ‘Votes Count’

🕔13:42, 26.Mar 2014

(Geneva) – A new website, “Votes Count,” will shed much needed light on how member countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council respond to serious violations of human rights across the globe. The website will compile, analyze and expose

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Egyptian fights for women's equality

Egyptian fights for women's equality

🕔05:40, 22.Mar 2014

UNITED NATIONS: A year ago, Egyptian politician and women’s rights activist Mervat Tallawy defied the Muslim Brotherhood to spearhead the adoption of a UN blueprint to combat violence against women. Now she’s back campaigning against conservatives to ensure that equality

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Human Rights Secretariat in Brazil proposes actions to increase the safety of journalists

🕔05:06, 22.Mar 2014

On the afternoon of 11 March 2014, the Chief of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency (Secretaria de Direitos Humanos da Presidência da República, or SDH), Maria do Rosário, made proposals to increase the safety of journalists. The recommendations

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Swaziland: Human rights lawyer and journalist charged with contempt of court

Swaziland: Human rights lawyer and journalist charged with contempt of court

🕔07:49, 21.Mar 2014

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the arrest, detention and unconstitutional closed hearing of prominent human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and Nation magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland. Maseko, a senior member of Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland, was arrested

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The trivialization of rape in Pakistan

🕔05:21, 20.Mar 2014

Last Thursday afternoon, while walking in the park I overheard two men discussing the rape case which is currently making headlines in the media. This was before the victim’s death. Both of these individuals appeared to be educated and in their early

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