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Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN officials on Friday called for [press release] an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder], including the medicalization of the practice. Officials were reminded of the reality of the "deeply harmful" nature of the practice on February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Jan 2015
by Anjelica Violi of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Anjelica Violi, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses the education of men and boys on female equality ...In the last six months the UN has gained newfound attention with its strong efforts to perpetuate the education of males on female equality and human rights. This … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Thursday praised [speech text] the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] stating that "[e]nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday called for intensive efforts [press release] to address the issue of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], calling the practice a form of gender-based discrimination that violated the right … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Malawi to put an end to the practice of child and forced marriage in a report [text, PDF] released on Thursday. The report was compiled based on interviews with 80 girls and women in six districts in southern and central Malawi. … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN officials on Wednesday called for an end to female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a practice that still threatens millions of girls worldwide. A statement [text] from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin [official profile], Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) [official website], called … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Participants of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) [official website] hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) [official website] declared Sunday that gender equality and reproductive health are indispensable to sustainable development. Ministers and senior officials from 47 countries adopted … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Female genital mutilation/cutting [WHO backgrounder; JURIST news archive] (FGM/C) is on the decline around the world [press release], according to a comprehensive new report [text, PDF] released Monday by UNICEF [official website]. FGM/C refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 did not contain a provision for reproductive rights, but the United Nations approved the Proclamation of Teheran in 1968 at the World Conference for Human Rights, which defined reproductive rights as human rights. The UN also included full access to reproductive health … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Monday commended the Netherlands for advocating the rule of law and international justice. Speaking at The Hague [official website] during a press conference held jointly with the Dutch foreign minister, Ban emphasized the value in solidifying the relationship between the UN and … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official websites] said Wednesday that significant progress has been made in ending the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] but called upon the international community to do more to end the practice [press release]. UNICEF estimates … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Population Fund (UNPF) [official website] annual report [text, PDF] released Wednesday highlights family planning as an essential human right that has positive effects on economic development. The "State of World Population 2012" report details the reasoning for considering contraception a human right, the benefits of access to … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UN released its annual report [text, PDF] Monday on trends in female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder; JURIST news archive], revealing that approximately 2,000 African communities have renounced the practice since last year [JURIST report]. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official websites] … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday sent a report [text, in PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website] accusing Sri Lankan troops of killing tens of thousands of civilians during clashes with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] UN rights experts called Monday for all global communities to participate in the effort to end [press release] female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The statement, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Genital Mutilation and Cutting, encourages abandonment of the practice that has long-term … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The UN-backed Global Migration Group (GMG) [official website] released a report [PDF text; UNFPA report] Friday asserting that nations have a duty to protect the human rights of migrants even while exercising their sovereign power because it increases their ability to contribute to the development of their destination countries. … [read more]

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