February 24, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo made her her first appearance before a domestic court Monday, questioning charges against her. Gbagbo is on trial for her role in the violence following the disputed 2010 election between her husband, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. Ouattara was ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UK High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a claim that procedural regulations, known as CLA(P) Regulation 33, unlawfully restrict domestic violence victims' access to legal aid. Under the regulations, domestic violence victims seeking to obtain legal aid must first provide specific types ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said the Ivory Coast must hand over Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo, to stand trial in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity. The ICC judges rejected the Ivory Coast's challenge to the admissibility ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Wednesday reported that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Lebanon's parliament passed a law on Tuesday criminalizing domestic violence. The new law comes after a long campaign by woman's rights groups triggered by the death of multiple woman allegedly from abuse by their husbands. Such domestic violence sparked large-scale protests through the streets of ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Malawi to put an end to the practice of child and forced marriage in a report released on Thursday. The report was compiled based on interviews with 80 girls and women in six districts in southern and central Malawi. The report details how child marriage exposes ...[read more]
February 17, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law expressly prohibits "relatives" from ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday encouraged Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities from speaking ...[read more]

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