August 14, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Two senior UN officials on Wednesday strongly condemned sexual violence by Islamic State (IS) militants against minorities in areas under their control. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq ...[read more]
May 8, 2014
by Addison Morris
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report detailing the crimes against humanity that have been fueled by South Sudan's conflict. The report, entitled "Nowhere Safe: Civilians Under Attack in South Sudan," documents the ethnically-motivated violence that has led to the targeted ...[read more]
May 5, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A military court for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday convicted two of 39 soldiers charged with raping more than 130 women in the province of South Kivu. Another 24 soldiers were convicted of looting. Sources indicate that rape convictions are extremely rare in the DRC and that ...[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 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
The chief investigator from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Thursday appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The call to act came as a result ...[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 10, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNJHRO) released a report Wednesday detailing widespread sexual violence committed by government forces and rebel groups between January 2010 and December 2013 in the DRC. According to the report the UNJHRO documented 3,635 ...[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 14, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Somali government on Thursday to adopt reforms to help prevent sexual violence against women and provide support for victims. HRW released a report, "Here, Rape is Normal" , with instructions for the government to establish a strategy to reduce sexual violence ...[read more]
February 9, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN and the African Union (AU) have signed a joint agreement on the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in Africa. The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, signed the document with Ambassador Smail Chergui of Algeria, Commissioner for Peace and ...[read more]

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