April 7, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Afghanistan women's rights activists are facing increased violence and a lack of governmental support, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report published Tuesday. According to AI, female activists face threats, sexual assault, killing of family members, grenade attacks on homes and ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Wednesday urged Tanzania to enforce its international obligations to prevent discrimination against women. The call comes after two women brought suit arguing that customary laws enforced in their communities contravened ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Peter Snyder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein reported Wednesday that retreating Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have been murdering woman and girls previously taken captive by the group. Before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, the commissioner relayed reports "that ...[read more]
March 28, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday expressed concern over civilian casualties resulting from Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The airstrikes that occurred on March 26th killed between eleven and 34 civilians, including at least two women and two children. HRW reported an ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an end to modern slavery during remarks at the unveiling of The Ark of Return, Memorial to the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He stated that the memorial will commemorate the millions of victims of the transatlantic slave trade. He ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The actions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys in the Ninewa plains last August. The men over ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Chilean lawmakers are considering a bill introduced on Tuesday to legalize abortions under certain circumstances. Rights groups believe the bill, which allows women to receive an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life is at risk, the fetus will not survive pregnancy ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice warned on Friday that the progress made in achieving women's rights remains under continuous threat. They stressed that, "no country in the world has achieved full substantive equality of women." The Working ...[read more]

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