November 21, 2014
by Vanessa Griffith
Human rights violations committed by IS continue to escalate throughout 2014, raising concern in the international community. Critics state, Armed operations and insurgency tactics are bound to produce casualties; it is when the perpetrators of these actions do not execute certain precautions to ...[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]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child on Wednesday released a joint recommendation on the obligations of states towards the prevention and elimination of the harmful practices inflicted upon women and girls. This ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Saudi Arabian rights activists on Saturday said that authorities had arrested Suad al-Shamari, a prominent women's rights advocate, for insulting Islam. The arrest, they said, was part of an effort to eliminate dissent. Suad al-Shamari is a founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, a liberal human ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Militant group Boko Haram has forced kidnapped women and girls to marry their captors and begun using them for military tactical purposes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW interviewed 30 individuals who were abducted by the group between April 2013 and April 2014 and 16 others who saw ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice earlier this month, claiming that ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Jenna Decker
Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes for the current ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]

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