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The Former Child Bride Who Is Using Her Story To Liberate Afghan Women

The Former Child Bride Who Is Using Her Story To Liberate Afghan Women

When Zahra Yaganah was a child, her mother beat her three times. Once for dropping a tray of glasses. Twice for allowing the food to burn because she was so absorbed reading Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Yaganah was 11, and already bookish. Growing up as an Afghan refugee in Iran, she learned from her mother […]

Anger And Anxiety Over Sexual Violence At The Pamplona Bull Run

Anger And Anxiety Over Sexual Violence At The Pamplona Bull Run

High above the shops peddling red neckerchiefs, tourist tat and seductive deals on alcohol, above the bobbing, sometimes throbbing, heads of visitors and locals, the walls and balconies of Pamplona betray a voluble, angry mood. Between the Basque flags and the potted plants, banners spell out variations on the theme that has once again overshadowed […]

El Salvador Abortion Law Change Could Leave Women Facing 50 Years In Jail

El Salvador Abortion Law Change Could Leave Women Facing 50 Years In Jail

El Salvador already has some of the most draconian anti-abortion laws in the world, but they could become even stricter if Congress adopts an opposition proposal to imprison women for up to 50 years if they terminate a pregnancy. The Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) has submitted a motion to reform article 133 of the penal […]

The Next Boko Haram? Nigerian Attacks Raise Fears Of New ‘Terror’ Threat

The Next Boko Haram? Nigerian Attacks Raise Fears Of New ‘Terror’ Threat

More than 80 people are thought to have been killed in a series of brutal attacks in Benue State in central Nigeria, which locals say were perpetrated by groups of nomadic herdsmen. Although northern herdsmen have fought with locals over land and grazing rights for decades, what was a low-level conflict has recently spiralled into […]

Dallas Police Face Fresh Threats Amid Renewed Protests Across America

Dallas Police Face Fresh Threats Amid Renewed Protests Across America

Dallas police searched in vain for a suspicious man spotted in its headquarters on Saturday evening amid fresh threats to the city’s officers and renewed anti-police violence protests across the country. Amid heightened security in Dallas, Swat team officers and dog units scoured a multi-level parking garage connected to the police force’s building. An explosive […]

Dallas Shooting Suspect Stated He Wanted To ‘Kill White Officers’

Dallas Shooting Suspect Stated He Wanted To ‘Kill White Officers’

Desperate pleas for unity and calm reverberated around the US after five police officers were killed and seven injured when at least one sniper opened fire on a peaceful protest in Dallas, telling police he wanted to kill white officers. The shooter, 25-year-old Micah Johnson, an army reservist who served in Afghanistan, was killed after […]

China To Release Human Rights Worker Zhao Wei On Bail After A Year Of Detention

China To Release Human Rights Worker Zhao Wei On Bail After A Year Of Detention

Almost a year to the day after she was seized from her Beijing home and spirited into secret detention, Chinese police say they have released a young legal assistant on bail. Zhao Wei, 24, was taken into custody on 10 July 2015, on the second day of what activists have described as an unprecedented government […]

Kim Jong-un Placed On Sanctions Blacklist For The First Time By US

Kim Jong-un Placed On Sanctions Blacklist For The First Time By US

The United States has placed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on its sanctions blacklist for the first time, saying he was directly responsible for a long list of serious human rights abuses. US officials said Kim and 10 other top officials also blacklisted were behind widespread abuses including extrajudicial killings, forced labor and torture in […]

UN Inquiry Panel Welcomes Strong Resolution On Human Rights in Eritrea

UN Inquiry Panel Welcomes Strong Resolution On Human Rights in Eritrea

A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry panel today welcomed a resolution that brings justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years “a step closer” to being realized. The resolution, passed without a vote by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the final day of […]

Myanmar Human Rights Group ‘Forced’ To Cancel Launch Of Report On Army Torture

Myanmar Human Rights Group ‘Forced’ To Cancel Launch Of Report On Army Torture

A Myanmar rights group has claimed it had to cancel the public launch of a report on alleged army torture and war crimes after two hotels backed down from agreeing to host the event. The Ta’ang Women’s Organisation (TWO) blamed the regional government for forcing the the hotels in Yangon, the former capital – also […]