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News items on women's rights from around the world

Pope to Brazil bishops on eve of runoff election: Decriminalizing abortion betrays democracy

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has told Brazil's bishops to emphasize the church's opposition to abortion just days before the country holds runoff elections in which abortion has become a key issue.

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DRC bishop proposes anti-gay law

A Democratic Republic of Congo bishop and lawmaker said Monday he had put forward a bill that would make homosexuality a punishable offence, as being gay was an “abomination”.

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Saudi Arabian King urged to stop execution of Sri Lankan domestic worker

27 October 2010. Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian King to halt the execution of a young Sri Lankan woman who has lost her appeal against a death sentence for a murder committed when she says she was 17 years old.

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OHCHR seminar on traditional values and human rights

On Monday 4 October 2010 OHCHR organised a seminar on 'Traditional Values and Human Rights'.

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Dozens jailed for witchcraft in Malawi

Dozens of people in Malawi, most of them elderly women, have been jailed for up to six years with hard labour for practising witchcraft.

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URGENT ACTION - Gambia: Women's rights defenders Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissoho arrested and detained without charge

WLUML Statement on the Arrest of Women’s Human Rights Defenders in the Gambia, Dr. Isatou Touray and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho

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Rights groups want justice for Gambia's jailed gender activists

Rights groups under the banner of 'The Coalition for Human Rights in The Gambia' have cried out over the detention of two leading female Gambian rights defenders and gender activists, Dr. Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang Sissoho.

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Israel approves loyalty oath

Cabinet adopts bill that requires non-Jewish immigrants to swear loyalty to the "Jewish, democratic state".

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Scores injured in Serbia gay march

Security forces deployed to protect gay marchers clash with anti-gay protesters, triggering riots in capital Belgrade.

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