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News items on women's rights from around the world

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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Traditional Values No Excuse for Human Rights Abuse—UNFPA Leader

Traditional values cannot be an excuse for violating human rights,” Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, said [October 4th].

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Abortion Opponents Undercut Council of Europe Resolution on Conscientious Objection

[On 7th October 2010], the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) undercut a resolution intended to regulate the use of conscientious objection by reproductive healthcare providers.

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