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Uganda Update: IGLHRC Welcomes Closing of Ugandan Parliament Without Vote on Anti-Homosexuality Bill

(New York, 13 May 2011) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission joins colleagues in Uganda in welcoming today's closing of the current Ugandan Parliament without adoption of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The news comes after a week in which the possibility of the notorious Bill's adoption loomed large. The proposed legislation has existed as a threat for nearly two years and activists in Uganda and internationally have once again had to spend already limited resources pressuring and educating lawmakers on the perils of the Bill's passage.


International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

IDAHO special message - May 17th around the world. 


The Egyptian Coalition for Civil Education and Women's Participation

The cancellation of Women's Quota without alternative legal methods that guarantee women's political participation is pushing women back to the zero point.


48 women raped every hour in Congo, study finds

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The African nation of Congo has been called the worst place on earth to be a woman. A new study released Wednesday shows that it's even worse than previously thought: 1,152 women are raped every day, a rate equal to 48 per hour.


After Nearly 11 Days, Still No Word from Dorothy Parvaz

The last time Todd Barker heard from his fiancée, Dorothy Parvaz, it was April 28, Doha time.

 "She told me she was going to Damascus the next day," Barker recounted in a recent interview with The Stranger.


Kwa-Thema, South Africa: Lesbian Brutally Raped and Stoned To Death With Bricks

Ekurhuleni Pride Organizing Committee (EPOC), the key LGBTI organization in the township of Kwa-Thema, Gauteng, South Africa, and the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL,) condemn the brutal rape and murder, in cold blood, of a member of EPOC. Noxola Nogwaza is believed to have been murdered in the early hours of Sunday, April 24, 2011.


Russia: Duma committee drafts bill on cutting abortion rate

Legislators in Russia's lower house of parliament have prepared a draft law that they hope will reduce the more than 1 million abortions performed in the country each year, a senior lawmaker said on Friday.


Liberia: Protect Refugees Against Sexual Abuse

Geneva) - Dozens of Ivorian refugee women and girls recently arrived in eastern Liberia say they have had to engage in sex to get adequate food, shelter, or money, Human Rights Watch said today.


Egypt’s Buthayna Kamel Makes History as The First Woman to Run For President

For the first time in the history of Egypt, a woman is running for president.


Iran's Nobel Laureate Ebadi Warns Of Unrest Among Ethnic Arabs In Iran

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has warned the United Nations of the possible spread of unrest in Iran's Khuzestan Province, home to most of the country's ethnic Arab minority.



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