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News items on women's rights from around the world

European Parliament denounces Lithuania's 'homophobic' law

The European Parliament has urged Lithuania to reject a draft bill aimed at criminalising the "promotion" of homosexuality.

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Ugandan gay activist David Kato's funeral marred by angry scenes

Presiding pastor called on homosexuals to repent or be 'punished by God' at the murdered activist's service

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Uganda: FGM Thrives Despite Government Ban

By December 31 last year, 820 girls had been circumcised in Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Kween and Amudat districts in eastern Uganda.

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Uganda: Front Line demands action on murder of LGBTI human rights defender David Kato

Front Line is deeply saddened by the news of the killing of David Kato. David was a very active human rights defenders with Sexual Minority Uganda (SMUG), working for the respect of the dignity and rights of LGBTI people.

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Uganda: Promptly Investigate Killing of Prominent LGBT Activist

(Kampala) -­ Police in Uganda should urgently and impartially investigate the killing of the prominent human rights activist David Kato, Human Rights Watch said today. Kato had dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) in Uganda, facing threats and risks to his personal safety.

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Muslim leaders back Lady Warsi's comments on Islamophobia

Tory chair's claim that anti-Islam views are now seen as normal prompts warning of some Muslims feeling 'apart from society.'

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Mexican Women's Rights Crusader Susana Chavez Murdered

Mexican womens rights activist Susana Chavez tirelessly fought to bring attention to the decade's long murder of women occurring in Ciudad Juarez. She was an active member of May Our Daughters Return Home, a local group representing victims of the murdered and disappeared women of Juarez and helped to coin the phrase “Ni Una Mas” ("Not One More Death")—a rallying cry for the women and their families who have fallen victim to the indiscriminate violence.

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Thousands rally over blasphemy law in Pakistan

More than 20,000 people rallied in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Sunday, police said, against proposed amendment to blasphemy laws that were recently used to sentence a Christian woman to death.

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Southerners in north Sudan fear future after break

The young mother of three bids her neighbors farewell as they pack up and leave the Khartoum slum where they have lived for years to return to their homeland in south Sudan, jubilant at the imminent realization of their dream of independence. But Ajak Majak is not joining the celebrations - she's staying.

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Change in passport language is boon to gay rights activists

Riding the momentum from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the State Department's adoption of more gender-neutral language on passport applications, gay rights activists are pressing for more changes to federal policies that they say are unfavorable to gay Americans.

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