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News items on women's rights from around the world

Mexico's Congress approves revision of military code of justice

The Mexican Congress on Wednesday approved a major revision of the military code of justice that will require that soldiers, sailors and officers who abuse civilians be prosecuted in the civilian court system.

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International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia Taking Place in Over 120 Countries

Today, May 17th, 2014, marks the ninth annual International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia held in over 120 countries and impacting hundreds of millions of lives. IDAHOT, as it is commonly referred to, is the largest LGBTI solidarity action in the world where activists come together to address the many stigmas and restrictions that they may face as gender and sexual minorities, including violence, intimidation, discrimination and even death.

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UN Committee Against Torture Questions Holy See on Efforts to Curtail Women’s Health Care Globally

Representatives of the Holy See were asked by a United Nations Committee yesterday to answer for its interference with women’s access to reproductive health care across the globe leading to cruel and degrading treatment.

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Lebanon - Women Protest Over No Female Ministers in New Cabinet

Traffic stalled across Lebanon and offices stood still for five minutes today as women rights activists protested against the exclusion of female ministers in the new cabinet. Photos by the Daily Star

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Ethiopia most successful in Africa at cutting maternal deaths - NGO

Pregnancy-related deaths in Ethiopia have fallen by nearly two-thirds, making it the African country that has most successfully lowered its maternal mortality rate thanks to its lifesaving investment in female health workers and girls’ education, Save the Children said on Tuesday.

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Spain: Abortion Bill Violates Rights

The Spanish government should protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion by scrapping draft legislation that would ban abortion with only severely limited exceptions, according to a letter sent on May 9, 2014, to Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón by six national and international groups. According to media reports, the government plans to introduce the bill in June.

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IACHR Expresses Concern over Violent Deaths of Children, Adolescents, and Youths in a Context of Citizen Insecurity in Honduras

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses is deeply concerned about the deaths of children, adolescents, and youths that recently occurred in Honduras, within the context of widespread violence and citizen insecurity.

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Nigeria offers reward for kidnapped schoolgirls as UK prepares to send experts

Developments come as reports emerge of massacre that left 300 dead in north-east of country.

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A year after genocide trial, has justice been done?

The courtroom erupted in cheers after former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide in May 2013 for allegedly allowing massacres of more than 1,700 indigenous Ixil Mayans in the early 1980s.

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Canada: List of missing, killed aboriginal women involves 1,200 cases

Police have compiled nearly 1,200 cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada over the past 30 years – a number that is three to four times higher than their average representation in the country.

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