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News items on women's rights from around the world

Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws Addressed and Risk of Statelessness Reduced by Suriname

On 10 July 2014, Suriname’s National Assembly passed the Draft Law on Nationality and Residency (“the Law”), amending Law No. 4 of 24 November 1975 on Surinamese Nationality and Residence.

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Pacific Islands inch towards gender equality with female appointments

Three women take helm at regional body, heralding gradual progress towards closing gender gap in male-dominated region

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Azerbaijan Detains Activists Amid Karabakh Tensions

Baku accused of exploiting rising violence to charge dissidents with treason.

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Australian migrants trapped in 'slave-like' marriages

Marriage visas under Australia's partner migration scheme are being used to bring women in for exploitation, study shows.

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Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea

New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS.

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Uganda anti-gay law declared 'null and void' by constitutional court

Judges strike down legislation on a technicality, but activists say homosexuality remains criminal offence under colonial-era laws

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IM-Defensoras Statement on the Assassination of Patricia Samayoa, Guatemalan Women Human Rights Defender

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) denounces the assassination of a woman defender in Guatemala.

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Italy: Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim arrives in Rome

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Rome to jubilant scenes following intense international efforts to free her.

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Iraqi ‘sex workers’ slaughtered amid culture of fear and secrecy

Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged sex workers, but in Baghdad death is never far. 

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World AIDS Conference speakers take aim at countries with anti-gay laws

Speakers and activists at the World Aids Conference in Melbourne have taken aim at countries with anti-gay laws, stating that they help to allow HIV to spread.

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