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News items on women's rights from around the world

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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AIDS activists killed in Malaysia Airlines plane crash

A number of people due to attend an HIV/AIDS conference in Australia were onboard the doomed flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, according to reports.

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IFUW calls for the compilation and public dissemination of gender & age-specific disaggregated data to monitor MDGs progress and as part of Post-2015 Development Goals

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) calls on all governments, regional agencies and other relevant bodies to incorporate a gender-specific perspective in gathering, analysing and publishing indicators of development, so that gender disparities and biases can be properly identified and addressed. The compilation and publication of data, which specifically examines the participation of girls and women in society, is needed immediately so as to track the progress being made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Restriction on Religious Freedom of Muslim Women Legitimate, says Strasbourg Court

On 1 July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its judgment in S.A.S. v France, in which it considered a French law in force since 2011 which bans the concealment of one’s face in public. The applicant, a Muslim woman who sometimes wears a niqab or burqa in public, complained that the law violated her rights to respect for her private life, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination, amongst others, under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).

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