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Russian Federation: Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment against Ms. Anna Udyarova and Mr. Philippe Kostenko

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment against Ms. Anna Udyarova and Mr. Philippe Kostenko, members of the Anti-Discrimination Centre (ADC) “Memorial”, Saint Petersburg.

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What the Women Say: The Arab Spring & Implications for Women ICAN’s First MENA Region Issue Brief

In the first of ICAN’s What the Women Say, MENA Region Briefs, crosscutting regional trends that threaten basic norms of democracy, equality and affect women’s abilities to participate in and influence critical decision-making processes–nationally and internationally—that will determine the course of these countries’ futures and the lives of women have been highlighted.  

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Pakistan’s Oversized Islamist Parties

Pakistan’s radical Islamic parties may not do well at the ballot box but they exert outsized influence through their stranglehold on religious education and control over networks of violent militias that project their power onto the street.

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Bahrain: New Report Says No More Excuses – Time for Radical Change

Washington, DC – A Human Rights First report issued today reveals that not much has change in the weeks since the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) released its findings that the Kingdom’s government had engaged in a series of grave human rights abuses -  including thousands of illegal arrests, widespread torture in detention, forced confessions and deaths in custody.

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Egypt: Women Activists Still Facing Daily Harassment and Violence

When protests began in Tahrir Square this past year, thousands of “first time” women activists were inspired to join the growing movement calling for democracy in Egypt. While the world turns its attention to the development of women’s rights in post-election Egypt, there are still abuses that persist daily under the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

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FIDH Statement: Mali's new Family Law -- Women's rights denied, discrimination upheld

For more than 10 years, women in Mali have been waiting for the adoption of a Family law to protect their fundamental rights. Last week (2 December 2011), the Malian Parliament adopted a text which – far from increasing protection – eliminates rights and perpetuates discrimination.

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Reflections Ten Years after the Argentinean Economic Crisis of December 2001

FRIDAY FILE: December 2011 marks the ten-year anniversary of the economic collapse in Argentina, which culminated in civil unrest and political turmoil in the country. The protests and the violent police repression on 19 and 20 December 2001 left several people dead and precipitated the fall of the government. AWID invited Argentinean sociologist Norma Sanchís * and economist Alan Cibils** to contribute their reflections ten years after the crisis.

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U.S.: Woman Jailed, Ostracized After Resorting to Self-Administered Abortion: What Is This, Puritan America?

When we deprive women of access to abortion, shun them, and even throw them in jail, we as a society become weaker.

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UN issues First Report on Human Rights of Gay and Lesbian People

15 December 2011 –  The first ever United Nations report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people details how around the world people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination in jobs, health care and education because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Lebanon: A country of men and for men… only…

Statement by the Arab Women's Right to Nationality Campaign in Lebanon. The Lebanese Cabinet issues a draft law to reinstate Lebanese nationality to descendants of Lebanese fathers and grandfathers…only...

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