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Whose Lives Matter in Current Day Egypt?

This article, written by Semanur Karaman and published by Daily News Egypt of February 21st, 2015, discusses how the scope of attacks against human rights defenders in Egypt has reached a limit that is no longer tolerable.

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Sudan: Mass Rape by Army in Darfur

Sudanese army forces raped more than 200 women and girls in an organized attack on the north Darfur town of Tabit in October 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) should take urgent steps to protect civilians in the town from further abuses.

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Women Stand Their Ground against Big Coal

Battles between coal mining companies, the municipalities that host them and affected local residents are now drawing blood with last week’s rubber-bullet shootings and arrests of activists (including key women organisers) fighting coal and demanding a decent life in Emahlahleni (formerly Witbank).

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FGM stops when the holistic recognition of girls’ and women’s rights begins

Her name is Suhair al-Bata’a. The 13-year-old Egyptian girl dreamt of one day becoming a journalist. In 2013, she was taken by her father to Dr Raslan Fadl Halawa’s clinic to undergo female genital mutilation, also known as FGM. She senselessly died at the hands of Halawa. The doctor, who was initially absolved of any wrongdoing in December 2014, was recently sentenced to three years of “hard labour” for manslaughter and three months for FGM by an Egyptian appeals court. Suhair’s father received a suspended sentence.

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Sexual violence in conflict – what use is the law?

This article, originally published by IRIN on 2 February 2015, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of humanitarian law in fighting against impunity of sexual violence crimes committed during conflict.

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Defying El Salvador’s Total Ban on Abortion

In this article, originally published by Amnesty International on January 21st, 2015, Morena Herrera talks about why El Salvador’s abortion ban needs to go.

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Russian Federation: Bill to Criminalise Cooperation with Foreign Organisations: A New Threat to Human Rights Work

This article, originally published by FIDH on January 19th, 2015, discusses how Russia's State Duma must drop the Bill on “undesirable foreign organisations”. 

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Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women

Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.

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Charlie Hebdo: "There is no way they will make us put down our pens."

This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50 on January 8th, 2014, discusses how many people of Muslim heritage are combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation.

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