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Forced faith or force of faith?

April 21, 2012

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Waris Husain21-04-2012 Three females from Hindu families appeared before Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week in a case involving their alleged abduction and forced conversion to Islam. When the young women were asked in private proceedings whether they had been abducted or forcibly converted, the women replied in the negative, requesting to return to their husbands, […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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In the month of August 2011 many women in the north and the east of Sri Lanka have been attacked individually, and the female population terrorized more generally, by unidentified men, attackers now colloquially referred to as ‘Grease Yakas’. These incidents and the response of law enforcement and government agencies indicate a larger problem in […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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Attached here is the full report from Sri Lanka’s Women’s Action Network, which is based on testimonies mainly of minority Tamil and Muslims affected by this recent wave of violence. Statement by women on the recent attacks on women, impunity and the lack of the rule of law. This report is based on interviews given […]

"New" Iraq a Nightmare for Women, Minority Groups

August 10, 2011

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By Denis FoynesUNITED NATIONS, Aug 9, 2011 (IPS) – A United Nations report on Iraq says the human rights situation there remains fragile, and huge development challenges loom as the country transitions out of a near decade-long conflict. Torture and poor judicial practices are widespread, says the report, released Monday by the U.N. High Commissioner […]

"New" Iraq a Nightmare for Women, Minority Groups

August 10, 2011

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By Denis FoynesUNITED NATIONS, Aug 9, 2011 (IPS) – A United Nations report on Iraq says the human rights situation there remains fragile, and huge development challenges loom as the country transitions out of a near decade-long conflict. Torture and poor judicial practices are widespread, says the report, released Monday by the U.N. High Commissioner […]

Afghan women risk their lives to work as intimidation increases

July 9, 2011

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By Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editorPosted on 08 July 2011. A woman has faced threats of kidnapping, acid attacks and a plot to blow up her apartment in Afghanistan as the Taleban appears to be stepping up its campaign of intimidation. And campaign group Minority Rights International (MRI) has said Afghan women face a bleak future […]

Afghanistan’s women are at the sharp end of war

July 7, 2011

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Women from minority communities worldwide are the target of more violent attacks during conflict and in peace, says report Mark Tranguardian.co.uk, Wednesday 6 July 2011 Afghan’s women’s rights have not ‘substantially improved’, says a report by Minority Rights Group International. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Afghan women face a bleak future unless women’s rights are included […]