The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia.
British “volleyball protester” Ghoncheh Ghavami was jailed for a year for “spreading propaganda against the system” by a court in Iran yesterday, locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran.
Today’s arrest of the suspects in the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai offers an important opportunity for the authorities to address their poor record in protecting human rights defenders in Pakistan.
The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a general ban on wearing full-face veils in public. This represents a profound retreat for the right to freedom of expression and religion and sends a message that women are not free to express their religious beliefs in public.
Chile’s commitment to decriminalise abortion in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, the woman’s life is in danger and when the foetus is not viable is a positive step forward to ensure and protect the rights of women and girls in the country.
Tajikistan must end a campaign of harassment and violence against people accused of “moral crimes”, after Police seized more than 500 sex workers and a number of men suspected of ‘homosexual behaviour’ since 6 June.
World leaders must take concrete action to end sexual and gender-based violence in conflict during a landmark summit this week hosted by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Minister William Hague.
Today's Federal Government announcement of $3.3 million to the Afghan Women’s Network - the peak umbrella group for women’s issues in Afghanistan, with more than 100 member organisations - will directly benefit the women of Afghanistan.
On his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Obama should express his dismay at discrimination against women by appointing a woman as his official driver, and take a strong public stand against the systematic violations in the Kingdom.
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