Hundreds of political prisoners released in Burma © AFP


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Caning is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment © AFP PHOTO / RIZA LAZUARDI

Indonesian woman at risk of being caned is safe for now

A woman in Aceh, Indonesia, who was gang-raped by eight men and at risk of being caned is safe for now.

Life can be very difficult for women's rights advocates in Afghanistan © Flickr / isafmedia

Australia invests in Afghan women’s organisations

The Australian Government announces it will invest directly into grassroots Afghan women's organisations.

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Good news: Victory for Indigenous community in Paraguay

Two-decade battle ends in victory for the Sawhoyamaxa Indigenous community after President signs law.

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Good news: Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng released

Much to the relief of his family and supporters, Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released on 7 August 2014, having reached the end of his three-year suspended sentence

Good news: Uganda anti-homosexuality law struck down

Uganda's Constitutional Court has ruled the Anti-Homosexuality Act "null and void" because too few representatives were present for the vote when it was passed by parliament in December 2013.

Good news: Syrian woman released from detention

A Syrian woman has been released from detention under the terms of a presidential amnesty, which pardons individuals charged with certain offences. She is one of the few political detainees known to have benefited from this amnesty so far.

Good news: Pregnant woman condemned to death is released

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for "apostasy" and to flogging for "adultery", has been released after an appeal court found her not guilty of both charges.

Good news: Death sentence overturned in China

China's Supreme People's Court has overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her husband following months of domestic abuse.

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