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Saturday 20 December  

Article: In Memoriam: Dr. Avril Jane McDonald (5 July 1965 -13 April 2010)

It was one year ago today that the world lost an important legal scholar and so many of us a dear friend. Avril McDonald—teacher, author, editor and researcher in the field of international humanitarian law--died in her apartment in...

Congo soldiers go on trial for mass rapes
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Article: Congo soldiers go on trial for mass rapes

Eleven soldiers accused of raping more than 60 women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo went on trial at a military court on Thursday. The men are alleged to have carried out the attacks on New Years Day in the town of Fizi, in the...

Article: UN report sheds light on rape as weapon of war

Sexual violence as a weapon of war and as an outcome of turmoil and disaster is inflicting a terrifying toll on women, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Women rarely wage war, but they too often suffer the worst of its...

Article: A mediaeval execution for private matters

By Narcis Zohrehnassab In July 2010, an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, faced being stoned to death after being found guilty of adultery. However, the Iranian authorities decided against stoning, although she may still face the...

UN establishes new body for gender equality
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Article: UN establishes new body for gender equality

After four years of negotiations the UN General Assembly has agreed to the establishment of a new UN body for Gender Equality. The new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women will be referred to as UN Women, officials...

Article: Muslim women "refused bus ride" over veil

London bus company Metroline said on Friday it was investigating claims by two Muslim women that they were not allowed to get on a bus in the capital because one of them was wearing a face veil. The company confirmed an incident involving...

Article: Rights group: Afghan women fear price of peace deal

Afghan women and girls fear they will pay the price for any deal to end the insurgency cut by President Hamid Karzai with the Taliban, a rights group said on Tuesday, pleading for safeguards of hard-won freedoms. Afghan women are caught...

Article: Proposed ban on Muslim veil stirs controversy in Quebec

A proposed ban in Quebec's public service against the niqab, a veil worn by some Muslim women, stirred up a fierce debate this week in the mostly French-speaking Canadian province.

Article: Iran jails women activists, arrests top former MP

Iran has sentenced in absentia award-winning women's rights activist Shadi Sadr and another fellow activist to jail and lashes over a protest in 2007, their lawyer told ILNA news agency on Sunday.

Article: N.Korean women becoming a commodity in China

Young female refugees from North Korea are increasingly becoming a commodity in China, where they are sold to farmers for up to 1,500 dollars a head, according to a Seoul campaigner.