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Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism Human Rights 

Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism

Russia (HRW) – Police and Cossacks Harass Local Activists. Add another category to the long list of people deemed a security threat to the Russian state: feminists. Early this morning, a group of men broke into a tiny cottage near Dzhubga, a village in Russia’s southern Black Sea region of Krasnodar. The cottage was rented by five women who had traveled to the region for a feminist gathering. One of the men identified himself as a police officer and told the women they were being brought to the Dzhubga police station for questioning about an alleged breach of public order. Read More

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The Saudi Dress Code Debacle Human Rights 

The Saudi Dress Code Debacle

Saudi Arabia (HRW) – Interrogation of Woman Who Wore Skirt in Snapchat Video Sparks Anger A woman named Khulood was interrogated yesterday in Riyadh and handed over for prosecution. Her transgression? Wearing “indecent” clothing. But the same night, Saudi authorities released her without charge. A brief Snapchat video of Khulood appeared over the weekend with her in a short skirt and top which revealed her partial midriff as she walked through the Heritage Village of Ushayqir, 100 miles north of Riyadh. Authorities in Saudi Arabia, which has a strict dress code – women must wear a loose black garment called an abaya and Read More

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Restricting Women’s Clothing – and Freedom Featured Human Rights 

Restricting Women’s Clothing – and Freedom

Belgium (HRW) – European Court Upholds Ban on Face Coverings The European Court of Human Rights has struck another blow to women’s autonomy, ruling in favor of bans on full-face veils enacted in 2011 in Belgium. Echoing a 2014 ruling in S.A.S v. France, the court cited the vague idea of “living together” as justification for the bans. Nowhere does the European Convention on Human Rights state that “living together” can be adequate grounds for restricting rights. The court accepted the Belgian government’s argument that wearing clothing that obstructs the face is “incompatible, in Belgian society, with social communication and, more generally the establishment of Read More

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Forgetting About Girls in Afghanistan – Again Featured Human Rights 

Forgetting About Girls in Afghanistan – Again

Afghanistan (HRW) – Robot Visits US, Afghan Girls Stuck at Home We want to make a difference and most breakthroughs in science, technology, and other industries normally start with the dream of a child to do something great. – Team Afghanistan’s statement on the competition website They seized the chance to study in a country that has long denied that advantage to many girls. They excelled in science and technology – a male-dominated field. And they competed successfully to represent their country against some of the brightest young minds in the world. But, after overcoming these improbable odds, a robotics team of six Afghan girls Read More

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US State Department’s Lie About Child Soldiers Featured Human Rights 

US State Department’s Lie About Child Soldiers

Washington DC (HRW) – Tillerson Takes Burma, Iraq Off List Despite Evidence Dozens of children were part of Burma’s armed forces as recently as last week. In Iraq, children have died fighting the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) with Iraqi government military units. But United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ignored these facts and took Burma and Iraq off the annual list, issued today, that identifies countries that use child soldiers or support militias that do. The US Child Soldiers Prevention Act requires the State Department to publish the list each year. The new list includes the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Read More

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