Sexual Violence

Jun 12, 2018

Haratin: The Caste System and the Journeys of Current & Former Slaves in Mauritania

Despite making slavery formally illegal in 1981, Mauritania’s enduring caste system pushes the marginalized Haratin people further into poverty and banishes a considerable number of them to lives of servitude. Generations of the native Haratin are being treated as second-class citizens by their lighter-skinned masters and the government cracks down ruthlessly on those who dare criticize this...

Jun 12, 2018

Haratin: The Caste System and the Journeys of...

Despite making slavery formally illegal in 1981, Mauritania’s enduring caste system pushes the marginalized Haratin people further into poverty and banishes a considerable number of them to lives...

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Jun 11, 2018

UNPO Submits Report for CEDAW Review of Ethio...

On Monday 11 June 2018, UNPO submitted a report for the 72nd session of the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), during which Ethiopia will...

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Apr 24, 2018

Chittagong Hills Tracts: Women and Children Remain...

As one on the most exposed social groups in the Chittagong Hills Tracts (CHT) region, in Bangladesh, indigenous women – and particularly girl s- continue to be subject to severe human rights violations,...

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Apr 09, 2018

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Attack on Chakma Queen...

Indigenous human rights defender Rani Yan Yan, the advisor and spouse to the Chakma Circle Chief, was attacked by police in February 2018 while visiting the hospital room of the Marma sisters, victims...

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Mar 14, 2018

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Amnesty International...

Amnesty International has written an open letter to the Bangladesh State Minister of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs urging the immediate safety of the Marma sisters and the release of them into secure...

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Mar 10, 2018

Chittagong Hill Tracts: While Protests Arise Over...

A national Human Rights Commission committee found evidence that at least one law enforcement official had entered the Marma sister’s house the night that they were attacked.  A statement by...

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Mar 09, 2018

Chittagong Hill Tracts: While Protests Arise Over...

A national Human Rights Commission committee found evidence that at least one law enforcement official had entered the Marma sisters' house the night that they were attacked.  A statement by one of...

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Feb 16, 2018

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Law Enforcement Officers...

 Following the rape of the two Marma sisters by law enforcement officers, the conflict seems to be far from over. Hospital attendants who were caring for the two victims were seen beaten by recognized...

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