Tag Archives: Human Rights

Big news: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi released

TweetOn Saturday morning US time, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader was released from house arrest. Her most recent confinement lasted seven years; she has been under house arrest for 15 of the last 21 years. According to the New York Times, the decision to release the Nobel Peace laureate just a few days after Myanmar’s election “suggested [...]
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New report on the treatment of mothers and pregnant women in U.S. prisons

TweetYesterday the National Women’s Law Center and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights released a new report, “Mothers Behind Bars,” on the treatment of pregnant and parenting women in U.S. state prisons. The picture the report paints—like most glimpses into our broken prison system—is not a pretty one. Tweet
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Birth control breakthroughs on the horizon

TweetVia Kristof of the New York Times and The Daily Report from the National Partnership for Women and Families, this decade promises to be filled with encouraging contraceptive breakthroughs for both men and women. A quick round-up of what we may be in store for includes: A vaginal ring that lasts for one year and [...]
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‘Why are girls who lose their virginity allowed to go to public school?’

Tweet Yup, that’s a direct quote. Bambang Bayu Suseno, a legislator in Jambi, a province of Indonesia, is floating an idea among his colleagues and constituents that all girls would have to pass a virginity test in order to attend state-funded schools. Bambang told the Jakarta Post that he “deemed that parental and school supervision [...]
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Public shaming incident under investigation in India

TweetA woman in India was allegedly forced to walk naked for six miles through three villages because she had engaged in an “illicit love affair.” As if that on its own isn’t horrifying enough, the incident was caught on a cell phone camera. via BBC. Critics say that it was only after mobile phone clips [...]
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