Tag Archives: Human Rights

Indigenous Australian activist Roberta “Bobbi” Sykes dies

TweetIndigenous Australian activist and poet Roberta “Bobbi” Sykes died yesterday in Sydney after a long illness. Sykes was best known as an activist, campaigning for Aboriginal land rights and women’s rights. In the 1970s, she was the first executive secretary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the highly controversial semi-permanent settlement on the lawn of Parliament [...]
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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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