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Helpline for women in distress to be functional within a month

Published in The News on Oct. 23 :: The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights plans to set up a 24-hour helpline for women in distress which would be functional within a month. “With this facility, women would be able to register their complaints and get information for legal assistance to solve their problems at their door steps,” said...

Linking violence against women with HIV and AIDS

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 22 by Hassan Raza:: Men and women are vulnerable in different ways, leading to differential rates of susceptibility to infection, access to information and available services for prevention and management of illnesses specific to women, girls and transgender individuals. Global literature and research shows that the relationship between violence against women and HIV...

UN official: 2013-14 devastating for human rights

Published in The Business Standard Oct. 22:: The UN human rights chief says 2013-2014 was “a year of devastating impact on human rights” and he blames rising inequality and exclusion for much of the unrest that has swept across the world in recent years. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee today that “a toxic...

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LGBTI group hails comments by Lanka

Published in colombogazette.com on Oct. 22:: A local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transexual and Intersexed (LGBTI) group has welcomed a statement made by Sri Lanka acknowledging the non-discrimination provisions in its constitution protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, gaynz.com reported. The statement came in responses from the Sri Lankan Government to recommendations for reform...

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UN rights expert calls for dual fight against torture, corruption

Published in The Daily Times – Pakistan on Oct. 22:: The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is as great as it ever has been, a UN human rights expert said on Wednesday, as he urged member states to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to...

BANGLADESH: CHTC Submission to UN Special Rapporteurs

Name: Timir Baran Chakma alias Duran Babu ChakmaSex: MaleAge: 52 (approximate)Ethnicity: ChakmaNationality: BangladeshOccupation: Indigenous Political Activist, Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma)Address: Village Bhoirafa, Merung Union, Dighinala Upazila, Khagrachari Hill District, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. Timir Baran Chakma was allegedly tortured while in custody of the Bangladesh military on 10 August 2014 at approximately 10:40AM and subsequently died from his injuries....

Prosecute Rab men

Published in The Daily Star :: HRW asks govt over shooting Limon Bangladesh government should prosecute the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members responsible for the 2011 attack on Limon Hossain that caused him to lose a leg, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The authorities have finally dropped politically-motivated charges against Limon, but have not taken action against his attackers, said...

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Know your rights: Rights of Child Labourers

Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2014. Most parents want to provide their children with the best education to enable them to survive independently and prosper. However, not all can afford it. Instead, many make their offspring forego education for what is internationally recognised as child labour so the family can afford two square meals per day. International treaty,...

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Pakistan to raise Indian LoC violations at UNHRC

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 22:: Pakistan is mulling over raising the issue of ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian Army at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Daily Times has learnt on good authority. In this regard, the diplomatic authorities are set to move a Working Group of the UNHRC where...

INDIA: Documenting rights violations by businesses

Published in The Hindu on Oct. 21 :: “During 2014, major companies from emerging economies will face increasing questions about how they are seeking to implement the responsibility to respect human rights. They will need to provide solid answers,” declares the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). The organisation explains, “We work to shape policy, advance practice and...