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BANGLADESH: Cities mostly unsafe for women

ActionAid survey shows 88 percent women face harassment on city streets, markets Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 29 :: Sexual harassment or violence against women is not limited to women of any certain age. Women experience sexual harassment at some point in their life irrespective of their age, a survey conducted by ActionAid shows. About 81 percent women,...

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NEPAL: Rape as a weapon of war

Perpetrators of conflict-era sexual violence walk free as women suffer in silence and fear Publihsed in The Nepali Times on Oct. 28 by Tufan Neupane :: Gayatri used to study in a secondary school. In 2001, the security forces took her into custody and raped her every night by up to six officers. Nandita was gang raped by soldiers in front...

BANGLADESH: State must accept access to food as basic right: NHRC

Published in The Financial Express :: Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman  Monday said the state must ‘accept’ ‘access to food’ as the basic right of its people to ensure food for all. “It’s the state’s responsibility to ensure access to food for all. If many countries in the world can establish people’s access...

PAKISTAN: Call for giving equal rights to minorities

Published in The Nation on Oct. 28:: Speakers at a consultation meeting with parliamentarians have demanded replacement of Islamiat compulsory subject with Deniyat (Theology) for non-Muslims in educational institutions. They made the demand during the session, titled, “Religious Freedom and Minority Rights” organised by South Asia Partnership of Pakistan (SAP-Pk) held here on Monday. They said that minorities were also...

BANGLADESH: Right to food must be constitutional

Speakers say at public hearing Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 28 :: The right to food should be enshrined in the constitution as a fundamental right, said speakers at an event yesterday. They also suggested formulation of a law on the right to food to ensure food security in the country. They made the suggestions at a public hearing on...

PAKISTAN: Women Workers’ Convention on “Women Workers and Safe Working Environment”

Published in The Pakistan Christian Post on Oct. 27 :: A women workers convention entitled “Women Workers and Safe Working Environment” was held at TMA Hall in Faisalabad on October 20, 2014 by engaging women workers, parliamentarians, government officials and civil society groups. The event was hosted by the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM), implementing project of...

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SRI LANKA: Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow

Published in The Colombo Page :: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013, Commonwealth said in a release today. The Secretary-General will...

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Pope wants death, life terms to be abolished

Published in The Hindu on Oct. 24 :: Pope Francis issued a call for all the countries to abolish capital punishment and also eliminate sentences for life imprisonment because “a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence”. At a Vatican meeting Thursday with representatives from International Association of Criminal Law, the Pope said that he finds it hard to...