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UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Countering Terrorism: Drone Strike Inquiry

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Countering Terrorism, Ben Emmerson, released an interim report on his study of drone strikes and targeted killings on October 17, 2013. The study, which began in January 2013 and will issue a final report in 2014, reports on the use of remotely piloted aircraft in counter-terrorism operations.

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NYRB: India's Women: The Mixed Truth

Author: Amartya Sen

"Public anger at gender inequality in India must be seen as an important—and long-overdue—social development, and it can certainly help in remedying the persistent inequalities from which Indian women suffer."

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UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

The Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) prepares mid-year reports on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, as mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2096 (2013), which "recognizes the importance of ongoing monitoring and reporting to the United Nations Security Council on the situation of civilians in Afghanistan's armed conflict and in particular on civilian casualties."

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World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: Alta Outcome Document

Representatives of indigenous peoples and nations met on June 10-12, 2013, in the Sami people's traditional territories in Alta, Norway. The representatives agreed on four themes regarding the protection of indigenous peoples' rights and of their lands. They discussed these themes in depth at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on September 22-23, 2014, and made recommendations to the UN for prioritization and implementation.

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Sexual Violence and Inequality in India

Authors: Isobel Coleman and Julia Knight
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As measured by life outcomes, India does not value the lives of its sons as highly as it values the lives of its daughters. Moreover, it allows sexual violence to go unpunished and its victims undefended, whether on the city streets, in villages, in police stations, or in the courts. A powerful impetus for change exists in India, but the challenge of closing the gap between calls for reform and true long-term change looms large.

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Human Rights in Iran

Authors: Jayshree Bajoria and Robert McMahon

Global monitors say Iran's human rights situation is poor and unlikely to improve amid a climate of political uncertainty and growing external pressures. But activists urge continued international scrutiny of Iran's violations.

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