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Guardian: Human rights before religion

Author: Seyran Ates

Seyran Ates, a practicing Muslim, charges that  Germany has been downplaying human rights--and women's rights in particular--in an effort to remain politically correct with respect to religious practices.

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AI: ‘No one to help them’: Rape extends from Darfur into eastern Chad

In this report Amnesty International says that thousands of women have been raped in Sudan and Chad since the armed conflict began in Darfur in 2003. There have certainly been thousands. The names of 250 women who had been raped, and harrowing information about their cases, were recorded by Amnesty International on a 10-day visit to just three refugee camps in Chad in 2004. Recent months have seen a dramatic increase in the numbers of rapes as Darfur has been plunged into new fighting. In just one camp in Darfur, Kalma camp, the International Rescue Committee reported that rapes of women rose from under four to 200 a month during five weeks in July and August 2006. Overall, despite  the presence of an African Union peacekeeping force (African Union Mission in Sudan, AMIS) and international awareness of what is happening in Darfur, in 2006 rapes and other violence against women and girls have increased, not diminished.

See more in Sudan; Chad; Women; Peacekeeping

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SSI: Iraq, Women’s Empowerment, and Public Policy

Author: Sherifa D. Zuhur

Strategic Studies Institute report on the empowerment of women in post-Saddam Iraq. It identifies security and economic obstacles to change, and says that women's rights depend heavily on local interpretations of personal status, penal, and other legal codes.

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