Weston S. Konishi questions whether the Okinawa rape crisis will result in U.S. troop withdrawals from Japan.
Michael Gerson writes that, “by one estimate, 27,000 women and girls were raped in eastern Congo in 2006. The hospital has seen victims as young as 3.”
More than six years since the Taliban’s ouster, violence against women seeking to broaden their rights continues. But some experts see reason for hope.
From 1991 to 1992, the Japanese government conducted research about the trafficking of sex slaves (known as "comfort women") in Japan during World War II. After the study, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono acknowledged the involvement of the Japanese military in establishing "comfort stations" and the Asian Women's Fund was established to redress victims in Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia. This policy from 2007 details Japan's actions to address human rights issues and learn from history. On June 20, 2014, more details were released about information exchanged between Japan and South Korea during the study and about Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono's statement.
Japan's recent denial of its historic role in the coercion of “comfort women” raises questions about official apologies.
As Islamabad attempts to reform laws related to women, the death of a female politician underscores advances and obstacles to women’s rights in Pakistan.
A recent rape charge in Iraq has ignited a storm of sectarianism and called into question the treatment of rape victims under Islamic law.
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.
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.
This report from Human Rights Watch is based on field research conducted in the West Bank and Gaza in November 2005 and early 2006 and documents dozens of cases of violence against Palestinian women and girls.
In this report Amnesty International documents how, in Mexico State in May of 2006, authorities refused to allow several women to file criminal complaints and failed to provide them with appropriate medical or psychological attention or to carry out sensitive medical examinations.
In this report Amnesty International draws attention to the widespread impunity of perpetrators of domestic violence in Georgia.
In his Chicago Tribune column, Clarence Page has an interesting profile of new Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – in town to appear on Oprah.
Listen to experts analyze human trafficking in relation to human rights, immigration, and labor rights.
Listen to Global Fund President Kavita Ramdas and Ambassador John Miller, the U.S. State Department's point person on human trafficking, discuss the Bush administration's anti-trafficking strategies.
Citing the United Kingdom's "Right to Request" policy, Karen Kornbluh proposes empowering workers to ask for flexible scheduling in order to best accommodate the needs of working parents.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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