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New Law in Afghanistan Allows Men to Deny Food to Wives Who Refuse Sex–oh, and there’s good news in rape law as well

1, 2, 3, what are we fighting for? (Thanks to Country Joe and the Fish).  Apparently, for the rights of Afghan men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to fulfill their husbands’ sexual requests; for laws … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t the media talk more about the fact that Laura Ling and Euna Lee were investigating sex trafficking?

Wouldn’t you think the media would be a little more invested in figuring out why Ling and Lee were considered threats by North Korea? It’s because they were investigating sex trafficking for Current TV, as only briefly noted in this … Continue reading

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Reg Graycar and Jenny Jane Morgan, “Equality Rights: What’s Wrong?”

Abstract: In 2009, Australia is debating whether to have a national bill of rights and remains one of the last western democracies that has not yet legislated for (or indeed constitutionally entrenched) some form of human rights law. Nor is … Continue reading

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Missing Girls

Got back from China yesterday, and one thing my colleagues and I noticed was the (completely anecdotal) vast majority of the children anywhere we looked were male.   We were told that the Chinese governmnet is considering modifying its   … Continue reading

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Robson on India High Court’s Invalidation of Sodomy Law

Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson (CUNY) posted  here at  Constitutional Law Profs on the declaration by the Dehli High Court that India’s criminal prohibition on sodomy is unconstitutional.  Here is an excerpt of her post: The Court also quoted Justice … Continue reading

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Request for Signatories to Amicus Brief in Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case

Feminist Law Prof Caroline Bettinger-López, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, seeks signatories to an amicus brief to be filed in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in a case against Mexico involving the disappearance … Continue reading

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The Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz

Liane Curtis asked me to post this for her; she can be contacted at lcurtis@brandeis.edu Article: The Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz Hello, Some years ago, I worked with a student in translating a 1996 article by Gabrielle Knapp from German … Continue reading

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Candlelight Vigils in Honor of Peaceful Protesters in Iran

Across the nation, people are organizing candlelight vigils to honor the peaceful  protests of the Iranian people.  Here are a few upcoming vigils: New York City:  Wednesday, June 24, 2009.  7:00-10:00 p.m. in Union Square Baton Rouge, LA: Wednesday, June … Continue reading

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Landmark Domestic Violence Judgment by European Court of Human Rights

In a landmark decision, the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously found that a state violated the human rights of the applicant and her mother in failing to protect them against domestic violence. In Opuz v Turkey, the applicant … Continue reading

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Don’t Sit Back and Wait for the Human Trafficking Disaster at the World Cup

South Africa will host the World Cup in 2010.  The Zimbabwe-based Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust isn’t rejoicing. [T]here are fears that the world’s most prestigious football event will negatively impact women and girls of … Continue reading

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CFP – Comparative Constitutional Law: National Security Across the Globe

Here’s a CFP from another journal at my home institution: Pace International Law Review 2009-2010 Symposium Call for Submissions Pace International Law Review is planning a symposium entitled Comparative Constitutional Law: National Security Across the Globe to be  held in … Continue reading

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Off to China!

Blogging by me will probably be sparse for a couple of weeks. –Ann Bartow

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“U.S. JOURNALISTS EUNA LEE AND LAURA LING, INVESTIGATING SEX TRAFFICKING IN NORTH KOREA, ARRESTED, SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS AT HARD LABOR”

Heart has the story here.

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“… authorize torture as a method of interrogation, and rape logically becomes part of the continuum of efforts to break down a prisoner’s self-esteem.”

Quote from here, in reference to this article, which notes: “Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse …” Here is an excerpt: At least one picture shows … Continue reading

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“The report said that the level of emotional abuse of disadvantaged, neglected and abandoned children by religious and lay staff was “disturbing” and that the Catholic Church was aware long-term sex offenders were repeatedly abusing children.”

So says this article which provides an overview of a Irish Commission into Child Abuse report: The report, that runs to thousands of pages, outlined a harrowing account of the emotional, physical and sexual abuse inflicted on young people who … Continue reading

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Live Blogging “Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making”

Today and tomorrow the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain hosts a workshop on “Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making.” Workshop organizers are Asa Gunnarsson (Department of Law, Umea University, Sweden), Lisa Phillipps (Osgoode Hall … Continue reading

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“At least 84 Afghan girls were admitted to a hospital Tuesday for headaches and vomiting in the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials and doctors said.”

That’s a sentence from this frightening NYT article.   Here’s another excerpt: Tuesday’s apparent attack is the third alleged poisoning at a girls’ school in less than three weeks. It comes one day after 61 schoolgirls and one teacher from … Continue reading

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Ann Rossiter, “Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora: the ‘abortion trail’ and the making of a London-Irish underground, 1980-2000″

From this site: Every year, approximately 5,000 women from the Republic of Ireland and 1,500 from Northern Ireland cross the Irish Sea to have an abortion in a British clinic. They come and go in secret, like women ‘on the … Continue reading

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Murder Trial of Steven Green began this week in Kentucky

From Democracy Now: The trial of a former soldier accused in the 2006 rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the killing of her family has begun. Steven Green is accused of being the ringleader in raping and killing … Continue reading

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The NY Post is reporting that the father of a child actor who appeared in Slumdog Millionaire is trying to sell her.

Story here. The NY Daily news says same. It is based on an account from News of the World. The story was also reported by the London Times. I don’t really have anything useful to say about this. I’m not … Continue reading

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Brave Afghani Women Protest Law Change

Did you see this article in the New York Times this morning, about the 300 women protesting a new law that would give men in the Shiite minority community virtually complete control over the lives of their wives?  The NYT … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bartholet Critiques Save the Children

Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet has spoken against the decision of a court in Malawi denying Madonna’s request to adopt a child there: Spokesman for Save the Children, UK, Dominic Nutt, says that Mercy and other children in her position … Continue reading

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Afghan Law Legalizing Marital Rape

The BBC covers it here.   This is a major human rights violation. -Bridget Crawford

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These Pictures Tell Thousands of Words

  Hanne Dahl, Denmark’s representative to the European Parliament, brought her child to work yesterday (photos by Vincent Kessler, Reuters). Dahl’s EU Parliament page is here.  According to the website maintained by the Alliance for a Europe of Democracies (here): … Continue reading

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Report on Global Arc of Justice Conference

Last week the Williams Institute and the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association convened the Global Arc of Justice Conference in Los Angeles.   With participants from forty countries, the conference seems to be the most nationally-diverse gathering of LGBT … Continue reading

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“Women Are Heroes”

Interesting account of a global photography project here.

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“Corrective Rape” of Lesbians in South Africa

The Guardian had a chilling story yesterday about what is horribly being called “corrective rape” in South Africa.   The details are very tough to read, but the story is important to know about: The partially clothed body of Eudy … Continue reading

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Doctors Without Borders Releases Sexual Violence Report

SHATTERED LIVES Immediate medical care vital for sexual violence victims Médecins Sans Frontières is an international humanitarian organisation that brings emergency medical care to populations in over 60 countries. Through this report, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shares its experience in … Continue reading

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Campaign for Peace and Democracy: Letter to Defend Shirin Ebadi

IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER SHIRIN EBADI IN DANGER PEACE ACTIVISTS CALL ON TEHERAN TO ENSURE HER SAFETY To: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ayatollah Shahrudi, Head of the Judiciary Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United … Continue reading

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The Global Arc of Justice Conference, March 11 – 14th in Los Angeles

The International Lesbian and Gay Law Association is working with the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy to put on The Global Arc of Justice: Sexual Orientation Law Around the World March 11-14, and it is bringing … Continue reading

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Profile of Sex Workers in China

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2008 Report on the Global Gender Gap

The full report, compiled by the World Economic Forum, can be found here (PDF). It focuses on data related to economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political power and health and survival. The overall rank of the U.S. is 27th … Continue reading

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Rutgers Symposium, “The Gender Dimensions of Terrorism: How Terrorism Impacts the Lives of Women”

This announcement from Feminist Law Prof Suzanne Kim: On March 6, 2009, the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the nation’s first legal  journal devoted to gender rights, will hold a symposium exploring the  intersections of gender and terrorism entitled “The Gender … Continue reading

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“Pakistan ignores justice and holds women in contempt”

Read this Op-Ed by Anber Raz of Equality Now in The Independent. Below is an excerpt: More than 100 schools for girls have been torched or blasted by militants in the Swat valley and other tribal areas, where it is … Continue reading

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“UN Human Rights Council Urges Saudi Arabia to Give Women Rights”

From the Feminist Daily News: At a meeting late last week, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urged Saudi Arabia to actively work to end pervasive human rights violations in the country, particularly those against women and children. … Continue reading

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Indrani Sinha and Shamita Das Dasgupta, “Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade”

Can’t find a picture of the cover, or any place it is for sale online, but an interview of a sex worker by one of the authors is available here, at Women’s eNews.

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Julie Stubbs and Julia Tolmie, “Battered Women Charged with Homicide: Advancing the Interests of Indigenous Women”

Abstract: This article examines legal responses to women charged with a homicide offence arising from killing an abusive partner and reviews Australian cases over the period 1991-2007. We focus on cases involving Indigenous women due to their very substantial over-representation … Continue reading

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Egypt Considering Tougher Sex-Harassment Law

From Women’s eNews: When Egypt’s new parliament convenes in early February, some members will be proposing a law to strengthen penalties against sexual offenders by increasing jail time and fines. The bill will also put more pressure on police to … Continue reading

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Europe’s modern slave trade

Law prof Suzanne Goldberg has a short article here explaining: A case recently filed in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), M. v the United Kingdom, shows just how vigorous and heinous the slave trade continues to be. But … Continue reading

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“Despite Odds, Women’s Movement Persists In Iran”

NPR story you can read and/or listen to here.

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Iceland to Name First Lesbian Prime Minister

From Yahoo News: Iceland’s next leader will be an openly gay former flight attendant who parlayed her experience as a union organizer into a decades-long political career. Both parties forming Iceland’s new coalition government support the appointment of Johanna Sigurdardottir, … Continue reading

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Yasmeen Hassan, “A War on Pakistan’s Schoolgirls”

From the WaPo: I have such fond childhood memories of summer holidays in the Swat Valley in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, a place well known among Pakistanis for its breathtaking views, cool summer climate and lush fruit orchards. But today … Continue reading

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EQUALITY NOW CALLS ON THE UNITED STATES TO CONDITION AID TO PAKISTAN ON MEASURES TAKEN BY THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT GIRLS AND ENSURE THEIR RIGHT TO EDUCATION

From Equality Now: On 20 January 2009 Equality Now issued a News Alert calling on the Government of Pakistan to protect girls and ensure their right to education following growing fundamentalist pressure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and … Continue reading

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Anna Quindlen, “The End of Swagger”

Here are the first two paragraphs of Quindlen’s recent Newsweek column: As Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton begin to use their uncommon authority and intelligence to implement a new American international agenda, it might behoove them to read a … Continue reading

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FUNDAMENTALIST PRESSURE IN NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN, HAS LED TO ALARMING VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS AND WOMEN

From Equality Now: In late December 2008 the Taliban ordered a ban on girls’ education in the district of Swat in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.   The announcement made by an extremist cleric, Maulana Fazlullah through an … Continue reading

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“Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, UNICEF warns.”

Read more at the BBC News, which notes: “In its report, UNICEF said: “The divide between industrialised countries and developing regions – particularly the least developed countries – is perhaps greater on maternal mortality than on almost any other issue.”” … Continue reading

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“Condemned men are buried in sand up to their waists, and women up to their necks, and are pelted with stones until they die or manage to escape. Under the law, a condemned person’s life is spared if he can free himself.”

That’s a sentence from this WaPo article about stonings in Iran. Men have a lot better odds of escaping, obviously, though it’s still horrifying. The article also reports: In his weekly news conference, the judicial spokesman also said that Esha … Continue reading

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Proposed New Law in Ethiopia Threatens to Shut Down Non-Governmental Organizations

From Equality Now: A proposed new law in Ethiopia to regulate charities and societies threatens to halt the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), particularly those working in the field of human rights and justice and law enforcement services. The Charities … Continue reading

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The Murders of Mexican Lawyers Linked to Murders of Women?

According to this blog: Two unidentified gunmen executed Mario Escobedo Salazar and his son Edgar Escobedo Anaya, also a lawyer, in their Juarez office on Tuesday, January 6. The double homicide comes nearly seven years after Chihuahua State Judicial Police … Continue reading

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South Korea accused of using women as prostitutes to prop up the country’s ecomony and keep U.S. soldiers “entertained.”

The NYT reports: … Scholars on the issue say that the South Korean government was motivated in part by fears that the American military would leave, and that it wanted to do whatever it could to prevent that. But the … Continue reading

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