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Mega event tactics: Brazil’s Sex Industry During the World Cup 2014

Janine Ewen 10th July 2014

On 23rd May 2014, police from the 76th Police Precinct in Niterói, near Rio de Janeiro, invaded (without judicial authorisation) a building occupied by 300 sex workers and other residents. Around 100 sex workers were taken for investigation at police stations.  It is believed to be a part of mass hygienisation (social cleansing) in the […]

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Male Rape in Armed Conflicts: Why We Should Talk About It

Saipira Furstenberg 1st July 2014

Sexual violence represents one of the most serious forms of violation of an individual’s human rights. Although statistics for sexual violence against women are significantly higher than for men, it should not be forgotten that rape not only affects the female population, but is also a concern for many men and boys who have been […]

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Rape and the Failure of the Criminal Justice System

Jayna Kothari 19th June 2014

With the national outrage witnessed in India after the gruesome gang-rape of Nirbhaya in December 2012, one truly thought that the country was taking violence against women seriously. The shocking incident led to the Justice Verma Committee being set up to review the criminal law relating to violence against women, the Verma Report and the […]

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Sexual violence in modern Myanmar

Zoya Phan and Phyllis Ferguson 5th June 2014

Editor’s note: this Thursday 5th June the Oxford Burma Alliance will be hosting a roundtable, addressing the issue of ongoing sexual violence in Burma under President Thein Sein’s nominally civilian government. Its participants share some of the key issues they will address.   Ongoing Sexual Violence in Burma For many decades, the Burmese Army has been […]

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Are Women's Rights Really Human Rights?

admin 13th May 2014

At the second World Conference on Human Rights in June 1993, the statement, ‘women’s rights are human rights’ was first coined and accepted due to vociferous lobbying on the part of women’s rights activists. It was at the African regional meetings in 1994 and 1995, culminating in Dakar, Senegal, that African women, in preparation for […]

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