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Spain’s Commitment to International Human Rights Law: 26 Murdered Children Isn’t Regrettable, It’s Terrifying

Tania Sordo Ruz 12th August 2015

On 31st July 2015, the statistics on the number of children killed at the hands of their fathers during visitation or custody in Spain rose from 24 to 26. These murders are not “regrettable,” as the Minister of Justice called them; these murders are the responsibility of the State. When the judiciary allows visitation or […]

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The Pornography of Policing: The “Rape Bait”

Pratiksha Baxi 3rd August 2015

In Bombay, two men posing as cops raped a 17-year-old girl and filmed the violence they perpetrated on the phone they stole from her. Her assailants subsequently threatened to release the video. When she registered a criminal complaint, police inspector Vinod Ejjapawar hatched a plan to use the victim as bait. He persuaded her to […]

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Investigating Alleged Widespread and/or Systematic Forced Sterilizations in Peru

Juan Pablo Perez Leon Acevedo 10th June 2015

On 20 April 2015, the Peruvian Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) re-opened an investigation into alleged forced sterilizations of over 2000 persons, mainly peasant and indigenous women. They were allegedly surgically sterilized without their consent through the National Programme on Reproductive Family Planning (NPRFP) (1996-2000) during ex-President Alberto Fujimori´s mandate. Indeed, around 300000 persons went […]

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Addressing ‘Revenge Porn’ in Namibia

Ndjodi Ndeunyema 5th June 2015

In recent years, there have been reports of sexually explicit material involving Namibian citizens and residents circulating on social media platforms. This is usually circulated without consent. The practice has proven scandalous, being labelled as ‘revenge porn’ or ‘sex tapes’ in the popular print media. In one extreme incident, a video is reported to have […]

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Violence against Women in Pakistan – Between Law and Reality

Menaal Safi Munshey 24th April 2015

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2014 report places Pakistan as the second lowest performing country in the world in terms of gender equality. In Pakistan’s rural areas instances of violence against women in the form of so-called ‘honour’ killings, child marriages, acid attacks, and domestic and sexual abuse are frequent. These crimes are […]

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