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A Tale of Two Afghanistans

It appears that for now, while some improvements are being made, women are still fighting for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.

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The Human Cost of Profit

Shareholders for two Fidelity Investment mutual funds chose yesterday not to pass proposals that would prevent them from investing in companies that do business in Sudan.  The Sudanese government is accused of committing various war crimes in relation to the conflict in Darfur.  This past March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for […]

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Sixteenth Century Perils in Twenty-First Century Peru

New aerial photographs show at least four illegal logging camps inside the Murunahua Reserve in Peru, Survival International reported yesterday.  The Reserve is located deep in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru and was established to protect the uncontacted Murunahua Indians.  The illegal logging camps present a huge threat to the Murunahua Indians, who like their neighboring ancestors, […]

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An Error in Exile

In a new development in the ongoing saga of the ouster of Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, the head of Honduras’s human rights commission, Ramon Custodio, publically declared Zelaya’s exile to nearby Costa Rica a mistake.  However, Custodio does not believe that the actual ouster of Zelaya to be wrong, saying that Zelaya’s violations of the […]

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Decreasing Freedom in Cambodia

Cambodia has never been known as a haven for free speech and political dissent, but several recent developments in the country have observers even more concerned about the shrinking space for political expression. Last week, a Cambodian court found an outspoken opposition MP guilty of defamation for filing her own defamation suit against Prime Minister […]

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Human Rights News Round Up

We usually only post once a day here at the Human Rights Blog, which means we can only cover so many human rights stories.  But to keep you informed, here are some of the other stories that came across my desk this past week. Niger:  For the People, By the people . . . Niger’s […]

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place in the Great Lakes

There are few places on Earth where one could believe that people have exhausted their ability for cruelty, but the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo may be one of them.  Since the mid-1990s, the country has been embroiled in a series of ethnically-fueled conflict and civil war that has killed over two million people.  […]

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Freedom and Security in Malaysia

Freedom and Security in Malaysia

This past weekend police violently broke up an opposition rally in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, highlighting once again the lack of certain freedoms in Malaysia. The rally was called to protest a security law that allows the government to preventatively detain certain defendants indefinitely without charges.  The Internal Security Act of 1960 has been […]

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Where have all the lawyers gone?

This past week was not a good one for human rights lawyers. As reported on this blog earlier this week, on Monday the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) suspended an Arab human rights group at the request of Algeria for hosting a “known terrorist” at a speaking event last year.  The “known terrorist” here […]

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Hillary Clinton and Africa

Hillary Clinton and Africa

A major human rights group is urging US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take a tough stance on human rights and the rule of law during her seven nation trip to Africa next week.  Her itinerary includes Kenya, where she will meet with representatives from both the Kenyan and Somali governments, and the Democratic […]

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Growing Human Rights Concerns in Interim Honduras

Honduras is just having problems these days. First its president wants to throw selected parts of the constitution out the window. Then the military throws the president out of the country. And now after a month of international diplomatic drama with the interim government, a major collection of human rights groups is accusing it of […]

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Iranian Prisoners Released — Update

Yesterday we posted that Iran was releasing some prisoners who were detained for protesting last month’s presidential election.  It has now come out that Shadi Sadr, a major women’s rights lawyer in Iran, was released from Evin Prison.  Her arrest, which we detailed here, brought Iran’s current detention policies following last month’s disputed election back […]

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Human Rights Round Up

Here are a few stories that came out today concerning human rights: Rioting has continued in South Africa where many of the nation’s poor have taken to the streets to protest dire living conditions and often nonexistent government services.  Fifteen years after apartheid ended and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) came to power, some […]

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The Continuing Struggle for Women's Rights in the Middle East

The Continuing Struggle for Women's Rights in the Middle East

This past weekend, more than 100 scholars and researchers from 12 Muslim countries met at the fifth annual Moderation Forum in Jordan.  During the opening ceremony, Jordanian Minister of Culture Sabri Rbeihat urged the participants to support a clearer and truer image of Islam.  He pointed out that there is often a major difference between […]

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Aid and a Quest for Change in Sri Lanka

Aid and a Quest for Change in Sri Lanka

The IMF approved a $2.6 billion dollar loan for Sri Lanka over the objections five states who wanted human rights and policy conditions attached to the loan. As reported earlier on this blog, there are concerns about possible violation of humanitarian law committed by the government towards the end of the 26 year conflict, as […]

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About the Author

Kimberly J. Curtis
Kimberly J. Curtis

Kimberly Curtis has a Master's degree in International Affairs and a Juris Doctor from American University in Washington, DC. She is a co-founder of The Women's Empowerment Institute of Cameroon and has worked for human rights organizations in Rwanda and the United States. You can follow her on Twitter at @curtiskj

Areas of Focus: Transitional justice; Women's rights; Africa

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