Human Rights

OSCE SMM Chief Monitor highlights women’s role in search for peace in eastern Ukraine

On March 8, Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, highlighted the invaluable roles women play on a daily basis in the ongoing search for peace in eastern Ukraine. He called for greater inclusion of women in high-level decision-making forums dealing with peace and security.

On International Women’s Day, OSCE officials call for strengthening women’s participation in all areas of public life

Increased efforts are needed to advance women’s leadership and participation in public life if we are to achieve gender equality, say senior officials of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

OECD launches Toolkit to help governments advance on gender equality goals

The OECD has launched an initiative for International Women’s Day to help governments, parliaments and judiciaries to design gender-sensitive public policies and services and accelerate their efforts to enable equal access for women in public decision making.

Stoking fear among followers is not clever politics but a recipe for self-destruction, warns UN rights chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council.

Victims of Syrian conflict ‘denied any meaningful justice,’ says UN-mandated panel

A boy walks past severely destroyed houses in a neighborhood in eastern Aleppo, Syria.

‘No other conclusion,’ ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas in Myanmar continues – senior UN rights official

A group of Rohingya refugees including women and small children cross into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district.

Indonesia: Medical Groups Silent on Abusive ‘Virginity Tests’

On International Women’s Day, End Cruel, Unscientific Practice

Indonesian medical associations should publicly denounce so-called virginity tests obligatory for female applicants to the Indonesian National Armed Forces and National Police, Human Rights Watch said in letters sent on February 20, 2018. Virginity testing is a form of gender-based violence and has been widely discredited, including by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Saudi Arabia: Scant Justice for Pakistanis

Brief Unfair Trials, No Legal Representation

Families of detained migrant workers protesting inadequate Pakistani government protection of Pakistani citizens in Saudi Arabia outside the Lahore Press Club in 2016.

International Women’s Day 2018: empowering women and girls in the media and ICT

An inter-parliamentary committee meeting on the empowerment of women and girls in the media and ICT sectors will be held at the EP in Brussels on Thursday.

EU Commissioners Vĕra Jourová and Mariya Gabriel, MEPs and 27 MPs from 17 EU national parliaments and Norway will be among the participants in this inter-parliamentary meeting, marking International Women’s Day (IWD).

Why Indonesia’s Christian Diaspora Fears Going Home

Three undocumented Indonesian immigrants have taken sanctuary in a New Jersey church to avoid deportation from the United States. The men say they’re afraid to go back to Indonesia because being members of the country’s Christian minority makes them vulnerable to persecution.