Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Aung San Suu Kyi

Proposed by Alexia Tsouni 12 November 2018, 17:29 UTC Amnesty International announced today that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for. On 11 November, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote …

Pakistan: Christian woman accused of blasphemy at risk: Aasia Bibi

Proposed by Alexia Tsouni 6 November 2018, Index number: ASA 33/9373/2018 Aasia Noreen, known as Aasia Bibi, is a Christian farmworker who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010. Despite being acquitted of all charges by the Supreme Court, the Pakistani government gave in to demands by a violent mob, stopping her …

FGM – Female Genital Mutilation – Major Decline

FGM – Female Genital Mutilation – Major Decline in Africa, But Still Widespread in Western Asia – Study Teenage girls attend an after-school club which the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF helps fund, one of whose subjects is discussion of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), at the Sheik Nuur Primary School in Hargeisa, Somaliland, …

Women in Palestine Face Violence & Political Exclusion

The first female Palestinian activist to address the UN Security Council, Randa Siniora, speaks out over women’s political marginalisation and domestic abuse. By Rebecca Ratcliffe – 26 Oct 2018 Women are being shut out of Palestinian politics and excluded from peace talks, according to Randa Siniora, the first female Palestinian campaigner to address the UN …

MeTooEP and the struggle against male power inside the European Parliament

*Interview with Amelia Martinez Lobo, member of the MeTooEP, Parliamentary Assistant for PODEMOS Author: Penny Papaspyropoulou, Human Rights Expert Photo: Sergio Hernández Villarrasa   “What we need is to transform reality, to make the society and therefore institutions like the EP a safe place for women. We do not believe in merely imposing sanctions, our …