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Comment: Calls for castration and hanging as punishment for rape have been growing, but such draconian measures fail to tackle the root cause of gender-based violence, writes Zahra Khozema.

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalising so-called 'honour killings.'

Dark crimes spotlight Iraqi women's mental health epidemic

Nazli Tarzi

Dark crimes spotlight Iraqi women's mental health epidemic

A mother's shocking crime has sparked an outpouring of anguish in Iraq, but also shows society's poor understanding of mental health issues and domestic violence.

Amnesty urges F1 against 'sportswashing' Saudi human rights abuses

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Amnesty urges F1 against 'sportswashing' Saudi human rights abuses

Amnesty has urged F1 drivers to speak out in solidarity with Saudi human rights defenders.

Saudi Arabia to replace kafala system with work contracts

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Saudi Arabia to replace kafala system with work contracts

Saudi Arabia has announced it will replace its controversial kafala system, according to local reports.

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Jailed Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul on hunger strike

Women's right activist Loujain Al-Hathloul has started a hunger strike due to her conditions in detention.

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Turkish police seize smuggled fossils from creationist cult leader

Authorities seized $10 million worth of fossils from homes belonging to Adnan Oktar, an infamous Islamic creationist cult leader.

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Death of pregnant Palestinian woman sparks domestic abuse fears

A pregnant Palestinian woman was found dead in her home, in the latest case of domestic abuse in the occupied West Bank.

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At least 30,000 girls forced into marriage in Iran

Masoumeh Ebtekar criticised the government after saying at least 30,000 girls under the age of 14 are forced into marriage every year.

#FreeToBeOnline calls for protection of girls against online harassment

Narjas Zatat

#FreeToBeOnline calls for protection of girls against online harassment

Young women's access to the internet is not only curtailed, but in many places, including in parts of the Middle East, they face many dangers on ...

Yousra Samir Imran

Sudan's revolution and the broken promise of women's rights

Women fuelled Sudan's revolution, but the promise of greater gender equality remains elusive.

Yemen in Focus: Soon-to-be-released detainees dying in Houthi prisons

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Soon-to-be-released detainees dying in Houthi prisons

This week we focus on abductees dying in Houthi prisons, a damning UN report revealing grave violations against children and more.

Saudi Arabia recruited children for Yemen war: report

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Saudi Arabia recruited children for Yemen war: report

Families of child soldiers reported being targeted by Saudi-led forces due to their dire economic situation.

LGBTQ activists subjected to ‘forced virginity exams’: HRW

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LGBTQ activists subjected to ‘forced virginity exams’: HRW

Egyptian police and prosecutors have been accused of inflicting verbal abuse, extracting forced confessions and denying detainees ...

New report on Yemen underscores ‘grave violations against children’

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New report on Yemen underscores ‘grave violations against children’

Children in Yemen are in "grave danger" according to the findings of a new report by a UN group, and charities are voicing serious concerns ...

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Lebanon's new domestic worker contract: end to 'kafala slavery'?

The economic crisis-hit Mediterranean country is home to around 250,000 migrants, mostly women from Africa and Asia, who toil away in people's homes as housekeepers, carers or nannies.

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HRW: gang rape witnesses in Cairo arrested, smeared

Two acquaintances of the witnesses were also detained before they were all released on August 31.

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UN report says rebels in Yemen recruited teenage girls

The report is based on more than 400 accounts and focuses mainly on a period from July 2019 to June this year.

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Netflix removes French film in Turkey after official complaint

Ankara requested the streaming giant take down 'Cuties', a French film accused of sexualising young girls.

UK judge refuses plea to dismiss new Assange allegations

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UK judge refuses plea to dismiss new Assange allegations

Lawyers for Julian Assange failed to persuade a British judge to throw out new US allegations against him, as he resumed his fight to avoid ...

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Former UN Iraqi-American official accused of sexually assaulting women

A former United Nations official in Iraq has been accused by more than six women of sexual assault.

UK government halts bill of 'amnesty' on war crimes

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UK government halts bill of 'amnesty' on war crimes

The controversial bill faced criticism from human rights groups.

Former sailor details misconduct by SEALs pulled from Iraq

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Former sailor details misconduct by SEALs pulled from Iraq

A female ex-sailor revealed horrible misconduct committed by Navy SEALS in Iraq.

Netanyahu deletes tweet calling UAE 'advanced democracy' amid backlash

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Netanyahu deletes tweet calling UAE 'advanced democracy' amid backlash

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deleted a tweet in which he posted a video claiming Israel and the UAE are advanced democracies after ...

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