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Marking International Women's Day, Amnesty highlights the plight of women throughout the MENA, who struggle with added pressures deriving from the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Comment: This International Women's Day, Malia Bouattia highlights the Algerian government's abject failure to protect women, and finds solace in the solidarity of the Hirak movement, and her own family.

Lebanon’s new <em>sexual</em> <em>harassment</em> law too limited: HRW

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Lebanon’s new sexual harassment law too limited: HRW

Human Rights Watch says Lebanon's current legislation on sexual harassment only deals with it as a criminal matter, neglecting prevention, monitoring, and labour law reform.

Saudi activist in court for first time since release

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Saudi activist in court for first time since release

In her first court appearance since her provisional release, Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul appealed restrictions including a five-year ...

Draft law sparks fears for women's rights in Egypt

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Draft law sparks fears for women's rights in Egypt

The draft personal status law would be a major set-back for women's rights if realised, a leading Egyptian rights organisation said this week.

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Saudi Arabia says 'men only' job ads are illegal

The Saudi government has enacted a series of social and economic reforms under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Turkish court upholds jail sentence for pro-Kurdish lawmaker

Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu received a two-year-and-a-half sentence upheld by Turkey’s Court of Appeal, after being outspoken about Turkish ...

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Outrage after Syrian regime imposes Sharia on Yazidi minority

The Yazidi Council of Syria has condemned the decision as a 'flagrant violation' of human rights.

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British-Iranian academic who fled Iran accused of sexual abuse

Kameel Ahmady, a researcher whose work covers child marriage and female genital mutilation, has been accused of being a "sexual ...

Saudi woman activist's family credits Biden for release

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Saudi woman activist's family credits Biden for release

Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul's family said the election of US President Joe Biden helped secure her release.

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Sexual assault cases rock Egypt with criticism over handling

Two cases of sexual assault in Egypt have revealed faults in prosecuting the accused and caring for victims.

In conservative Kuwait, women launch their own #MeToo movement

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In conservative Kuwait, women launch their own #MeToo movement

The nationwide movement was sparked after a popular fashion blogger made an explosive video in which she said there was a 'problem' with ...

Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul 'to be released from detention'

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Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul 'to be released from detention'

Saudi women’s rights activist and Nobel-prize nominated campaigner Loujain Al-Hathloul is expected to be released after being detained for more ...

Prisoners of conscience suffer in Egypt's 'horrid prisons': Amnesty

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Prisoners of conscience suffer in Egypt's 'horrid prisons': Amnesty

To mark 10 years since the uprising in Egypt, Amnesty International released a report detailing the human rights abuses occurring in the ...

BBC Persian under fire for alleged homophobia

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BBC Persian under fire for alleged homophobia

The BBC said it was investigating an allegation of homophobia against its Iranian service.

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Egypt court sentences ex-student in #MeToo case

Zaki, a former student of the American University in Cairo, was arrested on July 4 and confessed to assaulting and blackmailing six complainants.

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Saudi activist's suspended sentence paves way for early release

A partially suspended sentence will allow Loujain al-Hathloul's release within months, relatives said.

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Rights groups condemn ‘cruel’ sentencing of Saudi activist al-Hathloul

Human rights groups have condemned the sentencing of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years in prison as “cruel” and ...

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Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

Activists see Loujain al-Hathloul as an "incredible fierce and resolute" champion of women's rights who represented the kingdom's modern ...

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Lebanon passes landmark law criminalising sexual harassment

Lebanon's parliament on Monday passed a landmark bill criminalising sexual harassment and amended a controversial domestic ...

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

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Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the ...

Turkish writer accused of <em>sexual</em> <em>harassment</em> dies by suicide

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Turkish writer accused of sexual harassment dies by suicide

A number of Turkish authors have been accused of sexual assault and harassment in recent days.

Jailed Saudi activist in terrorism court on 'spurious' charges

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Jailed Saudi activist in terrorism court on 'spurious' charges

Loujain al-Hathloul's court case, which is being heavily criticised by the international community, has begun.

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