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Global campaign targets violence against women and girls caused by 'militarism'

Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbated by increasingly militarized societies or "militarism".   

Cambodia: Injustice prevails despite activist’s release on bail - 22 November 2013

Headline Title:  Cambodia: Injustice prevails despite activist’s release on bail The provisional release of housing rights activist Yorm Bopha is a great relief both for her family and community but does not go far enough, Amnesty International said, after Cambodia’s Supreme Co The provisional release of housing rights activist Yorm Bopha does not go far enough, Amnesty International said, after Cambodia’s Supreme Court today released her on bail and sent her case back to the Appeals Court. Media Node:  Yorm Bopha release on bail Yorm Bopha demo Story Location:  Cambodia 11° 51' 41.8212" N, 104° 27' 28.8288" E “Yorm Bopha’s release is good news, but it is disappointing that her conviction still stands and the case is not over. Her case is symbolic of a worrying trend in Cambodia over recent years where human rights defenders face harassment, threats, arrest, imprisonment and worse for their peaceful activism.” Source:  Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Cambodia who attended today’s appeal hearing Date:  Fri, 22/11/2013 URL:  Cambodia: Global call to release Yorm Bopha ahead of Supreme Court appeal Description:  News story, 19 November 2013 URL:  Yorm Bopha; Housing rights activist imprisoned Description:  Action, 15 November 2013 URL:  Never forget Bopha! Description:  Interview with Yorm Bopha’s family in WIRE magazine URL:  Cambodia: Jailed activist must be released, not forgotten Description:  News story, 3 September 2013 URL:  Convictions of activists in Cambodia demonstrates dire state of justice Description:  News story, 27 December 2012

Maroc et Sahara occidental. Barack Obama doit demander au roi que les lois sur les baisers en public et le viol soient modifiées

Barack Obama, le président américain, doit exhorter Mohammed VI, le roi du Maroc, à abroger des lois au titre desquelles des femmes et des jeunes filles peuvent être obligées à épouser leur violeur, et les adolescents s’embrassant dans un lieu public encourent une peine de prison, a déclaré Amnesty International avant la rencontre des deux chefs d’État vendredi 22 novembre. Barack Obama, le président américain, doit exhorter Mohammed VI, le roi du Maroc, à abroger des lois au titre desquelles des femmes et des jeunes filles peuvent être obligées à épouser leur violeur

Marruecos y Sáhara Occidental: El presidente Obama debe presionar al rey Mohamed VI respecto a las leyes sobre violación y besos

El presidente estadounidense Barack Obama debe pedir al rey de Marruecos Mohamed VI que derogue las leyes que obligan a las mujeres y las niñas a casarse con sus violadores y encarcelan a los adolescentes por besarse en público, ha dicho Amnistía Internacional ante la entrevista que mantendrán los dos jefes de Estado el viernes. El presidente estadounidense Barack Obama debe pedir al rey de Marruecos Mohamed VI que derogue las leyes que obligan a las mujeres y las niñas a casarse con sus violadores y encarcelan a los adole

Morocco/Western Sahara: President Obama must press King Mohammed VI over ’rape and kissing’ laws

US President Barack Obama must urge Moroccan King Mohammed VI to scrap laws which see women and girls forced to marry their rapists, and teenagers facing jail for kissing in a public place, Amnesty International said ahead of a meeting between the two heads of state on Friday. US President Barack Obama must urge Moroccan King Mohammed VI to scrap laws which see women and girls forced to marry their rapists, and teenagers facing jail for kissing in a public place, Amnesty

Morocco/Western Sahara: Obama must press King Mohammed VI over ’rape and kissing’ laws - 21 November 2013

Headline Title:  Morocco/Western Sahara: President Obama must press King over 'rape and kissing' laws US President Barack Obama must urge Moroccan King Mohammed VI to scrap laws which see women and girls forced to marry their rapists, and teenagers facing jail for kissing in a public place, Amnesty US President Barack Obama must urge Moroccan King Mohammed VI to scrap laws which see women and girls forced to marry their rapists, and teenagers facing jail for kissing in a public place. Media Node:  Morocco Story Location:  Morocco 32° 18' 42.822" N, 7° 17' 41.7192" W “It is dreadful that this sort of attitude is enshrined in law. The Penal Code allows rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victims. This discriminates against women and girls and provide them with little protection when they are subjected to sexual violence. ” Source:  Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International. URL:  Morocco/Western Sahara: Drop absurd charges against teenagers arrested for kissing Description:  News Story, 10 October 2013 URL:  Morocco/Western Sahara: Comprehensive reforms to end violence against women long overdue Description:  Document, 1 March 2013

Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong tell their stories - 21 November 2013

Headline Title:  Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong tell their stories Almost 4 million Indonesians have officially migrated abroad for work since 2006. The majority of them are women who take on domestic work in private homes. Almost 4 million Indonesians have officially migrated abroad for work since 2006. The majority of them are women who take on domestic work in private homes. Here're some of their stories. Media Node:  Indonesia/HK 2 Story Location:  Hong Kong S.A.R., China 22° 17' 3.6708" N, 113° 57' 0.702" E URL:  Thousands of Indonesian women trafficked to Hong Kong face exploitation and risk domestic "slavery" Description:  News Story, 21 November 2013 URL:  Exploited for Profit, Failed by Governments Description:  Read the Report URL:  Landmark treaty adopted to protect domestic workers’ rights Description:  News Story, 17 June 2011 URL:  Full text of the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Migrant Workers Description:  Read the full convention

Thousands of Indonesian women trafficked to Hong Kong face exploitation and risk domestic 'slavery' - 21 November 2013

Headline Title:  Domestic 'slavery' faced by thousands of Indonesian women trafficked to Hong Kong Thousands of Indonesian women trafficked to Hong Kong risk slavery-like conditions as domestic workers, with both governments failing to protect them from widespread abuse and exploitation, said Am Thousands of Indonesian women trafficked to Hong Kong risk slavery-like conditions as domestic workers, with both governments failing to protect them from widespread abuse and exploitation. Media Node:  Indonesia/HK At a Glance:  There are more than 300,000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong -- about half from Indonesia.Nearly all are women who travel to Hong Kong lured with the promise of well-paid jobs.In Indonesia, prospective migrant domestic workers are compelled to go through government-licensed recruitment agencies.These agencies routinely deceive women about salaries and fees, confiscate identity documents and other property as collateral, and charge fees in excess of those permitted by law.Around a third of women interviewed were not allowed to leave their employer’s house and worked, on average, 17 hours a day.Two-thirds said had been subject to physical or psychological abuse. Story Location:  Hong Kong S.A.R., China 18° 53' 25.26" N, 109° 25' 25.7808" E “From the moment the women are tricked into signing up for work in Hong Kong, they are trapped in a cycle of exploitation with cases that amount to modern-day slavery. ” Source:  Norma Kang Muico, Asia-Pacific Migrant Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. “He kicked me from behind and dragged me by my clothes to my room. After locking the door, he smacked and punched me. He pushed me to the ground and kicked me some more. I was black and blue all over – my face, arms and legs. My mouth and forehead were bleeding.” Source:  Domestic worker in Hong Kong. URL:  Exploited for Profit, Failed by Governments Description:  Read the Report URL:  Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong tell their stories Description:  21 November 2013 URL:  Landmark treaty adopted to protect domestic workers’ rights Description:  News Story, 17 June 2011 URL:  Ribuan perempuan Indonesia yang diperdagangkan ke Hong Kong menghadapi eksploitasi dan resiko “perbudakan” rumah tangga Description:  Press release in Indonesian, 21 November 2013 URL:  印尼外傭販運到港 遭剝削成現代奴隸 Description:  Press release in Chinese, 21 November 2013

Global campaign targets violence against women and girls caused by 'militarism' - 25 November 2013

Headline Title:  Global campaign targets violence against women and girls caused by 'militarism' Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbate Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbated by increasingly militarized societies or "militarism". Media Node:  16 days of activism Story Location:  United Kingdom 51° 30' 16.704" N, 0° 12' 31.464" W See map: Google Maps “Militarism applies to situations where military values have a dominant influence over society – both in the context of armed conflict and in peacetime. It often has grave consequences for the equality, safety and security of women and girls” Source:  Madhu Malhotra, Director of Amnesty International's Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme Date:  Mon, 25/11/2013 URL:  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Description:  Campaign page

Honduras: Candidatos Presidenciales responden a Amnistía Internacional - 5 November 2013

Headline Title:  Honduras: Candidatos Presidenciales responden a Amnistía Internacional En anticipación a las elecciones presidenciales del 24 de Noviembre en Honduras, Amnistía Internacional escribió a los candidatos sobre la necesidad de priorizar los derechos humanos en sus propues En anticipación a las elecciones presidenciales del 24 de Noviembre en Honduras, Amnistía Internacional escribió a los candidatos sobre la necesidad de priorizar los derechos humanos en sus propuestas. Aquí, las respuestas recibidas. Media Node:  Honduras Story Location:  Honduras 14° 50' 44.4876" N, 87° 58' 42.6576" W

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