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Police arrest dozens of protesters in New York

Police arrest dozens of protesters in New York

US police have arrested dozens of people in New York City during a protest to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a white police officer.

Protesters in New York City gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon to protest against racial discrimination and police brutality.  

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UN Human Rights Committee criticizes Harper government

UN Human Rights Committee criticizes Harper government

On July 20, 2015 the United Nations Human Rights Committee, in its seven-page Concluding Observations Report, adopted a number of critical observations of Canada's human right practices, treatment of Indigenous people and criticized Harper's policies on immigration and treatment of refugees. The Report was termed "A wake up call" on Canada's human rights performance.

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4,000 women and girls abandoned by the Irish State every year

4,000 women and girls abandoned by the Irish State every year

Today in Dublin, Amnesty International activists from around the world staged a protest against Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws outside the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister). Delegates brought 80 suitcases to signify the number of Irish women and girls who travel abroad each and every week to access a safe and legal abortion.

Their reasons for seeking an abortion vary; some are survivors of rape, some are carrying a fetus with a severe or fatal impairment, some have serious health conditions, some make the decision for economic or other reasons. But all of them are left with no option other than to travel to another jurisdiction.

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Judge Mandates Release of Migrant Women and Children from Detention

Judge Mandates Release of Migrant Women and Children from Detention

Calling conditions in so-called family detention centers “deplorable,” U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered the Obama Administration to prepare to release women and children held in immigration detention “without unnecessary delay.”

Her decision could mark an important turning point in U.S. immigration policy, as it came down hard on both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Obama Administration itself, pointing to the gross human rights violations happening in detention facilities that hold women and children in the U.S., many of which are privately operated. It will take weeks to see the outcome of her ruling, as women and children won’t be immediately released, but it is an important step in the right direction, and it’s not without precedent.

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Gender violence in EU lowest in Poland – should we rejoice?

Gender violence in EU lowest in Poland - should we rejoice?

Poland is the country with the lowest rate of violence against women in the European Union (EU), according to a report published on Wednesday.

Are women really safer in Poland compared to, say, Denmark which came last in the survey with a staggering 52 percent of its female population having experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lives?  In Poland that percentage is “just” 19.

So is “scoring” lowest a reason to celebrate or is it rather a wake-up call? After all 19 percent still means that almost one if five women in Poland experienced violence.

When you walk the streets of Krakow, Poland’s second largest city, you probably wouldn’t see many women clearly bearing signs of physical abuse. But you probably wouldn’t see them in Denmark either.

This is because violence against women is largely an “invisible” crime the scale of which remains hidden until victims come forward.

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