hrw report 2015 200New York. - The World Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. The report reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2014, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question. The world has not seen this much crises for a generation. "The once-heralded Arab Spring has given way almost everywhere to conflict and repression. Islamist extremists commit mass atrocities and threaten civilians throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa. Cold War-type tensions have revived over Ukraine" explains Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch in the keynote text.

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Beirut. - Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.

The 114-page report, “Unequal and Unprotected: Women’s Rights Under Lebanon’s Religious Personal Status Laws,” found that, across all religions, personal status laws erect greater barriers for women than men who wish to terminate unhappy or abusive marriages, initiate divorce proceedings, ensure their rights concerning their children after divorce, or secure pecuniary rights from a former spouse. The laws also violate children’s rights, most significantly the need to consider their best interests in all judicial decisions concerning their welfare.

=> Report: Unequal and Unprotected: Women’s Rights Under Lebanon’s Religious Personal Status Laws


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Mainz - Wird die konventionelle Landwirtschaft immer umweltfreundlicher? Dieser Frage ist Bioland, der Verband für ökologischen Landbau in Deutschland, anlässlich der Internationalen Grünen Woche nachgegangen und hat festgestellt: Mitnichten!

The South Centre recently published Research Paper No. 60: Internationalization of Finance and Changing Vulnerabilities in Emerging and Developing Economies, authored by Yılmaz Akyüz.

Hamburg. - Monatelang demonstrierten vor allem junge Menschen für allgemeine und freie Wahlen in Hongkong. Durchgesetzt haben sie wenig. Keine ihrer Forderungen wurde erfüllt. Eines haben die Demonstranten jedoch erreicht: Sie haben eine neue Protestkultur geschaffen, die besonders Jugendliche anzieht. Sie werden sich auch in Zukunft einmischen, analysieren Günter Schucher und Heike Holbig im aktuellen GIGA Focus Asien.

 "Occupy" in Hongkong: Entwicklung einer neuen Jugendprotestkultur


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