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11/3/2000 - Vatican Denounces RU 486
The Vatican has denounced the sale of RU 486 (also known as mifepristone) and has suggested that Catholic chemists refuse to sell the pill as conscientious objectors....

11/3/2000 - Taliban U.N. Seat Push Fails
On November 1, for the fourth consecutive year, a U.N....

11/1/2000 - Afghan Situation Deteriorating as Nations Consider Armed Conflict
Violence and bombing continue in Afghanistan as the terrorist regime the Taliban struggles with the Northern Alliance under Ahmed Shah Massoud for control of the country....

10/30/2000 - US Congress Passes Anti-Taliban Resolution
The US Congress passed a resolution late last week criticizing the human rights abuses of the Taliban, and calling for the reconvening of a Grand Assembly of Afghan leaders, a representative government for Afghanistan, and democratic elections....

10/27/2000 - Global Gag Rule On International Family Planning Removed
In a major step forward, U.S....

10/27/2000 - Malaysian Minister Argues Women Voices Seduce Men
The chief minister of an opposition-ruled Malaysian state who recently claimed that women were the main cause of social ills and moral decadence due to attire that exposed their bodies has now stated that women should be banned from Koran recital contests in claiming their voices seduce men....

10/25/2000 - House to Vote on International Family Planning Spending
A joint House-Senate negotiations committee voted yesterday to strike the global gag rule from the $14.9 billion foreign aid bill....

10/23/2000 - Manila Mayor Against RU-486
Manila mayor Lito Atienza has stated that he will arrest anyone who attempts to ship the abortion pill RU-486 into the city, dubbing the pill as a do-it-yourself murder kit....

10/23/2000 - Zambian Women Lack Political Power
Lombe Chibesakunda, Permanent Human Rights Commission Chairperson in the African country of Zambia, publicly stated that women in Zambia have continued to be under-represented at all level of decision making in government and other institutions in the communities....

10/23/2000 - Afghanistan - One of the 3 Hungriest Nations In The World
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently released finding that rank Afghanistan as one of the three hungriest nations in the world, along with Somali and Haiti....

10/20/2000 - UN Official Condemns Religious Extremism, Taliban
Special Reporter of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission Abdelfattah Amor, in a recent interview with the Associated Pres, called for international efforts to combat religious extremism, which he called an ever-growing scourge in the world....

10/18/2000 - Hillary Clinton Denounces Talibans Terrorism
In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, New York Senate candidate Hillary Clinton said that her vision of US foreign policy includes promoting womens rights and human rights, humanitarian assistance and international family planning....

10/13/2000 - Setback For Women In Kano State, Nigeria
Kano State in Nigeria took a major step toward limiting women's rights this week....

10/13/2000 - Precedence Set Against Female Genital Mutilation In Norway
Two Gambian Islamic religious leaders, including the leader of the Muslim Council in Oslo and a Somalian are facing prosecution for aiding and abetting female genital mutilation (FGM) in Norway....

10/13/2000 - Proposed Legislation In Chile Advance Reproductive Rights
A coalition of "center-left" legislators seeking to win legislation designed to improve sexual and reproductive rights, reported the Chilean Times....

10/10/2000 - United Kingdom Tackles "Honour Killings"
The British newspaper, The Observer, reports that within the last five years there have been at least 20 deaths in Britain that are linked to so-called crimes of "honour"....

10/10/2000 - Malaysians React Over Claim That Attire Invites Rape
The chief minister of an opposition-ruled Malaysian state recently claimed that women were the main cause of social ills and moral decadence, due to attire that exposed their bodies....

10/10/2000 - South African Teachers Responsible For 1/3 Of Schoolgirl Rapes
The Medical Research Council of South Africa, the country's foremost medial body, released a study that finds teachers responsible for 33% of all rapes of schoolgirls....

10/5/2000 - Lesbian and Gay Backlash Ignited In Namibia
Lesbians and gays in Namibia are outraged over a statement made by Home Affairs Minister Jerry Ekandjo urging police officers to "eliminate gays and lesbians from the face of Namibia." In the past, Minister Ekandjo compared homosexuality to murder....

10/5/2000 - Women May Gain Easier Access To Abortions In France
The French parliament will soon debate new legislation that seeks to liberalize abortion laws by extending the legal period for abortion to 12 weeks....

10/5/2000 - Taliban Lobbies for Recognition
Using military gains as leverage, the Taliban militia has met with high-level officials in France, the US and other countries to press for recognition as Afghanistans ruling government....

10/3/2000 - Optional Protocol To CEDAW Will Take Effect In 2000
One week ago the government of Italy placed the final signature required for implementation of the most important international protocol created to protect women's rights....

10/3/2000 - Human Rights Incorporated Into British Law
Women, immigrants, lesbians and gays applauded the adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights in Great Britain this week....

9/28/2000 - Girls In Britain Endangered By Female Genital Mutilation
More than 3,000 young girls may be mutilated each year in Britain according to findings released by researchers....

9/28/2000 - Questionable Treatment Of Refugee And Asylum Seekers Continues In Australia
Three Somali asylum seekers have presented a request to Australian immigration officials to be sent home citing "depression, trauma and anxiety and mental pressure" within Australia's detention centers and therefore "prefer to go back to Somalia and die as innocent victims." The asylum seekers have been kept behind barbed-wire fences at the Port Headland detention center since arriving in Australia and submitting applications for asylum....