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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....

9/28/2000 - Cambodia Takes Stand Against Sex Tourism
Cambodia's Minister of Tourism Veng Seryvuth marked World Tourism Day by "declaring that it should no longer be seen as a destination for sex tourists....

9/22/2000 - The Plight Of Afghan Refugees
More than 2 million Afghans are living as refugees in Pakistan and Iran with the vast majority consisting of widowed women and children....

9/22/2000 - Swiss Parliament Accepts Abortion Rights Bill
On September 21st, Switzerland's upper House of Parliament passed an abortion rights bill, by a vote of 21 to 18, that would allow a woman to have an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy....

9/22/2000 - U.S. Will Oppose Taliban U.N. Spot
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced yesterday that the United States will oppose awarding the terrorist Taliban regime a seat at the United Nations....

9/20/2000 - France Hosts Diplomatic Talks With Brutal Taliban Regime
In a rare move in France diplomacy, senior French officials invited Taliban officials to diplomatic talks in Paris last week....

9/20/2000 - UNFPA Report Cites Widespread Violence Against Women And High Illegal Abortion Death Rate
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2000 finds that "violence against women and girls remains firmly rooted in all cultures around the world." According to the reports findings 67% of women in Papau New Guinea, 47% of women in Bangladesh, 45% of women in Ethiopia, 40% of women in India, 27% of women in Mexico and 22% of women in the United States reported physical assault by a male partner....

9/12/2000 - World Health Organization Estimates 4 Million Unsafe Abortions Per Year In Latin America
The World Health Organization estimates that four million unsafe abortions are performed annually in Latin America....

9/12/2000 - Fear Of Ethnic Cleansing By Taliban Displaces 100,000
Earlier this month, Taliban forces captured the northern city of Taloqan that borders Tajikistan....

9/12/2000 - Lesbian And Gay Marriages Fully Equal And Legalized In The Netherlands
For the first time ever, The Netherlands passed legislation this week fully legalizing same sex marriages including rights to divorce and adoption of children....