What Amnesty International found at Saydnaya Prison in Syria

What Amnesty International found at Saydnaya Prison in Syria

A recent report by Amnesty uncovered allegations of abuses sanctioned by the Syrian government that include mass executions, torture, and other acts that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Here, Nicolette Boehland, a Syria researcher at Amnesty, talks about how the world “needs to realize the extent of the problem.” Photo at left by Scott Bob. Read More »

Refugee ban resembles U.S. refusal of Jews in 1939

Refugee ban resembles U.S. refusal of Jews in 1939

There’s a comparison to be made with history in terms of today’s Muslim ban. In 1939, 908 Jewish refugees fled Germany on a ship called the St. Louis. They were denied entry into the United States. Of the 908 refugees returned to Europe, 254 were murdered in the Holocaust. Right now, we are stopping refugees at our airports and have already turned some back to possible death. Photo at left by Beverly Yuen Thompson. Read More »

Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

With potentially thousands more Yazidi women soon to be in her position, a young woman named Zara is asking the world not to abandon them. Arbitrary closures—such as one this month—of the limited places in Iraq remaining for survivors will strip women like Zara of the few comforts of home, and self, they have left. Photo at left by Caroline Gluck/EU/ECHO. Read More »

How rape is used as ethnic cleansing from South Sudan to Burma

How rape is used as ethnic cleansing from South Sudan to Burma

The UN said in December that rape is now being used as a tool of ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, but we and others reported that two years ago. South Sudan may be the latest conflict in which women’s bodies are bearing the brunt of hatred, but it isn’t the first and is likely not the last. Here, Lauren Wolfe lists conflicts in which sexualized violence has been used to ethnically cleanse groups. Photo at left by JC McIlwaine. Read More »

How Amnesty uncovered ‘a universe of degradation’ at Saydnaya Prison

How Amnesty uncovered ‘a universe of degradation’ at Saydnaya Prison

By — February 22, 2017
Earlier this month, Amnesty released a report detailing allegations of government-sanctioned abuses in the two buildings of Saydnaya military prison outside of Damascus, between 2011 and 2015. The findings show a systematic policy of mass executions, torture and deprivation of food, water, medicine and medical care, which could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. more »
São Paulo tries to combat Brazil’s rape culture

São Paulo tries to combat Brazil’s rape culture

By — February 15, 2017
On December 14, 2016, 23-year-old feminist activist Débora Soriano de Melo was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat in a bar in São Paulo, Brazil. There was evidence that the young activist suffered sexual abuse that same night. Detectives suspected Willy Gorayeb Liger, a manager of the bar, in the assault and called for his arrest on rape charges. more »
Trying to slow Kenya’s HIV rates, locals tackle sex-for-fish trade

Trying to slow Kenya’s HIV rates, locals tackle sex-for-fish trade

By — February 9, 2017
After her husband died, Margaret, 55, saw no alternative but to sell her body in order to feed her four children. She would walk down to Lake Victoria every day to buy fish to sell in the market. But first she had to have sex with a fisherman. For at least the past two decades, fishermen at Lake Victoria have demanded sex before selling their catch to female fish traders. more »
This is what intolerance looks like

This is what intolerance looks like

By — January 28, 2017
“No hate! No fear! Refugees are welcome here!” Shouts are rising into the night sky in Brooklyn as I write this. I just left the Brooklyn federal courthouse, where hundreds of people are chanting that and more, some slogans more angry and profane than others. more »
‘Young women come to us completely broken’: Q&A with head of Heshima, a Kenyan nonprofit for girls

‘Young women come to us completely broken’: Q&A with head of Heshima, a Kenyan nonprofit for girls

By — January 23, 2017
Once known as a refugee-friendly nation, Kenya is becoming more resistant to taking in people who have been forced to flee their homes. That means added challenges for the nonprofit Heshima and the refugee girls it supports, says executive director Alisa Roadcup. more »

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