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Myanmar Passes Bill to Prevent Buddhist Women from Marrying Muslims

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial measure that will make it much harder for Buddhist women to marry non-Buddhist men. The “Buddhist Women’s Special Marriage Bill” is one of several bills passed to protect “race and religion”; Human Rights Watch says they’re backed by extremist Buddhist monks and meant to… » 7/08/15 8:45pm 7/08/15 8:45pm

Report: Military Sexual Assault Survivors Not Protected from Retaliation

A new report says that military service members who report sexual assault face a very high risk of retaliation, including threats, harassment, and loss of promotions and work opportunities. The report says military sexual assault survivors are twelve times more likely to be retaliated against than their attackers are… » 5/18/15 2:30pm 5/18/15 2:30pm

Indonesia Still Using Humiliating 'Virginity Tests' on Female Soldiers

Human rights groups are calling on Indonesia to end the practice of requiring “virginity tests” for female military recruits, in which a doctor visually and manually checks for the presence of a hymen. An Indonesian military official told the Guardian the practice was necessary to weed out “naughty” women, while Human… » 5/15/15 7:00pm 5/15/15 7:00pm

Meet Sarah Tofte: Death Penalty Researcher Turned Rape Kit Activist

Sarah Tofte is a researcher with Human Rights Watch, and organization more known for its international policy and anti-death penalty work than its work on women's issues — in fact, its website on women's issues in the U.S. is sparse to be sure. But when we saw Tofte's byline on an Op Ed in the L.A. Times last month… » 7/22/08 4:30pm 7/22/08 4:30pm