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9/10/2007 - Pakistan: Women Accused of Being Prostitutes Found Beheaded
Police suspect that Islamic militants are responsible for the kidnapping and beheading of two women in Pakistan on Friday....

11/16/2006 - Pakistan's Lower House Amends Rape Laws Punitive to Victims
Pakistan's lower house of parliament approved changes to the country's punitive rape laws yesterday....

9/12/2006 - Pakistan: Reforms of Cruel Rape Law Fail
In a blow for women's rights in Pakistan, the government's proposals for reforming the country's cruel rape laws were dropped today....

8/3/2006 - Pakistan to Consider Amending Rape Laws
The Pakistani parliament will consider and likely approve a bill that would ease overly strict restrictions applied under Islamic law that make it nearly impossible to prove a woman has been raped....

7/11/2006 - Pakistan to Free More than 1,000 Women
Pakistan's President signed an amendment to a controversial Islamic law on Friday that will allow 1,300 women facing charges of adultery and other minor crimes to be released from prison on bail....

6/30/2006 - Family Sentenced for 'Honor Killing' of Woman
In Denmark, nine people were sentenced to prison this week for the "honor killing" of 18-year-old Ghazala Khan....

3/13/2006 - Protests for Women's Rights Mark International Women's Day Across Asia
A series of protests and rallies for women's rights occurred in several Asian countries in the days leading up to International Women's Day, March 8....

1/10/2006 - Four Dead in Pakistan Honor Killing
A 25-year-old woman and her three younger stepsisters have been murdered in a brutal "honor killing" in Pakistan....

1/5/2006 - Afghan School Headmaster Beheaded
Terrorists stabbed several times and decapitated an Afghan headmaster of a school in Qalat, a town in Zabol Province....

1/5/2006 - International Peacekeeping Troops to Increase in Afghanistan
For several years, feminists have urged that the number of international peacekeeping (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan be increased and that they be deployed throughout the nation....

7/12/2005 - Five Gang-Rape Suspects Arrested in Pakistan
In Chiniot, Pakistan, five men have been arrested for the gang-rape of Fauzia Altaf....

6/28/2005 - Victory for Pakistan Gang-Rape Victim
The Pakistan Supreme Court reopened the case of gang-rape victim Mukhtar Mai (also known as Mukhtaran Bibi) yesterday following pressure from human rights groups and governments worldwide....

6/23/2005 - Afghan Refugee Camps in Pakistan Close Due to Lack of Security
Security concerns on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have resulted in the closing of 16 Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan over the past two weeks....

6/16/2005 - Raped Woman Allowed to Leave Pakistan
After significant international pressure, the Pakistani government has removed travel restrictions it had placed on the survivor of an infamous gang rape....

6/1/2005 - Sima Samar Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Brown University
Sima Samar, former Ms Magazine Woman of the Year and long-time champion of women's rights in Afghanistan, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during Brown University's 237th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday....

4/22/2005 - President Karzai Urges Islamists to Ban Forced Marriages
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is urging Islamists to end forced marriages and to fight violence against women....

4/15/2005 - Pakistan's Islamists Introduce Bill Banning Women in Advertising
Pakistans conservative Islamist party alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), introduced a bill to ban women from appearing in advertisements....

3/4/2005 - Village Gang-Rape Convicts Freed By Pakistani Court
Five of the six men sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for gang-raping a 30-year-old woman, Mukhtar Mai, were acquitted by a village council yesterday, angering the human rights community....

1/6/2005 - Family Brutally Killed in the Name of Honor in Pakistan
Armed men shot dead a woman, her husband, their son, and two others in a farming village in Pakistan....

12/7/2004 - International Conference Held To Combat Honor Killings
Over 200 activists from around the world are meeting today in Sweden for an international conference to combat honor killings....

10/29/2004 - Pakistan Proposes Harsher Punishments for Honor Killings and Forced Marriage
In a move that many human rights and women's rights advocates see as a positive step forward, Pakistan's lower house of Parliament passed legislation that proposes death sentences for certain honor killing cases....

10/11/2004 - Hundreds of Pakistani Activists Protest Honor Killings
Hundreds of Pakistani women's rights and human rights activists and lawmakers demonstrated outside of the Pakistani parliament in Islamabad last Friday to protest the governments lack of action against honor killings and violence against women....

8/26/2004 - UN Warns of Increased Taliban Attacks and Calls for More Support
The United Nations mission to Afghanistan has warned that the Taliban and other extremist groups will likely increase their attacks before Afghanistan's presidential elections are to take place this October....

7/8/2004 - Afghan Elections Postponed; Female Election Worker Killed
The first post-Taliban elections that were scheduled to take place in September have been delayed due to slow voter registration and insecurity created by Taliban-like militia and so-called warlords....

6/8/2004 - Leading Afghan Woman Receives Prestigious Health and Human Rights Award
During the Global Health Council's (GHC) annual conference, a leading Afghan womens rights and human rights advocate received the 2004 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights....