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6/30/2000 - Afghan Intellectuals Threatened in Pakistan
Amnesty International has reported that Pakistan has recently deported former Kabul University Professor Mohammad Rahim Elham in violation of an agreement between Pakistani government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for joint assessment of Afghan refugee claims prior to deportation....

6/29/2000 - UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan
UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan This week United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented his most recent report on the situation in Afghanistan to the U.N....

6/29/2000 - Thousands of Girls Raped And Enslaved In Sierra Leone
The raping and enslavement of women and children were rampant during Sierra Leone's eight years of civil war, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch and U.N....

6/29/2000 - 62 House Members Demand Release Of Jailed Iranian Woman
After being imprisoned and tortured in Iran for four years, the women's rights and human rights advocate Mahnaz Samadi was jailed in the U.S....

6/29/2000 - Elections in Mexico Further Threaten Women's and Gay Rights
After seventy-one years of struggle for democracy in Mexico to overthrow the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the world's longest ruling political party with a history of corruption and economic irresponsibility, feminists and lesbian and gay rights activists face an even greater threat to their equality in Sunday's upcoming elections: the possibility of the National Action Party (PAN) coming to rule....

6/28/2000 - Women Gain Access To Birth Control In Buenos Aires
Women's rights activists in Argentina's capital, as well as health advocates and physicians, are celebrating a momentous advancement in promoting the reproductive rights of women....

6/28/2000 - Over 80 Percent Of Repatriated Afghan Refugees Are Women And Children
Under pressure from the Pakistani and Iranian governments, some Afghan refugees are returning to Afghanistan despite deadly drought, threat of renewed fighting and landmines, and denial of basic rights such as education for women and girls....

6/28/2000 - Women's Activists Urge G-8 To Stop Military's Sexual Violence
An international network of women's activists from the United States and East Asian countries aim to expose U.S....

6/28/2000 - Police Must Combat Rape More Effectively In Botswana
To fight the increasing rates of rape and sexual attacks against women, the police force in Botswana should establish more effective methods of prevention and deterrence, asserts a recent report by the Botswana police service....

6/28/2000 - Police-Protected Sex Trade Thrives In Cambodia
More than half of Cambodia's 20,000 to 55,000 prostitutes are kidnapped and then physically coerced into the sex trade, according to a human rights organization's report released yesterday....

6/28/2000 - Iranian Women Protest For Better Living Conditions
Today in Islamshah, located outside of Tehran, 3,000 Iranians gathered in a demonstration initiated by women to demand basic amenities including gas, water, and electricity....

6/28/2000 - British Women Frustrated With Sexist Politics
Although Margaret Thatcher served as the first female Prime Minister of Britain, present day MP conservative women believe they are treated unfairly due to their sex....

6/28/2000 - Ontario Government Announces Plan To Aid Abused Women
The Ontario government will spend up to $30 million, up from present $7.6 million, to link shelters for abused women and rape crisis centers with police departments....

6/27/2000 - Women Make Political Gains In Japan
A record high of 35 women won seats in the lower house of Japan's Parliament on June 25th....

6/27/2000 - Women's Political Independence In Kuwait May Be Reached On July 4th
The Constitutional Court of Kuwait will decide on July 4th if Article I of the 1962 election law, which denies political rights to women, violates several articles of the constitution that guarantee equal rights to men and women....

6/27/2000 - Former Nepalese Trafficking Survivors Now Guard India's Borders To Capture Traffickers
Traffickers in Nepal capture thousands of Nepalese girls and sell them to brothels all across Asia....

6/27/2000 - Women Are Still Acid Targets In Bangladesh
In the twelve months through March 1999, 174 women reported acid attacks in Bangladesh....

6/26/2000 - Summit in Britain Addresses Body Image
Responding to criticism that dangerously thin models in fashion magazines contribute to rising rates of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, the British fashion magazine industry suggested Wednesday that self-regulation can improve women's physical and emotional health....

6/26/2000 - Shots Fired at Women Protesters in Cambodia
After nearly one week of protests, up to 3,000 Cambodian garment workers - the majority of whom are women - continue to demand higher wages and improved working conditions in their factories....

6/26/2000 - Zimbabwe Women Fear Electoral Extinction
Women constitute over half of the country's population, but only 55 of the 566 candidates contesting 120 political seats are female in this year's elections....

6/26/2000 - Lawsuit Challenges Kuwait Denial of Women's Suffrage
Women's rights advocates in Kuwait may potentially experience a historic advancement in gender equality....

6/26/2000 - Extension of UK Abortion Law to Northern Ireland Defeated
Pro and anti abortion forces demonstrated outside of Parliament in Northern Ireland on Tuesday over the possible extension of Great Britain's 1967 Abortion Act to Ireland....

6/26/2000 - Rwandan Women Gain Inheritance Rights
Ancilla Abondibana became one of the first Rwandan women to win a case under the new Rwandan law that gives women of Rwanda the right to inherit property....

6/26/2000 - First Zanzibar Women to Run for President
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5/9/2000 - Hearing Begins on Afghans' Appeal of Asylum Denial
Thirty-eight Afghan passengers from a jet hijacked in February who were denied asylum in Britain by Home Secretary Jack Straw began their appeal yesterday....