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Where Is the Primacy of International Law in Transitional Countries like Kyrgyzstan?

Posted on 09 September 2010 by

Remarks delivered by Tolekan Ismailova, Director, Human Rights Center “Citizens against Corruption” on September 02, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain

“Human rights violations related to the recent tragic events in Kyrgyzstan and implications for the implementation of Helsinki commitments”

For a start, let me say that I would like to dedicate my speech to the thousands of people who have suffered injustice during the tragic events that occurred in Kyrgyzstan in April, May and June 2010. People who lost relatives and friends, people who were injured, people who were left without homes and means to exist, missing persons, victims of sexual and physical abuse, homeless children and orphans…

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Women and Children Bear the Brunt of Violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Posted on 16 June 2010 by

With the growing human rights crisis and ethnic violence taking place in southern Kyrgyzstan, Tolekan Ismailova of WLP’s partner in Kyrgyzstan, Human Rights Center “Citizens against Corruption” (CAC) is currently in the conflict zone in Osh with a group of human rights defenders, journalists, and Ombudsman representatives visiting local communities, providing humanitarian aid and clean-up, and working to mediate ethnic tensions.

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In Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Process, Women are Essential Players, Not Spoilers

Posted on 08 February 2010 by

The political turmoil of Zimbabwe has faded in and out of international headlines as efforts to solidify a unity government have led to some glimmers of hope, alternating with disappointment, during the past year.  We are only now beginning to recognize and document the full, violent effects of that political instability on Zimbabwe’s women. 

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One Step Closer to a Real Response

Posted on 06 October 2009 by

In a move that has largely occurred under the radar of the mainstream media, on September 30, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed resolution 1888 (2009), which further strengthens existing mechanisms for preventing and responding to violence against women and girls during armed conflict. Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Congo in August helped once again to bolster public discussion of this longstanding problem, and even in today’s news we see stories of horrific violence against women during political unrest in Guinea, but we need the work of international bodies and the commitment of governments to address the issue in a meaningful way, just as we need to tap into more effective social support mechanisms on the ground.

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Mauritania: Threats to AFCF President

Posted on 31 August 2009 by

Mauritania’s newly formed government includes for the first time six women, one of them is Secretary of State. Annaha Bint Maknas also holds the distinction of being the first female Secretary of State in the Arab world. She is the head of the leading political party in Mauritania and was among the strongest opposition to the previous government of the democratically elected president Ould Ashaikh Abdullah. She is the daughter of the late prominent diplomat Hamdi Ould Maknas.

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