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Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
Sexual violence in conflict is a serious, present-day crisis affecting millions of people around the world. Ending sexual violence as a tactic of war remains one of the greatest challenges to the protection of human rights. The UN Secretary-General's annual report this week is the first to contain a list of 'named and shamed' for crimes of conflict-related sexual violence.
In late November 2013, Egyptian police rounded up 14 female activists in downtown Cairo, including three prominent women who had helped lead the first protests against former President Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011. Three years later, the women were still at it, now protesting military trials against civilians and a draconian new law banning public demonstrations without a permit.
Burma's horrific military tactics drag on thanks to Asean's silence, inaction in 1989, following the collapse of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB), a number of armed ethnic armies entered into a series of ceasefire agreements with Rangoon. The fighting stopped, to a degree, but deep down nobody believed it would last. It was just a matter of time before the various groups resumed fighting.
The tiny new nation of East Timor came to the United Nations last month for its first women's rights checkup and picked up a few kudos.
When American feminist Susan Brownmiller published ‘Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape' in 1975, thousands of women all around the world who'd been victims of war-time rape were suffering pretty much in silence.
With Timor-Leste continuing to consolidate peace and stability and promote development, the United Nations is already planning for the end of a mission in the once troubled country that could serve as an example for other operations, a senior UN official said today.
The recent election of José Maria de Vasconcelos, or Taur Matan Ruak as he is known, to the Presidency of Timor-Leste is not good news for women in that country.
Adding yet another member of the male military elite to a position of great prestige and power will not increase the political participation of women nor add to a culture of gender equity.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq, presided over a dialogue with civil society on UN Security Council resolution 1325 in Dili on 11 June, on the occasion of the Global Open Day on women and peace.
The top United Nations envoy to Timor-Leste has underscored the need for dialogue to bring an end to gender-based violence in the fledgling South-East Asian nation.
Yesterday, Ameerah Haq, the Secretary-General's Special Representative, visited Covalima, a district in the country's southwest, where she visited a safe house, home to women who have been targets of domestic or sexual violence.
The punishment that she and other women in her position received is hard to justify, or even discuss, she says. “We were abused by Indonesian soldiers in every way.”
The East Timorese Women's Network (Rede Feto) send a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Mary Robinson, asking her support for the establishment of the International Tribunal for East Timor's campaign. The East Timorese Women's Network expressed their rejection of the Ad Hoc Human Rights Tribunal in Jakarta for its inability to bring justice to victims, specially women, and asked Ms.
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Although East Timor is now completely independent, the population is still struggling against the damage resulting from the Indonesian occupation. The Asia Pacific Coalition for East Timor jointly with Initiatives for International Dialogue launched the “Justice for East Timor” campaign aiming to bring justice and peace, to pursue people-to-people partnerships, and to consolidate the East Timorese civil society.
WLB has put forth a tremendous idea for confronting the shameful participation of the SPDC (State Peace and Development Council, the government of Myanmar) at the ASEM meeting in Hanoi in October 2004 and in regional ASEAN meetings. They want to remind ASEAN of its shocking coming of age birthday party on the 8th of the 8th 1988.