100 years later Armenian women continue to be haunted by genocide

100 years later Armenian women continue to be haunted by genocide

Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) LONDON, U.K.: In a searing, impact-filled letter written to Swiss Armenian woman filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian, human rights activist Odette Bazil reached out to reveal her insights to the hidden depth and true story of countless Armenian women who faced atrocity during  years of cultural genocide. It revealed the same […]

International Criminal Court not ‘targeting’ only Africans says Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

International Criminal Court not ‘targeting’ only Africans says Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Peter Clottey – WNN Justice (WNN/ICC/VOA) The Hague, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says she rejects any suggestion that the tribunal has unfairly targeted African countries. Fatou Bensouda, who became chief prosecutor last June after eight years as deputy chief prosecutor, said in an interview it will take a […]

Justice Delayed: The massacre of political prisoners in Iran

Justice Delayed: The massacre of political prisoners in Iran

Elahe Amani – WNN SOAPBOX WNN Iranian reporter Elahe Amani shares insight and history into the increasing need for Iranian government accountability (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: 1988 is a year that is remembered for large, militant protests against the 1988 World Bank and IMF meetings  in West Berlin. It was also the year “Mississippi Burning” and […]

Syria Update: Possible war crimes include rising violence against women

Syria Update: Possible war crimes include rising violence against women

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN/HRW) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: Warning of crimes against humanity and possible war crimes being committed, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the international community this week to overcome differences in order to end the violence and human rights violations in Syria. Reports of specific and increasing violence against women has also […]

United Nations Navi Pillay calls for investigation of Syrian ‘crimes against humanity’

United Nations Navi Pillay calls for investigation of Syrian ‘crimes against humanity’

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, GENEVA: U.N. human rights chief, Navi Pillay, is calling for an independent investigation into last week’s slaughter of dozens of civilians in the Syrian town of Houla, even as activists on Friday reported the killing of at least 12 more civilians. Pillay’s comments were provided in a statement to the […]

Woman filmmaker reveals secret slavery of Armenian women

Woman filmmaker reveals secret slavery of Armenian women

Lisa A. Phillips – WNN Reviews (WNN) Stockholm, SWEDEN: Armenian filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian has done much to reveal the horrors of the Armenian genocide under the Ottoman government’s systematic decimation of Armenian citizens that began before World War I and lasted until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. Originally stretching across a large […]

Gender equality: an economic necessity

Gender equality: an economic necessity

Farakh Shahzad – Pakistan Today – Wednesday, 22 February 2012 (originally published 19 Feb) Pakistan has a population of about 180 million, over half of which are women. Keeping in view the 51 per cent of the total population, it is a smart economics to ensure gender equality as a guarantee towards economic self reliance. […]

FBI Takes Major Step Toward Updating Narrow Definition Of Rape

FBI Takes Major Step Toward Updating Narrow Definition Of Rape

Amanda Terkel – Huffington Post – Thursday, 08 December 2011 (originally published 06 Dec) WASHINGTON — An FBI advisory board overwhelmingly voted to update the narrow, archaic way the agency defines rape on Tuesday, a move that women’s rights advocates hailed as a long-overdue success. Currently, the FBI defines rape as the “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly […]