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RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Women Learn the Political Ropes

Matt Crook*

DILI - Like many women in East Timor, 34-year-old Mariquita Soares joined the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) party during the nation’s 24-year resistance struggle against Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999.
 

LEBANON: Stepping Nearer the WTO
Mona Alami
BEIRUT - Lebanon could be stepping closer to joining the WTO following years of political instability that have held up reforms.
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Joyce Mulama
NAIROBI - Kenya's cabinet is expected to meet Monday to review a bill establishing how the masterminds of the country's post-election violence will be punished.
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Global Issues
RIGHTS-US: Landmark Disability Treaty Wins U.S. Approval
On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama announced his intention to sign the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), in what will be the U.S.'s first signing of an international human rights treaty in over a decade.
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MEDIA: African Journalists Reject EU-sponsored Observatory
EGYPT: Disputes Rise Over Quotas for Women MPs
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RIGHTS-US: Judge Slams Govt Over Afghan Detainee
A federal judge last week excoriated U.S. government lawyers for advocating the continued detention of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay after his "confession" was ruled inadmissible because it was extracted through torture.
RIGHTS-SRI LANKA: Gay Community Takes Heart in Indian Court Ruling
RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Women Learn the Political Ropes
Europe
CZECH REPUBLIC: Roma Exodus Provokes Diplomatic Conflict
Canada has imposed visas on Czechs following a year of thousands of visa applications from Roma who point to persecution in the Czech Republic. Czech officials and media put the blame on Canada.
BOSNIA: Get to be a Country First…
BALKANS: Visas Eased, Except in Muslim Areas
Latin America
ECONOMY-CUBA: New Budget Cuts in Store
The impact of the global financial crisis on the economy in Cuba was a major focus of a speech Sunday by President Raúl Castro, who confirmed that further "adjustments" will be made to this year's budget.
SOUTH AMERICA: Mercosur Summit Calls for Zelaya's Return
SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil Outshines Regional Bloc
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MIDEAST: Building Peace on an Incomplete Wall
Beneath the towering eight-metre concrete slabs, an army jeep patrols the Israeli side of the 'security wall' that cuts through Palestinian territory, dividing the occupied West Bank from Israel.
EGYPT: Disputes Rise Over Quotas for Women MPs
LEBANON: Stepping Nearer the WTO
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RIGHTS-US: Judge Slams Govt Over Afghan Detainee
A federal judge last week excoriated U.S. government lawyers for advocating the continued detention of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay after his "confession" was ruled inadmissible because it was extracted through torture.
MIDEAST: Building Peace on an Incomplete Wall
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"What happened to me shattered my dreams, my hopes – I wanted to be someone who worked outside the home but I spend all day at home looking after the baby…I can’t even sleep and I feel very unsafe, many of my days are a nightmare, it’s very hard to carry on and I feel very sad and very tired," said "M", who was raped at age 17 by a relative.
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"What happened to me shattered my dreams, my hopes – I wanted to be someone who worked outside the home but I spend all day at home looking after the baby…I can’t even sleep and I feel very unsafe, many of my days are a nightmare, it’s very hard to carry on and I feel very sad and very tired," said "M", who was raped at age 17 by a relative.
RIGHTS-US: Landmark Disability Treaty Wins U.S. Approval
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NICARAGUA: Therapeutic Abortion Ban a "Disgrace" Says Rights Group
"What happened to me shattered my dreams, my hopes – I wanted to be someone who worked outside the home but I spend all day at home looking after the baby…I can’t even sleep and I feel very unsafe, many of my days are a nightmare, it’s very hard to carry on and I feel very sad and very tired," said "M", who was raped at age 17 by a relative.
RIGHTS-SRI LANKA: Gay Community Takes Heart in Indian Court Ruling
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