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A Wall of Silence: The Limits of Public Discourse in Israel. The Case of Gaza (Feminist Perspective)

January, 2010
Isha L'Isha

Ella from Bat-Yam: “I would like to see women express themselves in the peace talks. Since they (the men) sit and discuss economics and security, my idea is for a ‘women’s room’ in peace talks. This space would give voice to women who would sit and talk about peace, and their voices and opinions would have entree to the main discussion as well.”2

“They Took Me and Told Me Nothing”: Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan

June, 2010
Human Rights Watch

I remember my mother and her sister-in-law took us two girls, and there were four other girls. We went to Sarkapkan for the procedure. They put us in the bathroom, held our legs open, and cut something. They did it one by one with no anesthetics. I was afraid, but endured the pain. There was nothing they did for us to soothe the pain. I had one week of pain. After that just a little bit. I never went to the doctors. [They were] never concerned. I have lots of pain in this specific area they cut when I menstruate.

The Human Rights Crisis in Northwest Pakistan

June, 2010
Amnesty International


A comprehensive report of the human rights and humanitarian crises in the Northwestern province of Pakistan by Amnesty International in the context of the Taleban's control of some parts of the province and armed conflict with the Pakistan military. 

Video: Concluding remarks - Independent Expert on Cultural rights' first report to the UN Human Rights Council

March, 2010
Farida Shaheed, Independent Expert in the field of Cultural Rights


Video: Concluding remarks by Farida Shaheed, Independent Expert on Cultural Rights, at the presentation of her first annual report to the UN Human Rights Council (March 2010)


Source: UN Webcast: Human Rights Council

A Catalogue of International Human Rights Instruments for campaigners

June, 2010
Edna Aquino


In addition to the Bill of Rights, there are nine core international human rights treaties. Each of these treaties has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties. Some of the treaties are supplemented by optional protocols dealing with specific concerns.