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Human Rights Watch THE WEEK IN RIGHTS
October 30, 2014
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Interview: Life After Escaping Boko Haram's Clutches

Photo © 2014 Benedicte Kurzen/ NOOR /Redux

The kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram last April shocked the world. A social media campaign – #BringBackOurGirls – became the international rallying cry for their release. Sadly, these aren’t the first, or the last, girls to be kidnapped by Boko Haram – it has become a standard part of the group’s violent insurgency in northeastern Nigeria.

Human Rights Watch Nigeria researcher Mausi Segun spent months tracking down the few girls who escaped from Boko Haram and were courageous enough to share their experiences. What she learned: That new fears set in after their escape, that their families have no protection from Boko Haram’s revenge attacks, and that, while the government has offered escaped Chibok girls some medical care and counseling, girls kidnapped before or after this terrible incident receive no support for the physical and emotional scars of their ordeals. Here, Segun speaks about why she began researching Boko Haram kidnappings months before the Chibok girls were taken, and what Nigeria needs to do to support the girls if they are found.

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Africa In Tanzania, Child Marriage Harms Girls

Tanzania’s draft Constitution unfortunately provides no minimum age for marriage. The Tanzanian government should show leadership on child marriage by making 18 the minimum age in the Marriage Act and by providing stronger protections against child marriage.
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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA Iraq: ISIS Executed Hundreds of Prison Inmates

Gunmen from the Sunni extremist group Islamic State systematically executed some 600 male inmates from a prison outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on June 10, according to survivors’ accounts. The vast majority of those killed were Shia.
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ASIA Dispatches: The Moment of Truth for North Korea
By Param-Preet Singh

“Rule #1 in the camp: you should never ask why you were there. Many of those who asked were publicly executed.”

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA Italy Should Drop Charges Against Gay and Lesbian Activists

Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration. The charges would be laughable if they didn’t reflect exactly the anti-gay sentiment the activists are fighting against.
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SPECIAL FEATURE
Child Marriage in Tanzania: Dowries, child labor, and banning girls from school View Now >>
PUBLICATION
“Those Terrible Weeks in their Camp”: Boko Haram Violence against Women and Girls in Northeast Nigeria
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TWEET of the WEEK
#Kazakhstan court awards thousands in "moral damages" in suit over this poster. http://bit.ly/ZZkaOI.
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