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  Introduction “I felt like the world was falling down on me…. I was going crazy, thinking I can’t have a kid. I’m not prepared, I’m not ready economically…. I’d always thought of myself as becoming a successful lawyer or psychologist. I was…
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  Summary Abortion is illegal in the Dominican Republic in all circumstances, even when the life of the pregnant woman or girl is in danger. The country’s total abortion ban has devastating consequences. Women and girls facing unplanned or…
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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to…
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Summary The establishment of the Special Criminal Court (SCC) in the Central African Republic is a significant, unprecedented initiative to deliver justice for victims of brutal crimes committed during conflicts there since 2003. The…
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Summary Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything. —Peter, Dominica,…
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Summary We spent a week there. [The anti-balaka] raped us every day…. We had become their “wives.” It was us who prepared the food…. At any moment, they would want to sleep with you and, if you resisted, they threatened to kill you….…
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Summary It is not surprising that violence continues because the message is clear: you can kill without consequence. – Human rights activist, Bangui, June 17, 2016. This report documents war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by…
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Summary I have already lost four years of my life because I have not been able to study. It is not normal for a student to lose this much time. I want to be a doctor, but the Seleka are blocking my future. –18-year-…
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Summary “We are Dominican” —Adaptation of a popular slogan used in rallies by Dominicans of Haitian descent, “I am Dominican and I have rights” Rosanna is a bright 17-year-old who was born in the Dominican Republic. She was raised by parents…
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Summary In September 2013, the Central African Republic’s human rights and humanitarian situation took a sharp turn for the worse. After months of brutality by the predominantly Muslim Seleka (“alliance…
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Introduction In March 2011 the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, …
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Trail of Death Maps I. Summary II. Methodology III. Recommendations IV. Introduction Operation Lightning Thunder and its Aftermath Strength of the LRA V. Massacre in the Makombo Area …
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State of Anarchy Rebellion and Abuses against Civilians Glossary Executive Summary The APRD Rebellion.. The UFDR Rebellion.. Abuses by FACA and GP Forces Rebel Abuses The …
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A Test of Inequality: Discrimination against Women Living with HIV in the Dominican Republic I. Summary…
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POLICY PARALYSIS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON HIV/AIDS-RELATED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN AFRICA      SUMMARY II. ABUSES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT FUEL HIV/AIDS.. HIV/AIDS and Abuse of Girls Risks to Women and Girls in…