imageA French appeal court has ruled against the extradition of Beninese businessman Patrice Talon, who is accused of plottting to kill President Thomas Boni Yayi. "I'm happy for democracy in my homeland," Talon said after Wednesday's judgement. "This is a fight for democracy in Benin." And his lawyer, William Bourdon, claimed that the extradition... A French appeal court has ruled against the extradition of Beninese businessman Patrice Talon, who is accused of plottting to kill President Thomas Boni Yayi. "I'm happy for democracy in my homeland," Talon said after Wednesday's judgement. "This is a fight for democracy in Benin." And his lawyer, William Bourdon, claimed that the extradition request was a "mask for
imageIran Human Rights, December 5: Four Ahwazi Arab political prisoners have been executed, according to reports received by Iran Human Rights (IHR). The executions are also reported by BBC Persian and several other sources. Ghazi Abbasi, Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh , Abdul-Amir Mojaddami and
Democracy Now! – WNN Features (WNN/DN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As United States citizens accept the pervasive role slavery had on the emerging society inside the the U.S. during the building of the nation, slaves that were bought and sold in the country’s northern region
imageBelow is a message – and a link to a video – from Mary, who is directly affected by the ongoing welfare cuts. ‘Dear Friends, I’m writing to let you know about an emergency that is happening to disabled people in the UK right now as you read this. Some of
imageDoha, Qatar (CNN) -- A California couple accused in Qatar of deliberately starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death appeared in court Tuesday. The hearing was the first for Matthew and Grace Huang since they were released from custody last month on bail. They have been ordered
imageFilms made by women ‘more likely to make money’, and help for female writers, directors and producers. Employing more women in writing and directing roles makes sound business sense for the film industry, according to new research from the British Film Institute, BFI. Analysis of
WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Suffering from what experts call ‘psychological distress’ many children who have been displaced during the days of conflict in Syria may now dropping through the cracks, says a new in-depth survey by UNHCR &ndash
Craig McClure – Huffinton Post – Tuesday, 03 December 2013 (originally published 29 Nov) A young woman in sub-Saharan Africa is as much as four times more likely to be infected with HIV than a young man her age. While anti-retroviral drugs have saved countless lives, HIV is still the
imagePublic execution in Iran 1. December 2013 - Human rights should now be the focus of international dialogue with Iran following the break-through on nuclear talks in Geneva, says the Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group. IHR points to a worrying trend in human rights
imageAppeal Court sets aside death sentence of man found guilty of killing ACP Gilbert Kameka The man who was sentenced to hang for the murder of Assistant Commissioner of Police Gilbert Kameka has won his appeal against his death sentence. Massinissa Adams, 31, who was convicted in
imageHIV in the UK is now affecting a new group: women over 50. A recent study of people over 50 living with HIV, The 50 Plus report, shows that older people with HIV – a growing group of around 19,000 adults – are financially disadvantaged compared with their peers and have serious
Sylvia Corbet – The News & Observer – Monday, 02 December 2013 (originally published 26 Nov) PARIS — France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope
Ben Hubbard – New York Times – Thursday, 05 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The bearded religious police officers were not the ones who chastised the princess running the Harvey Nichols department store here when she decided to enhance the
Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Afghan authorities should ensure a large number of women take part in next year’s make-or-break elections to prevent female voters from being murdered and to safeguard
Tiffany Barry – Stabroek News – Wednesday, 04 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) The 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence began on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and ends on December 10, International
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to have dismissed an uncle, a man key to his rise to power, South Korean politicians said, in a move that could help consolidate his power base with a group of younger aides. Jang Song-thaek was probably sacked as vice-chairman of the National
imageShared parental leave should be good news, but there’s always a catch… A year’s worth of shared parental leave, where either parent could opt to take time off after the birth of their child – just imagine it! It would be like some kind of Scandinavian utopia, where
Hilary Burrage – WNN – Women News Network – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) London UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: As part of WNN’s highlight on 16Days Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign we want to share a unique and important perspective by British sociologist Hilary Burrage who is
image‘Lap dancing clubs normalise the sexual objectification of women’. Members of the York Feminist Network (YFN) have started a petition urging the City of York Council to reject an application for a renewal of licence from a lap-dancing club in the city. The licence for the club
imageThe murder trial of a young Indonesian maid is adding new fuel to a bilateral row over the conditions faced by legions of migrant workers in Malaysia. Wilfrida Soik is on trial in Kelantan for allegedly killing her employer, a 60-year-old Chinese Malaysian woman who suffered from
imageIran Human Rights, December 1: Five prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian prisons today. According to the official website of the Iranian Judiciary in Gilan (northern Iran) three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Rasht early Sunday morning. The prisoners are identified as
Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice
imageWomen’s travel needs often overlooked, writes Eleanor Lisney, disabled activist. As part of my work, I was lucky enough to catch  ‘The Future of Tourism is Barrier Free’ presentation hosted by the German Tourist Board at the London World Travel Market in November
image‘You can tell how civilized a society is by how it treats it’s weakest members.’ Increasing public outrage about food poverty has been made clear as in just 24 hours over 70,000 people signed a petition calling for a parliamentary debate on UK hunger and food bank use. In a
imageA great result for the WoW petition – it has reached its target of 100,000 signatures! The petition calls for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions – rather than the political aims
imageJerry Martin Jerry Martin, 43, was executed Tuesday for the 2007 death of 59-year-old Susan Canfield, who had worked for the prison system for seven years. Martin requested appeals in his case be dropped and no actions taken to delay his scheduled lethal injection.
imageHuman rights groups condemn the treatment of death row prisoners. Lagos, Nigeria - For 17 years, Thankgod Ebohs, an inmate of Oko Prison, lived under the threat of facing the gallows. Each day, he feared that the authorities would come for him. Even though the state outlawed capital
Ana P. Santos IRIN – humanitarian news and analysis for WNN – Women News Network – WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Back-to-back emergencies during the last three months in the Philippines have exposed the need for more psychosocial support
imageWomen’s health and well-being has been placed at the centre of preventing HIV in children. For the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, the global community has accumulated the knowledge, experience and tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation, according to a new report from
imageAccording to the Los Angeles Times today, the man accused in the shooting at LAX last month is due in a federal court for the first time on Wednesday. 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, a New Jersey native who had relocated to L.A., is the suspected gunman and will not be expected to enter a plea
India has ruled out the death penalty for 2 Italian marines facing trial for murdering 2 Indian fishermen, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said amid reports that the Indian investigators have sought capital punishment for the duo. Citing a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs
imageHigh profile signings for Women’s Super League’s newest member. In 2012 a new football force emerged in the men’s Premier League; in the closest title race since its inception, Manchester City pipped their greatest rivals, Manchester United, with just seconds to spare in the
WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat member of the British Parliament who is also the Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign chairman, is bringing the issue of forced caesarians, family adoption laws and the ‘misuse’ of
imageHere are some woman-centric events going on around the UK this week for your diary. Dundee: 5 December: Reclaim the Night Rally and March meeting at City Square, Dundee, from 6pm. Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Dundee and Angus (WRASAC) will be holding the ‘Reclaim The