Human Rights

‘LGBTQ rights have become a litmus test in Palestinian society’

The growing visibility of queer Palestinians poses a challenge to Arab political parties that are exploiting homophobia ahead of the Israeli election, says attorney and activist Fady Khoury. By Edo Konrad The Palestinian LGBTQ community isn’t used to being at…

UN debates on women’s participation and leadership

The UN debates on the participation of women in public life and in decision-making at different levels in the 65 period of sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to run until March 26th. The importance of…

The military coup in Burma: An Interview with Mr. Elaisa Vahnie

by Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas. Mr. Vahnie serves as the Executive Director of the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI), a leading voice and advocate for democracy and development in Myanmar. He holds a Master’s of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Indiana…

Who can become a parent in France?

What’s at stake here is more than a legal technicality Written by Laila Le Guen, Chloe Matz Families that do not fit into the “traditional” cisgender heterosexual mold have existed for decades and have progressively gained acceptance in French society.…

Ten years of war: the world must talk about Syria again

The spotlight is elsewhere, but people are still dying in Syria and a whole generation of children does not know what it means to live in peace. On the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict, we listen to…

Women who Build the Future: Giulia Cicoli

Starting March 8, International Women’s Day, Pressenza is publishing a series of video interviews entitled “Women who build the future, Towards a nonviolent culture ”. In this interview Anna Polo speaks with Giulia Cicoli. Giulia Cicoli is one of the founders…

Filipino Environmental Advocates’ Plea: Stop Activist Killings

14 March 2021, Quezon City. Responding to the brutal killings of nine activists last March 7, environmental advocates pressed the government to ensure that the lives and liberties of those peacefully exercising their constitutionally-guaranteed rights are upheld and protected. “As…

The Athens Bar Association condemns the instances of police violence – demands speedy accountability

The Athens Bar Association expresses its strong disgust for the instances of exceeding the legal boundaries of police violence against citizens, among them lawyers, that we witnessed in the center of Athens (on 6 March 2021) and in Nea Smyrni…

“I’m still 22.” Ilhan Sami Çomak, a poet in a Turkish prison

LITERARY EVENT Last March 8th, Pen Norway celebrated Ilhan Sami Çomak’s birthday. His lawyer, Ipek Özel, said that when Ilham was told about his birthday celebration, he said, “Tell them that after 27 years in prison, I’m still 22.” Ilhan…

What International Women’s Day looked like around the world in 2021

Written by : Melissa Vida, Belen Febres-Cordero, Juliana Harsianti, Carlos E. Flores, Romina Navarro, Ardita Osmani, Andrea Mendez, Samea Shanori, Dahlia Kholaif, Sevgi Yagmur Bulut, Luis Carlos Diaz, Anette Eklund, Qurratulain (Annie) Zaman, Elisa Marvena, Janine Mendes-Franco International Women’s Day…

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