The Russian federal government opened an investigation into cases of abuse against gays in Chechnya last week after international pressure and media reports continued to expose the atrocities. The outcry follows a report by an independent Russian newspaper and activists that more than 100 suspected gay men in Chechnya were rounded up and tortured with electric shocks,
Afsawna’s husband returned to Herat, Afghanistan, after seven years in Iran. He morphed into a heroin addict and began beating her in front of their five children and neighbors. He demanded the wages she earned from carpet weaving so he could buy drugs.
ISTANBUL – The most ominous slogan on the signs held by women’s hands on Istiklal Street, the heart of Wednesday’s International Women’s Day march in Turkey, was “hayir.” Simply, “no.”
A black and white, aging photograph of my grandfather Abdul Karim Ahrary standing tall among the signatories of Afghanistan’s 1964 constitution during the reign of the last monarchy is the first evidence of my journey in human rights.