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Can journalism survive the Taliban? – documentary

The Etilaat Roz was once the most widely circulated newspaper in Kabul, but everything changed in August 2021 when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.  With journalists tortured in the street for their reporting, many of the paper’s staff wer…

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Can journalism survive the Taliban?

The Etilaat Roz was once the most widely circulated newspaper in Kabul, but everything changed in August 2021 when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. With journalists tortured in the street for their reporting, the paper’s staff were forced to fl…

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‘I’ll never know where I’m from’: plight of the adopted children of Bangladesh’s Birangona women

Thousands of children born to victims of rape during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971 were adopted by foreign families. Now, many want to discover their rootsThe Bangladeshi children who say they were wrongly taken for adoptionJane Radika was s…

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Student’s sexual assault and murder shows women’s safety in India ‘not a priority’

Despite reforms, campaigners say Mumbai killing proves lack of progress in protecting students since 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ gang-rapeThe list of complaints made by female students living at the women’s hostel in the south of Mumbai is depressingly long and go…

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Sexual violence is junta’s ‘modus operandi’, Myanmar activist tells UN

People are united to end military dictatorship but international support is needed, Naw Hser Hser saysThe crisis in Myanmar should be referred to the international criminal court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including widespread sexual v…

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Farzana survived rape, addiction and losing her children. Then the Taliban came – now she is missing

Exiled Afghan psychologist Mariam is desperately trying to trace 15 domestic abuse survivors she was helping before the Taliban seized controlFor more than a year, Mariam*, an Afghan psychologist, has been trying to trace Farzana* and 14 other female s…

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‘No escape’ for Afghan girls forced out of education and into early marriage

As the Taliban denies women access to any schooling, there has been a rise in students being married off to ease family povertyIt is six weeks since the Taliban closed the door on girls’ education across Afghanistan and Zeina’s last vestiges of hope fo…

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Indian journalist freed on bail after being jailed for two years without trial

Muslim reporter Siddique Kappan had been charged under draconian anti-terrorism lawsIndian journalist Siddique Kappan, who was held in jail for two years without trial, has walked free after being granted bail in a case human rights groups alleged was …

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Young girls being sold in India to repay loans, says human rights body

Notice issued to Rajasthan state government demanding police inquiry into ‘abominable’ practiceYoung girls in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan are being sold as “repayment” for loans their parents cannot afford, the national body that protects hu…

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