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Sexual violence against Egypt women goes unpunished

Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday. "Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women's participation in the political transition of their country," said a group of rights organisations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.

Sexual violence against Egypt women goes unpunished

Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday. "Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women's participation in the political transition of their country," said a group of rights organisations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.

B.C. privacy report urges tougher rules for employment checks

VICTORIA - British Columbia leads the country when it comes to stepping on the privacy rights of people who need police information checks for employment, says a report released Tuesday by Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. In what Denham is calling her most important report ever, she concluded too much mental health and so-called non-conviction information is being revealed to employers. Government and police boards should immediately stop providing mental health information as part of the documentation released in such checks, said Denham's report.

NDP questions government handling of Heartbleed at Canada Revenue Agency

OTTAWA - Two New Democrat MPs have written to the minister in charge of the Canada Revenue Agency asking her to explain what they say are discrepancies in the timeline of the Heartbleed security bug. The NDP's Charlie Angus and Murray Rankin put several questions to National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay about the CRA's actions from the time the bug was first made public on Monday to when the agency shut down its website Tuesday evening.

Manitoba set to prohibit flavoured tobacco in effort to stop youth smoking

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is set to join the list of provinces that restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Healthy Living Minister Sharon Blady (BLAY'-dee) says the aim is to stop tobacco companies from luring young people into smoking through cigarillos and other flavoured products. Blady says details will be revealed in a proposed law she is expected to bring forward Wednesday. Ontario and Alberta have already announced similar measures, but have run into opposition from some quarters.

Tobacco on TV tied to adult smoking rates

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed patterns in TV smoking over more than 50 years and found that they tracked with changes in adult tobacco use, suggesting that even established smokers are influenced to light up by seeing it done on the small screen.

U.N. warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal would weaken the foundations of "genuine and lasting" peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said. Nepal, home to Mount Everest and birthplace of Lord Buddha, is still recovering from a brutal conflict that ended in 2006 in which more than 16,000 died, hundreds disappeared and thousands were wounded or displaced.

China condemns British rights report and cancels talks

China expressed anger at Britain Tuesday for a report criticising its human rights record, a day after London said Beijing called off a dialogue between the countries on the issue. China was last week listed as one of 28 "Countries of Concern" in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Human Rights Report, which said "civil and political rights remain subject to significant restrictions" in the country.

South Korean gamer arrested after son starves to death

South Korean police said Tuesday they had arrested a man for apparently allowing his infant son to starve to death while spending days playing online games at Internet cafes. The case will likely fuel an ongoing debate about the problem of compulsive online gaming in South Korea, where parliament is considering a bill to classify the activity as potentially addictive as drugs, gambling and alcohol.

U.N. Security Council has mandate to work on NK human rights issue: COI chief

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 14 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council will be held accountable by history if it does not take the proper steps to address prevalent human rights abuse in North Korea, a chief U.N. investigator said Monday. Michael Kirby, head of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), said the role of the council is of more importance especially as dialogue with North Korea, including the six-way talks, is suspended.
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