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Lebanon passes law against domestic violence

Lebanon's parliament on Tuesday passed a law making domestic violence a criminal offence, after a years-long campaign by civil society groups in a sectarian Arab country steeped in conservativism. Large sectors of Lebanese society have traditionally regarded beatings of women and children as religiously and socially acceptable. New York-based Human Rights Watch described the bill as "historic," but pointed to gaps which did not ensure full protection for women.

Kenya to charge men in 'grasscutter' case with gang rape

A group of men in Kenya accused of ferociously gang raping a schoolgirl and originally punished by being made to cut grass around a police station are to be formally charged, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday. Worldwide outrage over the punishment last year prompted over 1.6 million people to sign a petition demanding justice, with the office of the director of public prosecution then ordering an investigation into the handling of the case.

U.N. rights forum calls for Security Council action on North Korea

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations main human rights forum called on Friday for the U.N. Security Council to hold accountable those committing documented crimes against humanity in North Korea. The Geneva forum, by a vote of 30 states in favor, six against, with 11 abstaining, adopted a resolution brought by Japan and the European Union (EU) which North Korea rejected earlier, saying "Mind your own business".

Suspects identified in Pennsylvania hazing death of NYC student - officials

By Joe McDonald East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Suspects have been identified in the death of a college student in a Pennsylvania fraternity hazing incident but authorities are waiting for forensic medical reports before making arrests, officials said on Thursday. Charges may not be filed until May in the death of Chen "Michael" Deng, a freshman at New York's Baruch College who died from brain injuries in December following a hazing game called the "glass ceiling," officials said.

US top court rules domestic abusers can't own guns

The US Supreme Court upheld a federal law Wednesday barring anyone convicted of even a minor domestic violence charge from ever owning a gun. In a unanimous ruling, the nine justices ruled against James Castleman, who argued that his past conviction in Tennessee of misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child shouldn't keep him from owning a firearm under federal law.

Campsite rapist on trial in France

A man who carried out a series of sexual assaults on girls at holiday campsites in the Ardeche region of central France went on trial Wednesday. Sebastien Dutheil, 33, is charged with two counts of rape and nine of attempted or actual sexual assaults on victims aged between six and 17. His victims included three foreigners: a Belgian, a Dutch girl and a German.

Sports aggression may ‘spillover' in teen relationships

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenage boys who played football, basketball or both were about twice as likely as other boys to have recently abused their girlfriends in a new study from California. Researchers say the "hypermasculine" attitudes encouraged in some sports may foster aggression off the field, but the locker room can also be a place to teach boys about healthy relationships and avoiding violence.

Student files $5 million claim against California university over racial hazing

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An African-American teenager who authorities say was the target of racial hazing on a California university campus last fall filed a claim for $5 million in damages against the school on Monday, his attorney said. Officials with San Jose State University failed to protect the teen from racist pranks and remarks by white students with whom he shared a dormitory suite, according to the claim filed internally through the university system by attorney Carl E. Douglas.

S. Korea joins U.N. resolution on N. Korea's human rights

SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has joined hands with Japan and the European Union in drafting a resolution on North Korea's human rights situation, calling on the United Nations to refer the case to an "appropriate" international justice mechanism, officials here said Tuesday. The resolution led by Japan and the EU was presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Sunday, with member states working on details for possible revisions.

Athletics: Uganda police called in over sex abuse claims

Authorities in Uganda have ordered a police investigation into complaints by elite female runners that they suffered sexual harassment and abuse from a top athletics coach, a report said Friday. The Daily Monitor said female runners were subjected to late-night visits and demands for sexual favours while attending a training camp to prepare for last week's Africa Cross-country Championships.
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