image ’We can’t ignore the homophobic laws which the Russian government has recently passed and the resulting vicious crackdown.’ Or can we? Speaking out about the recent persecution of LGBT people in Russia, ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Shadow leader of the House of Commons, Angela Eagle, asked the UK government to...  ’We can’t ignore the homophobic laws which the Russian government has recently passed and the resulting vicious crackdown.’ Or can we? Speaking out about the recent persecution of LGBT people in Russia, ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Shadow leader of the House of Commons, Angela Eagle, asked the UK government to outline what it planned to do in order
imageThe UK government plans to extend charges to primary and emergency care – and maternity care. In March the government plans to publish details of how it intends to extend charges for healthcare services to emergency and primary care. GP consultations will still be free, but
imageVirginia lawmakers are expected to vote this week to establish the electric chair as the state’s default method of execution when drugs used for lethal injection are not available. The measure, prompted by a long-standing shortage of the drugs, would make Virginia the only state
imageIn what the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) are calling 'a step backward' for human rights, the Sultan of Brunei has announced that a series of laws that were formulated in 2013 are set to be enacted in April, 2014. The laws, which criminalize everything from adultery to
imageProposed Afghan law would effectively let batterers of women and girls off the hook. Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a new criminal procedure code that would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced or child marriage, Human Rights Watch said
imageIran's President Hassan Rouhani ordered the hangings last Monday of a poet and a human rights activist from Iran's Arabic-speaking ethnic minority Ahvazis. The internationally acclaimed Iranian journalist Amir Taheri first reported on Tuesday on the hangings of Hashem Shaabani and Hadi
imageDzhokhar Tsarnaev When accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is brought to trial later this year or early next, the life of the 20-year-old naturalized citizen won’t be the only thing at stake. In a very real way, the future of the death penalty—a
imagePAMPA — The defense rested its case Monday in Hank Skinner’s evidentiary hearing after a judge ruled a key witness could not testify. District Judge Steven Emmert ruled that the defense could not offer testimony from a neighbor of a relative of one of the victims of the 1993
imageBritain’s women to watch. The build-up to the 2014 Winter Games has probably been one of the more troubled in Olympic history. It is hard for anyone with an ounce of political awareness not be disturbed by some of the events leading up to the Games: from the release of the members of
imageCrowdspeaking platform amplifies social media reach for campaigners. The social campaigning tool Thunderclap is being used to help spread the word on the EU-wide #EndFGM campaign. Organised by the Department for International Development (DFID), this Thunderclap aims to flood social media
imageThe Boston Marathon finish linemoments before the explosions The Department of Justice said Thursday that it will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, citing the “heinous, cruel and depraved manner” of the attack that
imageA French woman and four others detained in Malaysia on suspicion of growing cannabis could face the death penalty after police said Saturday they were "very likely" to be charged with drug trafficking. The French woman, an Indonesian maid and three Malaysian men were arrested on Wednesday
imageThe practise can cause severe bleeding, infection, infertility and death. TRIGGER WARNING: GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, a day to set about raising awareness of the practise and encouraging people to take a stand and to help
imageOriginally a Twitter movement, #NotBuyingIt is now available to download as app. This app has been produced by The Representation Project, a movement that aims to ‘use film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness
imageHank Skinner PAMPA — A Texas Department of Public Safety expert testified Tuesday that genetic material found on a knife at the scene of a 1993 triple homicide was consistent with Hank Skinner’s DNA profile, but the death row inmate’s defense team maintains
imageThe current review of homicide laws may well lead to a reduction in the number of cases that draw the death penalty, lawyers say. The Law Society believes the review is significant as it would literally mean the "difference between life and death". Last month, Law Minister K. Shanmugam
imageThe U.S. Supreme Court will consider Feb. 21 whether to hear an appeal from a woman on Mississippi's death row who is seeking a new trial in the 1999 slaying of her husband based on claims that she was abused. Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court
imageScott Rush BALI Nine drug courier Scott Rush has been moved from Bali's Kerobokan Prison to another jail on the holiday island. The move, which has been signed off by authorities, came at Rush's own request in a bid to escape "temptations" at the jail - including drugs.
imageDeath-row inmate Christopher Sepulvado was granted a 90-day stay of execution today, just 2 days before he was set to be killed with a new, controversial combination of lethal-injection drugs. The state and Sepulvado's attorney's agreed to a 90-day temporary restraining order after a
imageJuice – the vocal ensemble – are launching their single ‘Heal You’ on 6 February. Nonclassical is London’s longest running and only monthly classical club night, at The Shacklewell Arms in East London, and presents “a winningly eclectic mix” with
imageHere are some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week. Bury St Edmunds: 5 February: “How can we increase the representation of women in politics and public life?” A debate at County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds, from 7.30pm. Bury St
imageHank Skinner Hank Skinner, the Texas death-row inmate convicted of murdering his live-in girlfriend, Twila Busby, and her sons, Randy and Elwin “Scooter” Caler, will not be attending an evidentiary hearing scheduled in Pampa Monday and Tuesday. An employee who
Riyadh: Saudi authorities beheaded a citizen in the northeastern city of Arar on Sunday after he was convicted of murder, the interior ministry said. Habib Al Shammari was accused of killing fellow tribesman Meshaal Al Shammari following a dispute, the ministry said in a statement published
imageSuzanne Basso Capital murder defendant Suzanne Basso was executed in Huntsville, Texas Wednesday for the brutal 1998 slaying of a mentally disabled man, becoming only the 14th woman to be put to death since 1976. By comparison, almost 1,400 men have been put to death.She was
imageFujairah Court of Appeals sentences UAE national to death for stabbing a stateless man to death. The Fujairah Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling sentencing a UAE national to death for stabbing a stateless man to death during a bitter scuffle in a hotel. The court
imageTerror suspects can only be held for max 28 days; there is no limit to how long an asylum-seeker can be held. Most of us can not imagine the suffering which women seeking asylum in the UK have been through. Their stories include rape, torture, imprisonment… However, for many, that
imageBoston Marathon finish linemoments before the explosions Despite the emotional devastation, the government is wrong to seek that punishment in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It was a horrendous attack. 2 bombs left in backpacks near the finish line of the annual Boston
imageSuzanne Basso A federal judge has joined Texas' top criminal court in refusing to stop this week's scheduled execution of a woman condemned for the torture slaying of a mentally impaired man more than 15 years ago outside Houston. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake on Monday
imageA Saudi court sentenced a man to three years in jail and ordered him lashed 360 times after he was found guilty of offering himself to other men through Twitter. Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police had arrested the man in the eastern town of Dammam following complaints by some
imageUrge Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russian homophobia; protest on 5 February. In Russia, you can now be fined or arrested for speaking publicly about gay, lesbian, bi or trans issues; new laws have fuelled a massive surge in anti-gay violence within the country. But Principle 6 of
imageWomen more likely to opt for higher education, according to UCAS figures. A third more young women than men are now seeking higher education – a trend which some academic experts have called ‘unhealthy’. Latest application figures reveal 87,000 more women than men applied
imageSian Norris is fed up of celebrity abusers. Jim Davidson has won Celebrity Big Brother. Jim Davidson, a man who has an alleged history of intimate partner violence, and whose racist, sexist and homophobic “comedy” led to him being chucked off Celebrity Hell’s
imageTexas Death Chamber If the state of Texas goes through with the planned execution on Feb. 5 of Suzanne Basso, it will be executing a delusional woman with scant understanding of why she's to be put to death, attorney Winston Cochran Jr. argues in a request for sentence
imageMothers’ names and occupations should be recorded on marriage certificates alongside fathers’. In England and Wales mothers’ names and occupations are not on marriage certificates but fathers’ names and occupations are. This is not fair. Women are routinely