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In Bangladesh, unlike Afghanistan, third gender people have a recognised legal status (Photo: USAID)
24 Feb 17
Marginalised community faces ignorance, discrimination and abuse.
FGM is practised in three villages of the Kvareli district of Georgia – Tivi, Saruso and Chantliskure. (Photo: Aida Mirmaksumova)
2 Feb 17
State takes immediate action to outlaw practice and raise public awareness.
16 Nov 16
De facto courts flourish in areas outside government control.
21 Jan 16
Activists accuse the authorities of being unwilling or unable to ensure the rule of law.
Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. (Photo: Council of Europe)
19 Dec 15
Government taken to task for ignoring rulings by Europe’s human rights court.
Police move in to break up a large rally in Yerevan on June 23, an action that only brought more people onto the streets. June 23, 2015. (Photo: Nazik Armenakyan)
10 Dec 15
Rights activists say the situation has got worse since the country joined a Moscow-led bloc.
4 Dec 15
Attempts to block or amend contentious bill come to nothing.
The Tajik parliament building in Dushanbe. (Phone: Rjruiziii/Wikimedia Commons)
26 Nov 15
Activists move abroad in anticipation of restrictions.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban leader Raúl Castro shake hands at the United Nations in New York. September 29, 2015. (Photo Anthony Behar-Pool/Getty Images)
15 Nov 15
After reforms at home and a diplomatic breakthrough with Washington, many are unhappy that so little has changed for them.
Emin Milli. (Photo courtesy of E. Milli)
3 Nov 15
“First they destroyed opposition-leaning and independent media inside the country, and then they shifted to the international media."

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