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Human Rights 05 November 2012 15 1187
It will hardly surprise anyone that bride-snatching is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, but when you look at sentencing, the reality paints a far different picture. A sheep's life is worth four times more than a young woman's. The custom – in which single young men kidnap their bride of choice and pressure them to agree to marriage – is very common in this country. But as RT’s team has found out, this centuries-old tradition surprisingly has its passionate proponents as well as harsh critics.
People fear them. They are outcasts, treated with contempt. They are frequently beaten and murdered simply because they are not like other people. Their skin is a different colour. This is not a film about the African-American civil rights movement in the mid-20th century. These twenty six minutes tell the story of those with the misfortune to be born an albino in Africa today.
Should prostitution be legalised, banned or left to its own devices? The main protagonists in this film are former and current sex workers, victims of circumstance and members of their own trade union. And they all have a very diverse range of opinions on this controversial subject.
Sweden has a long history of welcoming refugees from military conflicts all around the world. Now, in the latest refugee crisis, it hasn’t shied away, opening its borders to asylum seekers. The scale of the current crisis though is unprecedented and the country is still dealing with previous migration issues. Many are now asking if it’s all too much, even for Swedish hospitality.
Domestic abuse usually involves violence against women. There are cases though when men become the victims and the attacks aren’t always physical. That is certainly the case in Israel, where men fall prey to women who choose to abuse the laws put in place to protect them.
As the turmoil of revolutions brought economic instability to many African countries, its citizens began to look across the sea, to Europe, for a chance to improve their lives. The Italian island of Lampedusa is often seen as “a door” to the Western paradise. Getting there though can be sheer hell.
Almost 500 children were robbed of their lives after their parents were murdered by a vile regime and their identities erased. Years later, a determined group of grandmothers, who refused to give up, finally found the children of the “disappeared”, and re-introduced them to their true selves.
Cambodia, with its cheap labour, is an attractive place for many international fashion brands to manufacture their clothes. However, low production prices are often only achieved by violating workers’ rights. Most women working in clothes factories are fired as soon as they get pregnant.