UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

Jul 17, 2014

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

by Osamu Nakahi

Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world’s youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there. In February, Yamashina, who was stationed at a U.N. compound in the northeastern ...

Jul 2, 2014

Effigy burned of rape row Indian lawmaker

Protesters set fire Wednesday to an effigy of an Indian lawmaker who had threatened the rape of his rivals’ relatives as a storm over his comments refused to subside despite an apology. Several thousand people took part in a number of protests in Tapas ...

Jun 14, 2014

Activists seek end to sexual violence

A citizens’ group campaigning to end sexual violence will present draft legislation containing comprehensive countermeasures at a Tokyo symposium on Sunday. In the outline, the group of scholars and lawyers, who are seeking to create a law to ban sexual violence, calls for the ...

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

May 10, 2014

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

The five-year sentence for two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba for raping a woman in 2011 has been finalized by the Supreme Court. Uchishiba’s prison term was finalized Friday after the top court rejected his objection to its April 23 decision to uphold lower ...

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

Apr 4, 2014

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year. The sentences were announced at a court ...

Nov 14, 2013

Anger in New Zealand at 'close your legs' rape defense

Victims’ rights advocates in New Zealand on Thursday condemned a defense lawyer who told a rape victim she should have “closed her legs” if she wanted to avoid having sex. Defence lawyer Keith Jefferies made the remarks when summing up at the trial of ...

Indian film tackles rape crisis

Oct 6, 2013

Indian film tackles rape crisis

As India debates how to halt a rising tide of violence against women, two filmmakers are tackling the subject head-on with a Bollywood movie called “Kill the Rapist?” The film was inspired by the fatal gang rape of a student in the capital, New ...