Bangladesh to remove the word ‘virgin’ from Muslim marriage certificates

Verdict from country’s top court will see ‘virgin’ replaced with ‘unmarried’ in landmark victory for campaigners. Written by Agence-France Presse, The Guardian The word “virgin” must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh, the country’s top court has said, a landmark verdict after campaigners challenged the “humiliating and discriminatory” term. Under the South Asian…

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission. Written by Vincent Tremeau, UN News “Extreme physical violence, the openness in which it is conducted … reflects a widespread culture of tolerance towards humiliation…