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As with all matters relating to rebuilding the legal, social and political environments in Afghanistan, the problem of women and children in prison is very complex and needs attention from many different areas.
Iran's new parliament, sworn in two weeks ago, has nine female legislators, down from 13 in the previous body. Women throughout the country are watching this mix of mostly conservative legislators' approach to women's rights.
The gathering of Arab leaders in Tunis over the weekend culminated in declarations of solidarity and peace that spoke generally of reform but were short on specifics and programs.
The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales is urging voters to judge candidates for the local and European elections on their moral stances.
Seats should be reserved for women in Arab parliaments so that they can play a greater role in the political sphere, delegates at a conference said.
Crushing defeat of NDA led by the BJP in the recent general elections is certainly victory of secular forces.
Foreign ministers have endorsed the concepts of democracy and human rights in a document prepared for approval at a two-day Arab summit in Tunis starting on 22 May.
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