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"Son preference" fuels discrimination against women

UN agencies say it violates women’s right and must stop

Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence against women, five UN agencies have said.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Health Organization (WHO), said “son preference” must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of women’s human rights.
 

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Italy to sign immigration accord with Libya’s TNC

Italy will tomorrow sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) to fight illegal immigration, Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Frattini has said.

The agreement will also address the issue of deportation of illegal immigrants, he said. Mr. Frattini confirmed that the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) will be fully involved.
 

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Racism and intolerance taking root in Europe - ECRI

Racism and intolerance are becoming rooted in European societies as the economic crisis gives strength to extremist messages, Europe's leading anti-racist body has warned.

In its annual report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), says that racism is no longer limited to the fringes of society and that mainstream politicians are increasingly using xenophobic and anti-Muslim arguments and calling referenda targeting non-citizens and religious minorities.

"Legal means alone do not seem sufficient to counter this trend. More needs to be done," the report states.
 

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Maroni hints at eliminating Decreto flussi

All immigrants with jobs should come in

Home Affairs Minister Roberto Maroni has suggested doing away with Decreto flussi (Quota Agreement) and opening Italy’s borders to all immigrants with work contracts.

Decreto flussi is a document the Government publishes establishing the number of foreign workers who can be allowed to come to work in Italy.

Mr. Maroni, however, emphasized that it was important to link the immigrant’s entry to a work contract, saying that it is the right way of controlling entries.
 

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"Psychological violence underpins violence within the couple"

"Psychological violence underpins violence within the couple, and must be regarded as the psychological equivalent of murder,” Lawyer Yael Mellul has said.

No woman would accept physical violence “Unless she has been psychologically prepared to submit,” Mellul told a hearing on psychological violence held by the PACE Equal Opportunities Committee. “It is an irreversible result of such psychological preparation and pressure, such verbal violence, creating a situation of domination, that a human being is first morally destroyed, then subjected to physical violence."
 

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