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NGOs are often seen as the foremost defenders of women's rights. In many cases, NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have been the first to document horrendous women's rights abuses. For instance, they have called attention to the treatment of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Nevertheless, many have become increasingly frustrated with leading human and women's rights NGOs. In the Muslim world, for example, it is often feared that the NGOs have launched a campaign against the Muslim religion and disregard cultural and religious traditions. Is there a case in which women's rights should be redefined for cultural practices? What role do faith-based NGOs play in advocacy issues?

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U.S. Says Russian NGO Law Does Not Meet Human Rights Commitments

The United States presented to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) January 26 its concerns about Russia’s new law on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 10.

[USINFO, January 27, 2006]

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