Refugee Women Seeking Safety in Europe Risk Sexual Abuse, Violence

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GENEVA—The U.N. warns that refugee women and children seeking safety in Europe are at great risk of sexual abuse and violence throughout their journey.  An assessment mission conducted by the U.N. refugee agency, U.N. Population Fund, and the Women’s Refugee Commission finds measures to protect the women and girls are inadequate. The joint field mission was carried out in Greece …

Hungary Could Use Migrant Crisis for Internal Crackdown

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Opposition Hungarian lawmakers and former senior officials say the country’s populist, right-wing government may use the broad, executive powers granted to deal with the migrant crisis as a pretext to erode the rule of law and crack down on its political rivals. On Friday, Hungary again extended a state of emergency, putting six counties along its southern border with Serbia …

Squeezed Out Gays From St. Petersburg

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Gay-rights activists in St. Petersburg say they have no intention of emigrating or going back into the closet despite claims by a Russian lawmaker that all gays have been “squeezed out” of the city. St. Petersburg’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has reacted with dismay to comments by local lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who announced on September 2 that …