Sexual Violence in North Korea: Daily Brief

Women in North Korea face sexual violence and rape at the hands of high-ranking officials, police and soldiers; Egyptian government lashes out over torture allegations; Pakistan finally frees Aasia Bibi after 8 years on death row for blasphemy; Turkey should free civil rights leader Osman Kavala; fears of famine in Yemen; & excessive force against protesters by soldiers and police in Nigeria kills 45 people. 

Rape and sexual violence against women is so common in North Korea it has come to be accepted as part of ordinary life, a devastating new report by HRW has found. Women survivors say that sexual predators include high-ranking party officials, prison guards, police and secret police officials, prosecutors, and soldiers. When an official in a position of power “picks” a woman, she usually has no choice but to comply. 

Instead of protecting its citizens from torture and forced disappearances, the Egyptian government prefers to criticize and attack groups calling for investigations.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has finally put an end to the horrific ordeal of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman from a village in Punjab province who has spent the past eight years of her life on death row.

As civil society leader Osman Kavala marks one year in Turkey’s highest security prison, Amnesty International and HRW have renewed their call for his immediate and unconditional release.

The war in Yemen has left 14 million people — or half of the country's population — needing aid to survive, amid fears of an imminent famine

And finally, an Amnesty International investigation shows how the "horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police" led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as the Shi’a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around the city of Abuja.