What’s Current: Muslim women ‘sterilized’ in China detention camps, say former detainees

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  • Uighur Muslim women are being sterilized at internment camps for ethnic and religious minorities in China, according to former detainees. Gulbahar Jalilova, who was held for more than a year, told France 24:

“We had to stick our arms out through a small opening in the door. We soon realized that after our injections that we didn’t get our periods any more.”

  • Hundreds of protesters in Mexico City, mostly women, surrounded the city’s prosecutor’s office demanding justice for two teenage girls who were raped by police officers.
  • A Los Angeles County sex crimes detective was sentenced to only three years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl while he was investigating a previous sexual assault she reported. 
  • The government of South Korea will hold its second national ceremony to commemorate International Memorial Day for Comfort Women on Wednesday. Historians say up to 200,000 women and girls, mostly Koreans, were abducted and systematically raped at front-line Japanese brothels during World War II. 
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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