Freedom Prize Awarded to Imprisoned Female Journalist
The United Nation’s Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded its $25,000 World Press Freedom Prize to Nigerian journalist Christina Anyanwu. Anyanwu has faced brutal conditions in prison for the past three years.
The former editor-in-chief of Nigeria’s The Sunday Magazine, Anyanwu “was arrested following the publication of an article about an attempted coup against the Nigerian government on March 1, 1995 and was condemned to life imprisonment by a special military tribunal in a trial held behind closed doors on July 4, 1995,” said a UNESCO spokesperson.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .