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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
19 Aug 2014

A team member of Tuzla's Identification Coordination Division (ICD) is working on a blood sample taken from a relative of a missing person and extracting DNA for further identification process. Identification of missing persons with DNA tests is only possible if a blood reference sample of a close relative is available. ICMP and ICD have made numerous campaigns to encourage relatives of war victims (many of them already living in diaspora abroad) to give blood samples to make identification possible.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
19 Aug 2014

A team member of Tuzla's Identification Coordination Division (ICD) shows a blood sample taken from a relative of a missing persons. Identification of missing persons with DNA tests is only possible if a blood reference sample of a close relative is available. ICMP and ICD have made numerous campaigns to encourage relatives of war victims (many of them already living in diaspora abroad) to give blood samples to make identification possible. "We have received blood samples even from Australia" says Edin Jasaragic, ICD's managing director.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
19 Aug 2014

Staff members of Tuzla's Identification Coordination Division (ICD) try to match blood samples of relatives from Bosnian war victims with samples from exhumed bones from mass graves.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
18 Aug 2014

Human remains from a recently discovered secondary mass grave. The bones belong to various victims and are not yet identified.

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Protected Areas
Madrid
By Victoria Herranz
14 Aug 2014

Can a government decide over the woman body?

Protected Areas explores the reaction to the spanish government’s propose to modified to change the abortion law for part of women than see limited their rights. Also, with an analogy between the woman body and the public area, it’s proposes the metaphoric relation between both than struggle area for the politic and ideologic dominant powers in the actual spanish society.

Protected Areas is a work of the spanish authors Victoria Herranz (Madrid, 1983) photojournalist, Jose Mansilla (Sevilla, 1974) anthropologist and David Cordero (Murcia, 1979) filmmaker. In collaboration with doSIguALes Producciones. The production process is completed in May 2014.

Edition: 23 September 2014. The Spanish Government can give up its reform’s propose. The Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón (reform autor) let up his position.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

A mother is weeping at her son’s grave minutes after the burial at the 19th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide where 175 newly identified victims have been laid to rest.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

Men carry coffins during the commemoration at the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide where 175 newly identified victims were buried.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

A woman is fainting and another is weeping during the burial of a close relative at the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

Women mourn while one faints as her son is buried during the 19th anniversary of the annual commemoration of 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

In the years following the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica - years before DNA identification was accurate - ICMP has produced two books with clothings and valuables found with/next to vicitms in mass graves so that relatives were able to identify their loved ones. Today identification process is only done by DNA tests (match of blood and bone samples).

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

A Bosnian man is mourning over the grave of a close relative from 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

Coffins with newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide are carried to their burial sites.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

The town of Srebrenica, nowadays mostly inhabited by Bosnian Serbs but also by muslim Bosniaks. During the Bosnian war the town became an enclave under UN protection. Nevertheless Bosnian Serb military invaded the enclave. The UN did not protect the civilians. At least 8.372, nearly all of the unarmed civilians, where systematically executed. Today an orthodox church lies next to a mosque.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

During this year's annual commemoration 175 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide were buried. A Bosnian woman is mourning at the coffin of a relative prior to the mass burial at Potocari.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

Relatives of victims of the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica are waling in front of the former UN barracks in Potocari, the place where thousands of Bosniaks tried to seek shelter from Bosnian Serb forces under Ratko Mladic. The UN was not able to protect the refugees who were take away by paramilitars and army personal to be executed. 8.372 people were killed after the enclave of Srebrenica fell, nearly all of the unarmed civililans who were systemetically executed.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

Bosnian women are mourning prior to the mass burial in Potocari during the 19th annual commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. In the back the men are praying in front of the coffins of 175 newly identified victims found in mass graves all over the country.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

Relatives of Nermin and Samir Selimovic are burying the coffins of the then 19 and 23 year old boys during the 19th anniversary of the annual commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

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Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Michael Biach
11 Jul 2014

Coffins with victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide are burried during the 19th annual commemoration in Potocari.

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Centennial Park, Arizona
By Lola García-Ajofrín
25 Feb 2014

Text, Photos and Video by: Lola García-Ajofrín
(Available in Spanish upon Request)

VIDEO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Some weeks after a judge struck down parts of the polygamy law in Utah, we traveled to the heart of “Plural Culture" as some locals call polygamy. There are an estimated 38,000 Mormons who practice polygamy in the U.S, according to the advocacy group Principle Voices.

In the Cawley house, the dad, Michael, plays with his two-year-old daughter, asking her to guess who is who in front of a family portrait.

"Who is Momma Teresa?" he asks. "She is...", the girl in her father's arms babbles. "And Mama Rose? Do you find her?" "Mmm ...", she stammers, moving her finger in circles around the 18 faces in the image. She points to one of the three wives and Michael applauds.

It is an outdated but recent picture. At present there are 24 members in the family: Michael, his three wives Rose, Connie and Teresa, and their 19 children, 20 if you count one expected to be born next month. They belong to the polygamous community of Centennial Park, Arizona, on the border with Utah. The town is home to 1,500 fundamentalist Mormons.

The size of the families in this U.S. town can be guessed by the size of the houses and the number of bikes stacked next to the door. Seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, two laundry rooms and two living-rooms are spread over 300 square meters of the Cawley residence. Each room belongs to one of the wives, one for to the husband, and the rest to the children. At the entrance, there are at least eight bikes and a tricycle.

There are an estimated 38,000 Mormons who practice polygamy in U.S, mostly in Utah and the Western U.S., according to the advocacy group Principle Voices. At the pace of births by Centennial Park's residents, the figures will multiply in a matter of months.

“Something interesting about our lifestyle,” Michael muses, “is that the family continues to grow. Now I'm 45, and I hope to continue having children for the next 15 or 20 years." He smiles. He is following in the footsteps of his father, who currently has eleven wives and who gave Michael 36 siblings. Utah has the youngest population nationwide with an average of 29.2 years old according to the 2010 census. This is 22% younger than the national average of 37.2 years.

The Utah Case

On 14 December, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled in a historic decision to strike down parts of Utah’s Polygamy Law. The case was brought to court after a Utah ruling in favor of the Browns – one husband, four wives and 17 children who starred in TLC’s reality show, "Sister Wives" on their daily life in a polygamous family. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups upheld the court’s decision that the section of Utah’s anti-polygamy laws prohibiting the “cohabitation" violated the constitutional guarantees of religious freedom.

The Utah ruling comprises a 91-pages document where the term “private” is used 37 times and “freedom” on 14 occasions.

“This decision is fraught with both religious and historical significance for the State of Utah, because it deals with the question of polygamy, an issue that played a central role in the State’s development and that of its dominant religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons),” the ruling states.

About 79% of Utah’s population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. Out of this 79%, about 69% identify as Mormons, according to the 2013 state census.

The judgment only refers to the “cohabitation.” Polygamy, in the literal sense of the term – if the husband acquired several marriage licenses at a time - is still illegal in Utah and the rest of the U.S. As these husbands usually only officially get married to their first wife and “spiritually united" with the others, the judgment is a gesture to polygamous families, who have been persecuted recently.

Priscilla Hammon, a resident of Centennial Park, considers the judgment to appeal to her right "to live the way we believe that we have to live.” Since meeting her husband, this 56 year-old polygamous wife knew she wanted to “bring other ladies home.”

“We had both grown up in polygamous families and we felt that this was the way we wanted to raise our children,” she explains.

She has been married for 40 years and jokes about the fact of living with other wives.

“The difference in the style of monogamous life is that here things are magnified,” she said. “We have larger birthday parties, huge laundries, and when we make a salad, we use 14 dishes.” She acknowledges that jealousy exists. “Of course, we are human,” she adds, “but we must deal with [eachther]. If not, we would not be here."

A Divine Command

These families continue the teachings of Joseph Smith, who wrote in 1843 that plural marriage was a command from God. In 1890, the mainstream of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned polygamy, but some sects continued this practice, including the great-grandfather of Republican Mitt Romney, who left the U.S. to circumvent the laws against polygamy. Romney 's father was born in Mexico because of this.

Currently, three sects of fundamentalist Mormons embrace plural marriages in the U.S., specifically the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) and the Independent Polygamous and Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). The FLDS is the best known and most hermetic sect. It rose to fame with the scandals of its leader, Warren Jeffs, accused in 2006 of incest, rape, emotional and psychological abuse.

At the time of his verdict, Jeffs had about 90 wives, some of them his stepmothers before his father died. The evidence presented at trial included an audio recording he made while raping a 12 year-old girl. Between groans heard in the recording, he recites prayers. “A good woman is ready to welcome her husband and follows the spirit of peace,” he implores, and ends with, “In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Several followers of Warren Jeffs live in Colorado City and Hildale, adjacent communities to Centennial Park, right on the border between Utah and Arizona. The two groups were separated in 1980 after a leadership dispute, and one of them left Colorado City, Arizona, to settle in Centennial Park, Utah. Crossing the meters dividing both municipalities is like stepping back in time several decades. If in Centennial Park, polygamous families talk openly about their lifestyle, in Colorado City, silence reigns.

In the Land of the Prophet with 80 Wives

A truck with a woman driving and seven kids inside stops at one of the few establishments in Colorado City, a balloon store. She wears her long blonde hair tied in an elegant braid and sports a dark blue ankle-length dress with long sleeves. Some minutes later, the same scene is repeated: half a dozen kids get out of the vehicle with long braids and long dresses. NThey walk to "Craigo's," a takeaway shop in which several women in flowered shirts and bow ties prepare lemon cakes in the shape of a flower. FLDS women do not cut their hair because they believe that they will use it to wash the feet of Christ. In their dress code, the color red is prohibited. All of them refuse to talk. The tour ends with the goodbye of a Sheriff who patrols the area saying "I hope you do not break the law.”

"I'd like to let people know that not everyone in plural cultures belongs to FLDS,” laments Hammon. “It makes me very sad that today his face (Warren Jeffs ) is polygamy's face, because we know we (polygamists) have done things that are not right and neither believe nor support it.” She raises her voice to point out, “I'm not a victim, and I don't need to be rescued! I'm here because I chose to be here.”

"I Chose Heaven"

"Do you know what are the only choices that these girls have?” Kristyn Decker, 61, anti-polygamy activist and former polygamous wife asks. “Between heaven and hell. I go to heaven if I do and to hell if do not.”

Decker is the author of the book50 ‘Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies,’ in which she speaks of the abuses and humiliations she experienced within a polygamous family. She is the niece of Rullon Allred, a former leader of the polygamous AUB sect, imprisoned several times for practicing bigamy, and she is the daughter of his successor.

She was five or six years-old when his half-brother Rick asked her, in the bathroom to play a game where she had to be very still. “Be a good girl and let me do it,” he told the child. “I'll buy you a candy bar when I go to the store.” Another day, an older cousin, Craig, cornered her in the kitchen and put his hands under her blouse “and up to [her] newly developing breasts,” as she recounts in her book.

She was disgusted, but she felt compelled to respect her elders. He abused her for years, but she never told anyone. “I felt it was a kind of lesson,” she says. “It was God’s will. We had to suffer and be helpful," she recalls in her bright home in New Harmony, where she has rebuilt her life with a new husband.

"When I encouraged my husband to bring another woman home, I also thought it was my choice,” says Decker. She emphasizes, “I was 25 years old. Now I know it was not, because I had nothing else in my life to choose between.”

In her book she recalls the first day she shared her husband. "I trembled inside with nausea and anger while I imagined his and Diana's bodies intertwined ( ... ), not just tonight, in her romantic honeymoon, but in the morning, again and again for the rest of our lives.” She remembers waking up at midnight and seeming to hear the panting in her hotel room, while her mother's words pounded her head: “This is God will."

Her life became a constant struggle between “divine will” and the daily face of polygamy. At first, when it was "Diana's night" –they took turns- she heard noises in the house and asked God if they were not gasps. When the doctor diagnosed her with a vaginal infection, after the second wife arrived, she realized that they would have to share everything. She became very sick to her stomach and thought about suicide several times.

“But I had to do as my mother did,” she said, “‘stretch up, put a smile on your face and behave yourself.’”

From the porch of her current home hangs a sign that reads “Decker Paradise" and a wind chime hanging from the door plays its music in the wind. Her new monogamous husband, LeRoy, makes coffee. Kristyn looks at the horizon and says, “Now I have many wonderful friends who come to my house and hang out together; but I know they are guests, and I will not have to share my husband with them in any sexual relationship.” Kristyn Decker abandoned polygamy 11 years ago. She says that this time, she chose heaven.

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Yemeni judiciary.
yemen
By Mohamad alwashi
03 Oct 2013

Video about : Decisions of the justice Yamani right "Elhoudrani "of the accused in several corruption cases.

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Tunisa
By Aich Fadhlouni
27 Aug 2013

Video about : the Coverage of a press conference on the status of the judiciary in tunisia under the political situation in the country.

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Tunisa
By Aich Fadhlouni
27 Aug 2013

video about: A statement to the custodians and imam of the mosque, which stormed tunisia police search for fugitives.

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Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - A tattoo in arabic calligraphy "Freedom, justice, rights"

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Menshar, Pakistan
By Adnan Ali
03 May 2013

Supporters of legendary cricket player and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan take part in a parliamentary elections campaign meeting in Torghar, Pakistan

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Manshera, Pakistan
By Adnan Ali
03 May 2013

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-Supporters of legendary cricket player and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan take part in a parliamentary elections campaign meeting.

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Mansehra, Pakistan
By Adnan Ali
03 May 2013

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Manshera, Pakistan
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02 May 2013

Meshar, Pakistan.
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Manshera, Pakistan
By U.S. Editor
02 May 2013

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-Supporters of legendary cricket player and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan take part in Pakistan's parliamentary elections campaign. May 3, 2013.

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Peshawar, Pakistan
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27 Apr 2013

April 27, 2013 -Peshawar, Pakistan.
The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan

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The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan. Chief Justice Khan and senior lawyer Mr. Latif Afridi rise for the national anthem.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Diego Espinosa
19 Apr 2013

Protesters gathered to demand security and justice in Buenos Aires on Thursday against the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The protesters, estimated to have reached nearly a million, are against the president's proposed judicial reform and are calling for another election.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Diego Espinosa
18 Apr 2013

Protesters gathered to demand security and justice in Buenos Aires on Thursday against the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The protesters, estimated to have reached nearly a million, are against the president's proposed judicial reform and are calling for another election.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Diego Espinosa
18 Apr 2013

Protesters gathered to demand security and justice in Buenos Aires on Thursday against the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The protesters, estimated to have reached nearly a million, are against the president's proposed judicial reform and are calling for another election.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
By U.S. Editor
18 Apr 2013

Protesters gathered to demand security and justice in Buenos Aires on Thursday against the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The protesters, estimated to have reached nearly a million, are against the president's proposed judicial reform and are calling for another election.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Diego Espinosa
18 Apr 2013

Protesters gathered to demand security and justice in Buenos Aires on Thursday against the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The protesters, estimated to have reached nearly a million, are against the president's proposed judicial reform and are calling for another election.