1993 Women’s Action

This report details the cases of six women, all activists in their various fields, who have been threatened, imprisoned and, in one case, killed as a result of their activities. The cases are: Myanmar (Burma): Aung San Suu Kyi, prisoner of conscience; Malawi: Vera Chirwa, longest-serving prisoner of conscience in Africa; Turkey: Leyla Zana, Kurdish independent MP, threatened with death; Colombia: Blanca Cecilia Valero de Duran, secretary of the human rights committee CREDHOS, killed; Cuba: dissident Maria Elena Cruz Varela, imprisoned; Tunisia: Nour al-Houda al-Bahri, former prisoner of conscience and member of the illegal Parti communiste des ouvriers tunisiens, allegedly tortured and threatened with rape when five months’ pregnant.

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