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Marianne Mollmann
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Marianne Møllmann heads Physicians for Human Rights' research and investigations team, supporting the planning, coordination, and implementation of research by staff and volunteers. She was most recently director of programs at OutRight Action International and has extensive expertise on gender-based discrimination and violations of bodily autonomy from her time there and at Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Ms. Møllmann holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, an M.Sc in Management, and a BA in Political Science. She left her native Denmark in 1991 and has since lived and/or worked in more than 10 countries on 2 continents. She is now settled in Brooklyn with her spouse and daughter.

Entries by Marianne Mollmann

Pregnancy, Drug Use, and Why Prison Is Not the Solution

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 7:26 PM

In New Hampshire, a bill to redefine opioid use or addiction in "custodial parents," including pregnant women, as child abuse is making its way through the legislature, despite vocal objection from the state's medical community. Much media treatment of this bill and similar bills in other...

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Protecting Syria's Civilians: Another Discarded New Year's Resolution?

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 11:38 AM

It's been just three weeks since the UN Security Council adopted its latest resolution on the conflict in Syria, re-authorizing cross-border delivery routes for humanitarian aid and promising -- once again -- to take "further measures" if the parties to the conflict do not comply with international humanitarian...

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A New Low: Stealing Family Heirlooms in Exchange for Protection

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:07 PM

The refugee crisis in Europe has shown the very real limits to the social coherence and solidarity that seemed to form the basis for the European Union until now. But even within the climate of hostility against asylum seekers in Europe, Denmark stands apart as one of the worst aggressors.

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New UN Report: Treat LGBTI Humans As Humans

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:44 PM

This week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued its second report on the state of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide.

Here's a hint: It's not pretty.

Intended originally to share good practices and ways to overcome...

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Todos Merecemos Justicia

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 11:21 AM

No tienes que ser un activista por los derechos humanos para saber que ser lesbiana, gay, bisexual o transexual puede hacer que te maten en, prácticamente, cualquier lugar del mundo.

Tristemente podemos citar numerosos ejemplos: el asesinato en el 2012 del activista por los derechos LGBT

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We All Deserve Justice

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 4:50 PM

You don't have to be a human rights activist to know that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans can get you killed pretty much anywhere.

Tragically, we can cite numerous examples: the 2012 assassination of LGBT activist Erick Alexander Martinez Avila in Honduras; the brutal...

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We Are All As Blind To Racism As Men Are To Street Harassment

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:09 PM

These past days, a video tracking an actress walking through selected New York City neighborhoods has gone semi-viral. The video depicts the many (many) times the actress is accosted, harassed and even stalked by men, and was commissioned and produced by the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback!

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We Are All Equal; And When We Are Not, It's Time to Step Up

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:06 PM

On June 10, the UN Human Rights Council started a three-week session, where -- rumor has it -- a new resolution addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity might be discussed.

Here's how that development is simultaneously timely and late.

On June 5, the General...

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Enough With the Bathrooms: Stigma, Stereotypes and Barriers to Trans Equality

(17) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Recently, attempts to effectively implement the right to non-discrimination for trans people in the United States has been met with fear-mongering about inappropriate use of public bathrooms.

In Maryland, a lawmaker reportedly expressed concerns that predators and pedophiles might enter women's bathrooms if that state passes a...

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Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

(12) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Last month, the fifth grade parent group at my daughter's school had the first of many conversations about how to mark our children's transition to junior high. Unfortunately, the issue we discussed -- whether the kids would be wearing caps and gowns at the end-of-year celebration -- sidelined a much...

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Why Is El Salvador Letting a Woman Die?

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 5:30 PM

This past month, the world has been watching a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador die, little by little. I want to say it is like watching an accident happen in slow motion, but this situation is no accident. El Salvador's government is deliberately denying lifesaving treatment to...

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When Health Care Providers Refuse Care, Whose Rights Are at Stake?

(37) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Recently, an appeals court in Scotland ruled that a wide range of service providers have a right to object to helping with the provision of abortions, even if the care they provide is not directly related to the termination of a pregnancy. In the original ruling, last year,...

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Women Wake Up Grumpier? Look Around and You'll See Why

(6) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 6:53 PM

This week, Duke University published a new study, which found that women wake up grumpier than men. The study's authors attribute the additional grumpiness to women needing more sleep than men. Me? I think there is just a lot to be grumpy about lately.

First, the

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Ending Violence Against Women Shouldn't Be Controversial -- But it Is

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Each year around March 8 (International Women's Day), representatives of world governments come together to draw up a statement that is supposed to communicate the notion that women and men are equal. This has been a key tenet of international relations since the signing of the United Nations Charter in...

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How Do You Prove That Discrimination No Longer Exists?

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 12:19 PM

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which reauthorizes funding for the fight against domestic violence in the United States. The bill passed after a prolonged partisan fight over specific protections for Native-American women and lesbian, bisexual, and trans women....

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TV Recognizes Modern Families, So Why Won't Governments?

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 12:20 PM

I don't watch Modern Family, the primetime sitcom depicting "non-traditional" (e.g., same-sex, interracial and inter-generational) couples. Still, I'm struck by how fast family realities change and how slowly laws and societal perceptions about what's "right" reflect those changes.

The couples depicted in Modern Family were surely seen by society at...

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The Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment, and Other Punitive Measures: What's the Point?

(50) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 10:14 AM

If you ask children what the purpose of a punishment is, most will say "to learn your lesson." This is why life imprisonment and the death penalty don't make much sense to them. Yet in the United States alone, 140,000 people are currently serving life sentences, and 41,000...

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Trans Inclusion: Trust, Verify, Eduate

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 7:18 PM

Earlier this month the punditsphere erupted in vicious back-and-forths over the (lack of) space for trans women in mainstream feminism and how to talk about transgender people to begin with.

The comment that led to the storm has since been described by its author, Suzanne Moore, as a

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What We Can Learn About Privacy From Jodie Foster and Steubenville

(24) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Last week Jodie Foster received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes and accepted it by thanking her loved ones and sharing her dislike of intrusions of privacy. Since then she has been subject to much criticism, ranging from swipes at her continued friendship with...

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The Human Rights of Domestic Workers Must Be Recognized

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Wednesday morning last week, news broke that Saudi Arabia's authorities had gone ahead with the public beheading of Rizana Nafeek, a young woman accused of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old. Nafeek insisted the baby had died in...

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