Morning Reading. Human Rights Watch has released its annual World Report. Check out the essays, which cover the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, the Soviet bloc twenty years on, human rights and tolerance in Europe, and rights for the disabled, among others. Also check out the individual country chapters.

The report is accompanied by photosets, a video and some extra resources on human rights in the Arab World, to support the report’s special focus on the anti-regime uprisings.

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The fact that stereotypically feminine characteristics are so despised in male prisoners may reflect a more general contempt of women, not just men who are considered to be like women. Although misogyny would appear to be an unlikely cause of male-on-male rape, it may be an ingredient in the volatile mix that results in sexual abuse in prison.

“No Escape: Male Rape in U.S Prisons.” Human Rights Watch, 2001.