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Syarhey Kavalenka was sentenced to over two years in prison
Belarusian opposition activist Syarhey Kavalenka, whose health has deteriorated through a lengthy hunger strike, is to be transferred to a psychiatric clinic.

Officials in Minsk told Kavalenka’s wife, Alena, on March 23 that her husband would be transferred to a psychiatric clinic in a penitentiary in the eastern city of Vitsebsk next week.

Kavalenka, 37, was sentenced in Vitsebsk in February to 25 months for an alleged parole violation. He was later transferred to a prison hospital in Minsk due to poor health.

Kavalenka was detained in December for allegedly violating the terms of his parole for an earlier conviction on charges of "illegally displaying the banned Belarusian national flag."

He began his hunger strike shortly after his detention.

Authorities force-fed him in January, but he resumed the protest in February.

-- RFE/RL's Belarus Service
At least 943 women and girls were murdered across Pakistan last year for allegedly defaming their family's honor, according to a report by the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

The figure includes the deaths of 93 minors and seven Christian and two Hindu women.

Most of the women killed were accused of having "illicit relations," some 200 of marrying without permission.

Most of the women were killed by their brothers or husbands.

Some victims were raped or gang-raped before being killed.

The HRCP reported 791 honor killings in 2010.

Despite the rising number of reported killings, the HRCP praised parliament for passing laws enhancing women's rights.

With AFP and dpa reporting

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