• About Tala Dowlatshahi

    Tala Dowlatshahi is based in Zurich, where she runs the communities team for the International Relations and Security Network, an online information-services project. She formerly worked as the United Nations bureau chief for Talk Radio News Service. Since 2002, Dowlatshahi has also worked as a US representative for Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans Frontieres), the Paris-based media watchdog group. Dowlatshahi has reported from Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Turkey, South Africa and Uganda. Her work has been featured on CNN International, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Reuters and in humanitarian news programs. She is member of New York Women in Film and Television and the Overseas Press Club of America as well as a recipient of the 2011 Visual Artists Guild champion for the right of freedom of speech and expression award. She as a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in international development from New York University.

    Congo Army Rapes Detailed in UN Report as Special Brigade Arrives

    by  • May 15, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region visit in Goma

    The cycle of sexual violence that has been churning throughout the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has refused to stop, despite all the steps the United Nations has taken over decades to end the epidemic. Just last fall, systematic rapes, committed by the Congolese Army, occurred in an area around...

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    In Iran, the Point of Torture Is to ‘Break the Human Soul’

    by  • April 8, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Iran 2009 Election Protests

    Iran has remained prominent on the radar screen of the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international human-rights groups that are concerned with the poor treatment of Iranians who dare to speak out against repression and corrupt laws. Human-rights groups are waiting to see if similar abuses will increase before the presidential election on June 14, 2013. The...

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    Domestic Workers: Long Hours, Backbreaking Jobs and Few Rights

    by  • February 28, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 4 Comments
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    Children selling postcards in Petra, Jordan.

      Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers’ associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide. The United Nations International Labor Organization, or ILO, adopted such a convention, No. 189, in...

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    The Glory of Self-Learning, Discovered by Children in India

    by  • February 6, 2013 • Asia, Education • 1 Comment
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    An Indian student in front of a Hole in the Wall education kiosk.

    Imagine a new world of innovative, inexpensive and successful learning, where dusty streets in rural towns in developing countries are lined with self-powered computer kiosks and children from poor neighborhoods have the same ability to work with new technology as children in richer areas do. That dynamic is the goal of new education policies...

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    Nursing Fellow Burmese in Thailand Against Many Odds

    by  • June 21, 2012 • Asia, Human Rights, Refugees • 3 Comments
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    Dr. Maung

    GENEVA — Dr. Cynthia Maung doesn’t care that much about the high-level Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainability this week. And it doesn’t matter to her that the country she lives in, Thailand, is advancing a green agenda. Dr. Maung, a general practitioner, prefers to see action on the ground to help the refugee...

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