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    UN Peacekeepers Heading to the Central African Republic by the Fall

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Child soldiers, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    SG Ban Ki-moon with IDPs at a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized yet another peacekeeping force for an African country, the Central African Republic, approving up to 12,000 military and police personnel who are not likely to arrive until mid-September. The goal of the force is broad, given the nation’s crippled affairs: restore law and order, protect civilians, provide humanitarian [...]

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    A Nepali Gay Rights Activist Achieves the Impossible

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Human Rights • 

    Sunil Pant in the Gai Jatra Festival in 2011 (In Chitwan, Nepal)

    The name Sunil Babu Pant is synonymous with gay rights in Nepal. Over the last two decades, Pant has been seen rallying on the streets of Kathmandu, the capital, distributing condoms to people in the gay community and recently making laws as a parliamentarian in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly. Under his watch, homosexuality was legalized in [...]

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    Poverty Stalks Eastern European and Central Asian Countries

    by  • March 11, 2014 • Asia, Poverty, World Bank • 

    A family in Macedonia is making coffee using a Primus stove after a power outage

    The world’s most abjectly poor people are most often — too often, they say — illustrated by faces from South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, where numerically, the majority of the global poor live. A new interactive report from the World Bank moves the focus north, to eastern European countries and Central Asia, where scores of people [...]

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    Cambodian Tribunal Confronts New Hurdles

    by  • March 2, 2014 • Asia, International Justice • 

    Nuon Chea

    The tangled process of bringing even partial accounting and sentencing to a close in a United Nations-Cambodian joint tribunal judging the leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that decimated the country’s population in the late 1970s and destroyed all civic and economic life, is on full display again in a purpose-built courtroom near Phnom Penh, [...]

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    Parliamentary Group Warns of Political Perils as 2014 Elections Loom

    by  • January 23, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Governance, Middle East • 

    Bangkok demonstration November 2013

      A committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union met in mid-January, as a busy year of elections globally was beginning, to confront the human-rights violations and sometimes lethal abuse suffered by 262 members of national legislatures in countries that often call themselves democracies. From Jan. 13 to 17, the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s committee on the human rights [...]

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    Indian Ban on Gay Sex Draws UN Human Rights Rebuke

    by  • December 13, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights • 

    Gay pride parade, Bangalore

    An unexpected Indian Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 11 upholding a law that criminalizes same-sex relationships drew a swift rebuke within 24 hours from Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who called it a violation of international rights. The Indian court decision came barely a day after international Human Rights Day. [...]

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