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    Sri Lanka’s Big Tourism Push Could Entrench Sinhala Nationalism

    by  • May 2, 2016 • Asia, Poverty • 1 Comment
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    Tamil women with images of family members who disappeared during the Sri Lanka civil war at a protest in Jaffna, August 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/CREATIVE COMMONS

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Seven years after the end of its civil war, tourism in Sri Lanka continues to spike. The island nation is fast approaching its annual target of 2.5 million international visitors, a staggering figure for a country of 20 million. But rapid-fire development has created two Sri Lankas, leading to deepening...

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    Advocates for Besieged Children Say Collaboration Is Essential

    by  • May 1, 2016 • Africa, Asia, Child Soldiers, Middle East • 
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    Former child soldiers, including 147 boys and 5 girls, were reunited with their families in eastern Congo.

    Grim images from the small world of children are multiplying. Little bodies adrift in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Uncomprehending faces pressed against wire fences and barricades in Europe from the Balkans to the French port of Calais. At least 17 Syrian children and their pediatrician slaughtered by a bomb apparently targeting a hospital...

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    At UN, Momentum Is Gaining to End Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

    by  • April 11, 2016 • Asia, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Mira Sorvino and Yuri Fedotov

    Experts on human trafficking and slavery are calling for strong involvement by the private sector in tackling the enormous challenge of these abuses, particularly with girls and women. At the same time, the experts, who spoke at a recent panel discussion held at the United Nations, recognized the daunting task in asking industry to...

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    As Acid Attacks Rise Against Women, Laws Help to Deter Such Assaults

    by  • February 29, 2016 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    An acid-attack survivor is used to demonstrate in a workshop the importance of stretching and burns care. ACID SURVIVORS TRUST INTERNATIONAL

    PHNOM PENH — Acid is increasingly becoming a personal weapon of choice, especially against women. In the last 15 years, it has been estimated that more than 3,200 acid-throwing attacks were recorded in countries as varied as Bangladesh, Britain, Colombia, Pakistan and Uganda, totaling an estimated 3,500 victims in that time period. The numbers are estimated to...

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    Finding True Power for Women and Girls: The UN Goals’ Toughest Task

    by  • October 27, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Education, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    Girls and women may have a large focus in the UN's new development goals, but they also have a long way to go toward equality. Here, a girl in Agadez, Niger. JOE PENNEY

    Challenged by the staggering agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to abolish most of the world’s ills within 15 years, research organizations, advocacy groups and objective demographers had begun to do the math well before the goals were adopted globally in September 2015. Success or failure rests on complex equations with interlinked or...

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    Repression of Civil Society in Cambodia Reflects an Alarming Global Trend

    by  • October 11, 2015 • Asia, Human Rights • 
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    Protesters rallied in Phnom Penh this summer to vent frustration over a new law restricting civil society. ©LICADHO

    PHNOM PENH — Accused of organizing an “insurrection” last year, nearly a dozen Parliament ministers from the political opposition were sentenced to prison terms from 7 to 20 years by a Phnom Penh court this summer. The charge stemmed from demonstrations held in July 2014, rallying the opposition to end the national ban on...

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    Can New UN Goals Put an End to Filthy Air in Beijing and Delhi?

    by  • August 17, 2015 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Remarkably after a yearlong effort by environmental health advocates, air quality has been embedded in the new set of universal development goals for a sustainable future. Since an estimated 60 percent of the global population will live in cities by 2030, which is the deadline of the new goals, outdoor urban air quality is...

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    Freed From Extreme Poverty, but Left Out of the Middle Class

    by  • August 3, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America, Poverty • 
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    Tajikistan is one of the few countries in the world that made the leap from tktkt. PETTERI KOKKONEN/UNDP

    When the final assessment of what the Millennium Development Goals achieved was released on July 6, the United Nations said confidently that more than 1 billion people had been lifted from poverty since 1990, the baseline year for setting the goals, which were then monitored from 2000 to 2015. But where did these poor...

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    The World’s 10 Oldest Nations by Population and the Implications

    by  • April 22, 2015 • Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Misao Okama celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5 surrounded by her family, which included great-grandchildren, and congratulatory government officials. This milestone made Okama the world’s oldest woman. She died on April 1. Based on the most recent population forecast and data from the United Nations, it comes as little surprise that the world’s oldest...

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    The Controversial Cambodian-Australian Refugee Deal Hits Snags

    by  • April 21, 2015 • Asia, Human Rights, Myanmar, Refugees, UN Agencies • 
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    PHNOM PENH — A controversial $40 million deal signed between the Australian and Cambodian governments last September to resettle about 1,000 refugees from detention centers on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to Cambodia was the first time two ratifying states of the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees agreed to transfer their...

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