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    Human Rights and the UN’s SDGs: A Sidelined Priority?

    by  • September 3, 2015 • Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals • 
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    Syrian refugees

    This month, a summit of world leaders at the United Nations is to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to take the relay from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have yielded mixed results when it comes to making the world a better place for peace, development and the universal realization of...

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    Despite Peace Talks, Colombians Are Still Terrified of the FARC

    by  • August 31, 2015 • Child Soldiers, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Silvia, Cauca. JOHANNA HIGGS

    MEDELLIN, Colombia — “There is conflict in every single country in the world,” a 16-year-old former combatant from the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC, rebel group said at a rehabilitation center for demobilized child soldiers here in Colombia’s third-largest city. Yet when it was pointed out that there was no conflict in...

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    Industrial Mining: A Wild Frontier in Need of Monitoring

    by  • August 26, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Climate and Environment, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America • 
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    Maxima Acuña de Chaupe JORGE CHAVEZ ORTIZ

    Extracting minerals from the earth is a messy, albeit lucrative business, and the disputes that plague the industry tend to be equally challenging. As the center of international trading of mining company stocks, London is regarded by some watchdog groups as a hub of multinational mining companies that they say tends to disregard the...

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    The Legal Push to End Genital Cutting of Girls in the US and Abroad Progresses

    by  • August 11, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    More scenes of the reconciliation ceremony held by the Tasaru Rescue Center in Narok, Kenya.  PAUL MUNENE

    Almost 20 years have passed since the genital mutilation of girls has been outlawed in the United States, but the traditional practice has continued to grow ever faster in recent years with increased immigration from parts of Africa where it is most common. It is estimated that more than 500,000 girls and women in...

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    French Military Covered Up Sex Abuses by Its Soldiers in Central Africa, a French Journal Says

    by  • July 14, 2015 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights • 
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    French soldiers at the checkpoint of their base in Bangui

    Alleged rapes by French soldiers of boys in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014 were actually known by French officers in Bangui, the capital, as the sexual abuses occurred, says a new investigative report published by Mediapart, a well-respected independent French journal in Paris. The article, written in French and...

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    Tunisian Women Feel Their Rights Eroding

    by  • July 9, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    A market in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, where women say their rights are eroding. JOHANNA HIGGS

    TUNIS — Tunisia has possessed the rare reputation of being progressive in gender equality in the Middle East-North African region. Yet with the rise of an Islamist political party in Tunisia after its relatively placid revolution in 2011, the question is, how have women fared in the post-Arab spring landscape? In Tunis, the cosmopolitan...

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    Pursuing Justice for Peruvian Women Forcibly Sterilized Under Fujimori’s Rule

    by  • May 5, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, LGBT, US Foreign Relations, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    A Quecha-speaking woman in the highlands of Peru. RHONA SCULLION

    LIMA, Peru — Despite making great economic strides in recent years, Peru has a violent history that remains relatively fresh for many people here. Starting around 1980 and lasting until 2000, the country was rocked by an internal armed conflict between the Peruvian army and various guerilla groups, most notably the Shining Path. Atrocity...

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    More Questions Than Answers About Europe’s Plan to End Migrant Smuggling

    by  • May 11, 2015 • Africa, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Security Council • 
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    A transit point for human smugglers in Agadez, Niger. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

    Will the European Union go ahead and militarily dismantle migrant smugglers’ networks operating in Libya without authorization from the United Nations Security Council and resistance to the plan from Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general? Federica Mogherini, the head of foreign affairs and security of the European Commission and a former Italian foreign minister, made...

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    Hungarian Women Perceive Threats From Intensifying Patriarchy

    by  • April 30, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Judit Wirth

    BUDAPEST — Judit Wirth is one of the originators of Nane, Women’s Rights Organization, a nonprofit group in this capital city banked on the Danube. Established in 1994, the charity’s first service was to set up a hotline run by trained volunteers for women and children exposed to violence. Nane then set up an...

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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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    A Montagnard

    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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