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ISIS Carrying Out Ethnic Cleansing on “Historic Scale”

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While the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama ponders broader actions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Amnesty International Tuesday accused the group of carrying out ethnic cleansing in Iraq on a “historic scale.” In a 26-page report, which was based on on-site investigations and interviews with victims and witnesses of mass […]

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Why Principle Matters at UN Human Rights Council

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In this column, Mandeep Tiwana, a lawyer specialising in human rights and civil society issues and Head of Policy and Research at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, argues that too often principle is being abandoned at the United Nations Human Rights Council and that every time this happens the legitimacy of the global governance institution suffers.

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OPINION: Civil Society Calls For Impartial Inquiry on Air Crash and Catastrophe in Ukraine

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Alice Slater is New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and serves on the Coordinating Committee of Abolition 2000

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Afghan “Torn” Women Get Another Chance

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“The smell of faeces and urine isolates them completely. Their husbands abandon them and they become stigmatised forever” – Dr Pashtoon Kohistani barely needs two lines to sum up the drama of those women affected by obstetric fistula. Alongside the health centre in Badakhshan – 290 km northeast of Kabul – Malalai Maternity Hospital is […]

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U.N. Chief Applauds AoC For Building Bridges to Peace

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Speaking at the Sixth Global Forum of the U.N. Alliance of Civilization (AoC) in Bali, Indonesia last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the AoC for expanding its valuable work addressing the sources of conflict and planting new seeds of peace. “I welcome its commitment to promoting inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue,” he added. These are essential […]

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Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

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At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos. According to UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), an estimated 270,000 people were living with human […]

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Struggling to Find Water in the Vast Pacific

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Pacific Island states are surrounded by the largest ocean in the world, but inadequate fresh water sources, poor infrastructure and climate change are leaving some communities without enough water to meet basic needs. Laisene Nafatali lives in Lotofaga village, home to 5,000 people on the south coast of Upolu, the main island of Samoa, a […]

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OPINION: Africans’ Land Rights at Risk as New Agricultural Trend Sweeps Continent

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Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas. The adoption of a framework called the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) by Africa’s leaders in 2003 confirmed that agriculture […]

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