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Global Trade for Women at Work
By admin April 1, 2019

Gender and trade gained attention at the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women session. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Deputy Secretary-General Isabelle Durant said that trade affects men and women differently due to the distinct roles each plays in our economies and societies. Trade policies have to account for gender-specific

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Past and Present Day Slavery
By admin March 25, 2019

Today is International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to honor and remember those who suffered at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The theme for this year is “Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice.” Art is a powerful tool to express past struggles,

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The Rohingya – The Stateless People Even a Nobel laureate Does Not Want
By admin January 7, 2019

The Rohingya, considered by the international community to be the “most persecuted minority in the world”, are a majority Muslim ethnic group that represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar. They have their own language and culture and are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations.

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Yemen Crisis: The Weaponization of Aid
By admin December 3, 2018

  Yemeni citizens are caught in the crossfire of a proxy war that involves much more than an exchange of bullets.  It is estimated that 80% of the domestic population have been forced into dire humanitarian need; some 18.5 million people are food insecure and 16 million have no access to safe, clean water and

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A Right-Wing Extremist Playground
By admin October 29, 2018

As hate speech and far-right principles become mainstays of political campaigns and backbones of domestic policy in different countries around the world, individuals with convoluted perspectives of society are seizing the opportunity to become outspoken and active to achieve their goals. In the United States, Americans are experiencing frequent outbreaks of violence motivated by an

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IN MEMORIAM: Kofi Annan
By admin August 20, 2018

When Kofi Annan became Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1997, he had already been within the UN system for almost 35 years – starting as a budget officer for the World Health Organization and rising through the ranks to become head of personnel for the office of the UN High Commission for Refugees; Assistant Secretary-General for

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Amidst Global Refugee Crisis: Establishing Financial Security
By admin April 3, 2018

Photo Source: Al Jazeera   Despite progress around humanitarian intervention and the improved living conditions of refugee camps around the world, many refugees continue to face limited access to social and economic opportunities to integrate into a new country and live prosperous lives. Evidence from Consultative Group to Assist the Poor’s (CGAP) working paper on

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Turkey Holds Six Rights Activists In Custody
By admin July 18, 2017

On July 5th, 10 human rights activists, including the director of Amnesty International (AI)-Turkey, were taken into custody for involvement in terrorist activity. Prosecutors accuse the activists of aiding in crimes in the name of a terror organization, albeit not being a member. The activists released their statements shortly after this ruling had been made.

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The Dangers of Environmental Activism In Honduras
By admin July 10, 2017

Bertha Zuñiga, daughter of the murdered environmentalist Berta Cáceres, survived an attack this past Friday, June 31st. The incident came only a few weeks after Zuñiga was named the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Copinh), the nonprofit watchdog group her mother previously led. Two other members were riding in the car

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Can Duterte Fight Fire with Fire?
By admin June 30, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized for his brash, unfiltered, and borderline vulgar commentary when addressing sensitive domestic issues. Since his landslide victory in the 2016 election, Duterte has inaugurated hardline counter-drug and crime programs. His policies have human rights groups watching closely as persistent corruption and extrajudicial killings led Human Rights Watch to

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Turkey and The Netherlands: Diplomatic Crisis Unfolds
By admin March 14, 2017

The tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands deepen as diplomatic crisis reaches a boiling point. In the most recent threats, Turkey placed sanctions against the Netherlands after Turkey’s Foreign Ministry ordered a Dutch diplomat to create a formal protest, which demonstrated “disproportionate force” against protesters after the recent expulsion of a Turkish minister. The Dutch

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Religious Persecution in Burma
By admin January 17, 2017

Violence against the Rohingya Muslims has spun out of control, with the Burmese military and security behind these campaigns of violence. The Rohingya Muslims have been living amongst predominantly Buddhist people for generations, however no one seems to recognize them as citizens. These hate crimes are being acted out by the Buddhist majority in the

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To be in Solidarity is to be Human
By admin November 30, 2016

Tuesday marked the United Nation’s International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People. From Yemen to Syria to Russia and Ukraine, there are struggles for power and domination taking place around the world. World powers and international organizations are stretched thin as they work to manage the political, economic and humanitarian effects of these situations.

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International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
By admin August 30, 2016

Since 2011, August 30th has been memorized as International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to raise attention of family members and friends of the disappeared. Under international human rights law, enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: Protect Their Right to Education
By admin August 9, 2016

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, celebrated each year on August 9 since 1994, marks the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Population in 1982. This year’s theme focuses on the right to education. The right of indigenous peoples to education has been mentioned in several international documents.

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