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Restore Internet in Jammu and Kashmir – ARTICLE19

Faruq Faisel, Regional Director, ARTICLE 19, Bangladesh and South Asia, has stated: “ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about this blanket restriction on communication imposed by the Indian Government in Jammu and Kashmir. The shutdown is a clear violation of international freedom of expression standards in the country. “It is deeply alarming that in a period that sees us entering what ... Read More »

Basic freedoms at risk in Kashmir – HRW

Free Political Leaders, Restore Communications, Exercise Restraint New York – Indian authorities have adopted measures in anticipation of unrest in Jammu and Kashmir state that raise serious human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The government announced on August 5, 2019 that it was altering the special constitutional status of the state. Read More »

HIV Status No Justification for Family Separation in the US

Trump Official Cites Bad Science to Continue Harmful Border Policies Jasmine L. Tyler Advocacy Director, US Program Last week, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) chief Brian Hastings told a United States congressional committee that CBP officers will separate migrant children from their parents at the border based on HIV status alone. Read More »

Massachusetts State Senate Votes to Ban Child Marriage

State House of Representatives and Governor Baker Should Act Next Nesha Abiraj, Schuette Fellow, Global Health and Human Rights abirajnesha Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously voted in favor of Senate Bill S.2294 to ban child marriage in the state. After each senator said “yes,” the public gallery, filled with members of the Children’s League of Massachusetts, other constituents, and ... Read More »

How governments still allow violence against children

By Tamara Tutnjevic Gorman New York, Jul 16 2019 (IPS) – Despite what you might have heard, things are getting better, every year. We are making amazing progress on fighting diseases, reducing the preventable deaths of children, and investing huge amounts to advance medicine and knowledge and to create better living conditions. However, this progress is too slow for some ... Read More »

Support Needed to Tackle ICC Shortcomings: HRW

Court Faces Internal, External Challenges on 21st Anniversary New York – Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should renew their commitment on International Justice Day, July 17, 2019, to defend and strengthen this important justice institution, Human Right Watch said today. On July 17, 1998, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute creating the ICC. Read More »

No excuse for violence against children

by Zoleka Mandela, Etienne Krug, Howard Taylor Geneva – At the World Health Assembly in May, we made the case for why governments and United Nations agencies need to spend more on measures to prevent noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), injury, and violence against children. One of us – Zoleka Mandela – spoke of losing her 13-year-old daughter to a drunk driver, ... Read More »

Access to medicines fundamental to enjoyment of health

Geneva, 12 Jul (Kanaga Raja) – Access to medicines and vaccines is one of the fundamental elements for the full realization of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and the correspondent objectives of universal health coverage and health for all without discrimination, with special attention to reaching those furthest ... Read More »

HC asks Anti-graft body: Inform on Jaha Alam ordeal remedy

Dhaka, July 16 – The High Court on Tuesday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to inform it on what action it has been taken against the responsible officers of the commission over the ordeal of Jaha Alam, who was wrongly languishing in jail for three years due to identity mix-up. After primary hearing on report submitted by the ACC, the ... Read More »

The sex scandal at the heart of the Afghan government

By Yogita LimayeBBC News, Kabul Afghanistan has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment at the highest levels of government. Officials deny wrongdoing but a BBC investigation has heard from women who describe a culture of abuse. In a house near the foot of the dusty mountains that surround Kabul, I meet a former government employee. She asks to remain ... Read More »

Three-year-old girl latest Philippines ‘drug war’ victim

UN Human Rights Council Should Adopt Resolution to Stop Carnage On Sunday, a 3-year-old girl became the latest casualty of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” which has killed thousands over the past three years. Myka Ulpina died after being shot during a police raid targeting her father, Renato Dolofrina, in Rizal province, near Manila, media reports said. Police ... Read More »

Libya: Deadly attack highlights disregard for civilians

EU Containment Policy Helps Keep Migrants in Harm’s Way Tunis –The deaths of at least 44 migrants and asylum seekers in an airstrike on July 3, 2019, on a compound that includes a detention center in Tajoura, near Tripoli, Libya, is a foreseeable consequence of warring parties failing to adequately protect civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. They are also ... Read More »

Is there a co-relation between human development & SDGs?

By Pedro Conceição UN, Jul 1 2019 (IPS) – “People are the real wealth of nations,” began the first Human Development Report (HDR). That 1990 report marked a turning point in the global development debate. During the second half of the 20th century there were growing concerns about the tyranny of gross domestic product (GDP). Many decision-makers seemed to believe ... Read More »

Myanmar: Internet shutdown risks lives: HRW

Immediately End Restrictions in Rakhine, Chin States Bangkok – The Myanmar government should immediately lift internet restrictions imposed on nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States, Human Rights Watch said today. The disruption to internet services since June 21, 2019 has exacerbated an information blackout and increased difficulties for humanitarian agencies and human rights groups to assist vulnerable populations in ... Read More »

‘Born a refugee, I dream of a place called home’

By Mohammed On World Refugee Day, personal reflections of a young Palestinian from the Gaza Strip CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, USA, Jun 20 2019 (IPS) – I am a refugee, born to a refugee family. I was granted that status on the day I came into this world. I was not aware of what had happened before then. I did ... Read More »

Doctors reveal what Nicaragua tries to hide: HRW

Amy Braunschweiger When colleagues told him the Nicaraguan government had ordered the country’s public hospitals to turn away injured protesters, Dr Josmar Ulises Briones Montalván was shocked. “The duty of a doctor is to save lives,” he said. Briones is a neurosurgeon who worked at his private clinic in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, and another one in the northern city of ... Read More »

Independently investigate Morsy’s death: HRW

Beirut – Egyptian authorities should be investigated for the mistreatment of former President Mohamed Morsy, who died on June 17, 2019, after years of insufficient access to medical care, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The United Nations Human Rights Council, whose next session begins on June 24, should establish an investigation into ongoing gross violations of human rights in Egypt, ... Read More »

An uncertain future for Palestinian refugees

By Charlotte Munns UN, Jun 12 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been forced to justify its existence at the United Nations ahead of a pledging conference later this month. UNRWA came under fire by Jason Greenblatt, US Special Envoy for International Negotiations, at a Security Council ... Read More »

EU Special Representative for HR Eamon Gilmore visits BD

Dhaka, EUDEL Press Office: EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore visited Bangladesh on 10-11 June 2019. This visit, the first ever of a EUSR for Human Rights to Bangladesh, reflects the EU’s commitment to engaging with the Government of Bangladesh, and civil society. “Bangladesh is an important country for the European Union in the region. I have ... Read More »

Refugees in Europe’s crosshairs

by Valerio Alfonso Bruno and Waqar Rizvi A Europe of permanent electoral campaigning is one conducive to a permanent moral panic about refugees. Recently numerous reports have emerged of the mistreatment and abuse suffered by asylum-seekers and refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, in several EU member states, including Germany, Greece and Hungary (to name but a few). The United Nation high ... Read More »

The world made promise to women, Girls; we must fulfill them

By Monica Juma NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 2019 (IPS) – In 1994 the International Conference and Population and Development (ICPD) was hosted in Cairo by the Government of Egypt. Twenty-five years later, Kenya is ready to convene the ICPD “Nairobi Summit” in November 2019. The Programme of Action endorsed and adopted at the historic Conference in Cairo has had a ... Read More »

The UN has failed civilians

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 24 2019 (IPS) – Despite the United Nations Security Council’s task of protecting civilians, millions around the world are still being displaced and killed with little to no accountability for perpetrators. Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council included the protection of civilians in its agenda, the group convened for an open debate on ... Read More »

It’s time to talk about democracy at work

by Stan De Spiegelaere Democracy at work has many benefits but above all, it is a matter of human dignity. My normal bike commute to work was interrupted by red flags. No revolution (yet) but industrial action blocked access to an energy company (and my bike path). Asked about their complaints, one of the strikers said: ‘Management ignores the rules ... Read More »