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Managing cultural diversity—liberal values at a premium

by Anita Inder Singh on 12th September 2019 If Vladimir Putin thinks liberalism is obsolete when it comes to managing cultural diversity, democratic western-European leaders should not be echoing him. Greece is one of the latest member states of the European Union to be framing measures to tackle a fresh wave of human arrivals. And the handling of such newcomers—whether ... Read More »

Kashmiris allege night terror by Indian troops in crackdown

India, Sept 11 (AP/UNB) — The Indian soldiers descended on Bashir Ahmed Dar’s house in southern Kashmir on Aug. 10, a few days after the government in New Delhi stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its statehood and launched a crackdown. Over the next 48 hours, the 50-year-old plumber said he was subjected to two separate rounds of beatings by ... Read More »

Remembering a powerful voice in disability rights movement

Human Rights Watch Mourns the Passing of Marca Bristo Shantha Rau Barriga, Director, Disability Rights Division It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Marca Bristo, tireless partner to and supporter of Human Rights Watch’s Disability Rights program. To me and so many around the world, Marca was a true force of nature; a fierce advocate, visionary ... Read More »

Article19 call to end moibile, Internet restrictions on Rohingyas

Restrictions on mobile communications deepens vulnerability of Rohingya community, Article19 said on Tuesday. The decision by Bangladesh authorities to restrict access to mobile telecommunications services by Rohingya refugees violates the rights to freedom of expression, information and non-discrimination, ARTICLE 19 said today. Bangladesh’s initiative to limit mobile access follows the imposition by the Myanmar government of a mobile Internet blackout ... Read More »

All women committees launched for Rohingya with IOM support

Dhaka, Sept 1 – To give Rohingya refugee women a platform to raise their voice, access to information and obtain referrals for service, “all women’s committees” were launched yesterday at the refugee camp with support from International Organization of Migration (IOM), said a press release of IOM.A total of 110 women are now active in those committees, including 10 with ... Read More »

Little hope of justice for Rohingya, two years after exodus

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 23 2019 (IPS) – Two years after the start of an exodus of Rohingya civilians from genocide-like attacks in Myanmar, members of the mainly Muslim minority have little hope of securing justice, rights or returning to their homes, according to the United Nations and aid groups. Reports this week from the U.N. and Oxfam, a charity, show ... 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 »

Minister asks police: Rescue missing Mohona TV journalist

Dhaka, Aug 4 (UNB)— Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday directed Gulshan police to take immediate steps to rescue missing Mohona TV journalist FM Mushfiqur Rahman. He came up with the instruction at a programme in Karwan Bazar. Minister Kamal hoped the journalist would be rescued soon. “I’vespoken with (Gulshan Division) Deputy Commissioner Mostak Ahmed and ordered him to ... 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 »

‘2021 Int’l Year for elimination of child labour’: UN

DHAKA, July 27, 2019 (BSS) – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, and has asked the International Labour Organization (ILO) to take the lead in its implementation. “The UNGA has urged the international community to step up efforts to eradicate forced labour and ... Read More »