News headlines in June 2016, page 5

  1. Mixed Progress at UN on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (IPS) - Nearly 10 years after UN members adopted a progressive Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), progress implementing the convention has been mixed, even at the UN itself, say disability advocates.

  2. The Paradox of Refuge: Rise of Gender-Based Violence in Times of Crisis

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - Since the outbreak of war in 2011, 9 million Syrians have fled from their homeland, creating one of the graves migrant crisis' the world has ever seen. However, what happens to these vulnerable migrants once they secure the refuge they so perilously seek? Can refuge really bring safety to all? Or is ‘the refugee camp' nothing more than the creation of another war, in this case, fought against one's own troubled people. Particularly, for those who are traditionally stigmatized, such as women and girls.

  3. Civil Society in Latin America Campaigns Against Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    MEXICO CITY, Jun 20 (IPS) - Civil society organisations from Chile, Mexico and Peru are pressing their legislatures and those of other countries not to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

  4. Fences and Walls: A Short-sighted Response to Migration Fears?

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - European nations from which millions once left to escape hardship and hunger – Greece, Ireland, Italy - are today destinations for others doing the same.

  5. Xenophobia: ‘Hate Is Mainstreamed, Walls Are Back, Suspicion Kills’

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - "Hate is becoming mainstreamed. Walls – which tormented previous generations, and have never yielded any sustainable solution to any problem – are returning. Barriers of suspicion are rising, snaking through and between our societies – and they are killers…"

  6. Children of a Lesser God: Trafficking Soars in India

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    NEW DELHI, Jun 20 (IPS) - Sunita Pal, a frail 17-year-old, lies in a tiny bed in the women's ward of New Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Her face and head swathed in bandages, with only a bruised eye and swollen lips visible, the girl recounts her ordeal to a TV channel propped up by a pillow. She talks of her employers beating her with a stick every day, depriving her of food and threatening to kill her if she dared report her misery to anybody.

  7. A Courageous Life After Escaping the Lord's Resistance Army

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 (IPS) - Evelyn Amony's bravery not only helped her survive and escape captivity from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), but has made her an advocate for thousands of abducted women and children who face long term consequences after returning home.

  8. What If Turkey Drops Its “Human Bomb” on Europe?

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    ROME, Jun 19 (IPS) - Will the rapid--though silent escalation of political tensions between the European Union and Turkey, which has been taking a dangerous turn over the last few weeks, push Ankara to drop a "human bomb" on Europe by opening its borders for refugees to enter Greece and other EU countries?

  9. Combating Rape Requires Cultural Change in Brazil

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 17 (IPS) - The outrage in Brazil over the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl by more than 30 men prompted mass protests by thousands of women on the streets of cities around the country, while activists complain that the response to the case by politicians has been misfocused.

  10. Majority of Vulnerable Refugees Will Not Be Resettled in 2017

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - Only a small percentage of the world's most vulnerable refugees will be resettled in 2017, according to new figures released by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) this week.