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  1. States Must Treat Refugees & Migrants as Rights Holders & Prevent Trafficking & Exploitation

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    GENEVA, Jul 30 (IPS) - Maria Grazia Giammarinaro* is UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in personsStates around the world must act now to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, including by ensuring that victims and potential victims are considered and treated as rights holders.

    Many people who fall prey to traffickers are migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, who have decided to leave their country for various reasons, such as conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty.

  2. Eradicating Leprosy in Mozambique, a Complicated Task

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    NAMPULA PROVINCE, Mozambique, Jul 28 (IPS) - It takes Faurito António, 42, from Lalaua district, Nampula Province, two hours to reach his nearest health centre in order to receive the drugs necessary for his treatment of leprosy. António, whose foot has become affected by the muscle weakness that occurs when leprosy goes untreated, says this long walk while ill is the reason why many don't continue treatment - which can take between six to 12 months.

  3. Latin American Migrants Targeted by Trafficking Networks

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 28 (IPS) - The rescue earlier this month of 12 Venezuelan and three Colombian women from a prostitution network that recruits migrants in Peru is an example of the complex web where migration and human trafficking often involve victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation.

  4. After Elections, Hard Work Starts for Zimbabwe’s Civil Society

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jul 27 (IPS) - Teldah Mawarire is a campaigns and advocacy officer with global civil society alliance, CIVICUS.

    For many Zimbabwean voters, casting their ballots on July 30 is sure to be a somewhat surreal experience. For the first time since the country's independence, the ever-present face of Robert Mugabe will not be staring back at them on the ballot paper.

  5. Peace & Equal Political Participation of Women in the DRC

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 (IPS) - Justine Masika Bihamba is President of Synergie des Femmes, a women's organization based in Goma, DRC, and partner of global women's group Donor Direct Action.

    I am a women's human rights defender and President of Synergie des Femmesa platform of 35 organizations working for the improvement, promotion, defense, respect and protection of women's rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  6. No Time to Slow Down While HIV/AIDS is Threatening a New Generation

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    AMSTERDAM, Jul 27 (IPS) - Dr Chewe Luo is Global Chief of HIV/AIDS for UNICEF.

    As the 22nd International AIDS Conference wraps up in Amsterdam, I can't help but reflect on how far we have come on this journey with the AIDS epidemic.

  7. ‘Agromafia’ Exploits Hundreds of Thousands of Agricultural Workers in Italy

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    ROME, Jul 27 (IPS) - In Italy, over 400,000 agricultural labourers risk being illegally employed by mafia-like organisations, and more than 132,000 work in extremely vulnerable conditions, enduring high occupational suffering, warns the fourth report on Agromafie and Caporalato.

  8. Educating Girls, The Only Road To Achieve the SDGs

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 (IPS) - Better and prolonged education can bring down high rates of illiteracy, sexual abuse and early marriage among girls.

  9. Silence from Judiciary Increases Self-Censorship, Pakistan's Journalists say

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (IPS) - Aliya Iftikhar* is Asia Research Associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists. When it comes to the military and the judiciary, Pakistan's journalists are "between a rock and a hard place," Zohra Yusuf, of the independent non-profit Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told CPJ.

  10. Benin - the Launchpad and Home for African Migrants

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Jul 26 (IPS) - Last year, Mohamed Keita returned home to Mali after living and working in Libya for six years. Eighteen months ago he was arrested by security forces in Libya as he and other migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe via a makeshift boat. After spending six months in jail, which traumatised him, he was transported back to Mali.

    But as soon as he arrived he immediately knew that it would be difficult for him to stay put.

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