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Civil Society: “Everyday Things Are Getting Worse” for Children in Yemen

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - Persistent attacks on health care in Yemen is severely impacting children's well-being, civil society detailed at the launch of a report.

New Education Model Can “Achieve Much More,” Says Education Envoy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - UN's education envoy has unveiled a new model that could provide every child with access to education by 2030.

Citing concerns about the neglect of children's rights, the Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown urged for more and better finance to ensure every child is in school and learning.

Nikki Haley’s ‘Historic’ Debate on Human Rights Left a Small Impression

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (IPS) - Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, presided over what she was determined to sell as "an historic meeting exclusively on human rights" in the UN Security Council. But her brief speech in the April 18 meeting fell far short of introducing innovations to confront violations of human rights or prevent them in such places as Syria, Burundi and Myanmar.

Fighting Xenophobia & Inequality Together in the Age of Trump

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NAIROBI, KENYA, Apr 19 (IPS) - As the world marks 100 days of the Trump Presidency, we can see that we are now in a new era of crisis, that it goes well beyond one man and one country, and that only a profound and international response can get us out of the state we are in.

Demand for Lower Peacekeeping Dues to Pit US Against UN

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - The Trump administration, buoyed by a powerful anti-internationalist movement among conservative Republicans in the United States Congress, is headed for a new confrontation with the United Nations over who decides how much the US should pay for peacekeeping.

'We Can't Protest So We Pray': Anguish in Amhara During Ethiopia's State of Emergency 

Monday, April 17, 2017

BAHIR DAR, Apr 17 (IPS) - As dawn breaks in Bahir Dar, men prepare boats beside Lake Tana to take to its island monasteries the tourists that are starting to return.

Mind the Treatment Gap

Friday, April 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA AND NEW DELHI, Apr 14 (IPS) - Implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act will require a restructuring of health-care services The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 27, 2017, has been hailed as a momentous reform. According to the Bill, every person will have the right to access mental health care operated or funded by the government; good quality and affordable health care; equality of treatment and protection from inhuman practices; access to legal services; and right to complain against coercion and cruelty. The Bill also empowers a mentally ill person to choose a treatment and her/his nominated representative, decriminalises attempted suicide, prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to mentally ill adults without the use of muscle relaxants and anaesthesia, and contains provisions for care, treatment and rehabilitation for those who have experienced severe stress and attempted suicide. While these are laudable and ambitious objectives as they address major concerns of mental health care, there have been some critiques drawing attention to the lack of funds, trained personnel, and insufficient emphasis on community care. The ground reality, however, suggests that these objectives are not just overambitious but an overkill.

A Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Is in the Making

Friday, April 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - The nine possessors of nuclear weapons and most of their allies chose to ignore the negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

Survivors of Sex Abuse Say UN Neglected Them

Friday, April 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - Several survivors who were sexually abused by peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to be neglected by the UN, an investigative team has found.

Malala Yousafzai Becomes UN's Youngest Messenger of Peace

Monday, April 10, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 10 (IPS) - Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls' education.

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