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  1. Displaced Pashtuns Return to Find Homes "Teeming" with Landmines

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    KARACHI, Apr 26 (IPS) - "If I'm assured that my home and my village has been de-mined, I'd be the first to return with my family," says 54-year old Mohammad Mumtaz Khan.

  2. “Fake News” a Growing New Threat to Press Freedom

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.When a Malaysian politician of a bygone era was asked about the "leading newspapers" in his country, he shot back: "We don't have any leading newspapers in our country because all our newspapers are misleading."

  3. World Press Freedom Day 2018

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    ROME, Apr 25 (IPS) - The theme for the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day is "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law," focussing on the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and prosecution of crimes against journalists.

  4. Myanmar Unlikely to Resolve Rohingya Problem Without International Help

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    CANBERRA, Apr 25 (IPS) - Trevor Wilson is a retired Australian diplomat who served as Australian Ambassador to Myanmar from 2000-03, and has been Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University since 2003.The lead-up to the Australia-ASEAN Summit in Sydney on 16-18 March 2018 was characterised by widespread and well-publicised protests in Sydney against human rights abuses occurring in several ASEAN member countries – namely Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

  5. From Declaration to Action: Improving Immunization in Africa

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 (IPS) - Joyce Nganga is policy advisor with WACI Health, an African regional health advocacy NGO headquartered in Kenya. Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs.

  6. The Nowhere People: Rohingyas in India

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    NEW DELHI, Apr 25 (IPS) - A devastating fire in a shanty at Kalindi Kunj, a New Delhi suburb, that gutted the homes of 226 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, including 100 women and 50 children, has trained a spotlight on India's ad hoc policy on international migrants.

  7. Five Years After the Disaster: Rana Plaza Victims Still Hurting

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    DHAKA, Apr 24 (IPS) - Asma saw the roof collapse over her colleagues. Johora was dragged out of the rubble by her hair. Shirin was only 13 years old when her eyes and airways were filled with concrete dust. Five years have passed since the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1 134 people.BANGLADESH. Garment factories lie side by side along the freeway leading into the capital, Dhaka. But between the concrete blocks, a square, uninhabited piece of land is overgrown with greenery. This is where Rana Plaza used to be. Shirin Akhter, 18, turns her eyes away.

  8. Kidnapped, Abducted and Abandoned…

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    NEW DELHI, Apr 24 (IPS) - Geetika Dang is an independent researcher; Vani S. Kulkarni is lecturer in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, USA; and Raghav Gaiha is (Hon.) professorial research fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, England.Kidnappings and abductions have soared since 2001. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that their share in total crimes against women nearly doubled from 10% in 2001 to 19% in 2016. More striking is the fact that 11 women were kidnapped or abducted every day in Delhi in 2016. What these statistics do not reveal are brutal gang-rapes of kidnapped minors and women, multiple sales to husbands who treat them as animals, unwanted pregnancies, police inaction, and frequent abandonment with nowhere to go—not even to their maternal homes—because of the stigma of a being a "prostitute".

  9. The Gang Rape and Murder of an 8 Year Old Child in India

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya. Grotesque and barbaric, is the only way to describe the rape and murder of an 8 year old child, in a country where women and girls are traditionally revered as Goddesses.

  10. Authoritarian Govts Tighten Grip on Press Freedom

    Sunday, April 22, 2018

    ROME, Apr 22 (IPS) - The 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day will be led by UNESCO and the government of Ghana in Accra on May 2-3. The theme is "Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law," covering the issues of media in respect to the judicial system and transparent political processes.

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