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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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".

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Child Soldiers Released, But Risk Remains

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, and help will be needed to ensure their safe and bright future, according to a UN agency. The release took place in Western Equatoria State and follows a similar release last month that saw 300 children freed.

  7. Football Greats Line up for Match for Solidarity

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    GENEVA, Apr 19 (IPS) - A host of footballing greats have confirmed their participation in the Match for Solidarity organised by UEFA and the United Nations in Geneva.013 - Ronaldinho and Figo to captain all-star teams to raise money for charity in joint UEFA-UN initiative

  8. Homebound: Hardship Awaits Internally Displaced Iraqis

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. After the defeat of ISIS in December 2017, an increase in security and number of returnees to their region of origin is expected; however, many IDPs see no way to leave the camps just yet.

  9. After More Than a Decade, Rights of Indigenous Peoples Not Fully Realized

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - Miroslav Lajčák, is President of the UN General Assembly First, I want to talk about how we got here. It was nearly 100 years ago, when indigenous peoples first asserted their rights, on the international stage. But, they did not see much progress. At least until 1982 - when the first Working Group on Indigenous Populations was established.

  10. DR Congo’s Mai-Ndombe Forest ‘Savaged’ As Landless Communities Struggle

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    INONGO, Democratic Republic of Congo, Apr 17 (IPS) - Thousands of logs loaded into makeshift boats at the port of Inongo at Lake Mai-Ndombe stand ready to be transported to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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