News headlines for “Human Rights Issues”, page 6

  1. 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).

  2. ‘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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Half of the Young People from Poor Central American Neighbourhoods Want to Migrate

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    San Jose, Jul 25 (IPS) - La Carpio is an island of poverty on the outskirts of Costa Rica's capital, surrounded by the country's most polluted waters – the Torres River - on one side and a massive garbage dump on the other.

  6. We Cannot Look Away From the Crisis in Nicaragua

    Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Jul 24 (IPS) - The conflict in Nicaragua is spiraling out of control. International political action is urgently needed to prevent further escalation, argues Hivos Director Edwin Huizing. And the Netherlands must take the lead.

    Just 40 years after Daniel Ortega led the Sandinistas to overthrow the Somoza dictatorship, a severe crisis grips Nicaragua. Most Nicaraguans want nothing more than to see Ortega, who has been in office for eleven years, disappear from the political scene. Hivos, headquartered in The Hague, believes the Netherlands should use its membership in the UN Security Council to prevent a civil war and bring about a peaceful transition.

  7. Building Peace in Societies Affected by Small Arms

    Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 (IPS) - Izumi Nakamitsu is UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs & Jean-Pierre Lacroix is UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

    From children living in fear of cattle rustlers in South Sudan to families fleeing violent armed groups in the Central African Republic, trafficked small arms are devastating livelihoods and displacing communities.

  8. Pakistan and the World Need Inclusive Conflict Prevention

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    ISLAMABAD, Jul 20 (IPS) - Flight Lieutenant Quratulain Fatima is a policy practitioner working extensively in rural and conflict-ridden areas of Pakistan with a focus on gender inclusive development and conflict prevention. She is a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow.

    Last week, 200 people were injured and 131 died in a suicide bombing in Mastung, Baluchistan. This attack was second most deadly since the 2014 Army Public School Attack in Peshawar, KhyberPukhtunkwah, which killed 144 people. This recent attack was one of three in 72 hours related to the country's upcoming elections on July 25.

  9. Support of Influential World Leaders Not Enough to End Rohingya Crisis

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    DHAKA, Jul 19 (IPS) - Despite having the strong support of influential global leaders, Bangladesh has ‘missed' the opportunity to mobilise the world's superpowers and place pressure on Myanmar to allow for the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees.

  10. Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    COLOMBO, Jul 18 (IPS) - Journalists and media activists have cautioned against Sri Lanka's newfound press freedom as the country heads to the polls in 2020. Separate incidents of hate-speech against a Muslim minority—and the subsequent shutdown of social media platforms—and the harassment of reporters critical of the country's opposition have led some to believe that the changes in media independence could reverse.

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