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  1. 25 years Since the Oslo Accords: Israeli Security Depends on Palestinian Rights

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    OSLO, Norway, Sep 14 (IPS) - Jan Egeland is Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. He co-organized the secret talks between Israel and Palestine that led to the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Twenty-five years ago, on 13 September 1993, I sat on the White House lawn to witness the landmark signing of the Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Diplomats around me gasped as Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with former foe, Chairman Yasser Arafat. But for some of us present, the handshake came as no surprise.

  2. International Law Experts Warn Europe’s ‘Pull Back’ of Migrants is Illegal - Part 2

    Monday, September 10, 2018

    ROME, Sep 10 (IPS) - This is the second part of our series about migration to Italy."The Italian and other European authorities are engaging – on the migration issue – in a policy which has the foreseeable results of numerous deaths." It is a grim warning from expert on international law, refugees and migration issues, and member of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)Itamar Mann.

  3. “We Should Not Wait” — Action Needed on Myanmar

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 04 (IPS) - After the release of a scathing report on Myanmar's human rights violations, next steps to achieve accountability and justice remain elusive and uncertain.  

  4. The Plight of Women & Young People in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

    Friday, August 31, 2018

    DHAKA, Aug 31 (IPS) - Asa Torkelsson is the representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in BangladeshAugust 25, 2018 marked one year since violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine State, triggering the massive Rohingya exodus to neighbouring Bangladesh. As the crisis continues with no immediate end in sight, it is crucial to expand and sustain health and life skills services for Rohingya women, girls and youth to locate opportunities amid challenges.

  5. Amid Chronic Violence, Millions of Afghans Face Risks of Drought Related Displacement

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    OSLO, Aug 30 (IPS) - Enayatullah Azad is Media, Information & Advocacy Coordinator, Norwegian Refugee CouncilAmid a precarious security situation in Afghanistan, the worst drought in recent history, that hit two out of three provinces in Afghanistan in July, has destabilized the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, some of whom have already been displaced.

  6. UN Seeks Probe into Saudi Bombing of Civilian Targets

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of relentlessly bombing civilian targets in strife-torn Yemen and threatening executions of human rights activists, is fast gaining notoriety as a political outcast at the United Nations.

  7. Damning U.N. Report Outlines Crimes Against Rohingya As Children Suffer from Trauma One Year Later

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    DHAKA, Aug 27 (IPS) - At 12, Mohammed* is an orphan. He watched his parents being killed by Myanmar government soldiers a year ago. And he is one of an estimated half a million Rohingya children who have survived and been witness to what the United Nations has called genocide.

  8. Shared Humanity our Only Hope Against Hatred

    Sunday, August 26, 2018

    NAIROBI, Aug 26 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya and was born in the city that was Mother Teresa's home- Calcutta, India.

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." This profound statement was made by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, who was born on this day, August 26, 1910. An icon of love, tolerance, generosity and tremendous integrity and spirituality.

  9. Rohingya Refugees Left in Limbo One Year On

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    OSLO, Aug 22 (IPS) - Jan Egeland is Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

    Aid funding for refugee relief is running out while conditions are still not in place for the safe return of over 700,000 people forced to flee Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh after violence broke out one year ago.

  10. Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of stories on disability inclusion.

    Even though over six billion people—nearly one billion of whom will have disabilities— are expected to live in urban centres by 2050, many of the world's major urban cities have a long way to go before their infrastructure becomes inclusive for people with disabilities.

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