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Disagreement Continues Over Global Drug Policy

Friday, June 24, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - A new report has found that global drug use largely remains the same, but perspectives on how to address the issue still vary drastically.

Ethiopia-Eritrea: The Cry of the Imburi

Friday, June 24, 2016

GENEVA, Jun 24 (IPS) - The 12 June 2016 exchange of artillery fire along the heavily militarized frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea could be just one of the periodic skirmishes between the two States. However, it could be the first signs of a flare up of violence. There have been calls from the United Nations and African Union officials for "restraint" but as yet no steps for real conflict resolution.

UN Staff Unions Demand Stronger Action on Sexual Abuse

Thursday, June 23, 2016

NEW YORK, Jun 23 (IPS) - The United Nations claims it is doing its best to curb widespread sexual abuses in its peacekeeping operations overseas – from Haiti all the way to the Central African Republic.

Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ROME, Jun 23 (IPS) - "Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable."

The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.

Fearing Violence, LGBT Refugees Rarely Seek Help

Thursday, June 23, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - Despite their extreme vulnerability, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees often do not seek the assistance they need, since revealing their sexual or gender identities can put them in grave danger.

The Paradox of Refuge: Rise of Gender-Based Violence in Times of Crisis

Monday, June 20, 2016

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - Since the outbreak of war in 2011, 9 million Syrians have fled from their homeland, creating one of the graves migrant crisis' the world has ever seen. However, what happens to these vulnerable migrants once they secure the refuge they so perilously seek? Can refuge really bring safety to all? Or is ‘the refugee camp' nothing more than the creation of another war, in this case, fought against one's own troubled people. Particularly, for those who are traditionally stigmatized, such as women and girls.

Fences and Walls: A Short-sighted Response to Migration Fears?

Monday, June 20, 2016

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - European nations from which millions once left to escape hardship and hunger – Greece, Ireland, Italy - are today destinations for others doing the same.

Xenophobia: ‘Hate Is Mainstreamed, Walls Are Back, Suspicion Kills’

Monday, June 20, 2016

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - "Hate is becoming mainstreamed. Walls – which tormented previous generations, and have never yielded any sustainable solution to any problem – are returning. Barriers of suspicion are rising, snaking through and between our societies – and they are killers…"

A Courageous Life After Escaping the Lord's Resistance Army

Monday, June 20, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 (IPS) - Evelyn Amony's bravery not only helped her survive and escape captivity from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), but has made her an advocate for thousands of abducted women and children who face long term consequences after returning home.

Majority of Vulnerable Refugees Will Not Be Resettled in 2017

Friday, June 17, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - Only a small percentage of the world's most vulnerable refugees will be resettled in 2017, according to new figures released by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) this week.

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