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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.

Political Crisis Looms in Nicaragua in Run-Up to Elections

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MANAGUA, Jun 23 (IPS) - The seventh consecutive nomination of Daniel Ortega as the governing party's candidate to the presidency in Nicaragua, and the withdrawal from the race of a large part of the opposition, alleging lack of guarantees for genuine elections, has brought about the country's worst political crisis since the end of the civil war in 1990.

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 Environment: Latin America’s Battleground for Human Rights

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NEW YORK, Jun 22 (IPS) - 2015 was the deadliest year on record for the killings of environmental activists around the world, according to a new Global Witness report.

Mixed Progress at UN on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (IPS) - Nearly 10 years after UN members adopted a progressive Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), progress implementing the convention has been mixed, even at the UN itself, say disability advocates.

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.

Civil Society in Latin America Campaigns Against Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday, June 20, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Jun 20 (IPS) - Civil society organisations from Chile, Mexico and Peru are pressing their legislatures and those of other countries not to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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.

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