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  1. Human Rights Must Be on the Table During U.S.-North Korea Talks

    Friday, June 08, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 08 (IPS) - Human rights issues must be included in next week's United States-North Korea summit in order to create a "sustainable agreement", said a UN expert.

  2. UN Exemptions Make Mockery of Sexual Abuse in World Body

    Thursday, June 07, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 07 (IPS) - When allegations of sexual harassment were made against a senior UN official—holding the rank of Under-Secretary-General at the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC)-- the United Nations admitted that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has no jurisdiction over a UN body created by the General Assembly and answerable only to member states. http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/03/sexual-abuse-un-chief-no-jurisdiction-act/

  3. Afghan Electorate: Basic Needs Must be met Before Political Progress can be Ensured

    Thursday, June 07, 2018

    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jun 07 (IPS) - Will Carter is Head of Programme, Norwegian Refugee Council, AfghanistanAfter four decades of perpetual conflict, Afghanistan rolls into two consecutive election years – parliamentary this year, presidential the next. But the country and its people are going through even tougher times than usual with continued displacement and a looming hunger crisis.

  4. “A Map and Plan”: When Greener Pastures End in a Blazing Desert

    Thursday, June 07, 2018

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon, Jun 07 (IPS) - "Sometimes when I'm alone, I still get flashes of the grisly images I saw in the desert. I feared I was going to die out there. The people transporting us were ready to get rid of any of us where necessary," Njoya Danialo recalled as he narrated the ordeal he endured traveling through the Sahara in search of greener pastures.

  5. The Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating Violence & Harmful Practices Against Women & Girls

    Wednesday, June 06, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 06 (IPS) - Natalia Kanem is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Population Fund, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women & Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development ProgrammeThe numbers are shocking: at least one in three women on the planet has suffered physical or sexual violence, usually at the hands of a family member or intimate partner. More than 700 million women alive today were married as children. Up to 250 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation.

  6. President Al-Sisi Pursues Repressive Track with New Wave of Arrests

    Wednesday, June 06, 2018

    CAIRO, Jun 06 (IPS) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who was re-elected in March, continues the repression of regime opponents. Critics view the situation as increasingly dangerous. "There is no logic anymore," says one.

  7. Nepal: Where Abortion is Treated as Homicide

    Wednesday, June 06, 2018

    KATHMANDU, Nepal, Jun 06 (IPS) - Sabin Shrestha is Executive Director of the Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), the Kathmandu-based partner of international women's group Donor Direct Action.Less than thirty years ago the likelihood of a mother dying due to pregnancy or childbirth in Nepal was one of the highest in the world. In 1990 UNICEF estimated that the rate was 901 women or girls out of 100,000 - significantly higher than any of its neighbours.

  8. US Administration Wants to Control Immigration by Slashing Aid: Here’s What They Need to Know

    Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Jun 05 (IPS) - Michael Clemens is Co-Director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy & Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development The US is going to use aid to shape migration. That's at least how the president's remarks seem to have laid it out on Wednesday, when he announced his White House is "working on a plan to deduct a lot of aid" from countries whose nationals arrive at the US border. "e may not just give them aid at all."

  9. South African Lawsuit Could Bring Sweeping Changes to Land and Mining Rights

    Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    PRETORIA, Jun 05 (IPS) - South Africans await judgement to be handed down in a court case that could set a sweeping precedent by empowering communities on communal land with the right to reject new mining projects.

  10. Civilians Paid a Very High Price for Raqqa’s Devastating “Liberation” by US-led Forces

    Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    RAQQA, Syria, Jun 05 (IPS) - Donatella Rovera is a Senior Crisis Response Adviser and Benjamin Walsby is a Middle East Researcher at Amnesty InternationalDriving around in Raqqa, it was easy to believe what a senior US military official said – that more artillery shells were launched into the Syrian city than anywhere else since the Viet Nam war.

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