News headlines for “Human Rights Issues”

  1. Ending the Unthinkable Injustice of Human Chaining

    Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 07 (IPS) - When Akanni's mother died in early 2018, she stopped eating for three weeks. Her mood became unpredictable; she was often shouting or sulking angrily. Medicine from a local pharmacist didn't help. At a loss for what to do to handle the trauma, Akanni's father took her to a church in Abeokuta, Ogun state, in Nigeria. And then he left her there.

  2. Human Rights and Compassion Must Guide Enforcement of COVID-19 Mitigation

    Monday, April 06, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 06 (IPS) - Covid-19 infections continue to rise, bringing normal life to a virtualstandstill and causing countries to shut themselves off from the rest of the world.

  3. Latin America Has Weak Defences Against the Pandemic

    Saturday, April 04, 2020

    CARACAS, Apr 04 (IPS) - Health systems in Latin America, already falling short in their capacity to serve the population, especially the poor, are in a weak position and face serious risks when it comes to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. U.N. Releases Report on Socio-economic Effects of Coronavirus

    Friday, April 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 03 (IPS) - As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, concerns are simultaneously growing about the current and long-term effects this will have on certain demographics -- specifically, women, the youth, migrant workers, and many employees around the world. 

  5. Surviving Domestic Violence in times of Covid19

    Thursday, April 02, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 02 (IPS) - "I come from Baglung District, a part of Dhawalagiri Zone in Nepal. My house overlooks the river. Do you know, our district is known for the suspension bridges?", her eyes glimmer for a fraction of a second and then she breathes a heavy sigh! Her right hand is still wrapped in a scarf, while with the other she pats her 17-month-old. "If I ever get a chance I will take you to my village, we have a lot of medicinal plants."

    She pauses while tears roll down as she continues our Facetime session. "I was 16 when I had my first child and I was 17 when my arm was broken by my mother-in-law."

  6. Modern Day Slavery Reaches a Far Corner of the World

    Wednesday, April 01, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 01 (IPS) - The deadly, fast-spreading coronavirus which upended three key UN conferences—on the empowerment of women, on nuclear disarmament and on indigenous rights—claimed another casualty last week when a commemorative meeting on the transatlantic slave trade was postponed.

  7. Life in the Time of COVID-19: Quo Vadis Homo Sapiens?

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    NEW YORK, Mar 31 (IPS) - The writing is on the wall for all to see from far and wide – there is nowhere to hide from this invisible enemy, a new coronavirus, maybe with the exception of self-isolation, quarantined at home and even then, we are not 100% safe.

  8. Harness Youth to Change World's Future

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    NEW YORK, Mar 31 (IPS) - Vanessa Nakate of Uganda may have been cropped out of a photograph taken at the World Economic Forum, but she along with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg have made the climate crisis centre stage.

  9. Life in the Times of Corona: Lockdown & Livelihood in the Lurch

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    NEW DELHI, Mar 30 (IPS) - Migrant workers have thronged there in tens of thousands with their families after having lost their jobs after the nationwide lockdown was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 March 2020.

  10. A Story of Triumphs and Tribulations: Implementing Services for Autism in Bangladesh

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Mar 30 (IPS) - A few days ago, a friend said to me that my focus on autism, although rather successful, had "sucked out all energy from other critical areas of social need in Bangladesh."

    My friend wanted to know if I would be interested in expanding my visibility and successful approach to autism, to other issues that have apparently been left by the wayside due to everyone's eagerness to work on an issue popular with the Prime Minister's daughter!

    I know my friend's statement was meant to be provocative, but it also made me reflect on what it was that I had set out to do when I began working in this area in Bangladesh.

    Has enough been achieved for me to ‘pass on the baton' to the many others who have now dedicated themselves to this issue, thereby beginning to shift my focus towards addressing other social needs both in Bangladesh and elsewhere?

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