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  1. Sierra Leone - Why Everyone is Not Celebrating the New Media Law

    FREETOWN, Jul 30 (IPS) - Last week, Sierra Leone's parliament voted to repeal the country's 55-year-old libel law, which criminalised the publication of information that was deemed defamatory or seditious, and which had been used by successive governments to target and imprison media practitioners and silence dissenting views. But not everyone is convinced it was in the best interest of media freedom.

  2. Statue Smashing – Heroes, Values and Racism

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jul 29 (IPS) - On Friday the 24th of June, President Trump announced he was skipping a weekend at his New Jersey golf resort to "ensure law and order in Washington", tweeting:

    I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!

  3. Reflections on the Charter of the United Nations on its 75th Anniversary

    NEW YORK, Jul 29 (IPS) - This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, written and signed during a period of great global change. Today, the world is again shifting beneath our feet. Yet, the Charter remains a firm foundation for our joint efforts.

  4. Neglected, Sacrificed: Older Persons During the COVID19 Pandemic

    NEW YORK, Jul 28 (IPS) - COVID19 is devastating on older persons. The numbers are staggering, more than 80 percent of the fatalities due to coronavirus in the US and East Asia occurred among adults aged 65 and over. In Europe and Australia, the figures are even higher, 94 and 97 per cent of the deaths were persons aged 60 and over.

  5. Include Indigenous People in COVID-19 Response

    KATHMANDU, Jul 28 (IPS) - In Nepal the COVID-19 crisis has been especially hard on indigenous peoples. We had to learn a new vocabulary and use words like quarantine, self-isolation, hand sanitizers and social distancing.

  6. Myanmar's Protection Bill falls Short of Addressing Violence against Women

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - A legislation that aims to protect women against violence in Myanmar, while long overdue, is raising concern among human rights advocates about its inadequate definition of rape, vague definition for "consent", and anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rhetoric.

  7. The Charter of the United Nations After 75 Years: Personal Reflections

    NEW YORK, Jul 27 (IPS) - The Charter of the United Nations is not only the constituent instrument of the United Nations as an organization. It is a multilateral legal manifesto encompassing a set of basic principles and norms aimed at ensuring peace, freedom, development, equality and human rights throughout the world. These principles and norms reflect the shared values proclaimed in the preamble on behalf of the "Peoples of the United Nations". As such, it is the most innovative and trailblazing multilateral treaty ever concluded among States. Today, it is a universal instrument by which all States have solemnly accepted to be bound in their international relations.

  8. A Determined Path to the SDGs in 2030 Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 27 (IPS) - As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear—a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The virtual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently convened governments and stakeholders across the globe to focus on the imperative to build back better while keeping an eye on the Global Goals.

  9. Gender Inequality and Oppression of Women: A Survivor’s Story

    NEW YORK, Jul 27 (IPS) - "What do you think happens to kerosene when it is poured on your head?" Surya stumbles as she speaks to IPS. "It goes down, it goes trickling down."

    When someone speaks to a burn victim, one naturally feels shocked, sad, and sympathetic. But in talking to Surya, who has the major part of her body burned, the feelings were of hope and inspiration. How is it possible to survive this trauma and still have so much love and joy to share?

  10. Rohingya Women Take a Seat at the Table & Share Stories in a Growing Rights Movement

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 (IPS) - Rohingya women are coming together to feature their own work, plight and stories in mainstream conversations about their community — a space they say they've been left out of.

    "If we think of revolutions or liberty or think of any ways to liberate ourselves from the shackle of suffering and being dubbed as 'the most persecuted minority on earth', women have to be part of it," Yasmin Ullah, president of the Rohingya Human Rights Network, told IPS.

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