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User: newstrust Topic: Human Rights
Category: Human Rights Around the World :: Sudan
Last updated: Sep 02 2018 23:32 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Nick Kristof and the Perils of Parachute Journalism 26.3.2018 Outside the Beltway
A well-meaning journalist brushes off critiques by experts in the field. He owes it to his readers to keep learning.
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UN rights council scorecard: 5 Israel resolutions, Syria 2 24.3.2018 Washington Post: World
Nine months ago, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley stormed the United Nations’ top human rights body demanding an end to what she said is its bias against Israel and raising the prospect of a U.S. pullout if it didn’t.
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Hundreds of child soldiers released in South Sudan 8.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary
More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan
Refugees or illegal migrants: Israel’s plan is to deport them by force 8.2.2018 Washington Post: World
A Q&A with Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri
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Child abductions rise amid South Sudan civil war 5.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
It is a little-acknowledged tragedy in South Sudan's five-year civil war. Child kidnappings between clans have increased as people become more desperate amid widespread hunger and a devastated economy, human rights groups say.
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Child abductions rise amid South Sudan's grinding civil war 4.2.2018 AP Top News
AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) -- It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet....
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Prospects of Return to El Salvador Pose Difficult Choice 26.1.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
The Trump administration’s decision to rescind Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador (as well as Nicaragua, Sudan and Haiti) is confronting migrants with a terrible choice, explained Ramon Cardona in an interview with Dennis J. Bernstein. By Dennis…Read more →
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Genocide, famine and a democratic retreat — all as America did nothing 22.1.2018 Washington Post
Genocide, famine and a democratic retreat — all as America did nothing
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Belgium teamed up with Sudan on deportations. Then, allegedly, there was torture. 5.1.2018 Washington Post
Belgium teamed up with Sudan on deportations. Then, allegedly, there was torture.
People targeted Thursday by US for rights abuses, corruption 21.12.2017 AP Politics
The Trump administration hit 13 individuals around the world with U.S. sanctions on Thursday under a 2016 law that empowers the Treasury Department to target people anywhere for human rights violations and corruption....
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Amnesty accuses EU of complicity in Libya migrant abuse 12.12.2017 Washington Post: World
European Union countries are complicit in the abuse of migrants held in Libya, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday that accused the EU of turning a blind eye to allegedly brutal tactics of the Libyan coast guard and dangerous detention facilities.
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How much longer will the world sit by and watch crimes against humanity in Myanmar? 29.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar grows more grim, it shows every sign of taking its place on the shameful list of mass atrocities that the world did nothing to stop.

Since August, the Myanmar government has systematically engaged in what the United Nations, human rights groups and (finally)...

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Tillerson Facing Internal Dissent at State Department Over Refusal to Enforce Child Soldiers Law 23.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, November 20, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images) The Secretary of State is in violation of US law, according to a "dissent" memo published by department employees first  reported  by Reuters. Officials at the State Department accused Rex Tillerson of breaking the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA), which prohibits aid and military assistance to nations that conscript troops younger than 18 years old. In June, Tillerson removed Afghanistan, Iraq, and Myanmar from the list of offending nations, overruling recommendations from career diplomats who cited evidence that each country still employs child soldiers. A July 28  memo  was published by department officials in response to Tillerson's decision. The document was submitted through the State Department's "Dissent Channel," which allows employees to lodge policy disagreements without fear of retribution. The dissenting officials ...
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U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims ‘ethnic cleansing’ 23.11.2017 Washington Post
U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims ‘ethnic cleansing’
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Government-controlled 'keyboard' armies now a global phenomenon, new report says 14.11.2017 L.A. Times - World News

By now, the world is well aware of how Russia used armies of bots and online commentary to manipulate information on social media and spread disinformation during the United States’ 2016 presidential campaign.

Less well known is how those methods have spread internationally, with dozens of countries,...

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Yemenis grapple with border closures that could spur 'the largest famine the world has seen for many decades' 10.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Even for Yemenis accustomed to the brutal economies of life under a years-long siege, the effect of a blockade of all air, sea and land ports into the country was a surprise.

“Food merchants immediately doubled all their prices. Fuel, in one moment, disappeared from the markets and the price of...

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Yemenis grapple with border closures that could spur 'largest famine in decades' 10.11.2017 L.A. Times - World News

Even for Yemenis accustomed to the brutal economies of life under a years-long siege, the effect of a blockade of all air, sea and land ports into the country was a surprise.

“Food merchants immediately doubled all their prices. Fuel, in one moment, disappeared from the markets and the price of...

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World powers are failing to end conflicts: UN refugee chief 3.11.2017 World – The Indian Express
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UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan 18.10.2017 AP Top News
YEI, South Sudan (AP) -- Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help....
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Leaving UNESCO? Good riddance. 18.10.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Leaving UNESCO? Good riddance.
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