Standards dealing with human rights issues should be fair

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Published in People’s Daily on Aug. 05 :: By Volker Tschapke, Prussian Association President (CNTV) :: I went to China for the first time in 1984, and after 2009, I went there at least once a year. Every time when I returned Germany, I began to look forward to the next China trip. I have enjoyed complete freedom in China. China is very safe; it’s…

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SAHR Holds First Ever Online Election of Bureau Members!!

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South Asians for Human Rights successfully conducted the election of Bureau Members through an online election based on a voting platform. This platform was custom built for SAHR and included comprehensive security measures to ensure the security and reliability of the election.   A three member Election Committee oversaw the proceedings. Sultana Kamal…

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UN women’s rights resolution passed despite backlash

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women’s rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure. A Norwegian-led coalition, which has prepared the resolution for months,…

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Sexual, Reproductive Rights Urged for All in S Asia

Forty parliamentarians from the nine South Asian countries came together to support the need to highlight sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in a two day consultation organised by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a global service provider and leading advocate of SRHR. The parliamentarians discussed avenues of providing…

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A New Identity for SAARC: Establishing a Regional Human Rights Mechanism

Dr. Gyan Basnet With one-fifth of the world’s population, the countries of South Asia face formidable challenges resulting from poverty, underdevelopment, and conflict within and among themselves. Their low levels of production, unemployment, and population pressures are not helped by historic exploitation and other adverse legacies. In an historical, cultural,…

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Adoption of an unprecedented resolution at the UN to end the financial strangulation of human rights NGOs

Today, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council gave a strong response to the increasing trend of curtailing – when not criminalizing – the activities of human rights defenders by limiting their right to access funding, especially when they come from foreign countries. The Council adopted by consensus an unprecedented…

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CHOGM criticised for weak stance on human rights

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2011, which ended Sunday, was hailed by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as a “major contribution” towards building “a more purposeful, relevant and valuable Commonwealth.” However, critics argue that steps taken failed to herald bold progress. Speaking after the closing ceremony in Perth,…

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The business of human trafficking

By Shenali Waduge Human trafficking is said to be a $32billion international business. The International Labor Organization estimates that 27million people are victims of forced labor. Approximately 900,000 people are trafficked across national borders annually. Alongside the narcotics & illegal arms industry, human trafficking is a thriving business yet scant…

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SAARC: Future of Freedom

DR GOPAL KRISHNA SIWAKOTI Democracy in South Asia sub-region is confined to procedural, ritual and sacrament electorism. Democracies prevail but with enormous deficits, elections take place without sanctity. Democratic deficits can be classified in the form of the absence of good governance, rampant corruption, rising extremism, deeply entrenched fundamentalism and…

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