Category: General News Alerts

Outsourcing: New low in refugee protection

Published in the Daily Star on Oct. 12 by C. R. Abrar :: Refugee protection is a core human rights issue. The fundamental right of seeking and enjoying asylum from persecution in other countries has been enshrined in Article 14(1) of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The principle of asylum acknowledges that when all other forms of human...

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Let’s not be afraid to challenge the traditions that harm girls

Published in the elders.org on Oct. 11 :: “Have the courage to take action. Society is ready to change.” Marking the International Day of the Girl Child, Hina Jilani calls on the international community and civil society to work together to improve the lives of girls and women. In the international community we talk about the family as being the...

UN calls for full participation of older persons in society

Published in The Nation – Pakistan on Oct. 03 ::  The United Nations Thursday encouraged governments and people throughout the world to ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and that their rights and dignity are protected. “Older persons are making wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for International...

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Children’s rights, equity and our common future

Published in The Daily Mirror on Oct. 01 :: By Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake :: Throughout history, the advance of civilization has been closely tied to the idea that all people have rights — universal, inalienable entitlements to freedom, dignity and security; to be treated fairly and to live free from oppression. The health and soul of all societies...

AFAD to continue fight against enforced disappearances

Published in The Kashmir Watch on Sep. 25 :: The fifth Congress of Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), held in Manila from 22-25 September and attended by participants from ten countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jammu and Kashmir (Indian occupied), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand and Timor-Leste renewed its commitment to fight against impunity and build a...

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Emma Watson on Feminism: Fighting for Women’s Rights is Not Man-Hating

Published in movies.ndtv.com on Sep. 22 by Shibani Bedi :: At 24, most actors are more interested in their next role than in changing world views. However, Hogwarts alumnus Emma Watson isn’t like most twentysomething celebrities and delivered an altogether remarkable speech on feminism that eggs the world at large to view the word from a rationalist’s point of view....

UN affirms ‘Right of Peoples to Peace’

Published in The Morung Express :: “We must douse the fires of extremism and tackle the root causes of conflict,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the official observance of the International Day of Peace. The Secretary-General asked combatants to lay down their arms “so all can breathe the air of peace” and called on people around the...

Ratification of disability convention

Published in MediaForFreedom.com on Sep. 15 ::   UN rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States as ‘major milestone’   15 September 2014 – Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century...

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Writing SAARC’s incomplete chapter

Published in The Hindu on Sep. 15 by Garimella Subramanium :: The lack of a common human rights mechanism for South Asia must be regarded an anomaly considering that each member country forswears a commitment to democracy and the law From Kathmandu to Kabul and Dhaka to Delhi, there is growing recognition that regional cooperation in South Asia would remain...