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South Sudan needs peace as much as food

South Sudan needs peace as much as food

carolyn.simon@hrc.org March 20, 2017 0

The declaration of famine in two counties of South Sudan last month led to immediate pledges of aid.  Grave editorials  called on Western governments to prioritise relief efforts to the needy, despite the

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Barefoot flight from Mosul: The long road to safety

Barefoot flight from Mosul: The long road to safety

March 9, 2017 0

A thin, dark column of figures winds across the barren hills on the outskirts of west Mosul, through clouds of dust thrown up by mortars falling around them. With wide, fearful eyes in

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Countdown to AMISOM withdrawal: Is Somalia ready?

Countdown to AMISOM withdrawal: Is Somalia ready?

dan.rafter@hrc.org February 28, 2017 0

The swearing-in last week of Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” was greeted with a surge of optimism on the streets of Mogadishu that a new era of stability was on its way.

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Everything you need to know about the latest Syria peace talks

Everything you need to know about the latest Syria peace talks

carolyn.simon@hrc.org February 21, 2017 0

Hopes are low for the Syrian peace talks set to begin on Thursday in Geneva, but that may not matter much. As the war in Syria moves towards a strategic endgame , the

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UN under fire even as Pakistan lifts Afghan deportation order

UN under fire even as Pakistan lifts Afghan deportation order

carolyn.simon@hrc.org February 13, 2017 0

Pakistan has backed off threats to deport more than two million Afghans starting next month, but the refugees are still under intense pressure to leave and the UN is accused of complicity in

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Myopic in Malta: Europe’s short-sighted migration policy with Libya

Myopic in Malta: Europe’s short-sighted migration policy with Libya

dan.rafter@hrc.org February 7, 2017 0

At last week’s EU summit in Malta, European leaders didn’t appear to have learnt many lessons when it comes to forging questionable deals to stem migrant flows. A migration partnership cannot be built

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Inside Brazil’s gang-run prisons

Inside Brazil’s gang-run prisons

February 6, 2017 0

For 14 hours, guards did nothing while inmates from the First Capital Command (PCC) used knives and machetes to kill and behead 26 members of a rival drug gang. Having cut the electricity,

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Pakistan NGOs go to court to fight government crackdown

Pakistan NGOs go to court to fight government crackdown

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 25, 2017 0

A legal showdown is looming in Pakistan as NGOs petition the courts to squelch interior ministry orders to cease operations for allegedly “pursing an anti-state agenda”.   About a dozen NGOs in Punjab Province

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EXCLUSIVE: World Vision rattles aid groups with solo operation for Syrians at Jordan border

EXCLUSIVE: World Vision rattles aid groups with solo operation for Syrians at Jordan border

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 24, 2017 0

Some 70,000 Syrians are stranded in a demilitarised zone on the Jordan-Syria border, with aid severely limited and subject to tight restrictions. IRIN can reveal that while the UN delivers assistance by crane

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Bye bye Jammeh: Hope and challenges in The Gambia

Bye bye Jammeh: Hope and challenges in The Gambia

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 24, 2017 0

Only disgraced ex-president Yahya Jammeh’s most hardcore supporters turned up to watch as he boarded a private jet at the weekend for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Some soldiers and members of his political

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