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Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict

Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict

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

On the main road into east Mosul, a rotting skeleton swings from a post outside a row of bullet-riddled shops. What was once a brain lolls horribly from an eye socket in front

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Pakistan investigating NGOs accused of promoting blasphemy and pornography

Pakistan investigating NGOs accused of promoting blasphemy and pornography

April 14, 2017 0

Pakistan is investigating over a dozen NGOs for allegedly promoting blasphemy and pornography on social media – a potentially deadly move dismissed by rights activists as the latest in an ongoing crackdown on

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Pushed out of Pakistan into war-torn Afghanistan, refugees are told to be ‘patient’

Pushed out of Pakistan into war-torn Afghanistan, refugees are told to be ‘patient’

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 13, 2017 0

Afghan refugees pressured by Pakistan to return to their volatile homeland where they face hunger and homelessness should be “patient”, according to an official who said his government plans to eventually offer more

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Bellicose North Korea gives aid donors the jitters

Bellicose North Korea gives aid donors the jitters

dan.rafter@hrc.org March 31, 2017 0

The long winter is ending in North Korea, and another season of bombast is about to begin.  From April to September, a series of holidays will almost inevitably be accompanied by bellicose statements

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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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