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India: Court orders release of Irom Sharmila
Aug 20, 2014 Irom Sharmila has entered her fourteenth year on hunger strike, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Manipur.
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Trafficking adds to the woes of pavement dwellers
Feb 03, 2010 Close to 14 million Bangladeshi citizens live in pavements and streets, most of them environmental refugees. While the women and children become vulnerable to trafficking, lack of awareness and legislation to protect their rights, social prejudices and corruption is aggravating their situation.
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Humanitarian support for Pakistan
Feb 10, 2010 The 2010 Humanitarian Response Plan for Pakistan aims at meeting the needs of people from North West Frontier Province and Fata areas.
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Young doctor upholds Afghan women's right
Feb 16, 2010 Dr Anarkali Kaur Honaryar was chosen by Radio Free Europe’s Afghan chapter as person of the year in May 2009. She fights for women’s rights in Afghanistan which is staunchly patriarchal and most part of it ruled by the Taliban since 1990s, where freedom of women has been constrained.
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Rohingya refugees face uncertain future
Feb 19, 2010 A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding for the unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say Medicines Sans Frontiers. Burma refuses to give them citizenship or land ownership and Bangladesh does not permit them to work or access food aid.
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UN official urges military to protect Afghan children
Feb 26, 2010 UN Secretary General’s special representative for children and armed conflict has asked international troops in Afghanistan to implement directives for protection of children caught in conflict. She expressed particular concern on the issues of sexual violence, reintegration of children in armed groups, and children in detention.
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Afghan child migrants need urgent attention
Mar 04, 2010 The number of Afghan children seeking asylum in Europe has increased significantly last year, according to the UN refugee agency. Initial findings highlight the need for policies to protect these children.
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Nepal needs to regulate international adoptions
Mar 05, 2010 The case of Rajan Kumar Nepali highlights the fact that unscrupulous agents are effectively trafficking children to foreign couples for large profits. While Nepal introduced a new legislation in 2008, UNICEF has asked the government to ratify the Hague convention on international adoptions.
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UN demands Lankan leadership to be accountable
Mar 08, 2010 The president has rejected United Nation’s plan of appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues and alleged rights abuses in the nation’s civil war. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed by the government and the rebel Tamil group during the war.
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Bangladesh's ethnic tribe struggle to survive
Mar 11, 2010 Hundreds of Bangladeshi Buddhist monks have held peaceful protests across the world highlighting the violence against country’s indigenous people by the Bengali Muslim settlers. Human rights organisations have asked the government to stop this army backed violence and to implement the 1997 peace accord.
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Indigenous communities plight worsens in Bangladesh
Mar 16, 2010 The recent violence in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh has created panic and insecurity among the indigenous people and Bangalee settlers. While the successive governments have created suspicion among both the sections by encouraging Muslim settlement, no effort has been made to crate a harmonious atmosphere between them.
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Sri Lankan government urged to respect human rights
Mar 16, 2010 International lawyers and human rights organisations have voiced concern over the possibility of bringing in criminal charges against activists and reporters by Sri Lankan government. They have urged the Rajapaksa government to demonstrate its commitment to democratic principles by respecting freedom of expression.
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Myanmar: UN Investigator voices concern over rights violations
Mar 17, 2010 In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, a special investigator has accused the Burmese government of gross violations of rights of political parties, prisoners of conscience and ethnic minorities. He stressed that an international commission of inquiry should look into these abuses.
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Tibetans hold widespread protests demanding freedom
Mar 19, 2010 Marking the second anniversary of region wide uprising Tibetan students, businesses and people in general living in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and surrounding provinces, held peaceful protests against tight government control. Tibetans have resented Beijing’s rule and the mass migration of majority Han Chinese into the region.
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Burma urged to carry free and fair polling
Mar 26, 2010 Following the meeting of group of 15 nations, which urged for inclusive, participatory and transparent elections, UN Secretary General has asked the Burmese government to create conditions for credible elections. The new election laws ban political prisoners such as Suu Kyi from taking part in the poll.
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Myanmar's main opposition party boycotts elections
Mar 31, 2010 Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy has refused to register under the “unjust” electoral laws, which bans political prisoners from participating in electoral process. The laws also ban members of religious orders and civil servants from joining political parties.
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Pakistani Bengalis face discrimination in healthcare
Apr 08, 2010 Most Bengalis in Pakistan, despite having national identity cards, suffer discrimination in healthcare services. They are turned away from hospitals and clinics due to their ethnicity and are asked to prove their citizenship.
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Afghan's amnesty law a 'setback' to humanity
Apr 12, 2010 Rights groups across the world have urged the global community to act against the amnesty law which is said to protect Afghan’s warlords accused of crimes against humanity during the country’s gory civil war in 1992. The groups fear that active insurgents could use the law for future human rights abuses.
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Dearth of funds disrupt relief work in Pakistan
Apr 14, 2010 Insufficient funds with Pakistan Humanitarian Response are likely to cause the suspension of some of current relief work for the 1.3 million displaced persons. This is partly because much of the IDPs are from tribal agencies where access is difficult.
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India's anti-torture law to align with UN Convention
Apr 14, 2010 The bill ratifying the United Nations convention against torture gets approved in the wake of Dantewada massacre of security forces. While the move earned praise for its political courage, uncertainty is raised on whether the shallow reforms can curb growing prevalence of torture in the country.
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Maldives competes for UNHRC membership
Apr 26, 2010 Maldives has secured the seat of UN Human Rights Council membership among the 13 seats allocated for Asian countries. Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that once the country secures its membership in July, voices of small nations, especially the climate impacts faced by small island nations will get due representation.
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Repression, deaths over dowry increase in Bangladesh
May 04, 2010 Bangladesh human rights group, BSEHR in its monthly report affirmed significant growth of human rights violation in the country. The BSEHR chairman has urged authorities to take effective measures to guarantee people’s rights, particularly women rights with regard to the increasing murder and suicide rate.
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Truth-drugs tests illegal, rules SC
May 06, 2010 The Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgment declared on Wednesday that narco analysis, brain mapping and polygraph tests conducted on any person without their consent, are illegal and violation to personal liberty. The ruling has been hailed by rights activists as these tests were a travesty of justice.
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Never ending struggle for Sri Lankan Tamils
May 06, 2010 In northern Sri Lanka refugees are returning back to their homes and are getting engaged in rebuilding railways, wells and vanished homes destroyed by war. However shortage of funds, lack of sanitation, and land without green cover are making their lives tougher, forcing them to sell their rations for cash.
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Afghan diary: Civilian casualty rising
May 13, 2010 A study by NATO shows that US and NATO forces killed 76% more civilians in war against Taliban in Afghanistan; during January to April 2010. Although US military has emphasised reduced civilian causality as part of its revised strategy, there has been no attempt to shield people against attacks.
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HRW calls for probe into armed conflict
May 21, 2010 Human Rights Watch’s allegations of atrocities by Sri Lankan government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) during the armed conflict that ended last year is substantiated by new evidences. With the manifest failure of Government in investigation of abuses, the situation calls for an independent international investigation.
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Manumitting poor Nepali girls
Jun 07, 2010 Civil society is incessantly striving for the cause of girls sold by impoverished families for indentured servitude, which makes them a victim of severe exploitation. There is a call for greater government support which at present is barely sufficient for the rehabilitation and protection of these girls.
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India: Dishonouring the 'honour killings'
Jun 08, 2010 The increase in the number of women's groups and public-spirited individuals protesting against the bloody killings in the name of honoring traditional values raises hope. While the role of state governments to protect the rights of citizens remains unfulfilled, the efforts of civil societies are certainly bearing positive results.
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Human rights denied to millions, reports Amnesty
Jun 10, 2010 Amnesty International has reported severe human rights abuses in North West Pakistan by the Taliban. The report brings out the inability of the army to avoid civilian casualties in its operations against militants and alleges government apathy towards the basic needs of millions of people.
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India: Rights organisations face government backlash
Jun 10, 2010 The human rights organisations working for development in Naxal hit states of India are apprehensive of government crackdown after an Intelligence Bureau communication termed them as frontal organisations of Maoists. Indian Government has blamed activists for having a partial perspective, criticising the government and legitimising violent tactics of Maoists.
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