Archive for March 18th, 2016

18/03/2016

Not Enough Women At the Peace Table – Arab Activists

Human Wrongs Watch 

UNITED NATIONS, 17 March 2016 (IPS) “When it comes to peace talks, women have a special stake,” said Gloria Steinem while discussing current peace talks in the Middle East.

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Source: UN Women

Steinem, a prominent activist, joined the 60th annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) as part of Donor Direct Action, an NGO connecting women’s rights activists to donors.

Partnering with Karama, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on violence against women in the Arab region, the two organisations highlighted the need to include women not only in politics, but also in peace processes in conflict nations.

“Women should not be in the corridor, but actually at the table,” Karama founder Hibaaq Osman told delegates.

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18/03/2016

Myanmar Refugees in China Caught Between Political Fault Lines

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By Ann Wang*

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The rebel Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, which is comprised of ethnic Han Chinese, launched attacks against the army on 9 February 2015 in a failed bid to take over their historic homeland, the Kokang Self-Administered Zone.

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18/03/2016

No Place for Children

Human Wrongs Watch

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children have been born since the conflict began 5 years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, says a new report. Learn more about the 1 in 3 Syrian children who are growing up knowing only crisis – UNICEF

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Credit: UNICEF

18/03/2016

Myanmar’s Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Mar 17 2016 (IPS) – The persisting humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has been a global concern after two bouts of organised mass violence against them in 2012. While the Rohingya persecution has been going on for nearly four decades, Myanmar’s reforms launched in 2011 facilitated the international media’s coverage of the mass violence.

Border guards in Bangladesh are refusing entry to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Credit: Anurup Titu/IPS

Border guards in Bangladesh are refusing entry to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Credit: Anurup Titu/IPS

Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya is an unmistakable breach of international human rights laws.

Successive Burmese military governments have since early 1970s viewed the Rohingya Muslim minority, who live on their ancestral borderlands between the Islamic country of Bangladesh and Buddhist Myanmar, as “a threat to Myanmar’s national security and local Buddhist culture”.

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