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Human Rights
Millions of U.S. citizens continue to face discrimination at the hands of police and other law enforcement agencies just because they are not white, although the country's new leader in the White House is himself of African American descent. (Full Story)
In 2008, humanitarian and human rights conditions became worse than in previous years. The recent fighting in Mogadishu has added more challenges to already poor conditions on the ground. (Full Story)
Ongoing clashes between Government forces and insurgents have uprooted another 26,000 people from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in the past five days, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. (Full Story)
The European Union (EU) has made available 8 million Euro for vulnerable populations in Kenya and the Somali refugees at the Dadaab camp as part of the celebrations on International Day for Refugees on Sunday. (Full Story)
The U.N. refugee agency says the humanitarian situation in Somalia is getting worse and worse and «serious atrocities are taking place almost on a daily basis. (Full Story)
EU will pay more more money to elections in Afghanistan than food aid to the whole of East and the Horn of Africa. NGOs and humanitarian analysts have decried the imbalanced and inappropriate response of the EU to human suffering the world over. (Full Story)
Martin Bell, former BBC war correspondent and current UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, recently concluded a three-day trip to the north-east zone of Somalia to report on the situation of children and women affected by conflict, drought, displacement and other hardships – and to shed light on UNICEF's efforts to provide them with crucial services. (Full Story)
In a telegram sent to the United Nation's in Geneva today, Pope Benedict XVI added his voice to the call for hope and dignity for every child, as the UN marked the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. (Full Story)
Islamabad/Brussels - Unless relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) are urgently improved, the army’s offensive against the Taliban risks leaving the extremists the ultimate winners. (Full Story)
By Joe DeCapua

Next week, the UN General Assembly decides who should be on the Human Rights Council. On May 12th, 2009, the General Assembly is expected to elect as many as 18 new members – more than a third of the council's total membership. (Full Story)

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