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Friday, December 14, 2018
Expand Nilsa Hernandez. August 2018. © 2018 Human Rights Watch By Tamara Taraciuk Broner and Kathleen Page The Spanish version of this article will soon appear online and in the printed version of Ethic.es. Nilsa Hernández smiled as she handed us each a plate of home-cooked rice and beans. It was hot and humid in Boa Vista, Brazil’s Northern Roraima State, and Nilsa was living in a small house with colorful curtains for doors. She was proud to welcome strangers, though. We sat on plastic stools and a wooden bench in a dirt-bare yard under the cooling shade of an old tree. Uprooted at age 61… (Full Story)
Friday, December 14, 2018
Expand Corridor in a care facility for older people.  © Flickr This month we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark the occasion, we have asked Human Rights Watch experts to reflect on some of the key human rights challenges in their area of specialty. We are living longer than ever. Experts estimate that over one-third of all babies born in wealthy countries in 2012 will live to celebrate their 100th birthday. Life expectancy in every region is increasing. The United Nations calculates that in Asia, where most older people in the world live, nearly… (Full Story)
Friday, December 14, 2018
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Friday, December 14, 2018
Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet. (Full Story)
Friday, December 14, 2018
Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission. (Full Story)
Friday, December 14, 2018
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Friday, December 14, 2018
A counterinsurgency operation in eastern Afghanistan is said to have caused many civilian casualties, in addition to killing about 20 Taliban and al-Qaida operatives. An Afghan government spokesman in the border province of Kunar, Abdul Ghani Musamem, told VOA that two Arab and three Uzbek nationals were among the militants killed in the overnight operation in Shegal district. Musamem said there were no civilian casualties. But the spokesman for the provincial public health department,... (Full Story)
Friday, December 14, 2018
This week on #VOAOurVoices our co-host Ayen joins Haydé, Hadiza and Auriane from Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to take a close look at the African refugee experience. Join us as we discuss the plight of African refugees, share the stories of hope and resilience from the residents of the Kakuma, and take a look at African women empowering refugees in our weekly #WomentoWatch segment. (Full Story)
Friday, December 14, 2018
The Mediterranean island nation of Malta needs better checks and balances, with the prime minister's powers currently eclipsing other institutions, experts from Europe's top human rights body said Friday. The critical assessment issued by the Council of Europe's advisory body — known as the Venice Commission and comprised of legal experts — comes as Malta's institutions are under increasing fire following Panama Papers revelations involving a government minister and the... (Full Story)
Friday, December 14, 2018
A day after killing the alleged assailant in a bloody Christmas market shooting in eastern France, police are searching for other potential suspects. The Islamic State group, without providing evidence, claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack that killed at least three people, wounded more than a dozen others and left a country on edge. Public prosecutor Remy Heitz on Friday detailed the two-day manhunt that led to police shooting dead Cherif Chekatt, in the Strasbourg... (Full Story)
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