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Uganda enacts life in jail for gays

Uganda enacts life in jail for gays | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
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Uganda's parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment for repeat offenders.

 
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Kenya: Un scrutin pour tourner la page sanglante

Les électeurs kényans se sont déplacés en masse pour le premier tour de la présidentielle. Un des candidats, Uhuru Kenyatta, est poursuivi par la Cour pénale internationale pour des crimes liés au scrutin de 2007

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Suisse: Nouvelle 'Plateforme droits humains' des ONG

Suisse: Nouvelle 'Plateforme droits humains' des ONG | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Plus de 75 organisations non gouvernementales suisses ont créé la «Plateforme droits humains». Son but est d’intensifier le travail en faveur des droits humains et d’agir pour l’établissement d’une institution nationale des droits humains indépendante.

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Peru's indigenous people take battle over gas exploration to court

Peru's indigenous people take battle over gas exploration to court | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Indigenous rights groups say further expansion into Amazon territory could lead to 'extermination' of isolated tribes
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Children labour: Where's the global outrage?

Children labour: Where's the global outrage? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

215 million children worldwide are forced to work, trapping them in poverty and denying them an education or a decent future

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'Education can empower women and girls'

'Education can empower women and girls' | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Molly Melching, founder of NGO Tostan (which means 'breakthrough' in Wolof), talks about the importance of working within communities across west Africa and of involving cutters – the people who excise the clitoris and other external parts of the vagina during female genital mutilation – in efforts to end the practice

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UN unveils plans to eliminate child labour by 2020

UN unveils plans to eliminate child labour by 2020 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

UN report to be launched by Gordon Brown says there will still be 190m child labourers in eight years unless issue is tackled

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Behind China's High Abortion Rate: New Sexual Freedoms

Behind China's High Abortion Rate: New Sexual Freedoms | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The one-child policy has long been cited as the reason for China's steep abortion rate, but some experts now point to another factor: Young people, they say, simply don't know how to use contraceptives.

 

 

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Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org

Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
After reading about all of the problems associated with child labour, I stopped buying things from kids for the symbolism, refusing to support these horrible adults’ acts.

 

But my friend’s comment got me to start thinking about the effects of my imposing morality. Even if I don’t buy, and continue to theoretically oppose child labor, it still continues and the kid remains sad and hungry. If I buy, maybe they’ll have some food to eat, maybe to go to school. Then again, maybe it will go to their alcoholic father.

 

I do not claim to know the solution, but the right answer is much grayer than many of us recognise. I do think it’s important that we think about each situation on a case-by-case basis, using our best judgment. What is most important is that we think about it, instead of immediately imposing our aid worker ideals on irrelevant situations....

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Free Speech in the Islamic World

Free Speech in the Islamic World | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The debate over freedom of expression in new Arab and Muslim democracies should be seen as part of a larger historical transition, says Duke University's Timur Kuran.
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The genocidal Biafran war still haunts Nigeria

The genocidal Biafran war still haunts Nigeria | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The persecution of the Igbos didn't end with the Biafran conflict. Until the nation faces up to this, its mediocrity will continue

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U.N. Presses Pakistan on Disappearances

U.N. Presses Pakistan on Disappearances | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The United Nations on Thursday stepped up pressure on Pakistan over the fate of hundreds of people who have disappeared into the illegal custody of the country’s powerful intelligence and law enforcement agencies over the last decade.

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Syria: An Islamic School for Girls

Syria: An Islamic School for Girls | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In 1982, when she was just 17 years old, Houda al-Habash opened the doors to her Koran school for women and girls at the Al-Zahra Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Houda is representative of a pioneering generation of women in the Middle East who have begun to study Islam within the mosque like their fathers, uncles and brothers — a trend that is reshaping the region. We made the film because despite the influence of schools like Houda’s, stories about them are still rare.

 

In the film, inside her organized and lively school, Houda teaches her students about women’s rights within Islam and encourages them to take their secular education seriously. She and her students are engaged in a debate about women’s roles in the modern world, similar to the debates we find in our own culture. In the end, we were more compelled by the similarities than the differences in that debate.

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India's top court makes gay sex illegal again

India's top court makes gay sex illegal again | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalized gay sex, in a major setback for the cause of gay rights in the world's largest democracy.

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Tragédies humaines vues du ciel - HRW

Les images satellite ne peuvent pas mentir. L’ONG Human Rights Watch y recourt de plus en plus pour étayer ses enquêtes, notamment sur la Birmanie, le Sri Lanka et la Syrie

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Ethiopian force accused of human rights abuse to receive UK millions

Ethiopian force accused of human rights abuse to receive UK millions | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Exclusive: documents seen by the Guardian detail £13-£15m government funding for 'special police' in Ogaden region

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Stalled Adoption Program in Guatemala Leaves Families in Limbo

Stalled Adoption Program in Guatemala Leaves Families in Limbo | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Hundreds of children have been stranded in orphanages in Guatemala for years as authorities there weigh whether to approve their adoptions to families in the United States.

 

Today, 150 children are still waiting in orphanages and foster homes here while the Guatemalan authorities weigh whether to approve their adoptions to families in the United States.

Stalled adoptions are not unique to Guatemala. Concerns about fraud, including allegations of kidnappings and baby selling, have held up American adoptions for months, and sometimes years, from Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and Haiti. The State Department currently refuses to approve adoptions from Cambodia and Vietnam to pressure those countries to install safeguards so that children with biological relatives who can care for them are not shipped overseas, officials say.

But the problem of delayed adoptions is particularly acute in Guatemala, a country of about 14 million people, which in 2007 ranked second only to China in the number of children sent to the United States.

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Yémen : Ansar al Charia coupable de graves violations des droits humains

Yémen : Ansar al Charia coupable de graves violations des droits humains | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le groupe islamiste Ansar al Charia, lié à Al Qaïda, a contrôlé une partie du gouvernorat d’Abyan (Sud-Yémen) de 2011 à 2012. Le groupe ayant été chassé en juin dernier, Amnesty International a pu mener une enquête cet été afin de procéder à l’établissement des faits qui se sont déroulés sous le régime d’Ansar al Charia. D’importantes atteintes aux droits humains ont été perpétrées.

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The stark realities lying behind the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The stark realities lying behind the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Accusations that the Ugandan Government is diverting attention isn’t just a convenient conspiracy theory being propagated by opponents of the Bill, but has also received support from the most unlikely of places. The National Coalition Against Homosexuality and Sexual Abuses in Uganda (NCAHSAU) have come out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, arguing that current legislation on the statute books is sufficient to criminalise homosexuality. They also believe that the Bill is distracting attention from dealing with serious corruption in the country.

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China: What happened to the families of the drowned cocklepickers of Morecambe Bay?

China: What happened to the families of the drowned cocklepickers of Morecambe Bay? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

When 23 Chinese cocklepickers died in 2004, their families were left grieving and deep in debt. Hsiao-Hung Pai went to Fujian province to talk to some of them

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Twitter Gives Saudi Arabia a Revolution of Its Own

Twitter Gives Saudi Arabia a Revolution of Its Own | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Saudi Arabia did not have an Arab Spring. But it has had a revolution of sorts.

 

Open criticism of this country’s royal family, once unheard-of, has become commonplace in recent months. Prominent judges and lawyers issue fierce public broadsides about large-scale government corruption and social neglect. Women deride the clerics who limit their freedoms. Even the king has come under attack.

 

All this dissent is taking place on the same forum: Twitter.

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Forced migration in the 21st century: urbanised and unending

Forced migration in the 21st century: urbanised and unending | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

More than 70 million people have been uprooted across the world, and an increasing number will never go home

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HWR dénonce les violations commises à l’encontre des Ghanéens atteints d’un handicap mental

HWR dénonce les violations commises à l’encontre des Ghanéens atteints d’un handicap mental | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui (« Like a Death Sentence : Abuses against Persons with Mental Disabilities in Ghana »), Human Right Watch souligne les abus commis à l’encontre des personnes atteintes d’handicaps mentaux.

 

Le gouvernement ghanéen ne soutient guère ces personnes dans leur vie quotidienne, où elles sont victimes d’abus de la part des camps de prière (centres de guérison spirituelle), et au sein des établissements psychiatriques, dans lesquels elles sont bien souvent internées contre leur gré. Au Ghana, les personnes atteintes d’un handicap mental seraient 3 millions, dont 1 millier de personnes accueillies dans les trois hôpitaux publics du pays.

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Foxconn Plant in China Closed After Worker Riot

Foxconn Plant in China Closed After Worker Riot | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Foxconn Technology, a major supplier to some of the world’s electronics giants, including Apple, said it closed one of its large Chinese plants early Monday after police were called in to break up a fight among factory employees.

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Bangladesh : des femmes séparées et divorcées condamnées à la pauvreté

Bangladesh : des femmes séparées et divorcées condamnées à la pauvreté | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Il existe au Bangladesh des lois discriminatoires relatives au statut des femmes mariées, voulant se séparer de leur conjoint ou divorcer. Dans un nouveau rapport publié aujourd’hui par Human Rights Watch, les conditions de vie de ces femmes sont dénoncées : choisir la pauvreté ou se résigner à rester avec un conjoint violent, telle est la question que beaucoup d’entre elles se posent.

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