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Dispatches: What Really Happened in Baga, Nigeria? | Human Rights Watch

Dispatches: What Really Happened in Baga, Nigeria? | Human Rights Watch | Human rights | Scoop.it
Since January 3, Boko Haram militants have attacked –almost on a daily basis –the area surrounding Baga, a fishing settlement on the shores of Lake Chad in Nigeria’s northeast Borno State.
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Forgiveness on the farm

Forgiveness on the farm | Human rights | Scoop.it
This photo essay is by Sarah Buchanan, the founder of Kula Project, a non-profit organization empowering women to lift their families out of poverty through sustainable coffee farms.

 

Like 89% of Rwanda’s population, Maria depends on her farm for the income her family needs survive. Her farm is about a thirty minute hike from her home, but it doesn’t seem to phase her. The days are long, full of back-breaking labor, but you will be hard pressed to hear her complain.

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Tackling child labour on cocoa farms

Tackling child labour on cocoa farms | Human rights | Scoop.it
Parents from rural communities in Ivory Coast are being encouraged to send their children to school instead of letting them work in cocoa farms. As Grace Pascoe reports it's all part of a government initiative to end child labour.
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The Gambia is the worst dictatorship you've probably never heard of

The Gambia is the worst dictatorship you've probably never heard of | Human rights | Scoop.it
If you've never heard of The Gambia or its longtime dictator, Yahya Jammeh, you're far from alone. But Jammeh, who survived his eighth coup attempt last week, is the head of a "horrible, horrible dictatorship" that represses its people along North Korean lines.
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Guaranteeing refugees' rights in asylum procedures - European Council on Refugees and Exiles

Guaranteeing refugees' rights in asylum procedures - European Council on Refugees and Exiles | Human rights | Scoop.it

Guaranteeing refugees' rights in asylum procedures - ECRE publishes recommendations on how to transpose EU legislation on asylum procedures to best protect the rights of asylum seekers. 

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The Missing Doctrine of Economic Warfare « ISN Blog

The Missing Doctrine of Economic Warfare « ISN Blog | Human rights | Scoop.it

The concept of economic warfare has been traditionally used for addressing the complementary economic tactics of armed conflict. In the near future it could represent a way of conducting war per se.

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Communities reframe message to welcome immigrant kids

Communities reframe message to welcome immigrant kids | Human rights | Scoop.it
Several North Carolina communities are working to distance themselves from anti-immigrant messaging seen after last year's surge in unaccompanied minors.
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Tipping point of an ailing healthcare system

Tipping point of an ailing healthcare system | Human rights | Scoop.it
Some beds are blocked by elderly patients who would have no care available at home.
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Groups urge Switzerland to accept 100,000 Syrians - SWI swissinfo.ch

Groups urge Switzerland to accept 100,000 Syrians - SWI swissinfo.ch | Human rights | Scoop.it
In an open letter to the authorities, 27 organisations have urged Switzerland to accommodate 100,000 Syrian refugees.
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"implausible since Switzerland is a small country." However its also “incomprehensible” for the European Union and Western countries to adhere to a policy of isolation.

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Canada’s immigration policy, No country for old men

Canada’s immigration policy, No country for old men | Human rights | Scoop.it

Canada used to prize immigrants who would make good citizens. Now people with job offers have jumped to the front of the queue.

IN 1967 Canada invented a way to remove discrimination and prejudice from the process of choosing which immigrants to let in. The points system ignored an applicant’s race and country of origin (until then it helped to be white). Instead, it rewarded education, fluency in English or French and work experience. With the change, Asians supplanted white Europeans as the dominant immigrant group. The idea of basing admission to Canada on merit rather than on a bureaucrat’s whim was visionary at the time. Several countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, adopted Canadian-style points systems. In Europe even politicians hostile to “uncontrolled” immigration sing the praises of Canada’s selective approach.

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Durham Becomes Largest North Carolina Jurisdiction To Welcome Migrant Children

Durham Becomes Largest North Carolina Jurisdiction To Welcome Migrant Children | Human rights | Scoop.it
An unanimous vote Monday made Durham the largest North Carolina jurisdiction to welcome unaccompanied minors fleeing gang violence and poverty in Latin America.
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War stokes further growth in forced displacement in first half 2014

War stokes further growth in forced displacement in first half 2014 | Human rights | Scoop.it
UNHCR's new "Mid-Year Trends 2014" report shows that 5.5 million people were newly displaced in the first half of last year, including 1.4 million refugees.
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The 7 deadly sins of donor-driven democracy promotion | Devex

The 7 deadly sins of donor-driven democracy promotion | Devex | Human rights | Scoop.it

Over the past decades, the aid industry has increasingly converged around the view that democracy and “good governance” matter for development. Accordingly, donors often fund local nongovernmental organizations in the “global south” to promote and support democratization. Thousands of such NGOs worldwide are now educating voters, demanding accountability, reviewing legislation, combating corruption, strengthening the role of the media and advocating for more democratic and inclusive political, social and economic systems.

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Female migrant detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report

Female migrant detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report | Human rights | Scoop.it
Male staff often invade privacy at immigration detention centre, says charity, and many women already victims of sexual abuse
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ISS Africa | The tyranny of Kenya's MCAs

ISS Africa | The tyranny of Kenya's MCAs | Human rights | Scoop.it
Instead of helping Kenya's constitutional devolution process as agents of good governance, members of county assemblies (MCAs) are rampantly abusing their power.
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Under Article 174 of Kenya’s 2010 Constitution, devolution was intended to transfer control from the central to local governments, to empower citizens and enhance their participation in the management of their own affairs.

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Instead of helping Kenya's constitutional devolution process as agents of good governance, members of county assemblies (MCAs) are rampantly abusing their power.

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‘It’s a crime’: Migrant Smuggling

‘It’s a crime’: Migrant Smuggling | Human rights | Scoop.it
It is estimated that in the first nine months of 2014, 70 per cent  more migrants died while being smuggled than in all of 2013. In the run up to the 13th United Nations Crime Congress this April, we are highlighting different crimes, showing how vital it is to tackle them in order to achieve sustainable development. In January 2015 we are focusing on migrant smuggling, outlining the scale of the problem and telling its transnational story.
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War stokes further growth in forced displacement in first half 2014

War stokes further growth in forced displacement in first half 2014 | Human rights | Scoop.it
UNHCR's new "Mid-Year Trends 2014" report shows that 5.5 million people were newly displaced in the first half of last year, including 1.4 million refugees.
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Who is hosting the world’s refugees? Explore the latest data.....

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EXCLUSIVE: Hate crimes on disabled up by 213%

EXCLUSIVE: Hate crimes on disabled up by 213% | Human rights | Scoop.it
SHOCK figures today reveal a 213 per cent rise in the number of prosecutions for hate crime against the disabled.
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Haiti remains on life support while waiting for assistance - SWI swissinfo.ch

Haiti remains on life support while waiting for assistance - SWI swissinfo.ch | Human rights | Scoop.it
Five years after an earthquake which claimed 250,000 lives, the majority of promises made by the international community remain ...
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Parents of US citizens often deported, report says

Parents of US citizens often deported, report says | Human rights | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch asks that family unity be considered.

 

Parents of children who are U.S. citizens were arrested at the border more than 100,000 times in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 — and very few of them were able to plead their case before a judge before being deported, a human-rights organization found.

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The Charlie Hebdo attack was a strike against free speech. So why is the response more surveillance?

The Charlie Hebdo attack was a strike against free speech. So why is the response more surveillance? | Human rights | Scoop.it
Trevor Timm: Let’s not avenge the deaths of journalists by trying to curtail the very rights for which the world has praised them
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China claims despite global warming Tibet’s eco future is positive | Tibetan Review

China claims despite global warming Tibet’s eco future is positive | Tibetan Review | Human rights | Scoop.it
China says the ecosystem of the Tibetan Plateau is moving in a positive direction despite the fact that over the past 50 years its temperature had risen two
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Portes ouvertes à l’immigration! Doors open to immigration!

Portes ouvertes à l’immigration! Doors open to immigration! | Human rights | Scoop.it
Les migrants contribuent très largement au produit national brut de la Suisse. Caritas a décidé de publier un almanach social différent : personnel, partial, touchant.
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Persons with disabilities are 1 per cent of workforce

Persons with disabilities are 1 per cent of workforce | Human rights | Scoop.it
Only a mere one per cent of people with disabilities are in government, which is way below the threshold set by the Constitution.
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Only six asylum seekers accepted by Japan in 2013 | The Japan Times

Only six asylum seekers accepted by Japan in 2013 | The Japan Times | Human rights | Scoop.it
Just six asylum seekers were granted refugee status by the government last year, the lowest number in 15 years, the Justice Ministry say Thursday.
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