Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Tag: Persecution

The Philippines, Asia's Most Dangerous Country For Environmental Defenders

The Philippines, Asia’s Most Dangerous Country For Environmental Defenders

Filipino activists are paying the price for defending the environment with their lives. A 2017 Global Witness report released on Tuesday revealed that the archipelago is the most dangerous country in Asia for environment defenders, with 48 killings recorded last year—a 71 per cent rise on 2016. The Philippines ranks second in the world

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Myanmar's Extensive And Systematic Preparations For Rohingya Atrocities

Myanmar’s Extensive And Systematic Preparations For Rohingya Atrocities

Authorities in Myanmar made preparations for attacks against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent” in the weeks before last year’s purge, a rights watchdog has claimed. A report by Fortify Rights, a Bangkok-based organisation, alleges that officials carefully planned a systematic assault on the Rohingya community. Rohingya militants provided an opportunity for attack when

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Global Religious Freedom Takes Its Biggest Hit In Over A Decade

Global Religious Freedom Takes Its Biggest Hit In Over A Decade

Christians around the world face mounting political and social pressure over their beliefs, as government restrictions, nationalist parties, and harassment aimed at minority faiths continues on a global upswing. Religious antagonism saw its biggest surge in over a decade in 2016, with the world’s two biggest faith groups—Christians and Muslims—ranking

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The Unspeakable Truth About Slavery In Mauritania

The Unspeakable Truth About Slavery In Mauritania

Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in the Maghreb region of North-Western Africa. It is the eleventh largest country in Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northwest, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest. The country derives its name from the ancient Berber kingdom of Mauretania,

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Imprisoned, Threatened, Silenced: Human Rights Workers Across Asia In Danger

Imprisoned, Threatened, Silenced: Human Rights Workers Across Asia In Danger

In February, hundreds of Filipino participants in the peace process, environmental activists and human rights defenders were labelled “terrorists” by their government. The security of the individuals on this list is at stake, and some have fled the Philippines. The UN independent expert on the rights of indigenous people – Victoria

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Sanctions Risk Casts Shadow Over Myanmar’s Opening To The West

Sanctions Risk Casts Shadow Over Myanmar’s Opening To The West

The prospect of new international sanctions against Myanmar’s military—accused by the U.S. and the United Nations of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims—is looming just 18 months after Washington lifted most longstanding economic restrictions against the country. Myanmar officials and Western diplomats say the Rohingya crisis has already damped hopes for an

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UN Launches Global Plan To Strengthen Protection Of Internally Displaced Persons

UN Launches Global Plan To Strengthen Protection Of Internally Displaced Persons

With multiple crises forcing millions of people away from their homes, United Nations agencies, Governments and partners have launched a set of measures to strengthen protection of internally displaced persons as well as find solutions to address their problems. “Addressing the protection needs of the forcibly displaced and seeking solutions

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