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Today’s top news:

· Violence causes election commission to suspend electoral process in Nigeria

· South Africa remembers Sharpeville victims on Human Rights Day

· Culture of impunity partly to blame for rise in child murders in Bangladesh

· India’s tribes and lower castes demand legal right to shelter, land

The Commonwealth

Commonwealth envoy to Lesotho urges government to push ahead with reforms

The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Lesotho, Dr Rajen Prasad, has encouraged the country’s coalition government to move ahead with a range of political and legislative reforms, following an official visit.

Africa

Meet New African Woman magazine’s pick of the top 11 women who are changing the game on the continent

Mail & Guardian

London-based publication New African Woman has put out its first list of Africa’s top female game-changers. Themed “changing the game”, gender equity, women empowerment and entrepreneurship were some of the key issues its picks spotlighted at the award ceremony.

The New African Woman Forum drew some of the most influential women on the continent and concluded with a powerful message: Women’s empowerment is a human rights issue and it makes good business sense.

HelpAge Welcomes Protocol On Older People’s Rights

News Ghana

HelpAge International has welcomed the adoption of a protocol on older people’s rights at the 26th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Colonial Roots of Africa’s Gender Inequality

Huffington Post Blog

One of the aspects of the fight for gender equality in Africa that has been particularly frustrating for women activists is that much of this inequality is the continuing legacy of colonialism, which has altered the empowered role that African women once had in traditional African societies.

Botswana

Court of Appeals accepts LGBT group’s registration

Mmegi

It was a human rights victory when the Court of Appeal (CoA) set aside the refusal by the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs to register an organisation for homosexuals and sexual minority groups (LEGABIBO) last week.

Zimbabwean fails to persuade Botswana to stop caning its offenders

Times Live/ New Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has failed to persuade neighbouring Botswana to stop caning Zimbabwean offenders, the state-owned Herald newspaper says.

Cameroon

FAKLA Communique On The Incident At The Laqunitine Hospital On 12 March 2016

Cameroon Concord

Members of the Fako Lawyers Association (FAKLA) express indignation at the incident on 12th March at the Laquintine Hospital, outside which a pregnant woman died because she had no money to pay for treatment as relatives tried to in vain to deliver twins alive.

Ghana

Ghana commends UNFPA and UNICEF on child marriage

Ghana Business News

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, commended the UNFPA and UNICEF Joint Global Progamme to accelerate actions to end child marriage at the launch in New York on the sidelines of the 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60).

Ghana outlines strategy against child marriage

Ghana Business News

Ghana has outlined a holistic national strategy to combat child, early and forced marriages, to make the practice a high risk marital engagement, and called for collaboration with other African countries.

Ending child marriage is collective responsibility — Groups

Graphic Online

Girls’ groups in the Adentan and La Nkwantenang-Madina Municipal Assemblies say child marriage can only be ended through a collective effort. Parents, religious and traditional leaders as well as children and the media all had a part to play in ending child marriage.

Kenya

‘Safe’ Abortion Debate is Rekindled After Health Ministry Withdraws Guidelines

All Africa/ Daily Nation

The 2010 Constitution allows abortion when the life or health of a pregnant woman is at risk.

However, the government, through the Ministry of Health, has been put on the spot after it withdrew its “Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya”.

Opinion: A Date With The Machete: Looming Chaos In Kenya’s 2017 Elections

Eurasia Review

There are good grounds to believe that the next elections in August 2017 will be seriously flawed and could precipitate perhaps the worst chaos in the country’s electoral history — far worse than the mayhem of 2007 when, officially, 1133 people were killed and over 600,000 internally displaced.

Lesotho

Human rights being trampled in Lesotho

Sunday Times

An assessment of President Pakalitha Mosisili’s promise to protect the human rights of every person in Lesotho as enshrined in the constitution of 1993, after one year in office. (article requires registration)

Malawi

Malawi bishops attack government over homosexual acts

Pink News

In a letter to parishioners, Catholic bishops in Malawi have attacked the government for placing a moratorium on ‘harmful’ homosexual laws. The government paused prosecutions of gay people under anti-homosexual laws in December.

Bishops in Malawi stand reject ‘pro-abortion push’

LifeZette

Malawi’s bishops on Sunday released a pastoral statement on the Year of Mercy, Catholic social teaching, and its relevance for their country, reaffirming their stance against abortion amidst what they perceive as a ‘pro-abortion push’ in the country.

Malawi President Mutharika wants to end illiteracy by 2019

Nyasa Times

During his address at the 51st independence celebrations, President Peter Mutharika promised his administration would reduce the concentration of power in the presidency and aim to eliminate illiteracy by 2019, amongst others.

Nigeria

Opinion: Republic of Fulani Herdsmen

National Accord

“Before our very eyes, the sanctity of Nigeria being a federal republic is being challenged by the flourishing of yet another republic: the Republic of Fulani Herdsmen.”

Nigeria’s military boss asks troops to guard against human rights

News Ghana

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Friday warned troops against violating human rights during operations in and outside the country.

HRW urges Nigeria to probe Giwa massacre

IOL

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigerian Army troops who took part in the execution of more than 640 following a Boko Haram-led jail-break near Maiduguri in March 2014 are arrested and brought to trial.

Opinion: The Misogynists in the Nigerian Senate

Bella Naija

The male-dominated Senate (102 men to 7 women) rejected the Bill on gender and equal opportunities proposed by Senator Biodun Olujimi on March 15. This is the third time that the Senate will throw out this same bill.

Anti-Social Media Bill Received Knocks At Senate

All Africa/ Daily Trust

Participants at a Senate public hearing on the “Frivolous petition Bill 2015 (SB. 143)” also known as anti-social media bill expressed concern on the draft law.

NEPWHAN sensitise Nigerians on anti-discrimination Act

Vanguard

THE Network of People Living With HIV and AIDS in Nigeria, NEPWHAN, yesterday, commenced sensitisation of Nigerians on the Anti-discrimination Act 2014, on stigmatisation of people living with HIV.

Fears of Violence Grow as Nigeria’s Oil Capital Votes

Voice of America

As Nigeria vows to stifle unrest during this weekend’s election, some voters say they remain too scared to cast ballots. Both main political parties have accused each other of inciting violence.

Violence causes election commission to suspend electoral process

This Day Live

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the results of nine state constituencies and one federal constituency in which rerun elections were held in Nigeria’s oil hub, Rivers State, on Saturday, but the commission was forced to suspend the electoral process in all other constituencies in the state where results were not announced due to the widespread violence that marred the elections.

Rwanda

DRC extradites Rwandan wanted for 1994 genocide

MWC News

A Rwandan who allegedly helped to orchestrate the 1990s genocide was sent back to his country on Sunday to be tried by a United Nations tribunal. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in December in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has been accused of responsibility for the killing of an estimated 20,000 people.

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Activists Released After Six Weeks Jail For Protesting Socfin

CorpWatch

Sierra Leonian courts have started to release a group of community activists from the Malen Land Owners and Users Association (MALOA) who were jailed for taking part in a 2013 protest at a palm oil plantation operated by Societe Financiere des Caoutchoucs (Socfin).

South Africa

SA remembers Sharpeville victims on Human Rights Day

eNCA

56-years ago police opened fire on thousands of unarmed anti-pass protesters in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, killing 69 and injuring 180. The day was a turning point in the fight against apartheid as it created a crisis for the government.

Women in peace operations: the unsung champions of human rights

Institute for Security Studies

Today, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1960 shooting of police upon peaceful protestors. Reflecting on the role of police in relation to human rights seems more relevant than ever given that the African Union (AU) dedicated 2016 to human rights, with a specific focus on the rights of women.

Disabled in SA still fighting for rights

eNCA

Human Rights Day is being celebrated around the country, but it’s little consolation for the disabled community. Disabled South Africans are still fighting a tough battle for their rights to be recognised.

Why it’s not easy to criminalise racism

eNCA

To criminalise racism or not? That’s one of the questions the Anti-Racism Week hoped to address. A panel discussion led by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela realised it’s not that simple.

Swaziland

Free editor and human rights lawyer jailed after summary proceedings

Amnesty International

Friday’s unlawful detention of a respected magazine editor and human rights lawyer for their criticism of the judiciary in Swaziland is another shocking example of the southern African kingdom’s intolerance of freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.

Swaziland, the King of Old-Fashioned Repression

The World Post

Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu were arrested a year ago and sentenced to two years in jail for their presumption to question royal authority. The latest US human rights report describes Swaziland as “an absolute monarchy”.

Uganda

Clerics call for tolerance and respect for human rights

New Vision

The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and the Elders Forum of Uganda have expressed concern over the post-election violence going on around the country.

Uganda’s Female Lawyers Decry Low Interest In African human rights court

KFM

Female members of the legal fraternity in Uganda have expressed concern over their lack of interest in matters of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). According to the African Union Commission, the current gender representation at the AfCHPR is very low with just two female judges.

Tanzania

African human rights court wants Tanzania to expedite case on Kenyans

Capital FM/ Standard Media

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) wants the Tanzanian local courts to expedite the trial of five Kenyans facing murder and armed robbery charges after ruling that their fundamental rights have been violated.

Regional Business Code Gets Approval

All Africa/ East African Business Week

The promotion of the highest ethical standards in a company’s business dealings across the East African Community (EAC) has been formalised. The new East African Business Council (EABC) Code of Conduct is intended to bring a sense of order by enhancing ethical business practices.

Police Probe Case of Missing Journalist

All Africa/ Tanzania Daily News

Police in Dar es Salaam are investigating the kidnapping of a Zanzibar-based journalist with Mwananchi Communications Limited, Salma Said, who disappeared after being taken by strangers on Saturday in the city.

Zambia

New Constitution will strengthen people’s democratic rights

Daily News

A resolution was adopted recently in Parliament to create a Constitutional Assembly to adopt a new Constitution to further strengthen democratic rights, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said at the 134th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Lusaka.

Americas

Canada

Incarcerating migrants is inhumane: Goar

The Star

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), once known as Canada Customs, has become a quasi-police organization. It locks up thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers every year; two migrants have died in government detention.

Air Canada being investigated by human rights tribunal for refusing to board passenger

Global News

Canada’s largest airline has been called to the Human Rights Tribunal after accusations of discrimination ‘on grounds of race, national or ethnic origin, or his Muslim religion by denying him service’.

Future of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom remains unclear

Global News

Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom may be taken away as the new government does not see it as the best way to promote and protect freedom of religion in the country, however, the fate of the Office still remains unclear.

Canadians Of Colour Talk Racism, Self-Care And Driving Change

Huffington Post

Racism in Canada is often a topic which is overlooked and which is said not to be a problem in the same degree as it is in the neighbouring country of USA. However, this is not entirely true and racism and racial discrimination are both big problems that need to be faced and discussed.

Inuit appeal seismic testing case to Canada Supreme Court

Jurist

A seismic testing case in Canada will prove to be a test for the courts on indigenous rights in the country which has had a poor record on promoting and protecting such rights.

Asia

Bangladesh

Bangladesh violating international law in trials against war crimes — RSIL

Pakistan Today/ Dawn

In a legal workshop organised by Pakistan’s leading legal think-tank, Research Society of International Law (RSIL), in Karachi, it was concluded that the Bangladesh war crimes trials violate various provisions of international human rights treaties.

Culture of impunity partly to blame for rise in child murders

Asia Times

Incidents of child murders are rising alarmingly in Bangladesh, with some of the most recent ones allegedly perpetrated by victims’ mothers. Human rights experts say a culture of impunity is indirectly encouraging the perpetrators to target children.

Uniform civil code necessary to change religious laws curbing gender equality: author

First Post

Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has batted for adopting a uniform civil code based on equality, asserting that it was imperative to do away with religious laws in order to achieve gender parity.

PM: Bangladesh firm to fight racial discrimination

Dhaka Tribune

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reaffirmed Bangladesh’s firm commitment to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in a message on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination yesterday.

Government urged to ensure rights of indigenous women

Dhaka Tribune/ Daily Star

The 3rd National Indigenous Women Conference started Saturday with an aim to establishing the rights of the indigenous women across the country. The two-day programme was organised by Bangladesh Indigenous Women Network (BIWN) and Kapaeeng Foundation, a human rights organisation for indigenous people.

Attack on Daily Star Editor is Latest Awami League Attempt to Restrict Criticism

The Wire

The attacks on members of Bangladesh’s civil society illustrate how the authorities are seeking to avenge perceived “past misdeeds,” and take any action required to remove or weaken alternative power bases in the country.

No justice for Rohingyas?

Daily Star

As per the Constitution of the Republic and Bangladesh’s obligation under international treaties, protection of the law and the right to seek legal redress are guaranteed for all Rohingya refugees including UMNs. But accessing this right is proving difficult.

Where has all the anger gone? Dalit survivors of Sunped wonder as they fight for justice

Two Circles

This is the first in a four-part series on cases of Dalit atrocities in India which were brought up during a tribunal held by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights in collaboration with other liked-minded associations.

India

PM Modi assures Dalits that BJP government will not scrap quotas

First Post

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the BR Ambedkar National Memorial in New Delhi and said that Ambedkar was to Indians what Martin Luther King Jr was to the world.

British Lords accuse Indian Prime Minister Modi of supporting Hindu extremism

International Business Times

A number of British Lords have criticised India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supporting Hindu extremism. The concerns were raised in UK parliament during a debate about declining religious freedom in India under the Modi government organised by Lord Singh of Wimbledon on 17 March.

India’s tribes and lower castes demand legal right to shelter, land

Reuters Foundation

Despite wide recognition of the link between poverty and landlessness in India, and a slew of policies over the years aimed at helping the people secure housing, more than half of rural Indians do not have a permanent homestead.

India’s Christians ask government for protection during Holy Week

Herald Malaysia

Given the recent attacks on Christian communities, it is urgent to ensure the safety of the faithful during the Holy Week celebrations: This is the cry for help that is being addressed to the National Commission for Human Rights (NHRC) by Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

Malaysia

Society’s duty to push for recognition of human rights

Free Malaysia Today

Expert on social democracy dismisses Malaysia’s arguments for not signing the UN Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. It is the peoples’ obligation to push their governments to recognise universally acknowledged rights, says renowned authority on social democracy Thomas Meyer.

NGO concerned over racial profiling of criminals

Malay Mail Online

The “trend” of racialising criminality indicates increasing racial discrimination in Malaysia, a human rights group said today.

Enact anti-discrimination, hate speech laws — human rights commission

Malay Mail Online

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today revived calls on the federal government to introduce fresh legislation outlawing hate speech and discrimination, saying the laws were necessary to end racism here.

Malaysia disconnecting from online freedoms

East Asia Forum

Recently, two acts — the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA Act) and the Sedition Act — have been used repeatedly to contain the zeal with which Malaysians have taken to the internet.

Maldives

Maldives police vow action on cops in ‘brutal’ raid on gang-linked houses

Haveeru

Police vowed Sunday legal action against any officer found to have carried out any act of brutality during the raids on houses linked to gangs on Friday.

Maldives president says death penalty only way for stability

Haveeru

Implementing death penalty will only bring stability and harmony to the Maldives, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom said Saturday at the closing ceremony of the third symposium on training campaign leaders for his re-election.

Pakistan

Pakistani women risk everything to fight for their rights

Times of Israel

In Pakistan, women are often too fearful to report sexual violence, yet the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recorded 423 rapes and 304 gang rapes last year. It also said that last year at least one woman a day was killed in the name of honour.

Singapore

Society ‘has duty to help women juggle roles’

Straits Times

It is society’s duty to help women juggle their various responsibilities, and employers must ensure that human resource policies and practices do not work against women, said Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung.

Sri Lanka

A Clear Indictment On Sri Lanka Police — 752 complaints in three months

Sunday Leader

The National Police Commission (NPC) has so far received 752 complaints against the police from October 21, 2015 to date.

Opinion: New Constitution, a path to Fundamental Rights

Sri Lanka Guardian

While it is essential to strengthen fundamental rights in the proposed fundamental rights Chapter in the Constitution, it is also necessary to retain ‘Fundamental Duties’ as enshrined in the Article 28 of the present Constitution.

Inter Parliamentary Union assembly briefed on the assassinations of four Sri Lankan MPs

Colombo Page

The assassinations of four Sri Lankan parliamentarians and the attempted assassination of another MP have been discussed at a meeting of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians during its 134th Assembly in Lusaka, Zimbabwe on Friday.

Caribbean

Barbados

Delay in sexual harassment law worries judge

Nation News

Justice Jacqueline Cornelius, a High Court Judge in Barbados has expressed concern about the massive delays in the sexual harassment legislation that has been worked on during the last 15 years.

Belize

Belize and Guatemala: two different realities

Amandala

Guatemala decided to violate Belizean sovereignty by taking control over an island in Belize’s territory and told Belize ‘that the only way Belize can regain our rights at the Sarstoon is if the International Court of Justice (ICJ) gives it to us’.

Jamaica

Migrant farm worker launches discrimination complaint against WSIB

The Star

A Jamaican worker who almost fatally injured himself as he was away working in the London-area in Canada and covered by WSIB did not receive the promised support and treatment he needed and has now gone to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario with his case.

Access to justice for poor people

Jamaica Observer

Access to justice is an important thing, and when justice is served it is truly a good thing done, however, poor people are less able to access this justice and go through the proceedings of their own cases, mainly because of economic reasons, how can that be changed this reader asks.

St Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis articulates position on human rights in Geneva, Switzerland

Ziz

Kaye Bass, the Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke about the intentions of St Kitts and Nevis during the 31st normal session of the UNHRC where she said that ‘St. Kitts and Nevis recognized the importance of ratifying international human rights instruments’.

Europe

Cyprus

Calls to better integrate migrants into Cypriot society on eve of anti-racism day

Cyprus Mail

A migrant support group KISA, has called on the Cypriot government to change its migration policies which according to the group ‘only promotes institutional prejudice and racism’.

Church says it will actively oppose abortion bill

Cyprus Mail

The Cyprus Church has come out with a statement that it will oppose the proposed abortion bill in Cyprus as the church ‘considers abortion to be murder’ and says that the bill ‘trivialises human life’.

Malta

George Vella against gay marriages; Jason Azzopardi, Claudio Grech decline to comment

Independent

George Vella the Minister of Foreign Affairs has spoken against gay marriage which he sees ‘is between a man and a woman’, however, he is a proponent of civil unions as he feels the LGBTI community ‘deserve the same rights as everybody else’.

United Kingdom

This Tiny Island Shelters a History of Human Rights Abuse

takepart

Diego Garcia, a small island in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and home to one of America’s most important military bases, was confiscated in 1966 from the local population of Chagossians, resulting in the forced displacement of more than 2,000.

My two year stint inside Yarl’s Wood

Bedfordshire on Sunday

Last year Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre burst into headline news after Channel 4 released footage of guards’ aggressive behaviour. The paper tells former inmates’ stories, starting with Mabel Gawanas, who first arrived in Yarl’s Wood in May 2014.

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis as destitute refugee women forced into prostitution

Herald Scotland

Hundreds of refugee women in Scotland are facing “inhumane and unacceptable” exploitation, including being forced into prostitution and domestic servitude, leaving them despairing and suicidal.

Anti-Racism Day marked by mass demonstration in London

Middle East Monitor

An estimated 15,000 people marched through central London on Saturday during a ‘Refugees Welcome/Stand Up To Racism’ demonstration that was implemented to coincide with the United Nations’ ‘Anti-Racism Day’ which is to be commemorated on Monday.

Andy Tsege: Britain helps fund Ethiopian regime holding UK activist on death row

Independent

The government of the United Kingdom are funding the Ethiopian government, a government which is currently holding a UK activist on death row in the country, this has been found out after using the FOI legislation in place in Britain.

Pacific

Australia

Indigenous Australians take Apple, Facebook, Google to Human Rights Commission for racist game

NITV

A game that promotes the killing of Aboriginal Australians has been taken to the Australian Human Rights Commission and with it goes Facebook, Google and Apple.

Australia ‘goes soft on egregious human rights abuses in Myanmar’

Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian government has come out to say at the UNHRC in Geneva that the UN monitoring of human rights in Myanmar should be downgraded, this comes as rights groups in Myanmar are alleging the government of committing several serious human rights abuses.

Offshore Detention Clouds Australia’s Harmony Day

The Maritime Executive

Harmony Day, celebrated this year on Monday the 21st, a day which is supposed to celebrate cultural, religious and linguistic diversity is being clouded by the migration issue and the off shore detention camps that Australia is using to deal with migrants.

Fear and loathing reigns in Safe Schools and same-sex marriage debates

Conversation

The debate on same-sex marriage and on Safe Schools are getting out of hand, and even though most people agree that same-sex marriage will be voted through, the debate continues.

Thousands join Palm Sunday rally in bid to save asylum seekers from Nauru

ABC News

Several hundred refugees that had been brought to Australia for medical treatment are now bound to be sent back to Nauru, however, there have been major protests against this plan.

(Palm Sunday rally pleads for refugees)

Fiji

New Human Rights Head On Role (Part 2)

Sun online

The Commission of Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination will have a very important role to play for a Fiji ‘built on the principles of dignity, equality and freedom’, according to the newly appointed head Ashwin Raj.

UN encourages Fiji to withdraw reservations

Radio NZ

The UN is calling on Fiji to open up and accept all of the UN Convention Against Torture and for it not to change or reject certain articles within the convention.

New Zealand

Down Syndrome Screening –Search and Destroy

Scoop

The screening campaign that leads to the abortion of a large majority of children with Down Syndrome is a violation against human rights and the government should not stand for it, according to this article.

Race Relations Day 2016

Scoop

Today is Race Relations Day, however, the Human Rights Commission is saying that today should not be the only day in which race relations are spoken about ‘ it’s always a good time to have courageous conversations’ says commissioner Dame Devoy.

Tackling casual bigotry

Otago Daily Times

Homophobia is very present and existent in youth sports in New Zealand. According to this piece of research ‘71% of New Zealanders think youth team sports are unwelcoming and unsafe for LGB people’.

Mothers who gave up children for adoption call for Govt apology

News Hub

Women who were forced to give up their children to adoption by the government during the baby boom years have called out for an apology from the government and for a change in adoption legislation.

UN

Secretary-General Leads Commemoration of International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

StarAfrica

The Secretary General, High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the president for the General Assembly all joined forces in New York to speak up against rising racism and xenophobia in the world and called for ‘unity to ensure dignity, justice and development for all’.

STRONG PLEA FOR A FEMALE UN CHIEF, KUDOS FOR BAN KI-MOON

In Depth News

The President of the UN General Assembly as well as the UN Secretary General have both expressed support for the new UN chief to be female, this to match the goals of gender equality by 2030 in action as well as in words.

I Love the U.N., but It Is Failing

New York Times

Anthony Banbury was a United Nations assistant secretary general for field support and explains his decision to leave his position after working for the UN for most of the last three decades.

UN High-Level Panel: Ideas For Change To Global Health And IP System Proliferate

Intellectual Property Watch

Public health advocates, academics, patients, governments and others this week presented further ideas to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines on ways to break the longstanding pattern of expensive medical products around the world as a way to pay for research and development.

Speakers Stress Confronting Gender Stereotypes, Closing Pay Gap on Fifth Day of the Commission on Status of Women

Star Africa

The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) resumed its general discussion Saturday with speakers emphasizing the need to tackle deep-rooted gender stereotypes and close the gender pay gap while keeping women’s empowerment at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Human Rights Council holds debate on the state of racial discrimination worldwide

Diplomatic Intelligence

The Human Rights Council Friday afternoon held a debate on the state of racial discrimination worldwide, with a focus on challenges and achievements of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action 15 years after.

Other

The technology of warfare has changed, but rape of women in wartime has not

First Post

For all that has changed in war and conflict, there is one thing that remains stubbornly the same — the targeted destruction of women through rape and sex slavery.

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