Tag Archive | Human Rights

Rohingya crisis may be driving Aung San Suu Kyi closer to generals

Rohingya crisis may be driving Aung San Suu Kyi closer to generals

Criticism of the Nobel laureate in the west is angering – and mobilising – her supporters at home. On the top floor of the Myanmar Traditional Artists and Artisans Association in Yangon, the organisation’s vice-president stands behind his latest creation. It is a towering portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, robed in pink and white, a concerned expression […]

Syria: shocking images of starving baby reveal impact of food crisis

Syria: shocking images of starving baby reveal impact of food crisis

After death of one-month-old Sahar Dofdaa, aid officials warn of catastrophe and say many more children are at risk The continuing suffering of civilians living under siege in Syria has been brought into sharp focus by new images of a malnourished baby who later died of starvation in a suburb of Damascus controlled by the opposition. The […]

Pakistan senators reject raising marriage age as ‘un-Islamic’

Pakistan senators reject raising marriage age as ‘un-Islamic’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani senators have rejected a bid to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 16 to 18, a senator told AFP, declaring it “un-Islamic” in a decision condemned by human rights activists. The senate body tasked with examining the amendment decided against it unanimously earlier this week, government senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi told AFP […]

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

[…]The UN’s International Organisation for Migration estimated last week that more than a million people had been displaced from east and west Mosul and that there were more than 800,000 people living in camps. […]

Gambia: UN condemns threats against ethnic group

Gambia: UN condemns threats against ethnic group

The United Nations Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the inflammatory speech by the President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia at a political rally this past week, in which he reportedly threatened to eliminate the Mandinka ethnic group. In a note to correspondents, Adama Dieng, the […]

Obama lifts US arms ban on Vietnam

Obama lifts US arms ban on Vietnam

President Barack Obama announced Monday that the United States is fully lifting a decades-long ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam. In a joint news conference in Hanoi with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Obama said that the removal of the ban on lethal weapons was part of a deeper defense cooperation with […]

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s purge

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years. Up until now, government leaders have not revealed exactly what happened during one of the darkest periods of Indonesian history. Researchers estimate that half a million or more communists, […]