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Fleeing Crisis, Venezuelans Seek Refuge in Neighboring Countries

Fleeing Crisis, Venezuelans Seek Refuge in Neighboring Countries

Multilateral organizations, including the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UNICEF, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and Global Fund, have expressed strong concern about the deteriorating health situation in Venezuela. The OHCHR states that there are widespread shortages of food, medicines, and basic medical supplies. Last year, 30% of all […]

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Stop the ethnic cleansing of Hindus

Stop the ethnic cleansing of Hindus

The Hindus and other minorities of Bangladesh experience horror as they are persecuted and ethnically cleansed from their ancestral homeland. It is time for the world to stop this! The Holocaust experienced by the Jewish people was the most brutal event in human history. Throughout the ages, there is no parallel to such an atrocity. […]

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Playing Political Games with Other People’s Tragedies

Playing Political Games with Other People’s Tragedies

An effective tool for prolonging many of the genocides over the last one hundred years was to make sure that the human rights atrocities were either unknown, the information was skewed, or by diminishing the act itself through language and politics. The recent moves by some in Poland’s government to diminish Poland’s role in the […]

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Uncanny parallels between Yezidi Genocide and ethnic cleansing of Hindus

Uncanny parallels between Yezidi Genocide and ethnic cleansing of Hindus

While Bangladesh and the Middle East are geographically far apart, the plight of minorities in both places has uncanny similarities that strike a stringent observer. As Mirza Ismail, the head of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization International, related: “I see the parallels between the Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh and the Yezidis in the Middle […]

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Sheikh Hasina: An Emerging Dictator

Sheikh Hasina: An Emerging Dictator

Ever since the 2014 sham elections in Bangladesh, it was a huge question mark whether Sheikh Hasina could still be considered a ruler of a democratic country or not. However, recent events have demonstrated that Sheikh Hasina is in fact no democrat but rather is an emerging Asian dictator who is aligned with Turkish Prime […]

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UN Policy Problems Permeating National Refugee Policy

UN Policy Problems Permeating National Refugee Policy

A large policy discussion is taking place between the US government and the UN, refocusing, and in many cases slashing US contributions to UN agencies to adjust closer to current US foreign policy approaches. One example of an extensive refocus is with a new policy to put funding and attention towards religious minorities in Iraq. […]

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Minority Rights Activist: “The ethnic cleansing of Bangladeshi Hindus continues”

Minority Rights Activist: “The ethnic cleansing of Bangladeshi Hindus continues”

According to the Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mojahote, an umbrella organization representing Hindus within Bangladesh, 107 Bangladeshi Hindu civilians were murdered, 31 Hindu victims disappeared, at least 25 Hindu women and girls were raped, 23 Hindus were forcefully converted and 235 Hindu temples and statues within Bangladesh were desecrated during the past year. These findings were […]

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The Forgotten Genocide

The Forgotten Genocide

The reality of conflict in this New Year is that there must be a reckoning to remember the forgotten from the last few years and honour those lost to human rights atrocities. What is worse than fake news, is no news, and with so little attention being paid to some of the most mutilated and […]

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Perpetual Conflict: An End to the Beginning?

Perpetual Conflict: An End to the Beginning?

In the past few weeks, forces fighting to completely liberate Syria and Iraq from ISIS have claimed that their mission is accomplished in ousting the fascist army from their countries.

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US Withdraws from Global Compact on Migration

US Withdraws from Global Compact on Migration

= On December 2, 2017, the United States (US) mission to the United Nations (UN) informed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the US would end its participation in the process to develop the Global Compact on Migration. In its statement, the mission explained that the US decided to withdraw from the process because “…the New York […]

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The plight of Hindus in Bangladesh continues to deteriorate

The plight of Hindus in Bangladesh continues to deteriorate

Between 2001 and 2011, a dramatic decrease in the Hindu population was recorded in Bangladesh. Since then, the plight of Hindus in the country has only gotten worse. As we speak, the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh is getting worse and worse. Between 2001 and 2011, an alarming decrease in the number of Hindus within […]

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UN Secretary General Calls on Member States to Take a People-centered Approach to Migration Crisis

UN Secretary General Calls on Member States to Take a People-centered Approach to Migration Crisis

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 2,200 migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean during the first seven months of 2017. In the United States, more people are dying while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, even though fewer people are making the attempt. According to the IOM, the reported […]

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We Should Have Never Permitted Another Inquisition

We Should Have Never Permitted Another Inquisition

In the last week there have been mass graves discovered in Iraq. There is little detail on who the 400 people found buried are, why they were executed or what group they belonged to, but just that they were victims of ISIS and their location. This story and many linked to the atrocities in Iraq […]

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Bangladeshi Hindu activist: “Sheikh Hasina’s government helps the Rohingya but neglects non-Muslims”

Bangladeshi Hindu activist: “Sheikh Hasina’s government helps the Rohingya but neglects non-Muslims”

In an exclusive interview, Shipan Kumar Basu, the head of the Hindu Struggle Committee, emphasized that Sheikh Hasina’s government is rushing to help Rohingya Muslims but is systematically discriminating against Hindus, Buddhists and Christians in her country including the Rohingya Hindus who came to her country seeking shelter from ethnic cleansing. In an exclusive interview, […]

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GailForce: Standby for More Debates on Privacy vs Security

GailForce:  Standby for More Debates on Privacy vs Security

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to gets his pants on.” –Winston Churchill On October 4th, the House Judiciary Committee introduced a bill that would extend the controversial Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire at the end of December, for […]

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