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In This Great Game, Human Rights Take a Back Seat

In This Great Game, Human Rights Take a Back Seat

As India and China battle it out in the Indian Ocean, human rights takes a back seat in South Asia.

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Human rights on film

Sean Patrick Murphy just posted a good review of The Stoning of Soraya M. over on the Global Films blog. The film is based on the book of the same name by French-Iranian writer Freidoune Sahebjam which tells the true story of one of Iran’s many stoning victims under Sharia law. More than anything, it […]

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Rwanda: Unity or Repression?

Repression, certainly. The news coming out of Rwanda doesn’t look good. As the country prepares for elections in August (which current president Kagame is almost certain to win) dissident voices and opposition party leaders are feeling the heat. Last week editor-journalist Jean-Léonard Rugambage was shot dead outside his house. He worked for Umuvugizi, a banned […]

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No laudable leaders in Africa this year?

The 2010 Ibrahim Prize for excellence in African leadership goes to…no one. The prize committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced last week they are not granting the award this year, as they found no suitable candidates. The Ibrahim prize is granted to an African leader who has achieved positive developments in their country, and, […]

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Amandla! Global Film Review

Sean Murphy on the Global Film blog recently reviewed Amandla! a documentary about South African music under apartheid. As we turn our gaze to the country for the World Cup, it is good to look back and learn more about the intricacies of apartheid and the mass struggle to overturn the system.  South Africa is […]

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World Refugee Day

Angelina Jolie, UNHCR  goodwill ambassador, pled in her address for World Refugee Day “Please remember the millions of people around the world forced from their homes whose only hope of return is to not be forgotten.”     “Never forget” has become an almost ironic slogan in the humanitarian world, as crises enter and leave public […]

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Most intriguing headline of the week award goes to…

Most intriguing headline of the week award goes to…

And the winner is: “Report: China, Cuba more peaceful than US.” The Associated Press ran the story of the release of the 2010 Global Peace Index this way with a true journalist’s flair: the headline itself would pique the interest of a broad base of browsers—irritated conservatives and eager self-validating liberals alike, the in-betweens and […]

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Cuba, Mexico and Arizona

Cuba, Mexico and Arizona

At this point, it is unlikely that anyone has missed word of Arizona’s new immigration law. SB 1070 was signed by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23 and is the nation’s toughest law on unauthorized immigration. For the month since its passing, the country and the hemisphere have been abuzz debating the controversial nature of […]

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And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

The 2010 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty goes to………Akbar Ganji! (Photo taken from Cato Institute) Ganji is a well- known Iranian writer and journalist. He spent 6 years in an Iranian prison for being a vocal supporter of secular democracy in Iran and exposing government involvement in the assassination of individuals  opposed to Iran’s theocratic […]

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Human Rights Round Up

Few links to human rights stories that other people have been following: Rape in the DRC Cassandra Clifford over at the FPB Children Blog has posted story highlighting the seemingly never-ending crisis concerning rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although this issue has gained more attention recently, her coverage illustrates how much further […]

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Mu Sochua, Cambodia's Voice for Democracy

by Jessica D’Itri Mu Sochua, 55, the most prominent woman in Cambodia’s Sam Rainsey opposition party is on the campaign trail three years in advance of the scheduled parliamentary elections. Sochua, a human rights and women’s rights activist, faces a tough and at times vicious campaign. The Prime Minister, Hun Sen, of the ruling Cambodian […]

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Bangladesh Government Persecutes the Rohingya People

It seems that though I rail about the dearth of international media coverage on Bangladesh, nevertheless, I often miss important pieces that speak to Bangladesh’s opportunities–missed opportunities, perhaps–to make of itself a model, inclusive Muslim democracy.  (For all my equivocations, I cannot reject the reality that both leading parties in Bangladeshi politics have long ceded […]

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Fighting violence against women globally

Fighting violence against women globally

  By Miranda Jolicoeur (Guest Contributor) The International Violence Against Women Act, commonly referred to as I-VAWA, is the first attempt of its kind to call attention to violence against women in the public and private spheres around the world.  For the most part international law focuses on the state, known as the public sphere, […]

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Examining February 11th 2010

Examining February 11th 2010

Every year, February 11-or 22 Bahman in the Persian calendar-is celebrated with great fervor in Iran, because this is the day when the 1979 revolution succeeded in toppling the dictatorship of Western-backed shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The annual holiday is a deeply significant and symbolic date for the regime as it provides them with the […]

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Money, Nukes, and Human Rights

Money, Nukes, and Human Rights

As Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that brought the current system of government to power, there are two topics dominating headlines on Iran: their less than always transparent nuclear program and their human rights record. And both are the target of possible economic sanctions in the coming days and weeks. The […]

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