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The Commonwealth Should Request an External Probe into Kizito Mihigo’s Death

On February 17, 2020, police announced that Kizito Mihigo, a popular Rwandan singer, had been found dead in his cell at a police station in Kigali. One year on, there has been no accountability for his death. Birgit Schwarz speaks with Lewis Mudge,…
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What Happens When You Take The ‘Human’ Out Of Human Rights?

Governments worldwide increasingly use automation to deliver social welfare programs to people. They claim automation helps speed up the delivery of welfare support. But losing human input can spell danger for people’s livelihoods. As new research shows,…
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COVID-19 in Europe, the Central Eurasian Region, and Turkey

What are some of your biggest concerns about the coronavirus moving through Europe and Central Asia? Europe is one of the world’s epicenters of COVID-19 cases. There’s an awful death toll in Italy and Spain with the numbers of dead going up…
Military police officers patrol at a market in Budapest, Hungary, March 31, 2020.
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So what exactly is happening to Kigali’s street children? They’re being rounded up, mostly by police, and taken to a site called Gikondo Transit Center as part of a “rehabilitation process,” as the Rwandan authorities call…
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Why is Brexit all over the news right now? There is a looming deadline, which is that at the end of October 2019, unless the UK government can reach an agreement with the EU and 27 other EU countries, or something else happens, then the UK may …
The EU and Union flags flying outside Parliament in Westminster, London. September 5, 2017.
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Colombians, Venezuelans at the Mercy of Armed Groups

Who are the armed groups and what are they fighting over?  F: There are three armed groups in Catatumbo. The largest one and most powerful is the Army of National Liberation (ELN), a left-wing guerilla group formed in the 1960s. The second…
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New Book Details the Bloody Rise of Paramilitaries With Government Ties

Why did you write this book? When I finished working in Colombia in 2010, I had a lot of stories that I hadn’t been able to tell. I had met many brave ordinary Colombians who stood up to the paramilitaries and other armed…
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno at a community meeting in Curvaradó, Chocó, 2009
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Who are the people held by the military and why were they detained? Most of the detainees were civilians accused of working against the government with armed groups, such as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a …
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Schools should be a sanctuary - a place where children can learn, develop and play with their classmates, and prepare for their future lives in society. Education is a right for every child in this world, no matter where they live or how poor they are.…
Nepalese children in a class provided by an international aid organization inside a primary school in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu
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Schools are for education not war
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Once soldiers make classrooms their home, the school can become a military target
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Military use of schools and universities
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Canadian students taking part in an exercise to urge Justin Trudeau to sign the Safe Schools Declaration and help end attacks on and military use of schools.
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In some countries, there is one thing that students fear more than a maths test: the AK47
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United Nations peacekeepers from Pakistan using a school building in Mourouba, Ouaka province, as their base in violation of UN guidelines and regulations. The forces left the school in January 2017 after Human Rights Watch informed UN authorities.
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An eager student leads her class in learning the alphabet in September 2015 at a displacement camp housed at a school in Maiduguri, Borno state. © 2015 Bede Sheppard, Human Rights Watch
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An Afghan policeman stands guard at the entrance of a local school sponsored by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency in Kandahar City May 11, 2010. © 2010 Nikola Solic / Reuters
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Schools not battlegrounds
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Students line up at the end of the day at a school in Sana’a, Yemen
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November 2015

Vietnam’s National Assembly is considering a revised penal code and code of criminal procedure at its current session, which will close on November 28.   Article 108 (originally article 78) – ­ High treason 1. Any…
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Rwanda's presidential elections will take place on August 9, 2010, in a context marked by increasing political repression and a crackdown on free speech. Over the last six months, Human Rights Watch has documented a worrying pattern of…
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Vietnam: Sharp Backsliding on Religious Freedom

  Annex I: VBC Report on the Crackdown on Bat Nha Monastery Doc. No.418/VT/BTS, Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Lam Dong - 6 Oct 2009 BUDDHIST CHURCH VIET NAM (BCVN) SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM DISTRICT BUDDHIST CHURCH OF LAM DONG INDEPENDENCE -…
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(Washington, DC) - Under President Bush's November 13th Military Order on military commissions, any foreign national designated by the President as a suspected terrorist or as aiding terrorists could potentially be detained, tried, convicted and even…