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As People Are Expelled to Danger, States Sue to Keep Practice in Place

Following the Biden administration’s recent announcement that it would rescind an abusive Trump-era summary expulsion policy in May, the US states of Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri this week sued to force the administration to continue turning…
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Climate Crisis Requires Inclusive Heat Action, Planning, and Response

Recent climate change-exacerbated heatwaves in the western Canadian province of British Columbia have left hundreds dead. According to British Columbia’s chief coroner, of the 719 sudden deaths between June 25 and July 1, many were “older individuals…
A person enters the Hillcrest Community Centre, where they can cool off during the extreme hot weather in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 30, 2021.
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Government Should Promptly Adopt Strong Policy to Tackle Abuses against Students

The hashtag #JusticePourLouise has been trending in Senegal in recent days, the latest grim reminder of the country’s failure to deal with the scourge of sexual violence in Senegal’s education system. In the latest case, a 19-year-old male student…
A young woman stands by a window at a secondary school in Dakar. 
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Separatists Continue Attacks on Education with Impunity

On January 30, armed separatists kidnapped Marie (not her real name), a 19-year-old secondary school student, in Buea, in Cameroon’s Anglophone South-West region. Three days later, they chopped her finger off with a machete. …
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Discussing Current Events Lands Teacher in Jail

Teachers in open societies around the world push their students to think critically about current events. But those in Cameroon might be thinking twice after one of them was arrested for doing just that. On September 13,…
Fondang Mesaack Nathan while in detention at the Gendarmerie Station in Sangmélima, South Region, Cameroon
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Proposed Secure and Protect Act Attempts to Block Asylum Claims

If you follow the twisted logic of Senator Lindsey Graham’s Secure and Protect Act to its ultimate conclusion, the US would all but shut its doors to Central American refugees – full stop. A vote on the bill in the US Senate Committee…
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Gender-Specific Standards Should Be Relaxed Throughout Country

Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced on June 3 that children in Mexico City would be allowed to choose the uniform they wear to school. The policy applies to pre-schools, elementary schools, and secondary schools. …
Participants march during a Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City, June 27, 2015.
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Time to End the Culture of Silence Around Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse

“I just saw your post on sexual harassment. Please send me your number – I’m going to explain to you what happened to me when I was a teenager.” That message – sent by a young woman to a Senegalese child rights activist –…
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International Scrutiny Needed in Anglophone Separatist Crisis

Just before dawn on Monday, November 5, unknown gunmen abducted around 79 school children from dormitories at Presbyterian Secondary School Nkwen in Bamenda, a town in Cameroon’s Anglophone North-West region. This horrific kidnapping is…
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Other Countries in Francophone Africa Should Follow Suit

When it comes to end-of-life care and pain treatment, Francophone Africa has a long way to go. But, Senegal is one country working to change this. A 2012 study found 16 of 22 countries in Francophone Africa have no healthcare…
During a morphine shortage, a cancer patient in Dakar cluthes onto the railing of her hospital bed because she is in pain and the medication she needs is unavailable.
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Other Countries Should Follow Mexico’s Lead

Ensuring good health care at the start of life is a longstanding goal for the global community, and major funding backs efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths. By contrast, health care at the end of life – a need almost as…
Doña Remedios and her daughter at the pharmacy of the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City, Mexico on September 1, 2014 to fill a prescription for morphine. They have to travel for several hours to procure the medication because there are no hospitals
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Central Americans Who Flee for Their Lives Denied Entry by US Border Guards

Two weeks ago in California, I met a 16-year-old Salvadoran boy – I’ll call him Gabriel – who fled his home after gang members threatened to kill him. After traveling through Mexico, he and another boy made their way to the US border in…
Immigrants from Central America and Mexican citizens, who are fleeing from violence and poverty, queue to cross into the U.S. to apply for asylum.
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Actually, US Exported the MS13 Gang to El Salvador

In his speech announcing new “get tough on immigrants” policies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it was necessary to take a “stand” against “transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels.” MS-13. The Mara…
Members of the MS-13 gang are detained near the crime scene where two men, Jose Wilfredo Navidad and Nestor Alexander Rivera, were killed as they rode a motorcycle on their way to work, in San Salvador, El Salvador January 26, 2016.
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Country’s Immigration Detention System Detains Entire Families Unnecessarily

Daevon was just four months old when he entered Toronto’s Immigration Holding Centre in October 2014. He spent six months there. Born in Canada, he’s a Canadian citizen but was there because authorities had rejected his mother’s refugee claim and were…
Canadian children whose parents are in immigration detention can either accompany their parents in detention as de facto detainees, without the legal safeguards protecting children who are in formal detention, or be separated from their detained parents.
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Becomes 59th Signatory to Safe Schools Declaration

Canada has long been at the forefront of advocating for respect for humanity in war, and by signing the Safe Schools Declaration yesterday, took an important step toward making the lives of children in conflict safer.  It became the 59th country to sign…
Lieutenant-General Roméo Antonius Dallaire (L) and Canada's International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau following the announcement that Canada would sign the Safe Schools Declaration, February 21, 2017.
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Kids Suffer Long-Term Harm From Immigration Detention

Four-year-old Delano was held for more than six months in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre alongside his mother in 2015. During his time in detention, he became “angry about everything,” his mother said. He did not sleep well, cried during the night…
Dominated by symbols of violence, security, and barricades, this sand tray was created by a 12-year-old boy who had been held in a Canadian immigration detention facility for seven months with his mother and older sister. He appeared to have developed mul
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Inquiry Should Examine Police Misconduct, Accountability Gaps

Yesterday the Canadian government unveiled highly anticipated plans for a national public inquiry into the murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls across Canada. Over two years and with a budget of $53.86-million (US $41.13-million), five…
Canada's Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett (L), Status of Women Minister Patricia Hajdu (2nd L) and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould look on as Algonquin leader Claudette Commanda (R) says a prayer at the start of a news conference
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No one should die like Bineta Ndeye. I was shocked back into remembrance of this brave, little girl as I previewed a new documentary on the needless suffering of children in pain in Senegal. The documentary was shot by Unreported World, a…
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