Day: August 13, 2018

Ongoing Civil Unrest In Nicaragua Can Lead To A Refugee Crisis

The political crisis that started in Nicaragua since the mid of April in 2018 has raised great concern among its citizens as well as national and international authorities. Everything had started as a student protest in Managua against the Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega has now become a violent civil conflict.

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Death Toll Rises as Floods Ravage Myanmar

The death toll of Myanmar’s latest radical weather has risen to twelve in the wake of the monsoon season that is ravaging South-East Asia. The monsoon rains and flooding has displaced up to 148,386 people in Myanmar, who are presently taking shelter within 327 temporary camps set up to aid

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A Watery Landmark: First Aquarium Opens in Palestine

Palestine’s first aquarium opened on July 22. The aquarium is housed in an enormous building built to look like a ship, which rises out of Al Bireh’s bustling center in the occupied West Bank. Al Jazeera reports a serene interior—“dimly lit narrow corridors, transparent tanks filled with colorful fish.” Nearly

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The U.S. Prepares To Negotiate With The Taliban

The U.S. is ready to face direct negotiations with the Taliban in an effort to end the 17-year long war in Afghanistan. These recently increased diplomatic efforts to seek some form of negotiations follow the scenes of the recent three-day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban following the

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Human Rights Proponents Receive Death Threats In Nicaragua

An attempt to count the dead resulted in death threats last week. The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) closed its Managuan office on August 6 after staff members received death threats by phone. ANDPH has been committed to identifying those killed in over three months of anti-government protests in Nicaragua.

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Asaam “Witch Hunt” to Leave Millions Stateless

Around 4 millions Bengalis – a linguistic minority in the north-eastern state of Assam – risk being stripped of their Indian citizenship, leaving their freedom in jeopardy. The Indian government are revising the National Register of Citizens, or NRC in order to “root out” hordes of illegal migrants from Bangladesh,

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Jose Ramos-Horta Criticises Prosecution Of Witness K And Bernard Collaery

Former Timor-Leste president Jose Ramos-Horta has called upon the Australian government to drop the prosecution against former Australian Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS) Agent, Witness K, and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery. Ramos-Horta joins a chorus of human rights organizations and activists to condemn the case, including Human Rights Watch and the

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Saudi Arabia and Canada’s Diplomatic Crisis Intensifies

A single tweet has intensified the diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada. Last week, Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted on Twitter that it was “gravely concerned” about the detention of civil and women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland publically acknowledged that “Canada will

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200 Nicaraguans Applying For Asylum in Cost Rica Daily

Since violent political protests erupted in Nicaragua earlier this year, some 23,000 nationals have sought asylum in neighbouring Costa Rica. According to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, Costa Rica is receiving 200 refugee applications each day from fleeing Nicaraguans, however the actual number arriving could be much greater. UNHCR spokesperson,

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There’s no place like home: Record Human Displacement

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reiterated its call for the international community to seek solutions to the causes that force people into states of displacement. The UNHCR’s Global Trends report for 2017, released in June, affirmed the total number of displaced people around the world continued

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