Author: Damsadie Hannedige

Torture And Ill treatment Of Arbitrarily Held Detainees In Ukraine

Prolonged conflict in Eastern Ukraine, which began in 2014, has paved the path for arbitrary detention of hundreds of civilians. According to a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) News report, these detentions are carried out by Russia-backed armed groups in the Ukraine regions of Donetska and Luhanska. Charges against the

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The Impact Of COVID-19 On Global Human Trafficking

The global crisis of human trafficking continues to affect children, women and men throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The concerns are dire and there is no end in sight for this infringement of fundamental human rights. Presently, the Covid-19 pandemic is creating adverse effects on the prevention of human trafficking, further

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Elder Abuse During Covid-19 And Protecting Rights Of Older People

June 15 marks the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines elder abuse as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.” An article

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Rohingya Refugees On Bangladesh Island Fear Monsoon Season

The Rohingya refugee crisis which escalated in 2017 caused a massive influx of refugees into Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported in March 2019, that over 909,000 Rohingya refugees resided in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas in Bangladesh, with the majority living

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UN Security Council Commends The Agreement For Peaceful Elections In Somalia

On 27 May, Somalia’s federal government and member states agreed to implement the 17 September Electoral Model. The United Nations Security Council welcomed this peace promoting agreement. Its 15 members commended and applauded Somalian leadership for prioritizing Somalia’s people, and stability. According to UN News, this agreement aims to focus

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Strides Towards Peace In Libya: Progress And Elections

October 23rd, 2020 marks the day Libya agreed to initiate a ceasefire. On May 21st, 2021 the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Libya, Ján Kubiš, reported the progress towards achieving peace in Libya. The key two successful initiatives include the launch of a Libyan Political Dialogue forum and the initiation

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An Overlooked Human Rights Issue: Shackling

Freedom: a human condition that is the right of all human beings; a moral concept that we strive to achieve for all; and a state we all deserve. Shackling people living with psychological illnesses and psychosocial disabilities with metal chains is a worldwide practice that infringes the most fundamental human

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UN Chief Calls For Strong Multilateral Action For The Good Of Humanity

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is marked annually on April 24th. The UN Secretary General, António Gueterres, released an important message on this day to garner attention to the pressing need for multilateral solutions in today’s world. In his message, he highlighted the negative impact of

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Humanitarian Crisis As Violence Escalates In Northern Mozambique

Prolonged violence in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique is now escalating. During a daily briefing on April 8th, United Nations Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that the U.N. and its partners are following new reports of violations against civilians in northern Mozambique “with deep concern.” The U.N. is especially concerned about civilians who

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UN Secretary-General Calls For Action To Rid The World Of Landmines

On April 4th 2021, International Mine Awareness Day, the United Nations Secretary-General – António Guterres – urged States that have not acceded to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. The Secretary-General also referred to the United Nations Charter and advocated “to complete the work: to survey, clear and destroy these

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UNICEF Condemns ‘Horrific Killings’ of Dozens in Niger

In the Tillaberi region of Niger, at least 58 civilians including six children have been brutally killed by armed men on Monday, 15 March 2021. DW News reports that the Niger government has stated assailants “intercepted four vehicles carrying passengers back from the weekly market of Banibangou to the villages

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