20 May Malaysia and Indonesia announced today that they will no longer turn away boats carrying migrants, many of whom are Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims who escape violence in their own country. According to the United Nations, the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. They have faced torture, neglect and repression since Myanmar’s independence in 1948. Rohingya refugees mostly flee to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Continue reading
Apr 27 Kanya D’Almeida (IPS) – a US-based rights group have urged the international community to cancel Nepal’s debt of $3.8 billion, arguing that otherwise it will be impossible for this impoverished nation to recover from this disaster. Nepal is ranked 145 out of 187 on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) – making it one of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Continue reading
20-04-2015 (BBC) Les présidents guinéen, sierra-léonais et libérien sont à Washington pour participer aux réunions de printemps de la banque mondiale et du FMI et trouver des fonds pour redresser leurs économies durement touchées par l’épidémie d’Ebola. Mercredi, le chef d’État guinéen Alpha Condé, la présidente libérienne Ellen Johnson Sirleaf et le président Sierra-Léonais Ernest Bai Koroma ont rencontré le président américain Barack Obama. Continue reading
SANA’A, April 16, reprinted from Yemeni Times: —At least two soldiers have been killed in Taiz city and three others injured in clashes with special forces allied to the Houthis that have continued since Tuesday. Saultan al-Alemi, the Director of Moral Guidance in the Taiz security office, said Pro-Hadi soldiers belonging to the 35th Infantry Brigade have been fighting with units loyal to the Houthis for two days in the Wadi Al-Gathi area of Taiz city, the capital of the governorate. Continue reading
– There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people being displaced by the affluent and powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists say. “Our forefathers cried foul during colonialism when their land was grabbed by colonialists more than a century ago, but today history repeats itself, with our own political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land,” Claris Madhuku, director of the Platform for Youth Development (PYD), a democracy lobby group in Zimbabwe. Continue reading
Lisa Vives– South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May. Over the weekend, 654 children registered with the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) were released – bringing the total freed by the militia group since January to 1,314.
Obinna Anyadike (IRIN), 17 March 2015: – The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands. Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale was reported by the BBC as saying the 13 March storm had “wiped out” all recent development and the country would have to rebuild “everything” Continue reading
As the death toll from Ebola now tops 10,000 in West Africa, donors and aid implementers are figuring out how to best transition from the emergency to the recovery phase of the crisis. Top EU and U.N. officials, leaders of Ebola-affected nations and representatives from the African Union, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector and the scientific community met in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this month to make progress on this goal. Continue reading