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UNODC Chief: Afghanistan faces opium crisis, response must be urgent, swift, decisive

UNODOC –  In recent years attention has shifted away from the threat posed by illicit drugs, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, told the UN Security Council today.     […]

Monday 25 December 2017

Executive Director’s blog series: Sexual violence in conflict

Sexual violence against women and girls in conflict-affected countries is being used as a tactic of war, with devastating consequences for women across the globe.

Monday 11 December 2017

The key to change

Occasionally periods of social regression and progressive developments occur simultaneously. After all, among the many catastrophic reports emerging from the Arab world there are also a few glimmers of hope – for women.

Sunday 3 December 2017

Using religion to stop religious wars

Qantara – In Germany, refugees from Syria, Iraq and Yemen may end up living next door to compatriots who were on the other side in the civil war. How can those who have fled their homeland also […]

Sunday 3 December 2017

Kashmir abuses: women searching for justice challenge state use of forensics

Thousands of young men have ‘disappeared’ in Kashmir and there have been numerous allegations of sexual assaults. But the fight for answers and justice continues.

Monday 13 November 2017

A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific

Asia & the Pacific is exposed to climate change impacts. Home to the majority of the world’s poor, the population is vulnerable to those impacts. Unabated warming could largely diminish previous economic achievements putting the future of the region at risk.

Thursday 20 July 2017

Adilur Rahman Khan; Prominent human rights defender detained ahead of death penalty conference

The Observatory has been informed with great concern about the arbitrary arrest in Kuala Lumpur of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of the human rights non-governmental organisation Odhikar, also a member of OMCT General Assembly and FIDH Vice-President.

Thursday 20 July 2017

‘Will I ever get justice?’: Nepal accused of failing trafficking survivors

Source: The Guardian By Pete Pattisson Rights groups claim no one has received compensation since law entitling survivors of human trafficking was introduced a decade ago Rights groups in Nepal say they do not know of […]

Saturday 10 June 2017

NEW ISSUE Armanshahr HR & Civil Society NEWSLETTER issue no.199 (Year VIII), 22 APRIL 2017

READ the latest issue of Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA bilingual Human Rights and Civil Society weekly newsletter, no 199, Year VIII

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Disappearance of Daughters!

Nobel Laureate, Economist Amartya Sen, in way back 1990’s introduced the term “missing women”, showing a deficit in the number of women relative to the expected number of women in a region.

Tuesday 23 May 2017