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India: Street Kids Publish Newspaper To Raise Awareness

India: Street Kids Publish Newspaper To Raise Awareness

Delhi, India – Sexual abuse, torture, drug addiction, harassment at the hands of thugs and policemen sums up life of street children in India. Delhi’s Balaknama newspaper – the Voice of Children, which is run by the street children has been working to highlight the plight of fellow youngsters. The editor of Balaknama, 17-year-old Shambhu, washes cars […]

Search For Successor To Revered Public Protector Grips South Africa

Search For Successor To Revered Public Protector Grips South Africa

n a country that loves its reality shows, a very public competition is attracting record audiences. It does not involve a wedding or a singing child; there is no dancing and no mascara. There is, however, a celebrity: Thuli Madonsela. Appointed as South Africa’s constitutionally mandated public ombudsman – officially known as the public protector […]

VIDEO: Romania’s Generation Of Girls Trafficked Into Europe’s Sex Industry

VIDEO: Romania’s Generation Of Girls Trafficked Into Europe’s Sex Industry

Maya is one of the many Romanian girls lured to work in brothels and massage parlours across Europe in the hope of escaping poverty at home. Often deceived by boyfriends who are little more than pimps, these teenagers are desperate for a better life. Maya is now in a brothel in Switzerland, but her younger […]

Angola’s Latest Ploy To Silence Critics: A Regulatory Body To Censor Social Media

Angola’s Latest Ploy To Silence Critics: A Regulatory Body To Censor Social Media

Angola’s governing MPLA party (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola) is gearing up for a tough battle to retain its 40-year grip on power in the face of a rising tide of discontent, swelled by the biting economic consequences of low oil prices and poor governance. Its response is to tighten control by restricting […]

‘I Begged Them To Kill Me Instead’: Women In South Sudan Raped Under Nose Of UN

‘I Begged Them To Kill Me Instead’: Women In South Sudan Raped Under Nose Of UN

It was just before noon on 18 July when the soldiers grabbed Theresa*. She was only metres away from safety, a short dash from the UN gate that marked the entrance to her home, a camp for internally displaced people in Juba, the South Sudanese capital. Even though they were in plain sight, the soldiers […]

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Graça Machel has called for an end to impunity for violations of the rights of women living with HIV, such as forced sterilisation. The former first lady of Mozambique and South Africa was chairing a debate at the International AIDS Conference in Durban last week. She said the international community must develop a new sense […]

Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch Killed By Brother After Friends’ Taunts – Mother

Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch Killed By Brother After Friends’ Taunts – Mother

The mother of a Pakistani celebrity murdered in a so-called “honour” killing said her son strangled his sister after being taunted by his friends over her behaviour. The death earlier this month of the model and singer Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies and videos in the conservative Muslim country, shone […]

Indonesia Executions Loom As Convict Merri Utami Is Sent To Prison Island

Indonesia Executions Loom As Convict Merri Utami Is Sent To Prison Island

The next round of executions in Indonesia appear imminent following the transfer of an Indonesian woman on death row, Merri Utami, to the execution island of Nusa Kambangan. Ordinarily female prisoners are not held at Nusa Kambangan, the prison site in central Java where Australian nationals Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed alongside six […]

Israeli Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped In Indian Tourist Town Of Manali

Israeli Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped In Indian Tourist Town Of Manali

A 25-year-old Israeli woman has allegedly been raped by two men in the popular northern Indian Himalayan resort town of Manali, senior local police officers said on Monday. The woman told police she was attacked early on Sunday after flagging down what she thought was a taxi and asking for a lift to a nearby […]

Refugee Camp Company In Australia ‘Liable For Crimes Against Humanity’

Refugee Camp Company In Australia ‘Liable For Crimes Against Humanity’

The company that has taken over the management of Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime has been warned by international law experts that its employees could be liable for crimes against humanity. Spanish infrastructure corporation Ferrovial, which is owned by one of the world’s richest families and the major stakeholder in Heathrow airport, has been warned […]