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    Turkey: The refugee booksellers of Istanbul

    Credits: Edith Champagne – producer, Houssam Hariri – camera/editor   |  22 March 2018 Turkey: The refugee booksellers of Istanbul When Syrian refugee Nada came to Istanbul four years ago, she found she missed reading more than anything, so she set out to make books in Arabic accessible to all. Boukah, her lending library and bookstore, has become […] More

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    UNHCR Special Envoy commends progress made in implementing the Nairobi Declaration

    NAIROBI, Kenya – UNHCR Special Envoy for the Somalia Situation, Ambassador Mohammed Affey, today commended IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) members states for their commitment to finding durable solutions for Somali refugees and returnees. He was speaking to delegates at the Nairobi Action Plan Summit – a conference on the Nairobi Declaration –  a set […] More

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    Hundreds line up for start of Ugandan refugee verification

    More than 1 million refugees who fled war and persecution for the safety of Uganda are being verified in the biggest exercise of its kind in the history of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. At Oruchinga Refugee Settlement, up to 3,000 people a day are already wending their way through a series of tents as part of […] More

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    Israel/OPT: Palestinian child activist Ahed Tamimi sentenced to 8 months in prison

    The continued imprisonment of Palestinian child activist Ahed Tamimi is a flagrant attempt to intimidate those who dare challenge the circumstances of the ongoing occupation, Amnesty International said today after she was sentenced to eight months and a 5,000 shekels fine (around US$ 1,400) with a three year suspended sentence after entering into a plea […] More

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    Iraq: Alarming reports of more than 3,000 people facing death over terror-related offences

    Responding to an Associated Press report that Iraqi authorities have detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of links to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) or other terror-related offences, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International, said: “We are […] More

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    Mauritania: Growing repression of human rights defenders who denounce discrimination and slavery

    • Government continues to deny the existence of slavery but thousands remain enslaved • Activists have faced arrest and torture simply for speaking out against exploitation  • Scores of anti-discrimination groups remain banned Mauritanian human rights defenders who speak out against persistent practice of slavery and discrimination in the country have faced arbitrary arrest, torture, […] More

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    Online abuse of women thrives as Twitter fails to respect women’s rights

    Amnesty International launches “Toxic Twitter”, a new campaign challenging the company’s failure to prevent online violence and abuse against women Despite a pledge to be more accountable in its efforts to improve the “health” of conversation on its platform, Twitter refuses to disclose meaningful information on how it is handling reports of abuse and violence […] More

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    Congo-Brazzaville: Torture and arbitrary detentions of dozens of people put freedom of expression under severe strain

    Dozens of activists and opposition members are languishing in prisons in Congo Brazzaville, some for almost three years, simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression, while the international community maintains a silence on the human rights situation in the country, Amnesty International and four organizations said today. The organizations call on the authorities […] More

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    Ukrainian pensioners struggle to cross the conflict line

    Credits: Michelle Hoffman, producer / Bela Szandelszky, camera-editor  |  21 March 2018 Ukrainian pensioners struggle to cross the conflict line Since armed conflict divided eastern Ukraine back in 2014, almost 1.3 million pensioners have found themselves caught in the middle, living in territory now outside of government control but dependent on state institutions for their hard-earned retirement pensions. […] More

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    Cate Blanchett GWA Mission

    Credits: William De Villiers, producer / Jack Hardy, editor  |  21 March 2018 Cate Blanchett GWA Mission UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett, visiting Bangladesh, has warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst effects of the upcoming monsoon season. More

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    Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett calls for increased aid for Rohingya refugees

    By Coco Campbell  |  21 March 2018   |  Français Cate Blanchett GWA Mission (William De Villiers, producer / Jack Hardy, editor) COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Blanchett was visiting south-eastern Bangladesh where over 671,000 […] More

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    UNHCR Ambassador Cate Blanchett warns of "a race against time" to protect Rohingya refugees from upcoming monsoon rains

    B-roll available and images available at media.unhcr.org/gwa UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in […] More

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