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    Pensioners caught up in Ukraine conflict struggle to survive

    By Kate Bond in Starhonativka, Ukraine  |  23 March 2018 Svetlana Shuko worked for decades in the local coal plant, earning a pension she hoped would see her through retirement. Now, with armed conflict dividing Ukraine, eight months have passed since the 78-year-old received any cash. Living with cancer and barely able to leave her home in the […] More

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    Istanbul's Arabic library for bookish Syrians

    By Charlie Dunmore and Edith Champagne in Istanbul, Turkey  |  23 March 2018 When Syrian refugee Nada came to Istanbul four years ago, she soon found there was one thing she missed more than any other. “When I arrived, I couldn’t find any Arabic books. I didn’t bring any with me, and it was very expensive to buy […] More

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    UNHCR and partners seek US$504 million for Congolese refugees

    Congolese refugee Christine, 52, and her grandson Aluda, 9, sleep in the former market in Cacanda reception centre, northern Angola.  © UNHCR/Colin Delfosse UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with 30 humanitarian partners, is launching today an appeal for US$504 million, to assist the people forced to flee one of the world’s most complex, challenging and […] More

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    Zimbabwe: Commuting death sentences a commendable first step

    In response to the decision by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to commute the death sentences of prisoners who have been on death row for more than 10 years, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, Muleya Mwananyanda, said: President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s has taken a very progressive step in deciding to spare the prisoners from the […] More

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    Campaign targets Apple over privacy betrayal for Chinese iCloud users

    Amnesty International is launching a new social media campaign targeting Apple over its betrayal of millions of Chinese iCloud users by recklessly making their personal data vulnerable to the arbitrary scrutiny of the Chinese government. Amnesty is urging Apple CEO Tim Cook not sell out iCloud users in China. In a nod to Apple’s iconic […] More

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    High Commissioner's Statement as delivered by the Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation at the IGAD Inter-Ministerial Stocktaking Meeting on the Nairobi Declaration

    NAIROBI, Kenya Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to congratulate you on the progress that has been made in the implementation of the IGAD Declaration for Somali Refugees and the Reintegration of Returnees in Somalia – or as it has come to be known, the Nairobi Declaration. Forced displacement is one of the most […] More

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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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