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‘It starts right here’ – the road ahead for South Sudan

15 July 2014 |  by  |  Africa, Armed Conflict  |  No Comments

During the course of this recent mission in South Sudan people recounted unimaginable suffering and acute fear; they showed tremendous strength and unflagging resilience; and they shared both deep despair and determined hope.

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Tweet now for student facing jail after Twitter use in Turkey

14 July 2014 |  by  |  Freedom of Expression  |  No Comments

On 2 June last year, Özge Ünlütezcan, a 24-year-old drama student, grabbed her phone to send out a series of tweets. Shortly after, she was stunned to be called into a police station where she was questioned and detained for 18 hours.

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Real vs. Fake: How to authenticate YouTube videos for human rights work

9 July 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict, Syria  |  No Comments

During crises or disasters, YouTube is widely used to share footage—including a host of videos that are old or, in some cases, staged or faked. An enormous challenge for human rights workers, journalists or first responders alike is to separate fact from fiction. Now, there’s a website that can help with this.

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The plight of Iraq’s civilian population

8 July 2014 |  by  |  MENA  |  No Comments

Thousands of Iraqi civilians displaced by the current conflict are stranded at checkpoints separating the areas controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the rest of Iraq.

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Truth and debate fall victim to ‘national security’ rhetoric amid South Sudan’s crisis

“Stop publishing articles on federalism” – that is the warning media outlets in South Sudan received in late June, through phone calls and visits from government security officers.

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No Honor in Gender Violence

4 July 2014 |  by  |  Asia Pacific, Gender Violence  |  No Comments

For anyone following the news from Pakistan, the past few weeks have made for grim reading when it comes to violence against women. A series of shocking recent cases show that so-called honour killings remain ubiquitous in parts of Asia.

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