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Human rights reforms vital to restore hope to Tunisians

28 October 2014 |  by  |  MENA  |  No Comments

Horns honked, children waved Tunisian flags, old men posed merrily for cameras and queues of voters spilled into school yards yesterday as Tunisians went to the polls in the first elections under the country’s new constitution, nearly four years after they took to the streets to protest against years of repression and abuse. Their enthusiasm was palpable, yet the success of the electoral process so far should not mask darker realities that persist in Tunisia.

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Central African Republic: Fear and Loathing in Bangui

28 October 2014 |  by  |  Africa  |  No Comments

In Bangui’s Nguingo neighbourhood, up the Oubangui river from the city center, people are scared. “There are rumors that the anti-balaka are going to attack again this afternoon,” a local resident told me when I visited there on Wednesday. They want to teach us a lesson.”

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How did Afghanistan become the most dangerous place to be a woman?

22 October 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

A timeline tracing the erosion of women's rights in Afghanistan.

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Hong Kong protests: How young activists led the way

21 October 2014 |  by  |  Asia Pacific, China  |  No Comments

Last month Yvonne Leung Lai Kwong, a 21-year-old undergraduate and student union president, found herself at the forefront of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. She gives her insight into the largely youthful protests, which at their peak saw up to 100,000 people take to the streets.

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Torture and death in custody in Tunisia

20 October 2014 |  by  |  MENA, Torture  |  No Comments

Mohamed Ali Snoussi was at home on 24 September when the police arrived. “A group of police officers stormed into our home with their faces covered,” his wife Ahlem told Amnesty International. “They beat him with sticks and stripped him of his underwear. They handcuffed him and brought him outside on the street naked. The policemen were saying: ‘We are from Brigade 17; look at what we are capable of doing.’”

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Can New Zealand take on the world?

17 October 2014 |  by  |  UN  |  No Comments

When New Zealand takes up its non-permanent seat on the United Nations Council (UNSC) in January 2015, 21 years will have passed since the country last held the reins on international peace and security.

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