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Eastern Ukraine: Facing growing hardship, sliding towards a disaster

17 December 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict  |  No Comments

It’s not easy getting to Luhansk nowadays. One must either cross an active frontline and risk getting shot at, if coming from the north, or take an eight-hour detour from the south through the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic”, which is under the control of pro-Russian separatists.

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Two years on, Laos activist still missing

15 December 2014 |  by  |  Asia Pacific, Disappearances  |  No Comments

In August 2005, in front of an audience in Manila, Lao development worker Sombath Somphone received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership.

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7 Things You Need To Know About Transgender Rights (And Changing Your Legal Gender)

11 December 2014 |  by  |  Discrimination, LGBTI  |  No Comments

A transgender person’s sense of gender differs from the sex they were given at birth. They experience and express their gender identity in a variety of ways...

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‘My hopes evaporate and the bitter reality remains’ – Abducted in Syria

11 December 2014 |  by  |  Disappearances, MENA, Syria  |  No Comments

“They asked me to write about my daughter, Razan Zaitouneh. I am not a journalist or a writer but I will write what is on my mind. I will not talk about Razan’s work or her achievements as so many others have done so already."

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My Mum is in Prison for Standing up for Human Rights in China

9 December 2014 |  by  |  Write for Rights  |  No Comments

An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, 22-year-old Liao Minyue, tells their story.

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The Philippines has a dark, open secret

8 December 2014 |  by  |  Asia Pacific, Torture  |  No Comments

Manila: the traffic jams are as appalling as ever. But even stuck at a crawl, it’s impossible not to feel buoyed by the vibrancy of the place – positive energy abounds. The Philippines is one of Asia’s fastest growing economies and is set to grow by seven per cent this year.

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