Women’s rights advocates are celebrating the reactivation of a 2015 senate bill that makes gender-based killings, or “femicide,” a special circumstance in Uruguay.
Two new reports on the civil war in Yemen paint a picture of a fight where all sides are ignoring international laws – putting civilians already caught in the middle in greater danger.
Unrest has once again boiled over to violence in the Indian-ruled state of Jammu and Kashmir. In just four days of restored mobile internet over the weekend, a number of videos depicting violence against civilians went viral on social media.
Human Rights Watch officials say there is an unprecedented number of sick and hungry Venezuelans immigrating to a northern state of Brazil, where authorities say the health-care system is ill-equipped to help them.
For years, residents of a slum outside of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, have been calling on the government to remove a massive and growing pile of garbage in a landfill next to their homes. A deadly dump landslide has finally spurred the government to act. Slums and garbage dumps tend to grow alongside each other everywhere, as the poor around the world erect homesteads on land unwanted by those with resources or choose to locate where they can harvest cast-off materials in the hope of eking out a meager income.
Cuba is making notable progress in the fight against human trafficking, according to the United Nations. United Nations Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro praised Cuba’s “good practices” in combatting the global issue, crediting the country’s universal access to basic health care, educational and social security systems with reducing the social inequalities and vulnerabilities that can prompt people to flee the country and become victims to those who profit from trafficking.
A number of studies show violence and conflict passes down to the next generation, and youth growing up in this environment have a difficult road ahead. Mercy Corps, however, believes that youth who when given safe spaces to learn, grow and socialize, can help solve the problems of generations of violence, poverty and instability in a country.
Boko Haram is increasingly using children in suicide attacks in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The number of child bombers tripled in the first quarter of this year to 27 as compared to the same period last year, according to UNICEF.
Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi has been arrested and charged with cyber-harassing the president, whom she has repeatedly criticized for reneging on a promise to give free sanitary pads to schoolgirls.
The Mexican government has decided to grant residency permits to nearly 600 migrants from Cuba, where dismal economic prospects have forced thousands to seek new lives in countries without the means or will to take them.