Indigenous groups in Colombia this week suspended the process of prior consultation related to the implementation of the peace deal with the FARC, saying that the government has not shown a genuine desire to include them in matters related to ethnic development.
Japan may be more ready than ever to join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and, according to a senior official of Japan’s ruling party, must make a decision soon.
A Brazilian congressional commission has recommended dismantling the government’s indigenous rights agency, a move critics warn would threaten the lives of indigenous tribes struggling to maintain control of their native lands.
For about 12 years, young women in the northern Indian state of Haryana have been telling suitors, “No loo, no ‘I do!'” And according to a recent study, the bargain is working: Toilet ownership has significantly increased as men scramble to attract brides in a marriage market where discrimination has made women scarce.
Red Cross workers found 115 bodies in Central African Republic’s diamond-mining town of Bangassou after several days of militia attacks, the president of the aid group’s local branch said. (Reuters)
The hunt for warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is over. Both the United States and Uganda announced the beginning of a troop withdrawal and closure of programs seeking out the group in the Central African Republic.
What makes a person poor? Lack of education, lack of opportunities and laziness, according to respondents of a new survey conducted in Chile.
The Trump administration released new anti-abortion rules that will apply to almost $9 billion in global health funding, including a massive HIV/AIDS prevention program, the State Department announced. The rules restrict any foreign nongovernmental organization receiving U.S. global health aid from using any of their other funding to “perform or actively promote abortions as a method of family planning.” (BuzzFeed)
The more than 1.2 million adolescent deaths each year could be prevented, according to a new report by the World Health Organization. A closer look at the data shows that age, gender and economic status play a role.
Experts are gathering at the United Nations headquarters in New York today to discuss the importance of engaging some of the world’s most vulnerable people – refugee women and girls – in efforts to mitigate the global displacement crisis.
A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this week of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister — a charge that could seriously undermine his campaign to run the agency. (NY Times)
Asylum seekers in Australia’s controversial offshore detention center on Manus Island are panicking after an announcement today by officials: Portions of the compound will begin closing on May 28. By Oct. 31, the camp will shut down in its entirety, leaving asylum seekers few options if Australia refuses to accept them.
Officials with the World Health Organization confirmed an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the weekend. So far, there are at least 19 suspected cases and three deaths since the first infection in late April.