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A family of Afghan asylum seekers waits to enter the Moria registration center on the Greek island of Lesbos. (Zalmai/Human Rights Watch)

The Trump administation’s temporary travel and refugee ban went into effect late Thursday evening. According to the State Department cable, some family members are allowed in, but grandparents and grandchildren, fiancés, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins do not count as “bona fide” relationships.(Vox)

Human Rights
Peru’s minister for women denounces rising rate of gender violence

Peru’s minister for women has denounced the impunity that surrounds crimes of gender violence, which she says has placed the country among the world’s most dangerous places for women. The Peruvian government says Peru now ranks third worst in the world in its rate of gender-based violence, only behind Ethiopia and Bangladesh, as revealed in 2013 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Human Rights
Brazil’s healthcare strategy has reduced racial inequality, study says

Brazil’s efforts to expand access to primary health care has led to dramatic reductions in health inequalities between racial groups, a new study contends. Brazil’s free primary healthcare system was launched in the 1990s with an emphasis on improving access to poor parts of the country. Black and pardo (mixed-race) populations in particular saw enormous increases in health care coverage, according to government statistics.

Rejecting US immigration strategy, Mexico works with Guatemala to protect refugees

In a rejection of the U.S. government’s military-based approach to illegal migration, Mexico is now working with Guatemala to make their shared border safer and more humane for refugees fleeing violence in Central America. Many refugees travel to Mexico or the U.S., where they fall victim to criminal organizations, violence or other abuses that can leave them injured and traumatized.

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