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Human Rights

D.R. of Congo: The Murder of Human Rights Activist Floribert Chebeya

The year of 2010 is turning into quite an eventful one for Africa and not only because it's the first time an African country hosts a Football World Cup. Throughout the year, six francophone countries are expected to hold presidential elections and as...

YEMEN: Letter writers tap vein of despair in refugee camp

ADEN - "I arrived in Yemen in 2008 from Mogadishu," the letter starts. Hawo Yousuf, 28, now in a refugee camp, spent her last money on having a letter written to inform the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) of her plight.

Archbishop Mamberti at Tenth Cuban Catholic Social Week

VATICAN CITY- On 16 June Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States, attended the opening of the tenth Cuban Catholic Social Week, during which he delivered a speech entitled: "Certain considerations concerning the secularism...

SOUTH AFRICA: Study backs nurse-monitored HIV treatment

JOHANNESBURG - A South African study suggests that nurses are able to manage patients on antiretroviral (ARV) therapy as effectively as doctors, supporting the case for "task-shifting" in HIV treatment.

Message your way out of a crisis

NAIROBI- Help for people facing humanitarian catastrophe could be a text message or mouse click away, thanks to software that has proved vital in humanitarian disasters such as the Haiti earthquake.

Former Massachusetts Pastor Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

A former Brookline man who served at the First Spiritual Temple as a minister, teacher, counselor, and “medium” was indicted today in federal court on child pornography charges.

Too many businesses neglecting human rights, corruption concerns: UN survey

Corruption and human rights issues continue to be neglected by companies despite ongoing interest in United Nations-led efforts to ensure ethical corporate conduct, according to the findings of a new survey by a global initiative that seeks to foster...

Majority of children in Djibouti threatened by poverty, UN agency warns

As many as two out of three children in Djibouti are exposed to life-threatening situations because of poverty, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today, warning that urgent action must be taken to prevent the country from reversing...

UN: Speed Ratification of Children’s Rights Treaties

The children's rights treaties have helped to reduce the number of child soldiers and protect children from sexual exploitation. Countries that have not ratified them should do so quickly so that no child will be without these basic protections.

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US

Hundreds of thousands of children are employed as farmworkers in the United States. They often work 10 or more hours a day with sharp tools, heavy machinery, and dangerous pesticides, and die at 4 times the rate of other working youth. Farmworker...