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Human Rights

The Problem With Giving Free Food To Hungry People

Haiti's earthquake left the nation's rice economy in ruins. That's a big deal, because many Haitians eke out a living distributing and selling rice, the nation's staple food.

EGYPT: Focus on child labour

CAIRO, 28 June 2010 (IRIN) - Ahmed Ramadan, aged 13, works 11 hours a day in a bakery in Cairo's Kherbet Kheirala slum, where he says he works with hazardous machinery in unpleasantly hot surroundings, and is ill-treated by his employer.

Spain: Migrant Children at Risk

(Geneva) - The Canary Islands government's decision to keep more than 250 unaccompanied migrant children in unregulated emergency shelters puts the children at risk and threatens their well-being, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Europe Fails Migrant Children

Many European countries are failing to care for migrant children who arrive alone from places like West Africa or Afghanistan seeking safety. But potential changes fueled by a Human Rights Watch report may improve the living conditions of migrant...

Women’s empowerment set to top agenda at UN Economic and Social Council meeting

Gender equality and the empowerment of women will be the main focus of attention when government ministers from across the world gather in New York for the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) next week...

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.