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UN humanitarian air service ( UNHAS) in the Central African Republic, 2013. Ton Koene/Press Association. All rights reserved. It is important to remember that the UN has been struggling for decades with its own sexual abuse epidemic. Sexual violence during times of war and conflict – “as destructive as any …
Invisible in plain sight: fighting loneliness in the homeless community
Leaving school in February 1989, Rupi found himself, as many do at that age, wondering what next. “I’d meet my friends in the park and we would talk politics, how there is nothing to do in Gavojdia, no opportunities. But at the time, if the police saw a group of …
Time ticking for ‘IPP’ prisoners behind bars for 15 years
Almost one in five of the 1,549 prisoners serving uninterrupted indefinite sentences in England and Wales have now spent 15 years behind bars, openDemocracy can reveal. The revelation will add to pressure on the incoming justice secretary to deal with the legacy of the now discredited ‘Imprisonment for Public Protection’ …
When child traffickers work across West Africa’s borders, activists need help to do the same
This article is part of an editorial partnership with the Fund for Global Human Rights. A fifteen-year-old girl gets pregnant and runs away from her highly religious family in Guinea to escape punishment. She ends up in the hands of traffickers and on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone, engaged …
La promesa verde de la nueva Constitución chilena
La “eco constitución”, que será votada el 4 de septiembre, puede convertir a Chile en un líder regional y mundial en la acción climática y ecológica
Peyote: sacred psychedelic cactus under threat in Mexico
When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico half a millennium ago, they sought to convince Indigenous people that consumption of peyote, an inconspicuous cactus that contains the psychedelic drug mescaline, was akin to devil worship. But the draconian measures imposed by the Spanish did not stop the consumption of the …
Cúpula das Américas: fortalecimento ou fratura regional?
O sucesso do encontro depende da capacidade de liderança dos EUA e do realinhamento de seus principais aliados na região
Cumbre de las Américas: ¿fortalecimiento o fractura regional?
El éxito de la reunión depende de la capacidad de liderazgo de Estados Unidos y del realineamiento de sus principales aliados en la región.
Oligarchs’ yacht club: UK firm’s ties to secretive Russian cash
Barcelona’s superyacht marina was tied to Russian money – but the oligarchs involved were kept secret
Raizais: reais vítimas de disputa entre Colômbia e Nicarágua
Divisão arbitrária do mar ameaça a subsistência de nativos do arquipélago de Santo André, Providência e Santa Catarina
Los raizales, perdedores del pleito entre Colombia y Nicaragua
El pueblo ancestral del archipiélago caribeño de San Andrés y Providencia enfrenta cada día más dificultades para sobrevivir
López Obrador sai fortalecido de sua 'auto'-revogação de mandato presidencial
Os resultados do referendo, convocado pelo próprio presidente mexicano, preparam o terreno para as eleições de 2024
5 claves de la visita de Gabriel Boric a Argentina
El primer viaje oficial del presidente chileno dejó señales de cómo manejará las relaciones con el vecino país y la región
Túmin: the alternative currency rebuilding community in Mexico
The currency – usually, but not always, used alongside the peso in transactions (for example, paying half in each currency or receiving 20% change in Túmin) – was the brainchild of researchers from the Intercultural University of Veracruz, who were conducting a project on rural communities. They observed that the …
La migración, un desafío regional
Entrevista con Lucía Ramírez Bolívar, Coordinadora de Investigaciones sobre Migración y Venezuela de Dejusticia, como parte de nuestro e-book Tejiendo Lazos: El Futuro del Multilateralismo en América Latina
El futuro del mar es multilateral
Entrevista con la Fundación MarViva para el e-book Tejiendo Lazos: El Futuro del Multilateralismo en América Latina
Turkish asylum seekers allegedly being pushed back in small boats by Greece
Three Turkish nationals seeking asylum in Greece in September were allegedly tortured by plain-clothes Greek officials, who then illegally put them on a boat back to Turkey, openDemocracy can reveal. Furkan Kurt, one of the three men, told openDemocracy that on 28 September they swam a 3.6-kilometre shortcut, with the …
Seven years in camps: Life for the abandoned victims of IS
In Sharya, under the northern Iraq sky, around 18,000 displaced Yazidis shelter in 4,000 tents. Approximately 3,000 families call the camp their home, and the stench of rubbish hits you well before you can make out the endless lines of fabric structures. It is a devastating place.
Veiling and revolutions: from Algeria to Sudan
In his famous essay, ‘Algeria Unveiled’, Frantz Fanon (1959, p. 35) writes: ‘The way people clothe themselves, together with the traditions of dress and finery that custom implies, constitutes the most distinctive form of a society’s uniqueness’. Protesting former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s absurd bid for a fifth term, Algerians flooded …
Latinas for marijuana! Meet the women fighting to decriminalise cannabis in Mexico
From ‘Twerk and Smoke’ sessions on Zoom to ‘yoganja’ (yoga plus weed), feminist activists in Mexico have joined the fight to legalise marijuana.
What do Black Lives Matter and Palestine solidarity have in common?
As we mark the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, it is hard not to draw comparisons with the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the impact it had on the growing international solidarity with the Palestinians.
Anti-East Asian racism rose under COVID – but it has a long, grim history
The news last month of mass shootings in three massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia, at least one of which was Korean owned, chilled me – and chilled East Asian people worldwide. Of the eight people who were killed in the shootings, six were women of East Asian descent. Investigators have …
How Germany became ground zero for the COVID infodemic
It was a warm evening in late summer last year when trouble began to brew in front of the Reichstag, the historic home of the German Parliament
Furacões e coronavírus: tempestade perfeita sobre as ilhas do Caribe
As ações multilaterais da CARICOM aparecem como a melhor estratégia para o Caribe superar as crises climáticas e sanitárias.
Huracanes y coronavirus: tormenta perfecta sobre las islas del Caribe
El multilateralismo de la Comunidad del Caribe (CARICOM) es indispensable para que la población y los ecosistemas puedan sobrevivir a los embates del clima y a las crisis de salud pública.
Exclusive: Nigerian human rights advocates explain why castrating rapists is the wrong strategy
A Nigerian state has introduced sterilisation and death as a penalty for child rape. Local rights advocates explain what should happen instead.
Governança do mar e a geopolítica da pesca
A presença de mais 300 pesqueiros chineses perto das Ilhas Galápagos colocou governos locais e ONGs em alerta.