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Uganda: Program for Male Rape Victims Threatened by Antigay Law
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Uganda: Program for Male Rape Victims Threatened by Antigay Law   BY THOM SENZEE, Advocate.com   July 29, 2014   Ironically, the same Ugandan police forces expressing willingness to help male victims of rape overcome stigma have been accused as perpetrators of assault against LGBT Ugandans. Men of Hope Refugee Association in Uganda (MOHRAU) is a program of Makerere University Law School's Refugee Law Project that helps men and boys

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Belarus to host Ukraine-Russia talks
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Belarus to host Ukraine-Russia talks By Reuters   July 30, 2014   (Reuters) - Belarus will host talks between Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE security and rights organisation on the crisis in eastern Ukraine, President Alexander Lukashenko's office said on Wednesday. It did not say when the talks would take place but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Lukashenko to host them on Thursday and to focus on securing access to the site where

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Exiled S. Sudan CSOs select representatives for peace talks
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Exiled S. Sudan CSOs select representatives for peace talks By Tesfa-Alem Tekle, Sudan Tribune July 30, 2014   Exiled South Sudan civil society organisations on Tuesday concluded selecting their representatives for the ongoing peace process, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The civil society organisations based in Kenya and Sudan were not selected on 8 June after IGAD allegedly failed to bring them to the venue of the

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U.S. says millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013
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U.S. says millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013 By Reuters   July 28, 2014   WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More members of religious communities around the world were forced to flee their homes last year than at any time in recent memory, the United States said on Monday, in its annual report on religious freedom. "In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus and others representing a range of faiths

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Children of Syria
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Children of Syria By Lyse Doucet, Times Live   July 30, 2014   Syria’s war – now well into its fourth year and with no end in sight– is having a devastating impact on the lives of the country’s children. Tens of thousands have been killed or wounded. Many children are learning to hate. Many more are deeply traumatised. With unique access across the conflict’s frontlines, BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet has been

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AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian War Seen in Youngest
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AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian War Seen in Youngest   By MUHAMMED MUHEISEN Associated Press July 29, 2014 At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees. More than 50,000 refugees under the age of 18 call the wind-swept, massive desert camp home. All have stories about the war, like 11-year-old Amal Qalloosh, who fled her home near the

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A Look Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime
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A Look Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime By Melissa Jeltsen, Huffington Post July 29, 2014 The task was almost unimaginable in its magnitude. After the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered over a hundred days in 1994, the U.N. created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with the goal of bringing the organizers of the bloodshed to justice. The tribunal's inaugural case, led by two young U.S.

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Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas against Boko Haram
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By Tim Cocks Reuters 30 July 2014 (Reuters) - In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram. Not everyone has got its message. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, known as the "Pants Bomber", spent his youth in this school - and ended up trying unsuccessfully to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day 2009 with explosives

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Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges
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Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges By ABBY SEIFF, Associated Press July 29, 2014   PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s facing genocide and other charges. Khmer Rouge head of state, Khieu Samphan, and Nuon Chea, right-hand man

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In Toronto, Armenian Genocide Curriculum Survives Turkish Challenge
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In Toronto, Armenian Genocide Curriculum Survives Turkish Challenge   By Tessa Manuello Rudaw, AINA   July 28, 2014   MONTREAL, Canada -- An effort by Canadian Turks to abolish curriculum on the Armenian genocide in Toronto schools has failed, with education officials telling Rudaw that the genocide will continue to be taught for years to come. Canadian Turks earlier this year submitted over 2,200 signatures from an online petition

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