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Mindanao: Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Congress

Osbi Santillan, of World without Wars and Violence, informed Pressenza: “that the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), prepared by the Bangsamoro Transition Council (BTC) has been turned over by the President of the Philippines to the Legislative Branch (Senate and Congress) of the Philippine Government for them to deliberate and debate. This draft hopefully results with a Bangsamoro Law that will provide the ...

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Myanmar’s Muslim “Rohingya” — What’s in a Name?

  Human Wrongs Watch Bangkok, 15 September 2014 (IRIN)* — Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community s ...

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Happy Nuclear-Free Birthday to the People of Japan

  Human Wrongs Watch By Kendra Ulrich*, 15 September, 2014 Greenpeace — Every birthday is special – but today Japan is celebrating something unique. Japan has been nuclear-free for one year. Nuclear-free – a phrase that in its simplicity carries a devastating message for the worldwide nuclear industry, and an inspiring lesson for people across the globe. The future can indeed be free of the threat of a ...

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Japan May Receive Offensive Military Weapons from US amid Rising Tensions with China, N. Korea

  Human Wrongs Watch By RT*, 10 September 2014 – The United States could provide offensively geared weapons to the Japanese military within five years, Tokyo officials say. The discussions between the two countries come as Japan’s rivalry with China intensifies and alliances shift among Pacific powers. The talks with the US cover what Japan regards as a “strike capability,” and are still preliminary. A ...

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Indian journalists protest over colleague’s arrest

Guwahati: The journalist fraternity of northeast India took to the streets demonstrating their anger against the Assam government for arresting a private television journalist suspect of ‘maintaining unlawful relationship’ with banned armed outfits. The media personnel under various forums urged the authority to release Jaikhlong Brahma, a Kokrajhar based journalist of News Live satellite channel unconditio ...

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UN Urges Prosecution to End Impunity for Drug Trafficking on High Seas

Human Wrongs Watch 9 September 2014 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a special event on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted. Opening the event, “Success of the Piracy Prosecution Model: A Blueprint to End Impunity at Sea,” UNODC Executive Direct ...

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Concerns Over World Bank Proposals to Roll Back Safeguards for Indigenous People

  Human Wrongs Watch BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 (IRIN)* – Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank’s safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changesbeing considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects. “This [version of the safeguards] will be dangerous backsliding into ...

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Concern over Bangladesh Move to Repatriate Muslim Rohingyas to Myanmar

  Human Wrongs Watch DHAKA, 4 September 2014 (IRIN)* — Bangladesh announced this week that it will send back over 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, stoking concerns about the prospect of returning them to an increasingly dire situation. “Myanmar has agreed to repatriate some 2,415 Myanmar nationals who are living in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar [southeastern Bangladesh],” Shahidul Haque, s ...

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Indian Ocean Nations to Carry Out UN-Organized Tsunami Readiness Test

Human Wrongs Watch Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 24 countries in the region will participate in an exercise organized by the United Nations to test their readiness to address such rare but potentially destructive events, the UN announced on 5 September 2014. The large-scale simulation exercise – known as “IOWAVE14” – is planned for 9 and 10 September, and is organized under the auspices of ...

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Over 800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year – Around One Person Every 40 Seconds

Human Wrongs Watch 4 September 2014 – More than 800,000 people commit suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds – according to the United Nations health agency’s first global report on suicide prevention, which was published today. “This report is a call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-Gene ...

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