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Violence in Burundi Expected: UN Warns

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Violence in Burundi Expected: UN Warns

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains concerned about the potential for escalating violence in Burundi and has reiterated his call for calm and restraint amid the African country’s simmering political tensions. In a statement issued Thursday by his spokesperson, the United Nations chief urged the Burundian authorities “to abide by their international commitments with respect [...]

Communal Violence Increasing in India: US Report

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Communal Violence Increasing in India: US Report

By Rakesh Raman The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its 2015 Annual Report, which has documented religious freedom violations in 33 countries. The report has kept India in a list of 10 countries where increased U.S. government attention is required to check the growing incidents of communal violence and human rights [...]

Yemen Violence: Over 540 Killed in 2 Weeks

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Yemen Violence: Over 540 Killed in 2 Weeks

The violence in Yemen continues to wreak havoc upon the country’s civilian population and restrict humanitarian access to those most in need amid a spate of aerial attacks and ground incursions, the United Nations (UN) reported Monday. In the last 24 hours alone, says the UN, air strikes aimed at halting rebel activities have hit [...]

Film Shows How to Prevent Sexual Violence

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Film Shows How to Prevent Sexual Violence

Santa Clara University (SCU) is unveiling a tool in combatting sexual assault on college campuses. Can’t Thread a Moving Needle is a film adapted from the play written by SCU Theatre Professor Barbara Means Fraser. The play was written based on interviews of victims, survivors, perpetrators, family, friends, counselors, professors, and attorneys. Fraser, one alumnus, [...]

Yezidi Women and Girls Face Sexual Violence in Iraq

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Yezidi Women and Girls Face Sexual Violence in Iraq

Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said human rights organization Amnesty International in a new report Tuesday. Escape from hell – Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic [...]

Speak Up Campaign to Prevent Violence

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Speak Up Campaign to Prevent Violence

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has launched a new public awareness campaign in concert with National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 7-11. The campaign, called Speak Up, educates students about the important roles they can play in preventing violence. It includes public service announcements (PSAs), posters and poster contests, interactive BuzzFeed-style quizzes, pledge [...]

Fergie Urges to End Violence Against Women

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Fergie Urges to End Violence Against Women

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State, presented Thursday a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative. The program is dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based [...]

Salma Hayek Says No to Violence against Women

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Salma Hayek Says No to Violence against Women

Avon Foundation for Women Ambassador Salma Hayek Pinault and Avon Products CEO Sheri McCoy announced Friday that four global organizations and one government campaign have received 2nd Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for their work to bring attention to the need to end violence against women. The awards, presented at the [...]

South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

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South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

The United Nations human rights chief expressed her shock and deep sadness at the rape, mutilation and murder of a 17-year-old woman in South Africa, and urged a more comprehensive approach to tackling the “pandemic of sexual violence” in the country. “There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists [...]

Mother Speaks Against Gun Violence in TV Ad

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Mother Speaks Against Gun Violence in TV Ad

Two years after the Tucson mass shooting in which six were killed and former Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot, Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released a new television ad featuring Roxanna Green, mother of Christina-Taylor Green, the nine year-old girl murdered that day. The 30-second spot opens with a scene from the shooting at Sandy [...]

“U.S. Cost of Violence Surpasses 15% of GDP”

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“U.S. Cost of Violence Surpasses 15% of GDP”

On the eve of the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released a report detailing how much of the U.S. economy is related to either preventing or dealing with the consequences of violence. The report conservatively estimates that in 2010, 15% of GDP or US$15,000 per taxpayer [...]

Syrian Violence Continues Despite Peace Promise

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Syrian Violence Continues Despite Peace Promise

Despite Syrian Government’s commitment to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to withdraw troops by April 10, state violence continues in Syria. The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations (UN) and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan (pictured above) stressed the escalation of violence in Syria is “unacceptable”, and called on the Government to [...]

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