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Syrian Ceasefire Sees Drop in Violence: UN Envoy

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Syrian Ceasefire Sees Drop in Violence: UN Envoy

Nearly 24 hours after the latest cessation of hostilities in Syria began, a United Nations (UN) envoy said Tuesday that despite allegations of mortar shelling and airstrikes on Monday evening, violence in the country has declined substantially. “By early morning, every report we have been seeing indicates a significant drop in violence,” the UN Special [...]

Increasing Violence Damaging India’s Economy: Report

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Increasing Violence Damaging India’s Economy: Report

Violence impacted India’s economy by $679.80 billion in 2016, 9% of India’s GDP, or $525 per person. Plus, India is ranked as the 141st country in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2016 released today, and is ranked fifth out of the seven countries in the South Asia region. The tenth edition of the GPI highlights [...]

UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

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UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

The United Nations and the League of Arab States signed an agreement Tuesday to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region. The agreement was signed in Cairo, Egypt, by the UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and Nabil el-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of the [...]

South Sudan: Call for End to Civilian Suffering

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South Sudan: Call for End to Civilian Suffering

The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief on Friday called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the African country. Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, accompanied UN Secretary-General Ban [...]

JNU Issue: Supreme Court to Hear Delhi Court Violence Case

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JNU Issue: Supreme Court to Hear Delhi Court Violence Case

Since Delhi police did not bother to take any action against the accused lawyers despite their crime committed in the broad daylight, Kamini Jaiswal and Prashant Bhushan decided to move the Supreme Court. By Rakesh Raman As the ruling BJP government in India and the Delhi government have completely failed to maintain law and order [...]

Gun Violence: 100,000 People Killed in the U.S.

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Gun Violence: 100,000 People Killed in the U.S.

Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence—and millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun, according to a White House Statement released Tuesday. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been [...]

Violence in Ukraine Expected. NATO Extends Support

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Violence in Ukraine Expected. NATO Extends Support

NATO Foreign Ministers ended their two-day meeting on Wednesday by confirming the Alliance’s continued political and practical support for Ukraine. In a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Allied ministers and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin reviewed the current security situation, and the progress of NATO’s assistance for the country. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that [...]

Orange the World to End Violence Against Women

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Orange the World to End Violence Against Women

From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of monuments, a United Nations call to “Orange the World” aims to end violence against women and girls, which according to the UN’s agency for gender equality (UN Women) affects one in three worldwide. “Violence against women and girls remains one of the most [...]

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, [...]

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