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    For the US, a Tale of Two Human-Rights Violations

    by  • July 14, 2017 • Human Rights, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 3 Comments

    Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, is positioning herself as a champion of human rights. But she appears to be highly selective about which countries or regimes she accuses of committing human-rights abuses. At the same time, she has been pushing hard for cuts to UN peacekeeping missions, which could hurt...

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    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights • 

    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments...

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    War Crimes Against Women and Girls Must Be Prosecuted

    by  • November 4, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Three children walk to clean dishes in the Niger river in Gao, Mali.

      There is now overwhelming evidence that conflicts exacerbate pre-existing gender discrimination and put women and girls at heightened risk of sexual, physical and psychological violence. One appalling example of this evidence is the report recently to the Human Rights Council by the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which highlights the threat and...

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    Congolese Women Grow More Demanding of Local Governments

    by  • June 7, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Collecting firewood at the Kanyaruchinya IDP camp, Congo

    A global women’s organization with wide experience in peace-building recently brought together scores of prominent women from six African nations to take well-defined steps for dealing with the root causes of the persistent sexual violence occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Declaring that peace in eastern Congo could bring peace to the entire Great Lakes area...

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    Mali Peacekeeping Mission’s New Envoy and Other Appointments

    by  • May 21, 2013 • Africa, GOINGS-ON, Peace and Security • 1 Comment

    Bert Koenders in Bouake, Ivory Coast

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Albert Gerard Koenders as the first special envoy to Mali under a new peacekeeping mission created by the Security Council in late April. Additionally, the next executive director of the Security Council’s Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate is most likely to be announced soon, with the front-runner being Jean-Paul...

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    Congo Army Rapes Detailed in UN Report as Special Brigade Arrives

    by  • May 15, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women • 3 Comments

    UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region visit in Goma

    The cycle of sexual violence that has been churning throughout the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has refused to stop, despite all the steps the United Nations has taken over decades to end the epidemic. Just last fall, systematic rapes, committed by the Congolese Army, occurred in an area around...

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