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  • July 14, 2014

    United Nations to Recognize Gay Marriages of All Its Staff

    The United Nations (UN) has begun to recognize same-sex marriages of all its staff members worldwide, regardless of whether the employee's home country recognizes such unions, the world body announced on Monday, though some UN agencies are not covered by the new policy. The policy change - which took effect on June 26 - comes after Ban said in mid-May that all employees of the world body deserve to be treated equally. It also comes more than 2.5 years after Ban held the first-ever meeting of any Secretary-General with representatives of UN-GLOBE, who have campaigned for years for full equality and non-discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) staff in the UN system.

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  • July 14, 2014

    EU Migration Policies Put Lives and Rights At Risk

    The human cost of Fortress Europe: Human rights violations against migrants and refugees at Europe's borders, shows how EU migration policies and border control practices are preventing refugees from accessing asylum in the EU and putting their lives at risk in the course of increasingly perilous journeys. "The effectiveness of EU measures to stem the flow of irregular migrants and refugees is, at best, questionable. Meanwhile, the cost in human lives and misery is incalculable and is being paid by some of the world's most vulnerable people," said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International.

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  • July 11, 2014

    Special Report: Truth, Justice and Reconciliation

    "Healing is a process. How we deal with the truth after its telling defines the success of the process. And this is where we have fallen tragically short. By choosing not to follow through on the commission's recommendations, government not only compromised the commission's contribution to the process, but the very process itself." - The Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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  • July 11, 2014

    World Bank Governance for Development Blog: Measuring Corruption Risk Using ‘Big’ Public Procurement Data in Central & Eastern Europe

    In view of corruption being clandestine, the  Corruption Research Center Budapest (CRCB)’s approach lays emphasis on bringing to light seemingly innocuous traces of corruption in official records of public procurement, firm financial information, ownership of companies, and various records of public officials based on an understanding of the country context. They are based on the assumption that corrupt agencies are adept at “covering their tracks” with regard to the formal legal framework for public procurement. On the surface, the process looked impartial, transparent, fair, open, provided equal access to bidders and promoted competition. The process nevertheless may have left some clues that hinted at manifestations of corruption.

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  • July 10, 2014

    What is the Cost of Hatred Against the World’s Minorities?

    The report found that hate crime and hate speech against minority groups and indigenous peoples are prevalent globally, from the least to the most developed countries.

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  • July 10, 2014

    Calls for Media Freedom to be Included in Post-2015 Development Goals

    A growing international coalition has come together in the belief that sustainable development cannot be achieved “without public access to reliable information about health, education, the environment, and other critical development areas - and that requires independent monitoring of that data by media and civil society,” as William Orme, UN representative for the Brussels-based Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), characterized the stakes. But will this notion be enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals, currently under discussion in a series Open Working Group meetings? And if so, what will the precise wording be?

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  • July 10, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Afghanistan: Nearly half a million people have been forced out of North Waziristan Agency by an ongoing Pakistani military operation there, including nearly 80,000 that have made their way to Afghanistan, a largely unprecedented movement.

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  • July 9, 2014

    Security Sector Reform Resource Center BLOG: Security Sector Reform as Conflict Prevention in Yemen

    Security sector reform (SSR) is urgently needed in Yemen in order to prevent the resumption or escalation of armed conflict. Despite rarely being recognized, the country’s army and police are at the center of several conflicts affecting the country.

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  • July 9, 2014

    The New Way of War

    The specific targeting of children is one of the grimmest new developments in the way conflicts have been waged over the past fifty years. In the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, roughly half of all deaths in conflict zones were civilian, according to the U.N. During the Second World War, civilians accounted for two-thirds of the fatalities. By the twentieth century’s end, almost ninety per cent were civilian.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Insight on Conflict BLOG: The Road to Peace in Mali - Political Roadblocks and Other Obstacles

    Mali is suffering from instability and political unrest because of rebellion, a coup d’état and the proliferation of non-state armed groups. The country has signed three major peace accords in its history, but none has led to peace. It is impossible to understand what is happening now without looking at the historical context.

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