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Rohingya situation worsens as temporary citizenship cards are revoked


This week saw a worsening of the plight of the Rohingya as the Burmese government decided to invalidate temporary citizenship cards, also known as ‘white cards’. The cards are identity documents which, until this point, afforded holders with some basic rights such as the right to vote. However, the decision to invalidate the cards by 31 March means that those handing back the documents will be unable to vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum. 

Obama Urged to #JustSayTheirName


On the backdrop of more than 15,000 Rohingya having fled Burma in the past month heading to Thailand and Malaysia for sanctuary, President Obama arrives into Naypitaw on Thursday (13th Novemeber 2014) to begin his second round of diplomatic talks with the Burmese government.  It is widely anticipated that Obama will address the Burmese public on Friday who...

Continual Arbitrary Arrests and Abuse for Rohingya


The intensity of arbitrary arrests and abuse cases has been increasing and widespread reports of incidents have been reported in recent days and weeks across Arakan state in Burma. Late yesterday, (Friday 17th Oct) reports began surfacing of the violent abuse and eventual murder of a Rohingya villager from Naisa Faru in Maungdaw township, North Arakan.

Having been arrested...

Ala Kachuu - Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan


Imagine being kidnapped on your way to the shops, kidnapped by strange men, driven several miles away to a village where you learn that one of your kidnappers is to become your new husband. Your soon-to-be in-laws blackmail and intimidate you into accepting this, that it happened to them and now it is happening to you. Your parents have no idea where you are. When they finally do, they discover that you are now married, by then it is too late. This is the fate of hundreds of thousands of young women and girls in Central Asia including Kyrgyzstan.

From the Amazon Chernobyl to Ethnocide: Big Oil and Tribes of the Ecuadorian Rainforest


Pachamama: the revered goddess and loving mother of the earth. She brings a timely reminder of our place within our surroundings and the consequences for not respecting them. She is also a unifying icon, especially for the people of the Andes region who hold an ecological ethos close to their hearts. This goes beyond mythology, with nations such as Ecuador including the rights of Pachamama within their constitution; to be defended as a human right would be. This has not been a purely symbolic gesture; it has helped to uphold previous traditions of environmental protection and stewardship that the political landscape is built upon. Beyond the symbiotic perception of humanity and environment, which is an imperative for a sustainable future; it has given more power to those protecting our fragile ecosystems against those relentlessly trying to exploit Mother Nature further.

Diary of an Intern: Nusrat Ahmed. Princeton. New Jersey. The Eid Craze.


“Isn’t it sad? How all these people can’t even expect to see a change when they really need it? Like, whatever situation they are in now, it’s like they’re in it forever,” I said to my mom as we were riding in a rickshaw. 
“We don’t go to sleep with big dreams for literally a different tomorrow either,” she scoffed at my naivety. 
“Yes, but at least you have the hope that one day things will probably change, since you’re working towards it, for it to actually happen in the future. These kids, these kids, don’t even have education. Every day is the same to them,” I argued back. And she fell silent.