Egypt reassures US that it will stop raids on NGOs

Egypt has reassured the US that it will stop raids on the offices of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the US state department says. Officials said property seized in the raids would be returned to the groups, which include two based in the US.Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has spoken to Egypt’s military ruler by phone to discuss [...]

Convention of human right defenders held

On the eve of Human Rights Day (December 10), a convention of human right defenders was held at Paradkar Bhawan by the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) on Friday. Addressing the convention, the speakers expressed concern on the increasing threats to human right defenders. The state president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties [...]

MSF calls for increased funding for HIV treatment at Africa AIDS conference

As Africa’s AIDS conference convenes in Addis Ababa tomorrow, efforts to combat HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are under serious threat because of a massive funding crisis at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. At the same time, recent scientific evidence shows [...]

Situation deteriorating in Mogadishu’s shanty towns as drought victims continue to pour in

Ravaged by 20 years of civil war, the Somali capital has experienced an influx of displaced persons in the last three months. Providing aid to people who have fled hunger and fighting is a constant challenge in this chaotic urban setting. Since July, more than 150,000 Somalis have left the provinces of the country’s central [...]

Greenpeace Turns 40

On Saturday September 15, 2011, Greenpeace celebrated its 40th anniversary in Vancouver, Canada, the city of its birth. Sadly, Canada is now exploiting Alberta’s tar sands and actively working against other countries who are trying to develop meaningful climate targets. Forty years ago, not only was Greenpeace formed, but a then-obscure corporate lawyer (later appointed [...]

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