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Osh - New Frontier For Ala Kachuu Project

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Directors Mabrur Ahmed and Rahima Begum travel to the Osh region in Southern Kyrgyzstan on Saturday 28th May 2016 to initiate project development for Restless Beings' Bride Kidnapping project - Ala Kachuu.

There they will meet with local partner organisations such as NGO's, Women's Associations as well as professionals from educational, legal and political backgrounds. The main...

OP-ED: Call Me Rohingya

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Almost 200 million people tuned into the dystopian world of Eurovision last Saturday where they spurred on a Ukrainian song called 1944 about the persecution of the Tartar in Crimea under Stalin. To mark up the contrast of the world that we live in, there is a population of just over a million, 1 million, a 0.005% of the viewership of the Eurovision song contest, in Burma who right now, not in...

ROHINGYA BRIEFING: Election Elation

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A new era dawns for Myanmar as they elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s first non-military president, since the army took power in a 1962 coup. He, however, dedicated his victory to the leader of the NLP (National League for Democracy) as he addressed the crowd by stating: “This is Aung San Suu Kyi’s victory! I have become President because of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s goodwill and loving kindness”. 

The Right To Work: Empowering Refugees and Host States

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The word ‘refugee’ conjures up images of desolate camps and tragic, impoverished conditions. As the refugee crisis becomes increasingly pressing, concern grows about how hundreds of thousands of refugees can be housed in specialist camps and how far humanitarian aid resources will stretch. Whilst such aid plays a vital role in the short-term, the provision of aid alone cannot solve the crisis and confining refugees and asylum-seekers to camps means that they are effectively quarantined, unable to integrate into wider society. Isolating refugees in this way is damaging to both the refugees concerned and the host state, creating a cycle of dependency. The only viable way to break this cycle is to empower refugees by strengthening and enforcing the rights they have, under international law, to work within host states.

And Europe’s humanitarian crisis

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Europe is in a humanitarian crisis. We have never had so many people arrive in Europe fleeing war, repression and fear. Thousands of refugees continue to arrive at EU borders every day. More than 800’000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe so far with over 3’400 people including children having lost their lives making the journey. 

The 1965 Indonesian massacre

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Indonesian massacre that occurred between 1965 – 1966 killing more than 500,000 people. It is said to be one of the worst mass killings of our era.

Burma's Election Promises Continuation of Abuses Against Ethnic Minorities

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In a short few days, Burma will go to the polls for a parliamentary elections that have long been heralded as the symbol of change from despotic leadership to a fledging new democracy. It is widely expected that the NLD (the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) will sweep to victory. But will this change anything for the millions of ethnic minorities that have long championed Suu Kyi as the saviour...

5th Nov 2015 - Public Demonstration Calling For End of Genocide Against Rohingya

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PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION CALLING FOR END OF GENOCIDE AGAINST ROHINGYA IN BURMA 

 

Whilst Burma waits and is on the cusp of a general election in early November, the world waits with baited breath to see if life improves for the many ethnic groups of Burma who have faced decades of marginalization. The Rohingya, whom the UN has long claimed to be 'one of the most persecuted...

Back to nature: Combatting poverty through indigenous farming methods

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As we approach the end of 2015, the year by which the UN had pledged to end poverty, it is deeply concerning to know that there are still 805 million people in the world who have inadequate food supplies, and more than 1.3 billion living in extreme poverty. With the global population set to rise by 2 billion people by 2050, world hunger is an increasingly pressing concern and the search for a solution must be a global priority. While there is no simple answer to the problem of feeding an ever-growing population, there is a great deal we can learn from studying indigenous farming methods in developing countries. Indigenous techniques may hold the key to ensuring food security and, as supporting small holder farms has been recognised as one of the quickest ways to lift over 1 billion over the poverty line, the seemingly basic techniques employed on small-scale farms warrant serious attention.