The Burmese government signed an agreement last week with the International Labor Organization to end forced labor in the country by 2015, but three years is far too long to wait.
The Syrian government escorted a team of UN technical staff into the country this week. Although this ostensible show of glasnost may look encouraging, restricting UN agencies’ access will result in an unreliable assessment of Syria’s humanitarian needs.
Reports that Libya’s former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, was apprehended late last week in Nouakchott, Mauritania, have sparked international discussion about where best to prosecute this wanted war criminal.
More than 100,000 undocumented Chin refugees living in India need humanitarian assistance, claims a report released yesterday by independent investigators.
Despite recent ceasefire talks between the Burmese government and the opposition group Karen National Union, the Burma Army has continued to abuse civilians in Karen State.