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Peace drive splits Myanmar's Karen

Asia Times
10/19/2012

The Karen National Union's struggle for autonomy from Myanmar's central government, now in its sixth decade of armed resistance, is widely recognized as the world's longest-running insurgency. Now, a split within the KNU's senior ranks threatens to weaken its armed front and undermine its negotiating position at a time when President Thein Sein's push for peace with ethnic armies gains greater international recognition.

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A race to reform? Or a race to profit?

AVAAZ
10/16/2012

The US, EU and other world powers have been quick to reward Burma's once-notorious regime for a series of dramatic, positive reforms. Diplomatic channels have been opened up for the first time in decades, many economic sanctions have been lifted and there's been a surge in international investment. But the country’s weak rule of law, rampant corruption and terrible treatment of minority groups are often glazed over in the rush to invest in the "new" Burma.

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Bahrain continues to target Shia doctors

The Lancet
10/13/2012

PHR has called on Bahrain to stop the targeting of doctors who saw their jail sentences upheld last week (Oct 1) by the country's highest court for their role in treating protesters during political unrest last year.

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Combating Gender-Based Violence as a U.S. Policy Priority

Huffington Post
10/11/2012

Women and men in Tunisia and around the world were appalled earlier this month when it came to light that a woman who filed charges of rape against two police officers was herself charged with "public indecency."

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Scientific Assessment Crucial to Protecting Torture Victims, Experts Say at AAAS

AAAS News
10/11/2012

For victims fleeing torture or persecution, gaining the sanctuary of asylum in the US often requires rigorous science-based assessment, experts said at a two-day training workshop at AAAS.

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