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Mexico Must Implement Justice System Reforms

Posted February 8, 2011 | 11:36:43 (EST)

During her visit to Mexico last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit the nail on the head when she stated that Mexico's offensive against drug-related violence must include reform of the country's judicial system. A key aspect of that reform, she emphasized, must be empowering civilian tribunals in cases...

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Haiti Relief Is Not Charity: A Rights-Based Approach to Aid

Posted July 20, 2010 | 16:47:01 (EST)

Haiti's January 2010 earthquake left more than 230,000 dead, 300,000-plus injured, 1.5 million homeless and physically leveled 28 of 29 government ministries. In response, the international community pledged 5.5 billion dollars in aid to rebuild Haiti. Today, only 10 percent of the promised funding has reached its shores.

Haitians...

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A Human Rights Black Hole: U.N Peacekeeping in Western Sahara

Posted April 29, 2009 | 17:39:44 (EST)

Every contemporary United Nations peacekeeping mission on the ground today has a mandate to protect human rights, except one, the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Without direct authorization from the UN Security Council, MINURSO cannot monitor or report on the human rights situation in Western Sahara,...

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Haiti Donors Conference: A New Paradigm or New Packaging?

Posted April 20, 2009 | 00:21:15 (EST)

International leaders gathered in Washington, DC this past week to pledge assistance to Haiti through the Haiti Donors Conference at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary of State Clinton, President Clinton, and the presidents of the World Bank, IDB, and IMF all spoke about the...

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Beyond Band-Aids for Darfur?

Posted March 27, 2009 | 17:31:00 (EST)

A Regional Approach Is Needed to Stop the Bleeding in Chad and Sudan


A newly released joint assessment from the U.N. and Government of Sudan predicts over one million people will soon no longer have access to such essentials as water, food and medical care after Sudanese...

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