Somalia: A long journey to democracy

Somalia is moving towards democracy amidst terrorism and political challenges. After decades of violence and instability, there are now some rays of hope.

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When war is your comfort zone

«It is the mismanagement of peace that has led to new conflict in South Sudan» says former head of UNs mission to South Sudan, Hilde Frafjord Johnson.

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Hope amid challenges in Somalia

On August 1, a member of the Somalian parliament named Sheikh Adan Madar was assassinated in Mogadishu. He was the fifth lawmaker to be killed in 2014. The attacks on MPs come at a time when Somalia’s parliament is developing into a keystone in the democratization process. They are gruesome attempts to intimidate those who work towards a peaceful and democratic Somalia.

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Religious minorities in mass exodus

There is much attention these days to the brutal and unacceptable misbehavior of the terrorist organization IS in Iraq, especially against the religious Yazid minority. Persecution of religious minorities is today extensively worldwide and is also increasing. Millions are displaced.

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The fight against a terror-regime

The recent reports from Iraq has provided us with the dreadful stories on how the Islamic State (IS) is slaughtering people from the Yazidi and Christian minority communities in Iraq. They must be stopped. Unfortunately I do not see a peaceful solution to the tragedy.

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Better protection of children

How to avoid that children end up in prison with adults? What is the difference between child offenders and children in need of care and protection? Police officers, children’s officers and other key professions were gathered for a workshop in Kisumu to discuss these questions.

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The indivisibility of human rights

Since the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), there has been a longstanding debate over the relationship between the two sets of rights. Are they indeed indivisible and interrelated, or must one set of rights be accorded priority?

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The Soviet Legacy

Kyrgyzstan consists of a rich diversity of different religious groups and movements. Even though the country’s constitution now secures full freedom of religion or belief, the post-Soviet country struggles to find the right balance between religious freedom and state control.

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– I am at the beginning of a long journey

«I will not rest until all children who should be in school are in school» says human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, speaking at the Oslo Center dialogue meeting Sunday morning.

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Difficult dialogue

Dialogue experts from several countries were gathered in Budapest this weekend to discuss why dialogue matters. What are the main challenges, developments and new trends in dialogue facilitation?

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