Tag: human rights

Op-Ed: The Perfect Storm

The trafficking of men and women—whether for forced labour, or sexual exploitation—continues to haunt Albania. Why have successive governments failed to solve the problem?    In 2001, Daniel Renton—writing for Save the Children[1]—mapped the trend of human trafficking in Albania. Other charities across Europe had noted the cases of Albanian…

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Letter from North Kurdistan

A few hundred miles away from the Battle for Mosul in Iraq — the most massive military operation in the world — a lesser known conflict between Kurds and the Turkish armed forces continues in North Kurdistan. Đorđe Bojović reports from Diyarbakir. In the evening, the arrivals hall at the Diyarbakir…

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Child Labor and Danger in the Workplace in Turkey

A recent report on the current situation of child labor in Turkey has revealed that workplace accidents in the country have killed 194 children in three years, 19 of them Syrian refugees. Though it may sound too early for them to carry the burden of life on their little shoulders, Turkey’s…

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#RealBaku2015: Amidst Human Rights Abuses, Azerbaijan hosts European Games

Tomorrow, the first ever European Games will commence in Baku. Cristina Maza dissects Azerbaijan’s human rights record, its strategy of ‘caviar diplomacy’ and the cowardice of European politics. As Azerbaijan showcases its prowess as a major regional player by hosting a glitzy and extravagant international sporting event, civil society activists…

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The Spring is Not in the Details

The questions on everyone’s mind are: Is this a real Balkan spring? Can we declare it yet? Is Gruevski going to fall? These are all relevant questions but I’m not going to focus on them here. After Sunday’s protests, I believe we have a  much bigger reason to celebrate in…

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