TIME story about how Women and civil society are coming together in Kachin state to demand an end to rape as a tool of war and abuses by military and police, and to hold perpetrators accountable in civilian court.
National Geographic Released a “Dreams of Burma” app that allows you to view photos on a virtual tourist trip of the country.
Human Rights held their annual board of directors event in Burma this past week and called for more media freedoms and a transparent investigation into the violence in Arakan State.
Mining by multi-naitonal companies threatens traditional livelihoods in remote areas of Burma.
- New peace talks to resolve crisis in South Sudan began in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday
- 2 weeks since ceasefire signed
- Peace talks will be on political dialogue and national reconciliation
- Rebels agreed to continue talks with agreement that detainees would be released and Ugandan troops aligned with Salva Kiir will withdraw
- Detainees are allies of Machar from SPLM
- Opposition had threatened Monday to boycott talks unless the following demands were met :
- Withdrawal of government troops from UN camp in Juba
- Release of four political detainees
- Withdrawal of Ugandan troops fighting alongside Kiir army
- The agreements already signed in January were for a cessation of hostilities and release of eleven other detainees
- World Food Program estimates 3.7 million people are in urgent need of food
- WFP does not have guaranteed safe access to all areas of the country
- Many checkpoints, frequent looting
- WFP expects to reach fewer than half sites in need in Jonglei state (where 70% of population is suffering from “acute and emergency food insecurity”)
- Worry about rainy season starting in April means that many parts of the country will become inaccessible
- Russian envoy is opposed to UN resolution on more humanitarian aid to Syria
- Think that a security council resolution would be “politicized”
- Without minimizing the “quite horrific” situation in Homs, Churkin claimed that “it is not a large-scale kind of a siege of the kind we’ve had in the course of history.” Asked about much-delayed efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, Churkin praised Damascus for its efforts.” –Basically Russia is still being very supportive of the regime
- “Faisal Mekdad, called Tuesday’s meeting a “lost day” because the opposition had refused to discuss terrorism, the Syrian government’s priority for the talks.”
- two sides “talking past each other”
- U.S. says the regime needs to stop evading questions
- Ceasefire in Homs to last through today
- People evacuated, but many worried about leaving
- Humanitarian aid allowed in but snipers have attacked aid convoys