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In Myanmar, gender inequality is fed by a deeply held concept called ‘hpon,’ which considers men to be spiritually and morally better than women. Reuters/Staff

Myanmar debates women’s rights amid evidence of pervasive sexual and domestic violence

In Myanmar, spousal abuse is legal and stigma stop most women from reporting sexual violence. A bill championed by feminists but long stalled in Parliament may soon give women their basic rights.
Residents stand near rescued Rohingya men after they were brought ashore by local fishermen in Kuala Idi, Aceh province, Indonesia on Dec. 4, 2018. A wooden boat carrying the hungry and weak Rohingya Muslims, forced to flee Myanmar and Bangladesh, was found adrift. (AP Photo/Iskandar Ishak)

The world’s disturbing inaction as the Genocide Convention turns 70

The UN's Genocide Convention turns 70 this month. It's time for the world to reaffirm its commitment to the international law and show the moral courage of our convictions.
The horrific incarceration of European Jews during WWII should never be forgotten, particularly when we need to solve contemporary genocide and forced migration issues.

World politics explainer: The Holocaust

6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. What happened then, and how we can keep to the promise – “never again”?
A Rohingya refugee woman in Bangladesh. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

UN report documents genocide against Rohingya: What now?

The evidence in the report is compelling, but experts explain there are many barriers to global leaders taking action.
A United Nations staff member pays tribute to Kofi Annan during a ceremony at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA-EFE/ Salvatore Di Nolfi

Honouring Annan, McCain and others: why eulogies have blind spots

Kofi Annan and John McCain's positive eulogies could be because both men seized moments of human dignity and decency.
A Rohingya Muslim child kisses his mother after they fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in September 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their country for places like Malaysia and Thailand, where a UN agency assesses their refugee claims. But can the UNHCR unwittingly cause countries to neglect investigating war crimes? (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The trouble with impunity: War crimes and a humanitarian agency

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees assesses the refugee claims of millions of people worldwide. It needs to be more open about what it discovers and how it makes decisions.
Both the Foreign Minister and Attorney General have stated Australia will investigate and prosecute alleged perpetrators of international crimes. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

ASEAN-Australia special summit has much work to do on women’s role in peace and security

Talks should include barriers to women’s participation in peace and security institutions, countering violent extremism, foreign fighters, sexual violence in conflict, and the Rohingya crisis.
Rohingya refugees stand in a queue to collect aid supplies in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar 21 Jan. 2018. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

The Rohingya repatriation deal: what is at stake and what needs to be done

Vast numbers of Rohingyas in the region are stateless, living in limbo. Therefore, the Rohingya repatriation deal, its terms, delay and successful implementation impacts upon the lives of millions.

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