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Feb 7, 2017

Photo collection captures memories of persecuted Yazidis

Memories of the Yazidis, an ethno-religious minority who fled their homeland in the Sinjar Mountains in northwest Iraq following an invasion by the Islamic State in August 2014, have been preserved in a newly published photo collection. A toy, a shoe and a spoon ...

EU calls on Japan to abolish the death penalty

/ Dec 21, 2016

EU calls on Japan to abolish the death penalty

The European Union called on Japan on Monday to abolish the death penalty, saying “it is a key priority of our external human rights policy” to work toward its universal elimination to protect human dignity. “As friends, we have an obligation to speak up. ...

Efforts to preserve memories of aging 'comfort women' gains urgency

Sep 21, 2016

Efforts to preserve memories of aging 'comfort women' gains urgency

Efforts to preserve and pass on the memories of the “comfort women” have become more urgent as the victims of wartime sexual violence age. An international alliance of nongovernmental organizations filed an application in May to have over 2,700 comfort women-related documents listed in ...

Sep 7, 2016

Seminar seeks to shine spotlight on mercury-linked Minamata disease

Victims, researchers and academics will on Saturday gather in Bangkok for a seminar marking the 60th anniversary since the discovery of mercury poisoning malady Minamata disease. To be held at Chulalongkorn University, speakers will include Shinobu Sakamoto, a Kumamoto Prefecture native who contracted Minamata ...