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Malaysia: Backtracking on Abusive Security Law

(Bangkok) – The Malaysian government is breaking a key election pledge by proposing to amend rather than repeal an abusive national security law, Human Rights Watch said today. The government on April 9, 2019, put before Parliament a bill to amend the National Security Council Act, the latest reversal of promises made by the ruling Pakatan Harapan alliance prior to the
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World Bank must stop push to expand private education

Increased support for public-private partnerships is deepening inequality[hhmc] The World Bank has been steadily increasing its support for privatized education in lower-income countries despite mounting evidence that this approach is freezing out poorer children – especially girls – and doesnt improve education quality. Oxfams new report “False Promises” published ahead
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International Parliamentary Appeal

Parliamentarians have a vital role to play in enhancing the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The appeal is coordinated by the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), an international NGO partnership calling for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. As members of INEW, Norwegian People’s Aid
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Press briefing note on Myanmar, 5 April 2019

We are deeply disturbed by the intensification of the conflict in Rakhine State in recent weeks, and condemn what appear to be indiscriminate attacks and attacks directed at civilians by the Myanmar military and armed fighters in the context of the ongoing fighting with the ethnic Rakhine Arakan Army (AA). The conflict between the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw,
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Amir to attend IPU Assembly opening today

QNA Doha The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani will attend the opening of the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the Sheraton Hotel on Saturday. The Amir will give a speech to mark the occasion. The opening ceremony will be attended by President of the IPU Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Under-Secretary for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office