Conflict & Peace

Drone strikes veiled in secrecy – A call for transparency

Drone Strikes

The lack of transparency of drone programs entails multiple problems. The imperative of enhancing transparency and allowing declassification becomes evident when looking at the infamous killing of Mamana Bibi. In the alleged US drone strike on 24 October 2012 in North Waziristan, Pakistan, 68-year-old Mamana Bibi was killed, and up to nine people were injured, including 8 children. It remains unclear what ...

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Cambodia – A Country as Candyshop for Landgrabbers

Cambodia A Country as Candyshop for Landgrabbers

“My house, possessions, clothes, all went up in smoke. Nothing was left” said Mai, a woman who lived in Bos/O’Bat Moan, a village in the province of Oddar Meanchey, after 150 men from police, military and presumptive workers of the company, which was granted a concession for a large area including her village, burnt down and bulldozed 119 houses. When she went ...

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On the Edge: Diyarbakir’s Refugee Camp, Fidanlik Park

On the Edge Diyarbakirs Refugee Camp Fidanlik Park

The labyrinth of white tents and sand paths of Fidanlik Park leads us into the depths of one of the largest refugee camps in the country, on the outskirts of Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey. We almost give up after a brief coversation with the guards that abruptly say ‘No!’ to all our requests to visit the camp. But then, the crowd pulls ...

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20 Years After Rwanda Genocide, a Humanitarian Crisis in the Central African Republic Fails to Stir International Interest

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence by UNHCR Photo Unit

After the mass genocide that killed 800,000 people in Rwanda 20 years ago, the international community vowed ‘never again.’ But today, history seems to be repeating itself. Another central African country faces a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions, yet few know about it and even fewer are doing anything to help. Former Colony, Forgotten Nation The Central African Republic (CAR) is a ...

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Syrian Refugees: A Plea for Humaneness

‘Because humaneness, one can understand, is not welcome in this land and, therefore, [it] decided to emigrate.’ Sadly, Konstantin Wecker’s lines seem to be timeless and transcend borders. I was obligated to complete an Internship within the framework of my studies in human rights at the University of Vienna. My Internship took place at Amnesty International Austria. My adviser is in charge ...

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