Egypt’s NGO crackdown to block scrutiny of human rights violations, torture, UN experts say

United Nations investigators have blamed the Egyptian Government for shutting down non-government associations (NGOs) and putting travel bans on their staff in order to block scrutiny of human rights issues in the country. The nation’s NGOs have gone under expanding assault under the administration of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In the most recent two months,… Read More

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Myanmar Elections: Signs of a Better Life for Muslims after 2013 riots

YANGON, Myanmar — A few months before the general elections here, the military-backed government struck hundreds of thousands of Muslims from the voter rolls. To be reinstated, they would have to prove their citizenship, but without using their government-issued ID cards, which the government had voided. It was only the latest indignity heaped on the… Read More

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Priority Development Assistance Fund scam

The Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, also called the PDAF scam or the pork barrel scam, is a political scandal involving the alleged misuse by several members of the Congress of the Philippines of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF, popularly called “pork barrel”), a lump-sum discretionary fund granted to each member of Congress for… Read More

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Chairwoman of Soldiers’ Mothers NGO Detained on Fraud Charges

Sergei Porter / VedomostiIn August, Bogatenkova accused the Russian government of secretly sending troops to Ukraine to take part in the civil conflict there. Police in Russia’s Stavropol region have charged with fraud a 73-year-old human rights activist who claimed that Russian soldiers were fighting in Ukraine in a move that the woman’s colleagues say is a reprisal for her work. Lyudmila… Read More

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How NGOs Failed Afghanistan

Afghan acquaintance who had worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) told me several years ago how an Afghan subcontractor had made a large profit from a contract to build and get running a tractor repair shop in Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan. Uruzgan, the home province of Mullah Omar, the leader… Read More

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