News Round-Up 22/04/16

22 April 2016

News from HART

  • The 1st prize entry of this year’s HART Prize for Human Rights Senior Essay category has now been published!





Drought in india

Volunteers rescue people from a residential area in Chennai, India, during the December 2015 floods. Swiss Re estimates the floods caused economic losses of $2.2bn.

Photograph: AP

  • High temperatures and a crippling shortage of rainfall in India is forcing schools to close and communities to ration drinking water. A risk analysis company, Verisk Maplecroft, has reported that 1.2 billion people in India are acutely exposed to natural disasters, including 330 million people who are currently affected by drought.
  • 15 dalit families in Beemana Beedu in Karnataka’s Mysuru district have been forced to collect water from a school toilet.


Nagorno Karabakh

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has encouraged both parties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to pursue a resolution through diplomatic dialogue, “as the conflict has no military solution”, according to Sputnik International.




South Sudan

  • The South Sudan news this week has been largely populated with speculation regarding the delayed arrival of Riek Machar to Juba. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body overseeing the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement, has set Saturday as the deadline for his arrival.
  • The UNMISS Coordinator in Wau has called on the government to put an end to the atrocities committed against civilians in Wau. Recent fighting has displaced 96,000 people to Wau, where HART has partners.
  • South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, said there is a possibility he will run for another term in office after 2018. He said the opposition faction leadership was returning to Juba with a new strategy to take over power from his and his supporters. This week, analysts have expressed ongoing concerns over the fragility of the peace agreement.






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