Nobel Peace Laureates speak out on new U.S. government immigration xenophobia

Nobel Peace Laureates speak out on new U.S. government immigration xenophobia

(WNN Breaking / Thomson Reuters Foundation release) BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: Nobel Peace Prize winners meeting in Colombia criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on Thursday, accusing him of xenophobia and discrimination. Last week Trump issued an executive order that put a 120-day halt on the U.S. refugee program, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and imposed a […]

UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: United Nations human rights experts have expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years. “States must guarantee that every single asylum claim […]

Barrier-free Storytelling

Barrier-free Storytelling

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – WNN Interviews (WNN/RFE/RL) Istanbul, TURKEY, WESTERN ASIA: Elif Shafak is an award-winning Turkish novelist, who writes in both English and Turkish. She has published 13 books, including “The Bastard of Istanbul,” “The Forty Rules of Love,” “Honor,” and her nonfiction memoir “Black Milk,” an account of her struggle with post-partum […]

Stateless and waiting in Kuwait

Stateless and waiting in Kuwait

Khawla al Suwaidi – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Kuwait City, KUWAIT, WESTERN ASIA: As the difficulties of being of Iraqi descent and a paperless member of Kuwaiti society continues to stack up year-by-year, 33-year-old Ms. Khawla al Suwaidi sends a letter to the world asking for wisdom, compassionate understanding and solutions. She is not alone in […]

Anti-immigrant sentiments plague sex workers of Geneva’s ‘Red-Light’ district

Anti-immigrant sentiments plague sex workers of Geneva’s ‘Red-Light’ district

Carli Pierson – WNN Features (WNN) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: As Switzerland appears to be weathering the storm of the rising European financial crisis, Geneva’s immigrant women, who work inside the city’s active sex trade industry, tell a different story. Prostitution has been a legal industry inside Switzerland since the enactment of the Swiss Criminal Code in […]

Leading rights activists ask Obama & Romney for global humanitarian policy

Leading rights activists ask Obama & Romney for global humanitarian policy

WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington, District of Colombia, UNITED STATES: Human rights groups say the next U.S. president faces several critical challenges in advancing human rights.  Those challenges include preventing genocide and atrocities, protecting human rights at home and abroad, fair treatment of immigrants and refugees, and ending gender-based violence. The Freedom House, the Connect US […]

Advocates for US domestic workers bill stay stubborn and strong for equal rights

Advocates for US domestic workers bill stay stubborn and strong for equal rights

Jessica Buchleitner – WNN Features (WNN) San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, U.S.: While employed as a “home-care worker,” Teresa, a Mexican national, often returned to her own home after a day of work demeaned and discouraged. She didn’t talk about it at first, but often witnessed abuse in the house where she worked, watching the disabled woman […]