Whilst traveling in Cambodia, i was told there are no wild elephants left in the country. The only place they are sometimes found is on the border with Thailand which is still riddled with landmines left by the Khmer Rouge. This young elephant is being measured for a prosthetic.
CISR Associate Director Suzanne Fiederlein and Grants Officer Nicole Neitzey attended the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement planning conference for Iraq and Syria programs in Istanbul, Turkey, this week.
While there, they met up with ERWTC Jordan graduate and P2R Lebanon participant Mohammad Al-Naqib, representing Spirit Of Soccer.
Colombian victims of the armed conflict Angela Maria Giraldo and Jose Antequera hold a press conference on August 16, 2014, in Havana, during peace-talks between FARC-EP members and Colombian government delegation (AFP Photo/Yamil Lage)
Victims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for “truth” to form the foundation of any accord.
The 12 victims, some of whom came face-to-face with representatives of the perpetrators for the first time, testified during a closed-door session that lasted nearly nine hours.
"During the day, we agreed that truth is the basis for peace," they said in a statement presented to the press by six of the victims.
Islamic State militants stormed a Syrian airbase over the weekend, routing the remaining elements of the country’s army from northern Raqqah province and reportedly seizing a cache of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.
The seizure of Tabqa air base, while not the first installation of its type to fall to militants, highlights the Islamic State’s gains in the region and the group’s continued pilfering of advanced military equipment, particularly the surface-to-air missile systems known as MANPADS, short for Man Portable Air Defense Systems.
Matt Schroeder, a senior researcher at the Switzerland-based research group Small Arms Survey and author of a recent report on MANPADS in Syria, believes that the takeover of Tabqa airbase could mark a “significant proliferation” of the weapons across the region.
On August 12, CISR visited the leaders of the Hanoi Association of People with Disabilities (DP Hanoi), a nonprofit Vietnamese nongovernmental organization. The two organizations exchanged ideas on ways to improve the lives of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Vietnam, such as leveraging social media to disseminate PWD legal rights. DP Hanoi also raises awareness about the implementation of the Vietnam National Law on Disability through publications, trainings and capacity-building, among other activities. Further, it co-hosted last Friday’s disability rights training workshop in Hanoi alongside CISR and the Association for the Empowerment of Persons With Disabilities. The future for PWDs in Hanoi looks bright with the wonderful leadership of DP Hanoi. For more information, visithttp://www.dphanoi.org.vn.