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by David L. Phillips
Friday, February 26, 2021

US airstrikes in Syria on February 25 targeted bases near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups, known as “Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs).” The strikes were retaliation for recent rocket attacks on US facilities in the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil. Iran’s support for foreign terrorist organizations – Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kataeb Sayyid al-Shuhada in Syria and Iraq – is an impediment to diplomacy. The US should not consider negotiations with Iran on renewing the nuclear accord until Iran stops inciting violence by the PMUs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

AHDA alumna (2019) Dorcas Francis organized and led training on the topic of Dialogue on Tribalism with four groups of secondary school students in Juba, South Sudan in February 2021. 

By David L. Phillips
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Biden administration is focused on human rights abuses of Uighur in Xinjiang. But Uighur are not the only ethnic or religious group targeted by China’s security state. Other Muslims and Christians are persecuted, as are Tibetans who have suffered decades of draconian rule by the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). While the U.S. may seek to influence China’s treatment of Tibetans through its Special Coordinator on Tibetan Issues, efforts to protect and promote Tibetan culture can have the greatest impact when undertaken with allies in Asia and Europe.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

With the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund, 2016 Advocate Raoul Kitungano Mulondani and his team at Justice for All organized a training for 30 journalists from South Kivu and Bukavu, the DRC. The journalists learned how to report on the collection and allocation of subnational revenues in the mining sector in an effort to monitor mining royalties and ensure that local communities receive fair profits from mining.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Trisha Mukherjee, a senior in Columbia College studying Human Rights with a specialization in English, was recently awarded one of the Office of University Life’s first Racial Justice Mini-Grants for her project “CU Against Racism: A Podcast Series Exploring Anti-Racist Efforts at Columbia.”  She was born and raised in New Jersey and is a proud daughter of Indian immigrant parents. She is interested in the intersections of immigration, storytelling, and decolonization.

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