SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS IN AZERBAIJAN

The Government of Azerbaijan is one of the most repressive in Europe/ Eurasia – and for two years it’s run a severe crackdown on independent journalists, opposition politicians, and civil society groups. “In its latest report covering 2014, Freedom House rated Azerbaijan “Not Free”… [placing] it somewhere between China and Iran… Azerbaijan ranks fifth among the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 10 most censored countries. It is grouped by CPJ with Eritrea, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Iran, China, and Myanmar among the world’s 10 worst jailers of journalists.” This was the recent testimony of Nenad Pejic, Vice President at RFE/RL.

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HEARING ANNOUNCEMENT: CHINA’S NEW “TWO-CHILD POLICY”

After 35 years of brutal enforcement of the one-child policy, the Chinese Communist Party announced in late October that a universal two-child policy will be adopted, allowing all married Chinese couples to have two children. The policy change was driven by serious demographic concerns currently facing China—a rapidly aging population, a shrinking labor force, and a dramatic gender imbalance that drives regional human trafficking problems and potentially higher levels of crime and societal instability.

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Roundtable on DRC Adoptions

Since the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began in the late 1990s, warfare, famine and disease have created an estimated 10.2 million orphans. Additionally, many of these children are the product of public rapes by rebels or soldiers and are pariahs among their communities.

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