16/08/2018

‘It Is Wrong, Dangerous and Immoral to Keep Rescue Ships Wandering the Mediterranean While Gov’ts Compete on Who Can Take the Least Responsibility’

Human Wrongs Watch

UNHCR welcomes Aquarius resolution, but stresses need for more predictable approach to disembarkation.

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Malta. Aquarius sea-rescue

The Aquarius ship arrives in Malta.  © UNHCR/UNHCR

 

15 August 2018 (UNHCR)* – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency applauds 14 August 2018’s decision by the Government of Malta to permit the disembarkation of 141 asylum-seekers and migrants rescued on the Central Mediterranean by an NGO boat, the Aquarius.

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16/08/2018

Syria: 6.6 Million People Internally Displaced and 5.6 Million Scattering across Borders, with Devastating Consequences for Women and Girls

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13 August, 2018 (UN Women)* – Eight years. Since the start of the conflict, the Syrian crisis has displaced more than 6.6 million people internally and seen more than 5.6 million Syrians scattering across its borders.

Women walk through the Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan.

Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig
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The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis. In 69 per cent of communities, early marriage is reported as a concern.

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16/08/2018

Anniversary of Global Treaty to Protect Human Health and the Environment from Anthropogenic Emissions and Releases of Mercury and Mercury Compounds

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16 August 2018 (UN Environment)*One year ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds – came into force.

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REUTERS/Janine Costa | Photo from UN Environment

Mercury is a natural element: it is found in the Earth’s crust and naturally released through volcanic activity and weathering of rocks.

It exists in various forms, each with a varying degree of toxicity but all equally harmful, affecting the nervous system, the brain, the heart, the kidneys, the lungs and the immune system of all living beings.

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16/08/2018

US and Mexico Child Deportations Drive Extreme Violence and Trauma – UNICEF

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The many life-threatening dangers faced by children from Central America who are being deported from the United States of America and Mexico, are highlighted in a new report from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 15 August 2018, which also draws attention to the traumatic consequences of family separation by migration authorities.

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UNICEF/Tanya Bindra | Teenage boys deported back from Mexico arrive at the governmental reception shelter “Nuestras Raices” (“Our Roots”, in English) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala on May 3, 2018.
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In the first 6 months of this year, almost 25,000 women and children from northern Central America were deported after arriving in Mexico and the US, in search of asylum or a better life.

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16/08/2018

Afghanistan: Top UN Official Denounces ‘Extreme’ Suffering of Civilians in Ghazni

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With the death toll rising after days of intense fighting for the Afghan city of Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, the Head of the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA) on 15 August 2018 said that the situation was “unacceptable” and called on warring parties to lay down their arms and seek a political solution to the conflict.

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UNICEF/UNI152469/Dragaj | A young girl looks through a paneless window frame near Kabul, in Afghanistan, 2013. Civlilians in Afghanistan have borne the brunt of an almost 20 years of conflict.
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“The Taliban’s attack against Ghazni city, and the subsequent fighting in densely populated urban spaces, has again caused terrible suffering to civilians caught in the conflict,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, in a statement.
16/08/2018

Israel Decides to Reopen the Only Functional Commercial Crossing Point into Gaza

Human Wrongs Watch

15 August 2018 – The decision by Israel to reopen the only functional commercial crossing point into Gaza which has been closed to most deliveries for weeks, has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General.

 

UN Photo | Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, May 2018.
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UN humanitarians expect some 400 truckloads of goods will now be able to enter Gaza after the Kerem Shalom crossing became operational on Wednesday [15 August 2018] morning; roughly a month after it was largely closed by Israel in response to attacks by Palestinians in the enclave, which is controlled by Hamas militants, and deadly mass-protests at the border fence against Israeli policies.

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16/08/2018

Monsanto Lawsuit Ruling a ‘Significant Recognition’ of Victims’ Human Rights – UN Rights Experts

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15 August 2018 – The court decision to award nearly $290 million to a terminally-ill man from the United States who claimed his cancer was caused by a herbicide in a commercial weed killer, has been welcomed by two United Nations human rights experts as a “significant recognition” of the responsibilities that chemical companies have to consumers.

UN News | UN experts said the $290 million jury award to a terminally-ill American on 10 August, 2018, who claimed his cancer was caused by a Monsanto manufactured weed killer, was a significant recognition of victims human rights.

A court in California on Friday ruled that chemical giant Monsanto should compensate Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper, after a jury found the company did not place a warning label on its weed killers, stating that their widespread use could cause terminal cancer.

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15/08/2018

Relief for Women Facing Treacherous Journey to Medical Care in Guinea-Bissau

UNFPA has built six health facilities in hard-to-reach parts of Guinea-Bissau. Here, a monitoring team digs out of a waterlogged road on their way to a health facility rehabilitation project in Gã-Para. © UNFPA Guinea-Bissau
UNFPA has built six health facilities in hard-to-reach parts of Guinea-Bissau. Here, a monitoring team digs out of a waterlogged road on their way to a health facility rehabilitation project in Gã-Para. © UNFPA Guinea-Bissau

Bubaque’s regional hospital – which serves 17 islands in the Bijagos archipelago – did not have any surgical ward at all. It also lacked the ability to provide emergency obstetric and neonatal care.

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15/08/2018

DR Congo: Conflict Zones Could Constitute ‘Hiding Places’ for the Deadly Ebola Virus – WHO Chief

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Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 14 August 2018 repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region.

WHO-Eugene Kabambi | On 8 August 2018, the vaccination of frontline health care workers started, followed by the vaccination of community contacts and their contacts, in Mangina, North Kivu, the epicenter of the 10th Ebola epidemic to hit the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are currently 3220 doses of rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine available in Kinshasa.
15/08/2018

‘Defend the People, Not the States’ – Outgoing UN Human Rights Chief

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15 August 2018 – For four years, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been taking governments across the world to task, publicly naming and shaming States which have fallen short of their human rights obligations.*

OHCHR | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, listening to activists and victims during an official visit to Guatemala. November 2017.

His appointment by the UN Secretary-General back in 2014 was a landmark: he became the first Asian, Muslim and Arab ever to hold the post.

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