22/05/2018

After 70 Years of Ethnic Cleansing and Global Complicity – Are We Racist?

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By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate*

Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service — Since the beginning of the Palestinian Grand Return March on land Day 30th April, the world has looked on in horror as Israel has killed at least 109 Palestinians and injured thousands of unarmed Palestinians asking to return to their land and seeking to protect nonviolently what little of their land is left.

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Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The massacre and ongoing slow genocide in Gaza where two million (mostly refugees and mostly youth) are subjected to Israeli government policies that ignore human rights  and international law, and implement apartheid and ethnic cleansing policies which goes unchallenged by the rest of the world.

We should not allow the Palestinians to be punished by Israel because of what happened to European Jews in the Holocaust during the Second World War.

Nor should we allow Europe and the world’s future to be manipulated by the past and the world to be held to ransom by Zionism.  Continue reading

22/05/2018

‘Alarming Levels’ of Methamphetamine Trafficking in Asia’s Mekong — UN

Organized crime groups in Asia’s Mekong region have intensified the production and trafficking of highly-addictive methamphetamine, extending the illegal trade into countries such as Australia, Japan and New Zealand, senior drug policy leaders on  21 May 2018 warned at a United Nations-backed regional conference. 
IRIN/Sean Kimmons | Research shows that injecting methamphetamine is becoming more common. | UN News Centre
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“Significant changes have been underway in the regional drug market for a number of years now,” Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told the conference, which opened in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw.
22/05/2018

Record-High Opium Production in [Liberated] Afghanistan Creates Multiple Challenges for Region and Beyond — UN 

IRIN | Opium poppy field in Afghanistan. | UN News Centre
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Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on 21 May 2018.
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The report noted opium cultivationincreased by 63 per cent; from 201,000 hectares in 2016 to an estimated 328,000 hectares in 2017.

UNODC said that it would be possible to produce between 550 and 900 tons of export-quality heroin from the poppies harvested throughout the country during 2017.

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22/05/2018

International Biological Diversity Day: Rich Variety of life on Earth Essential  

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The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterresin his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on 22 May 2018. 

Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR/UNEP | Coral reef ecosystems house 25 per cent of all marine life, feeding hundreds of millions of people. A healthy reef at Molinere Bay, Marine Protected Area in Grenada.

 

Since December 1993, when theConvention on Biological Diversityentered into force, its parties have acted to conserve the earth’s flora and fauna, in a sustainable and fair way, said the UN chief.

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20/05/2018

Bees Must Be Protected for the Future of Our Food — First World Bee Day

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19 May 2018, Ljubljana — On the eve of the first World Bee Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged countries and individuals to do more to protect bees and other pollinators or risk a sharp drop in food diversity.

Photo: Jošt Gantar/www.slovenia.info

A beekeeper in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. The first World Bee Day, on 20 May 2018, highlights that bees are vital to sustainable and healthy food systems.

Bees are under great threat from the combined effects of climate change, intensive agriculture, pesticides, biodiversity loss and pollution.

In Slovenia for the official ceremony to mark World Bee Day, FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva said countries need to shift to more pollinator-friendly and sustainable food policies and systems.
20/05/2018

Force Used against Protestors in Gaza ‘Wholly Disproportionate’ — UN Human Rights Chief

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18 May 2018 — A special session of the UN Human Rights Councilhas ended with a resolution by Member States to investigate weeks of violence on the Israeli border with Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 people in the enclave and left thousands wounded.

UN Photo/Elma Okic | Human Rights Council special session on “the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” on 18 May 2018, United Nations Office in Geneva.
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The draft text called for the Council to “investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and particularly the occupied Gaza Strip, since 30 March; the date when demonstrations along the border with Israel began, dubbed the Great March of Return.

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20/05/2018

DR Congo Ebola Outbreak Not Yet a Global ‘Health Emergency’, But Strong Response to Disease Vital – WHO Experts

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An emergency meeting of United Nations health experts on 18 May 2018 said that the Ebola outbreak in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – where cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in an urban area – does not yet meet the criteria to be deemed a “public health emergency of international concern.” 

UNICEF/Naftalin | An Ebola health worker at Bikoro Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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But the World Health Organization(WHO) Emergency Committee advised the Congolese Government and all other actors to remain engaged in a “vigorous response” and called on the international community to support efforts on the ground.

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20/05/2018

Teenage Girl’s Death Sentence Spotlights Sudan’s Failure to Tackle Forced Marriage, Gender-Based Violence – UN Human Rights Office

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The case of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, a Sudanese teenager convicted of fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after he had allegedly raped her, highlights the country’s failure to tackle the tragedy of early and forced marriage, marital rape and other discrimination and violence against women and girls, the United Nations human rights office on 18 May 2018 said.

UN Multimedia | OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.
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20/05/2018

Central Africa Republic: Violence Drives Thousands of Refugees into Neighbouring DR Congo

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18 May 2018 — The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).

UNHCR/A. Kitidi | Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) refugees who thought they had found safety here in Zemio camp in Central African Republic were attacked when they ventured back to DRC to work their land.
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According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), at least 7,000 people – most of them women and children – have reached DRC over the past week.
20/05/2018

Emergency Meeting to “Consider the International risks” as Ebola Spreads to Congolese City – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on 18 May 2018 to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
UNICEF/Naftalin | Health workers prepare to treat suspected Ebola patients in Bikoro Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of about 1.2 million, WHO confirmed on 17 May 2018, raising fears that despite a rapid response by authorities, the outbreak has not been contained.

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