Archive for June 17th, 2014

17/06/2014

Each Year, 24 Billion Tons of Fertile Soil Are Eroded; Urgent Need to Stop Desertification

Human Wrongs Watch

17 June 2014 – Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change.*

 [Desertification in Namibia. Photo: UNEP/A.Gloor/Namibia] Desertification in Namibia. Photo: UNEP/A.Gloor/Namibia

Desertification in Namibia. Photo: UNEP/A.Gloor/Namibia

“Land degradation, caused or exacerbated by climate change, is not only a danger to livelihoods, but also a threat to peace and stability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the World Day, observed annually on 17 June.

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17/06/2014

UN 'Deeply Alarmed' at New Wave of Violence Against Religious Minorities in Sri Lanka

Human Wrongs Watch

16 June 2014 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced her deep alarm today at inter-communal violence taking place in south-western Sri Lanka in which several people have reportedly been killed and scores injured.

Outside a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Photo: IRIN

Outside a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Photo: IRIN

“The Government must urgently do everything it can to arrest this violence, curb the incitement and hate speech which is driving it, and protect all religious minorities,” said Navi Pillay.

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