Archive for June 25th, 2014

25/06/2014

Pakistani Offensive against Taliban Militants Uproots Over 400,000 People

Human Wrongs Watch

Pakistan’s military offensive against Taliban militants in the north of the country has displaced more than 400,000 people and the number continues to rise, the UN refugee agency reported*. According to the latest Pakistani Government registration figures, 435,429 people, including some 183,000 children, have fled from combat zones in North Waziristan agency since mid-June.

A displaced child in a makeshift camp in the Golan area of Gurbaz district, Khost province. Photo: UNHCR

A displaced child in a makeshift camp in the Golan area of Gurbaz district, Khost province. Photo: UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that most of the families have sought refuge in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with reports of families also now arriving in Punjab and Balochistan. Almost all the internally displaced people are being hosted by local communities.

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25/06/2014

Illegal Trade in Wildlife and Timber Worth Over $200 Billion a Year, and Helps Finance Organized Crime and Terrorist Groups

Human Wrongs Watch

24 June 2014 – Global environmental crime, possibly worth more than $200 billion annually, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new joint United Nations-INTERPOL report.*

A relatively fresh carcass being turned over to look for bullet wounds on the underside at Zakouma National Park, Chad. Photo: Darren Potgieter/CITES/UNEP

A relatively fresh carcass being turned over to look for bullet wounds on the underside at Zakouma National Park, Chad. Photo: Darren Potgieter/CITES/UNEP

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The report was compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL for release at the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi this week, where action to tackle environmental crime is high on the agenda for hundreds of environment ministers, law enforcement officers, the judiciary and senior UN officials.

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