Archive for November 21st, 2015

21/11/2015

On Universal Children’s Day, “the World Remains ‘Deeply Unfair’ Place for Children

Human Wrongs Watch

 Marking Universal Children’s Day, the United Nations on 20 November 2015 highlighted that the world remains a “deeply unfair” place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 26 years ago today.

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Children look out a train window at a reception centre for refugees and migrants in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

“In just over a generation, the world has cut child death rates by half, put over 90 per cent of children in primary school, and increased by 2.6 billion the number of people with access to safe water,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake in a press release.

“Yet children make up almost half of the world’s poor, nearly 250 million children live in conflict-torn countries, and over 200,000 have risked their lives this year seeking refuge in Europe,” he added.

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21/11/2015

UN Warns of ‘Misplaced Suspicions’ of Muslim Refugees, Migrants after Terror Attacks

Human Wrongs Watch

As last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut continue to reverberate round the world with calls to restrict refugee and migrant movement in the name of security, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 20 November 2015 warned against “misplaced suspicions” about refugees and migrants, especially Muslims, who can help fight violent extremism.

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A group of Afghans arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey to Greece. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean in 2015. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell

“We must be on guard against such distortions and discrimination, which only play into the hands of terrorists trying to sow divisions and fear,” he told a previously scheduled UN General Assembly meeting devoted principally to Syrian asylum-seekers, in which he set out a roadmap to address the root causes and increase funding to manage the flow of refugees and migrants in general.

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21/11/2015

Security Council Calls on ‘All Countries that Can Do So to Take the War on Terrorism to Islamic State-controlled Territory in Syria and Iraq’

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20 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council this evening called on all countries that can do so to take the war on terrorism to Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and destroy its safe haven, warning that the group intends to mount further terror attacks like those that devastated Paris and Beirut last week.

 

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The Security Council votes on a resolution. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard (file).

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body declared the group’s terrorist attacks abroad “a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security” following the “horrifying terrorist attacks” it perpetrated recently in Sousse (Tunisia), Ankara (Turkey), over Sinai (Egypt) with the downing of a Russian plane, and in Beirut and Paris.

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21/11/2015

More than 500,000 Homeless in the US

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kate Randall* 

21 November 2015 (WSWS) – More than a half million people were homeless in the United States this year, nearly a quarter of them children, according to a new report.

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A homeless woman in Chicago—the number of unsheltered people with chronic patterns of homelessness increased in the past year for the first time since 2011 | Source: WSWS

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The homelessness crisis is a stark indicator of the social reality in 2015 America and corresponds to a scarcity of affordable housing and dwindling wages for low-income workers and their families.

The report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released Thursday counted 564,708 people homeless, both sheltered and unsheltered.

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