Archive for January 24th, 2016


Nigeria: Reintegrating Women and Children Liberated from Boko Haram ‘Essential to Peace’

Human Wrongs Watch

Three United Nations human rights experts on 22 January 2016 called on the Government of Nigeria to assist in the rehabilitation and reintegration of women and children who escaped or were liberated from Boko Haram captivity.

Thousands of people, mainly women and children, are scattered across the arid land of Nguigimi, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: WFP Niger/Vigno Hounkanli,

“As the region transits from relief to recovery, it is important to ensure that rehabilitation and reintegration measures are grounded in human rights norms and take into consideration the impact of the regional conflict on women and children,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on sale of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio; on contemporary forms of slavery, Urmila Bhoola; and on right to health, Dainius Puras, at the end of an official visit to Nigeria.

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The Story of a “Hibakusha”, a Man Who Survived the Atomic Bomb in Nagasaki

22 January 2016 – Nuclear weapons are the most dangerous arms on earth. Just one can destroy an entire city – potentially killing millions, jeopardizing the natural environment and threatening future generations through its long-term catastrophic effects. 

On 18 December 2015, Yasuaki Yamashita, an atomic bomb survivor (hibakusha) from Nagasaki who now lives in Mexico, met with UN Tour Guides and interns in New York to share his testimony of the horrors he experienced 70 years ago. Credit: UN/Jihye Shin

Seventy years ago, the United Nations General Assembly’s first resolution, adopted on 24 January 1946, established the goal of eliminating atomic weapons and all other major weapons “adaptable to mass destruction…”
Yasuaki Yamashita, a 76-year-old who makes his home in Mexio, is among the dwindling number of hibakusha – people alive today who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
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