Archive for February 11th, 2016

11/02/2016

Central African Republic: UN Urges Steps to End Impunity for Rights Abuses

Human Wrongs Watch

10 February 2016 – As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for the second round of presidential elections this weekend, a new UN report detailing violations and human rights abuses in the strife-torn nation’s capital late last year has prompted the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there to call for urgent measures in the fight against impunity and to prevent future violations.

Two years after tens of thousands of inhabitants fled to the capitals airport in search of safety, Banguis Mpoko airport is still home to 20,000 displaced people. UNICEF/UN08031/Le Du

The report, which will be released later this month, details grave human rights abuses committed following the eruption of violence in the capital city of Bangui, from 26 September to 20 October 2015.

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11/02/2016

‘Overuse of Antibiotics and Other Antimicrobials Threats Rural Livelihoods, Food Security’

 Human Wrongs Watch

The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 10 February 2016 said.

Health workers in Bulgaria train during an animal disease outbreak simulation exercise. Photo: FAO/Yanne

Speaking to European ministers of health and agriculture at a conference on antimicrobial resistance in Amsterdam, FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo emphasized that antimicrobial agents foster increasing resistance among the very microbes that cause the infections and disease they were designed to quell, thereby threatening to reverse a century of progress in human and animal health.

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