Archive for April 9th, 2016

09/04/2016

How Ought We Treat Each Other?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

4 April 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service

Receiving Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builder Prize – Atlanta, 31 Mar 2016

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Dear President, dear Dean of Morehouse College, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am deeply honored by the prize from a college in Georgia, in the US South, that has been and is a beacon in the struggle from dominion to dignity in race relations.

The civil rights movement is an American Revolution, like the feminist movement it inspired–aiming at parity and dignity for all. To refuse sharing the spoils of exploiting Reds and Blacks and poor Whites with London was far from a revolution.

This college shaped Dr Martin Luther King Jr. I had the honor of meeting him twice here in Atlanta in 1960–working on desegregation without violence in Charlottesville, VA–and in 1964 in Oslo when he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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09/04/2016

Greece: UNICEF Urges Full Hearings for Stranded Refugee and Migrant Children

Human Wrongs Watch

With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of a European Union-Turkey agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is reminding States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.

Child refugees in Idomeni, Greece, March 2016. Photo: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

UNICEF on 8 April 2016 said in a press release that it welcomed a new Greek law, which came into force on 4 April, exempting certain vulnerable groups, including unaccompanied and separated children, children with disabilities, victims of distress and trauma, pregnant women and women who recently gave birth, from “exceptional border procedures” or returns.

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09/04/2016

Call for Greater Efforts to Meet Immediate Needs of African Citizens

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Greater efforts in preparedness response, recovery and development interventions are needed from humanitarian actors for African nations to meet the immediate needs of their citizens, become more resilient to shocks and crises, and ultimately achieve food security, senior United Nations officials on 8 April 2016 stressed.

A group of refugees from South Sudan at a settlement in Uganda. Photo: UNICEF/UNI183475/Wandera

Speaking at an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly at Headquarters in New York on addressing humanitarian needs in Africa, particularly the needs of refugees, World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, who served as the event’s moderator, highlighted that every refugee crisis is by nature also a food and nutrition crisis.

At the same time, she said, food and nutrition crises often drive conflict and displacement.

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09/04/2016

UN Rights Chief Urges Action to End Deliberate Infliction of Torture on Children

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The deliberate infliction of torture on children is an “unbearable reality” in many conflicts and human rights crises around the world, but the international community must continue to demonstrate its commitment to holding the perpetrators of such acts accountable as well as assist the recovery of affected children, the United Nations human rights chief on 8 April 2016 said.

Photo: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo

Speaking in Geneva at the 43rd session of the Board of Trustees of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein noted that the Fund’s work over the past three decades shows the “extraordinary capacity” for resilience of child victims of torture, who are often targeted to extract information, pressure their parents, or simply as punishment for supposed misbehaviour.

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09/04/2016

‘The Vast Majority of Victims of Extreme Violent Extremism Are Muslims’

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The objective of extremists “is for us to turn on each other [and] our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 8 April 2016 said, underscoring that the action plan he presented to the United Nations General Assembly in January contains concrete recommendations and could be the basis of a global partnership to defeat violent extremism.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Geneva Conference on preventing Violent Extremism. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

While it may be inevitable to draw on examples, such as Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL] or Boko Haram, “the phenomenon of violent extremism conducive to terrorism is not rooted or confined to any religion, region, nationality or ethnic group,” Ban told the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward, co-hosted by the Government of Switzerland and the UN.

Ban stressed: “Let us also recognize that today, the vast majority of victims worldwide are Muslims.”

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