Archive for October 2nd, 2016

02/10/2016

A Day in the Life of a Community Midwife in Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

By Najwa Al-dheeb*

In the early morning hours of an otherwise ordinary day in Yemen’s Bani Hushaysh District, the sounds of bombs suddenly pierced the air. Residents of the community were frightened, and Ms. Kawkab Abdu Mohammed is the only community health worker who came to work that day. In a health system that is deteriorating because of the ongoing conflict, midwives like Ms. Abdu are a lifeline for Yemen’s mothers and children.

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SANA’A, Yemen, 10 August 2016 – At 8:20 am, I arrived at the Bani Hushaysh District, due east of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. The journey had started in the city at 7:00 am, and I was joined by UNICEF colleagues and staff from the Sana’a Governorate Health Office.

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02/10/2016

Day of Older Persons: ‘Take a Stand against Ageism’

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations on 1 October 2016 marked the International Day of Older Persons by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realise their potential to build a life of dignity and human rights.
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A herder in Tarialan, Uvs Province, Mongolia. (file photo) UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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“While older persons are often said to enjoy particular respect, the reality is that too many societies limit them […] The marginalization and devaluing of older persons takes a heavy toll,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the International Day, marked annually on 1 October.

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02/10/2016

Environmental Crimes Could Warrant Intl. Criminal Court Prosecutions

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 2016 (IPS) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) will pay more attention to crimes of environmental destruction and land-grabs, according to a new policy paper published by the court.

The International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

 

This may see business executives and government officials in cahoots to exploit natural resources prosecuted for crimes that displace millions. 38.9 billion hectares – an area the size of Germany – has been leased to investors in resource-rich but cash-poor countries since 2000, Alice Harrison, Director of Communications at Global Witness, told IPS.

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