Archive for February 15th, 2017

15/02/2017

‘Send Us to the Moon’

Human Wrongs Watch

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Mediterranean journeys in hope seeks to humanise the debates on migration and question the delineation of refugees from other migrants by taking ‘hope’, a basic pathway for survival in the context of human mobility, as our starting point. Our aim is to reposition human rights as legal and political priorities, and to open a space for treating human mobility as both a symptom and a feature of global and regional geopolitics | openDemocracy

“Some people say Mohammad, you’re crazy, you’re stupid,” said Mohammad, a refugee on the Greek island of Chios.  “But look: I am human. Yes, maybe it won’t change a thing. But I’m no animal. I do think about my future. I do and I try.”

For the last 40 days he has chosen to enact a peaceful protest outside the gates of Vial, an abandoned aluminium factory now serving as the EU’s ‘hotspot’ on the island. This is where the fates of hundreds of refugees like Mohammad are being decided by Greek and EU asylum officers.

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15/02/2017

International Network to Halve Maternal, Newborn Deaths in Clinics

Human Wrongs Watch

A health network is being created, with support of United Nations agencies, in nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – whose Governments have pledged to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities by 2022.

A mother and her newborn baby at the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute for medically needy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. UN Photo/Kibae Park

15/02/2017

Synthetic Drugs Making Headway in (Liberated) Afghanistan

Human Wrongs Watch

Methamphetamine is increasingly being seized by law enforcement in Afghanistan, and there is also evidence that it is being produced in the country, according to the first of its kind assessment on synthetic drugs released on 14 February 2017 by the United Nations drug and crime agency.

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Research shows that injecting methamphetamine is becoming more common. Photo: IRIN/Sean Kimmons | Source: UN News Centre

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