Archive for May 24th, 2017

24/05/2017

Border Walls Don’t Stop Immigration, They Make Migrants into Criminals

Human Wrongs Watch

‘It’s prison,’ explains Omar* over dinner in one of Samos’s many tourist tavernas. Business is brisk tonight; ours is one of several long sets of conjoined tables where new flasks of the sweet local wine arrive before the old ones are even half-empty.

“The Palestinian-Syrian refugee has to raise his voice to make himself audible over the band playing Turkish folk music. Hunched over empty meze plates, he takes his registration papers from the chest pocket of his characteristically crisp shirt.

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24/05/2017

“Life for Children in Myanmar’s Remote Areas Remains a Struggle”

Human Wrongs Watch

23 May 2017 – The benefits of Myanmar’s economic growth, reform and reconciliation efforts have not yet reached children in the country’s remote, conflict-affected areas, leaving an estimated 2.2 million children in need of better humanitarian assistance, a United Nations report has revealed.

This 9-year-old, the son of a pastor at the village church, was injured by unexploded ordnance two years ago in Ann Ka Law village, Kayin state in Myanmar. Photo: UNICEF/Brown

Myanmar faces a real challenge in ensuring that children everywhere – and not just in urban areas – gain from the country’s rapid development,” said Justin Forsyth, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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24/05/2017

“Horrific” Increase in Worldwide Displacement

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UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2017 (IPS) – Over 30 million people were newly internally displaced in 2016 by conflict and disasters, according to a new report.
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Saidi Olivier, a displaced farmer in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with his family in an IDP camp. Credit: IDMC

Saidi Olivier, a displaced farmer in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with his family in an IDP camp. Credit: IDMC

In examining trends around the world for its annual Global Report on Internal Displacement, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) found “horrific” and high levels of new displacement.

“Since we started this conversation, hundreds of families have been or are in the process of being displaced today,” said Secretary-General of NRC and former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Jan Egeland during a press briefing.

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24/05/2017

One Year after Humanitarian Summit, UN Urges Reforms to Put People ‘at Heart’ of Decision-Making

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The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul rallied global actors to save lives and protect the most vulnerable, but with the number of people in need growing, the international community must use resources better and galvanize new partnerships, top United Nations officials on 23 May 2017 said.

Under-Secretary-General Stephen O’Brien pays a visit to a camp in Saint Saveur, Central African Republic. MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis

24/05/2017

The Basques in Spain: Positive Peace?

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By Johan Galtung*

Pamplona, Spain, 22 May 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Spain is in a process that will take some time, from “España: Una, Grande, Libre” to “España: Una Comunidad de naciones“—“Spain: One, Great, Free” to “Spain: A community of nations.” 

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Johan Galtung

Could also be great and free, but not One; not Castillan, but also Catalan, Basque, Gallego, Andalucian, and the islands, Baleares, Canarias.

ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna)–world famous for killing the successor to Franco, Carrero Blanco, in 1971 possibly shortening the dictatorship by a generation–disarmed, handing over its means of violence, on 8 Apr 2017. ETA is dissolved.

Negative peace, by eliminating one violent party. There was much violence, doing bad things to each other. No more. Then what? Maybe doing good things to each other?  Positive peace is about that.

Military power eliminated, we are left with economic, political and cultural power.  Positive peace means equity: economic, political and cultural cooperation for mutual and equal benefit.

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