Archive for June 17th, 2017


‘No Limit’ to Cruelty of Traffickers, Says UN as Videos Show Abuse of Migrants in Libya

16 June 2017 – Two United Nations agencies have voiced ‘deep concern’ for the safety of hundreds of migrants and refugees – including many children – held captive by smugglers or criminal gangs at an unknown location in Libya after videos showing their abuse was posted on Facebook.


The UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has confirmed that the videos are authentic.

According to the agency, short video clips have also been sent to families of those held captive, threatening that they will be killed if ransoms (ranging between $8,000-$10,0000) are not paid.

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The Fathers’ Critical Role in Early Childhood Learning

Human Wrongs Watch

A majority of children aged between three- and four-years-old in 74 countries, or about 40 million, have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new study released on 16 June 2017 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

A physiotherapist from Lira, Uganda, plays with his 22-month-old son outside their residence at a hospital compound in Napak, Karamoja, eastern Uganda. Photo: UNICEF/Ose

“What these numbers show us is that father’s are struggling to play an active role in their children’s early years,” said Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy, in a statement on the study, released as some 80 countries around the world are set to celebrate Father’s Day on June 18.

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