Archive for June 20th, 2017

20/06/2017

New Inhumane Record: One Person Displaced Every Three Second

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency reported.
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After three days on the road, South Sudanese refugees arrive at the newly constructed Gure Shembola Camp in Ethiopia. Credit: UNHCR/Diana Diaz

The figure equates to “one person displaced every three seconds – less than the time it takes to read this sentence, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.

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20/06/2017

Asia-Pacific: Farming Rice and Fish Together to Reduce Poverty

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME/BANGKOK, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Rice is a major food commodity and staple food for many, and adding fish to flooded rice paddies has been a farming tradition practiced in a number of Asian countries for many centuries—even for more than 1000 years in some Chinese areas, the United Nations reports.

FAO promotes advancements of innovative agro-aquaculture systems to enhance blue growth in Asia-Pacific. Credit: FAO

With the adoption of innovative technologies and a wider choice of fish species and rice varieties, the rice-fish farming system can play a significant role in poverty reduction and improving food and nutrition security, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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20/06/2017

UN Work Stoppage in Geneva Halts Human Rights Meeting

Human Wrongs Watch

By Thalif Deen*

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 2017 (IPS) – As UN staffers in Geneva threaten a strike, protesting a proposed salary cut of over 7.5 percent, a token two-hour “work stoppage” last week forced the Human Rights Council to suspend its meeting.

Credit: UN Photo

But there is more to come, warned Ian Richards, President of the 60,000-strong Coordinating Committee of International Staff Unions and Associations (CCISUA).

Richards told IPS that a strike would only ever be the last resort. But he accused the United Nations of failing to practice in its own backyard what it preaches to the rest of the world, particularly on labour and human rights.

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20/06/2017

‘Sexual Violence Is a Threat to Every Individual’s Right to a Life of Dignity’

Human Wrongs Watch

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 19 June 2017 paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed “our global commitment to eliminate this scourge.”

Women stand in a shelter for girls and women who have endured sexual and gender-based violence, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The shelter is run by the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre with UNICEF support. Photo: UNICEF/Holt

“Rape and sexual violence in conflict are tactics of terrorism and war, used strategically to humiliate, degrade and destroy, and often to pursue a campaign of ethnic cleansing,” the UN Secretary-General said in his message for the International Day.

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