Archive for August 24th, 2017

24/08/2017

‘Since 2001, US has renormalized the bombing of civilian areas’

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**YPG and YPJ fighters reload a machine gun during the Raqqa offensive. | Author: Kurdishstruggle | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The UN is raising the alarm over reports of mass civilian deaths in US coalition air strikes in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Syria’s SANA news agency says 78 people were killed on Tuesday.

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24/08/2017

UN Rights Experts Criticise US Failure to Unequivocally Reject Racist Violent Events

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23 August 2017 – The United Nations body monitoring implementation of the global convention on prohibiting racial discrimination has called on high-level politicians and public officials of the United States to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country.

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Wide view of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

24/08/2017

Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia in Fight Against Rapists Impunity

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ROME, Aug 23 2017 (IPS) – The top United Nations human rights official hailed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that used to allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims.

Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia in Fight against Rapists Impunity

Credit: OHCHR

“To punish a rape victim by making her marry the perpetrator of a horrible crime against her – there is no place in today’s world for such hideous laws,” on 22 August said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

He welcomed the stand that lawmakers in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan have taken towards eliminating violence against women and ensuring that perpetrators of such violence are held to account.

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24/08/2017

Australian Lawyer Jane Connors, Appointed as First UN Rights Advocate for Victims of Sexual Exploitation

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23 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jane Connors, Australian law professional and long-time human rights advocate, as the first United Nations advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Jane Connors, newly-appointed Victims’ Rights Advocate for the United Nations. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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24/08/2017

‘History of Slave Trade Can Help Combat Social Injustice’ – UN on Day of Remembrance

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Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is now Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency on 23 August 2017 marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by underscoring the importance of teaching this history to young people.

Shackles used to bind slaves. UN Photo/Mark Garten

“We are counting on the teaching of this history to place tomorrow’s citizens on the path to peace and dignity,” said Irina Bokova, in a message to mark the Day, which is observed annually on 23 August.

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