Archive for October 24th, 2017

24/10/2017

Famine Can Constitute a War Crime and Should Be Prosecuted – Independent UN Rights Expert

Human Wrongs Watch

Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert on 23 October said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat.

Two children carry water in Leer, Unity State in South Sudan, parts of which have been declared as famine-affected. Photo: OCHA

“If the famine comes from deliberate action of the State or other players using food as a weapon of war, it is an international crime,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, told journalists in New York.

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24/10/2017

Don’t Just Blame Teachers When System Is at Fault – UNESCO

Human Wrongs Watch

24 October 2017 – Blaming just the teacher or the school for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, warns a new report from the United Nations educational agency.

Students sit in front of new textbooks in one of 12 tented classrooms at Al Takiya Al Kasnazaniya camp for internally displaced persons in Karkh District, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

24/10/2017

Road Accidents in Africa among Deadliest Worldwide with 650 People Killed Each Day

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official on 23 October said, calling for more to be done to keep drivers – as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – safe.

Street vendors work between vehicles stuck in traffic in Tema, Ghana. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

“There is projected increase in urbanization, motorization, infrastructure development projects and vehicle ownership in the region over the coming decades. Road traffic fatalities and injuries will continue to take a rising toll on countries if no significant changes are made,” warned the Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, addressing the 2017 Africa Road Safety Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

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