Archive for December 14th, 2017

14/12/2017

Shedding Diplomacy — Fear as a Tool to Gain Power

Human Wrongs Watch

This op-ed by Roberto Savio, IPS founder and President Emeritus is adapted from a statement he made as a panelist on Migration and Human Solidarity, A Challenge and an Opportunity for Europe and the MENA region held on 14 December at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue.

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Roberto Savio

ROME, Dec 14 2017 (IPS) – At the outset my thanks to Dr Hanif Hassan Ali Al Kassim, and Ambassador Idriss Jazairy who lead the Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue for organizing this panel discussion at a critical moment in history.

The Centre is one of the few actors for peace and cooperation between the Arab world and Europe. As a representative of global civil society, I think it will be more meaningful if I speak without the constraints of diplomacy, and I make frank and unfettered reflections.

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14/12/2017

Libya: Up to One Million Enslaved Migrants, Victims of ‘Europe’s Complicity’

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ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) – “European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya,” Amnesty International charged in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya.

In Libya, dozens of migrants sleep alongside one another in a cramped cell in Tripoli’s Tariq al-Sikka detention facility. Credit: UNHCR/Iason Foounten

In its new report, ‘Libya’s dark web of collusion’, Amnesty International (AI) details how European governments are actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants by the Libyan Coast Guard, detention authorities and smugglers in order to prevent people from crossing the Mediterranean.

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14/12/2017

Half the World Lacks Access to Essential Health Services – UN-Backed Report

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13 December 2017 – At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

Strong primary health care is the lifeblood of every health system and no country can achieve Universal Health Coverage without it. Photo: WHO

“It is completely unacceptable that half the world still lacks coverage for the most essential health services,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a press release.

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