Archive for April 10th, 2018

10/04/2018

Myanmar Villagers Caught in Crossfire as Kachin Conflict Flares

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By Paul Vrieze*

Civilians hurt as violent clashes spread to the west of Kachin State, displacing thousands of women, children and men.

Ethnic Rawang villager Ah Ning, 70, looks after her grandchildren in a UNHCR tent at Ka Bu Dam camp Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar.  © UNHCR/Paul Vrieze

 

MYITKYINA, Myanmar, 9 April 2018 (UNHCR)* – Mother-of-two Ah Chang and her family were jolted out of their sleep when gunfire ruptured the night’s calm in Ting Kok Village.

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10/04/2018

India: Battling Tuberculosis in the World of Work

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Tuberculosis (TB), one of the world’s leading causes of death, often strikes people in their prime working years. Workplaces have a critical role to play in its prevention, treatment and care.

Preeti Sawant, 39, a Mumbai resident, battled with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) for two years before she was declared disease-free in September 2017. ©ILO/A.Bishnoi 2018 

MUMBAI, 09 April 2018 (ILO)* — Preeti Sawant, 39, battled with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) for two years until she was declared free of the disease in September 2017. She says it was like “going to hell and back” but that she had strong support, not only from her family, but also from her workplace.

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10/04/2018

Johan Galtung: Breaking the Cycle of Violent Conflict

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS*

University of California Television, 9 April 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service  

A noted pioneer in the field of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung makes the case for incorporating human rights as key to successful peace building around the world.

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This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 9 Apr 2018:  TMS: Johan Galtung: Breaking the Cycle of Violent Conflict

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10/04/2018

UN Launches a Global Network of Judges to Strengthen Integrity in Courts

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The United Nations on 9 April 2018 launched an initiative to connect judges around the world so that they can learn from each other about ways to strengthen integrity in courts, such as by preventing corruption and undue political interference into judicial appointments and decisions.

 Photo: UNODC

“This Network brings together lead institutions responsible for upholding the rule of law, and as such for attaining peace and justice,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed said in a video message to a two-day event in Vienna organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to launch the Global Judicial Integrity Network.

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10/04/2018

UN Population Forum Urged to Examine Ways to Protect People on the Move, Make Cities Work Better

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A great migration of humanity into cities is under way, and with millions drawn to urban areas for the promise of a better life, the main United Nations forum on population on 9 April 2018 opened its annual session examining ways to protect people on the move and help create cities that can embrace the massive number of new arrivals.

Dominic Chavez/World Bank | City view of Bogotá, Colombia. | Source: UN News Centre
“People are moving at high rates within national borders, and international migration is growing more complex, with more countries serving simultaneously as countries of origin, transit and destination,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the opening of the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development.
10/04/2018

Security Council Urged to Prevent ‘Uncontrollable Escalation’ in Syria

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The recent escalating violence across Syria, including allegations of chemical weapons use in a Damascus suburb, could have consequences so devastating they are “difficult to even imagine,” a United Nations envoy on 9 April 2018 warned, calling for unity among global powers to prevent a chain of events that could draw in actors far beyond the region.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Staffan de Mistura (on screen), UN Special Envoy for Syria, briefs the emergency Security Council meeting following reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria.
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“Recent developments carry more than ever before the dangers that the Secretary-General has warned about,” Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

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10/04/2018

‘No One in Myanmar Should Be Left Behind on the Path to a Better Future’

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“Regardless of their ethnicity, religion and citizenship status, we need to […] ensure that no vulnerable conflict-affected people are deprived of safe and sustained access to humanitarian protection and assistance, Ursula Mueller, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, on 8 April 2018 said at the end of a six-day visit to Myanmar.

OCHA Photo | UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller speaks to to displaced persons in Dar Pai Camp, Sittwe, Rakhine state, northern Myanmar.
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Protecting the most vulnerable people in Myanmar, she said, must be at the heart of the humanitarian response by the international community, national aid organizations and the Government.
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