Archive for April 14th, 2018

14/04/2018

Shooting Lula

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pablo Stefanoni*

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**Lula in June 2015. | Valter Campanato/ABr | Agência Brasil | Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil license.

As expected, the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil rejected the writ of habeas corpus presented by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s lawyers after he had been sentenced by two different courts of justice to 9 years first, and then to 12 years.

The offense attributed to him is that of having improperly received a three-floor apartment on the beach from the Brazilian construction company OAS in exchange for certain advantages while in government.

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14/04/2018

Every Minute of Every Day, the Equivalent of One Truckload of Plastic Enters the Sea

Freedom Island Waste Clean-up and Brand Audit in the Philippines © Daniel Müller / Greenpeace

Greenpeace together with the Break Free From Plastic coalition conducted a beach cleanup activity and plastics brand audit on Freedom Island, Philippines in 2017. © Daniel Müller / Greenpeace

 (Greenpeace International)* — I love the ocean, but for years I haven’t been able to visit a beach without seeing the effects of plastic pollution. Microplastics mix with seashells in the sand. Plastic bags roll down the beach. Foam cups break down in the surf.

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14/04/2018

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 16,847 in 2018; Deaths: 557

Geneva, 13 April 2018 (IOM)* IOM, the UN Migration Agency reports that 16,847 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 11 April, with the vast majority arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain, Greece, and Cyprus. This compares with 33,602 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

 

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IOM – Un Migration Agency

IOM Rome’s Flavio Di Giacomo said Thursday (12/04) that, according to Italy’s Ministry of Interior, 6,894 migrants arrived by sea to Italy this year as of 11 April: 74.53 per cent less than the same period last year (27,069).

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14/04/2018

Conditions ‘Not Yet Conducive’ for Rohingya Refugee to Return Home to Myanmar – UN 

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The United Nations refugee agency and the Government of Bangladesh on 13 April 2018 signed a cooperation agreement on the safe, dignified return of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar, “once conditions there are conducive.”

UNICEF/Brown | Rohingya refugees walk across the Balukhali settlement in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar district. Since August 2017, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh, joining over 200,000 already displaced over the past decades.
Noting that such conditions are not present at the moment, the UN refugee agency urged Myanmar authorities to create them as well as to take concrete measures to address the root causes of displacement.
14/04/2018

Short-Sighted Investment Endangers Development Progress for Hundreds of Millions of People – UN Report

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While a moderate upturn in the world economy led to more development financing in 2017, a new United Nations report out 13 April 2018 revealed that the vast majority of investment is still short-term oriented, putting global commitments to create sustainable economies at risk.

World Bank/Gerardo Pesantez | Construction workers on the Panama Canal expansion project. | Source: UN News Centre.
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“The world has the resources to deliver, but they are not allocated where they are needed most,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in the foreword to the 2018 report, Financing for Development: Progress and Prospects.

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14/04/2018

More than 1,000 Children in North-East Nigeria Abducted by Boko Haram since 2013 – UNICEF

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At least 1,000 children have been abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group in northeastern Nigeria since 2013 amid repeated attacks on schools, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 13 April 2018 said, calling for an end to such violence and the release of those who have yet to be returned.

UNICEF/Abubakar | A file photo of a 17-year-old girl, ‘Aminata,’ who was forced to live with Boko Haram for two years, sitting in an internally displaced persons camp in north-east Nigeria.
Since the conflict started in northeastern Nigeria nearly nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed. Most of these schools have not reopened because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity.
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