Archive for June 6th, 2018

06/06/2018

Almost Legal: Migrant Sex Work in New Zealand

Human Wrongs Watch

A roadside mural in Auckland, New Zealand. Chris Christian/Flickr. CC (by-nc)

New Zealand is a unusual context in which to explore the dynamics of sex worker-led organising against exploitation and the influence and impacts of the anti-trafficking framework on sex workers’ lives.

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06/06/2018

Divide and Rule: Balkanizing the Democratic Republic of Congo

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By Ann Garrison*

4 Jun 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Syria has long dominated international headlines while the big powers discuss the possibility of dividing it into smaller, more homogeneous states along ethnic or religious lines.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is rarely if ever at the top of the Western headlines, but heads of state and so-called experts have long made similar proposals to carve out new, smaller, more homogeneous nations in Congo’s resource-rich eastern provinces.

I spoke with Congolese scholar and activist Boniface Musavuli about the plans.

Ann Garrison:  Boniface, can you summarize the history of proposals to divide up the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Boniface Musavuli:  Attempts to break up the Congo began as soon as the country became independent in 1960. First there was the Katangese secession, from 1960 to 1963, led by Moïse Tshombe with the support of Belgium, the colonial power that Congo had just freed itself from, in name at least.

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06/06/2018

Weeding Corruption Out of Sport an ‘Investment in Peace and Development’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

Sports scandals, including allegations of endemic corruption and the involvement of organized crime, threaten to undermine the sector’s potential to contribute to peace and global development, a senior United Nations official on 5 June 2018 said.

UNIC Tokyo/Takashi Okano | The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the importance of sports for social progress as well as an important enabler of sustainable development.
Yury Fedetov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was addressing the opening of a two-day conferencein Vienna on safeguarding sport from corruption.

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06/06/2018

‘Spotlight Initiative’ Can Make Violence against Women a Thing of the Past — UN Deputy Chief

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The launch of a new partnership between the United Nations and European Union, is an essential tool to make violence against women and girls “a thing of the past”, said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on 5 June 2018.

UNRIC/Christophe Verhellen | UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed adds her views to the Human Rights Graffiti Wall at the European Development Days event in Brussels, Belgium, 5 June 2018.
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Addressing a leading forum on development in Brussels, known as European Development Days, Mohammed said that the joint Spotlight Initiative was a key element for making Global Goal 5 on women’s empowerment, of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a reality.
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