Archive for July 1st, 2018

01/07/2018

Myanmar: Military Top Brass Must Face Justice for Crimes against Humanity Targeting Rohingya

By Amnesty international*

  • Report names 13 officials with a key role in murder, rape and deportation of Rohingya
  • Myanmar’s security forces committed nine distinct types of crimes against humanity; responsibility goes to the top of the chain of command
  • Calls for accountability, including a UN Security Council referral to the ICC
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© Adam Dean/Panos | Photo from Amnesty International.

Amnesty International has gathered extensive, credible evidence implicating Myanmar’s military Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and 12 other named individuals in crimes against humanity committed during the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State

The comprehensive report, “We Will Destroy Everything”: Military Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity in Rakhine State, Myanmarcalls for the situation in Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution.

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01/07/2018

‘I am living proof that investing in refugees pays off’ – Refugee Leader

Human Wrongs Watch

By Farha Bhoyroo*

Refugees have the knowledge and skills to contribute to host countries. They just need opportunities NGO gathering hears.

Switzerland. The closing of the UNHCR-NGO Consultations

Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly Clements, speaks at the closing of the UNHCR-NGO Consultations.  © UNHCR/Susan Hopper

GENEVA, 29 June 2018 (UNHCR)* – Robert Hakiza was forced to flee his home in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo 10 years ago.

“When conflict broke out, we first fled to my home village, but quickly realised it was not safe there either.

As it is on the border to Uganda, we decided to cross over”, Robert recalled on the stage of the UNHCR-NGO consultations taking place in Geneva 27-29 June 2018.

On arriving in Uganda, Robert and his family decided not to settle in camps, but rather to stay in the capital city, Kampala.

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01/07/2018

Lack of Funding Exacerbates Housing Crisis for Palestine Refugees Displaced from Yarmouk, Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

30 June 2018 (UNRWA)* — An UNRWA convoy has reached the Damascus suburb of Yalda to distribute crucial humanitarian assistance, including food, blankets and mattresses to 3000 Palestine refugees and vulnerable Syrians displaced from Yarmouk.

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The crisis Yarmouk Camp | UNRWA

Formerly home to 160,000 Palestine refugees and a symbol for the Palestine refugee community in Syria, the Yarmouk camp has been largely destroyed by recent violence.

Many fled with nothing but the clothes on their back when intense fighting broke out in April and moved into empty apartments.

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01/07/2018

Mexico’s Elections: The Battle at the Ballot Box, the Easiest One Ahead

Human Wrongs Watch

By Inés M. Pousadela*

This article forms part of the special “Mexico Elections 2018: depolarisation and disinformation” produced in partnership with Revista Nueva Sociedad in the framework of our joint project  #EleccionesAbiertas2018

In a study released earlier this month, researchers from El Colegio de México (Colmex) were emphatic about what they found to be the biggest challenge facing Mexico, as voters prepared to go to the polls on July 1.

“The main problem in the country is inequality,” said well-known journalist and academic Ricardo Raphael, presenting the report entitled Desigualdades en México 2018. “The second biggest problem in the country,” Raphael continued, “is inequality.”

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01/07/2018

“Horror knows no limit in Syria”

Statement by Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, on the situation in southwest Syria

Families fleeing escalating violence in Deraa setting up tents on the southwestern borders of Syria.  The escalating hostilities in southwest Syria endanger an estimated 750,000 people - almost half of them children. The recent violence has also reportedly displaced over 45,000 people.  UNICEF and partners continue to provide health, nutrition and water & sanitation relief support to hundreds of thousands of families across southwest Syria.
UNICEF/Alaa Al-Faqir | Families fleeing escalating violence in Deraa setting up tents on the southwestern borders of Syria.

DAMASCUS/AMMAN/NEW YORK, 27 June 2018 (UNICEF)* – “Horror knows no limit in Syria, where children are yet again caught in the crossfire of the latest wave of violence in the southwest. Fighting has displaced an estimated 20,000 children and their families in just three days. Four children have reportedly been killed and many more have been injured.

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01/07/2018

‘All parties must immediately stop attacks directed against medical and educational facilities’ in Southwestern Syria’ – UN Chief

30 June 2018 — Expressing “deep alarm” over increased hostilities in southwestern Syria and its “devastating” toll on civilians, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for an immediate cessation of the military operations.
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UNICEF/Amer Al Shami | A family flees an active conflict neighbourhood in eastern Ghouta, Syria, using a cart to carry their belongings.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Guterres called on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights laws, protect civilians and facilitate safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access.

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01/07/2018

“Sahel, Land of Opportunities” – A Major UN Support Plan to Promote Peace and Growth in 10 African Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

The support plan, entitled “Sahel, Land of Opportunities” targets 10 countries, namely Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Cameroon.

WFP/Justin Smith | Drought has affected residents of the Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania, in the Sahel region of Africa.
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The United Nations has launched a major support plan to promote sustainable peace and inclusive growth as well as empower women and youth in Africa’s vast Sahel region.
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