Archive for July 25th, 2018

25/07/2018

‘Persistent Reports of Grave Human Rights Abuses in Cameroon Must Be Investigated Urgently’ – UN Human Rights Chief

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Persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon — including a widely shared video showing the alleged execution of a woman, child and baby — must be investigated by the authorities urgently, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 25 July 2018.

UNHCR/Elizabeth Mpimbaza | Families, fleeing unrest in English-speaking Cameroon, seek refuge in Utanga, Obanliku, Nigeria. Ongoing clashes between Cameroonian State forces and armed separatists have raised concerns of human rights violations.
25/07/2018

Acute Lack of Funding Threatens Critical Aid for Palestinians – UN 

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Despite major fundraising efforts, UNRWA– the UN agency tasked with providing life-saving support to Palestinian refugees – is facing the “largest ever reduction in funding” in its history which is threatening the very existence of many of its critical assistance programmes.

UNRWA/Tamer Hamam | A Palestine refugee woman receives food assistance at the UNRWA Khan Younis Distribution Centre in Gaza.
“As we continue to pursue every avenue of support to overcome a severe financial crisis, UNRWA, its dedicated staff, and the refugees have only one option: to face up to this situation together and preserve the most important work we do,” on 25 July 2018 said UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness in a press statement.

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25/07/2018

Dalit Rights Activists Break New Grounds in South Asia

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Moni Rani Das speaking to a Journalist about the situation of her colony situated at Ganaktuli, Dhaka. Photo: Nagorik Udyog

Moni Rani Das speaking to a Journalist about the situation of her colony situated at Ganaktuli, Dhaka. Photo: Nagorik Udyog | From UN Women.

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25/07/2018

Don’t Forget Ukraine’s Rural Donbas

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War has taken its toll on rural areas under Ukrainian government control in Luhansk region. There’s little sign of relief or policy.

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Map of the Donbass region within eastern Ukraine. Names of neighbouring oblasts are included. Crimea is hashed to represent the ongoing territorial dispute between Russian and Ukraine. | 13 March 2015 | RGloucester | CC BY-SA 3.0

24 July 2018 (openDemocracy)* – The armed conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas has divided the region into government- and separatist-controlled areas.

In Luhansk Oblast, the frontline for most of its length is the Siversky Donets River, which is also a historical dividing line.

To the south is the coal-rich Donets Upland, the “true Donbas” that was largely unsettled before industrial development in the 19th century. Today almost all of this territory is part of the unrecognised “Luhansk People’s Republic.”

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25/07/2018

Ukraine’s Donbas Bears the Brunt of Toxic Armed Conflict

25 July 2018 (UN Environment)*Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region is an area with a fairly favourable climate, home to high plant biodiversity. In spring, several species of the feather, sheep fescue, blue, forget-me-nots, and yellow cress grass, blossom in its steppes. It also possesses a wealth of mineral resources which include deposits of rock salt, gypsum, raw cement materials, flux limestone, and dolomite as well as granite and clays.

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Photo from UN Environment.

But Donbas is hardly famed for its biodiversity. For years it has been one of the country’s most polluted regions – as toxic waste from nearly two centuries of intensive coal mining, and chemical and metal industries accumulated in its soils.

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25/07/2018

Ending Marginalization of Persons with Disabilities ‘a Matter of Justice’ – Global Disability Summit

Inclusive education, economic empowerment and technological innovations were the focus of discussion on 24 July 2018 as world leaders gathered in London for the first-ever United Nations-backed Global Disability Summit.

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UNICEF/Khudr Al-Issa 8 year old girl, who was paralysed by an exploding bomb and lost the use of her legs, sits in a wheelchair next to her 5 year old sister, near their home in east Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic. 11 December 2017.

Ahead of the Summit, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed cited the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universally-adopted UN Convention as well-established commitments for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.

“But too often,” she said, “this political commitment has not translated into significant improvements in the lives of the 1.5 billion persons with disabilities across the world.”

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25/07/2018

Emergency Cash Transfers Are a Lifeline for Yemeni Families Living in War and Poverty

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By Ana Seixas, Ansar Rasheed and Ibrahim Shamakh*

As the conflict rages in Yemen, cash transfers are the only source of income for many of the most vulnerable families. 

A woman sits with two children, Yemen

UNICEF Yemen/2018/Rasheed. | Salwa Sadam sits with her two children as they study. Using the money she received from the cash transfers, she was able to buy supplies for her children so they could re-enrol in school.

Yemen, 23 July 2018 (UNICEF)* The war in Yemen has caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world with a devastating toll on the most vulnerable children and families.

As part of its ongoing response with funds and support from the World Bank, UNICEF is delivering unconditional emergency cash transfers to around 1.5 million families, reaching an estimated 9 million people.

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25/07/2018

UN, Egypt Help Avert Another Israel-Palestine War in Gaza that Was ‘Minutes Away’ – UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

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Intense diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and Egypt have helped avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza that appeared just “minutes away” over the past weekend, a senior UN official on 24 July 2018 said.

UNICEF| A Palestinian girl inside her family’s partially destroyed home, looks at the destruction outside, in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City.

“After intense efforts by the United Nations and Egypt, I can report that the situation is calming down, although tensions remain,” Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the Security Council via video link from Jerusalem. He said that “last Saturday we were minutes away from another devastating confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza”.

25/07/2018

Strategy and Conscience: Subverting Elite Power So We End Human Violence

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 25 July 2018 — Given the overwhelming evidence that activist efforts are failing to halt the accelerating rush to extinction precipitated and maintained by dysfunctional human behavior, it is worth reflecting on why this is happening.

Of course, you might say that the rush to extinction is being slowed. But is it?

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