Archive for August 28th, 2018

28/08/2018

All Sides in Yemen Conflict Could Be Guilty of War Crimes, UN-Appointed Human Rights Investigators Find

Human Wrongs Watch

Parties on both sides of the conflict in Yemen have perpetrated – and continue to perpetrate – possible war crimes and other violations with a “total disregard” for the suffering of millions of civilians, United Nations-appointed human rights investigators on 28 August 2018 said.

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UN OCHA/Giles Clarke | Cars and trucks wait in line to pass over a bridge that was hit by an airstrike in 2016. This road is one of four roads linking Hodeida (Al Hudayda) with the rest of the country.
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Created last year by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen analyzed violations and abuses of international human rights law, humanitarian law and criminal law, making more than a dozen visits to the war-torn country and neighbouring States.

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28/08/2018

“Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

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24 August 2018 (UN Women)* – Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school.

Johanita Juvenal Katunzi, Trader at Temeke  Market Photo: UN  Women/Daniel  Donald

Johanitha Juvenal Katunzi, trader at Temeke Market Photo: UN  Women/Daniel  Donald

‘Every morning, I wake up at 4:30 a.m. to get ready for the market. I arrive by 6 a.m., and I work for 11 hours most days.

When I began working in the market four years ago, women were abused there. However, education has made the market a safer place for women.

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28/08/2018

How a Reproductive Health Campaign Is Changing Attitudes in Turkmenistan

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AHAL/DASHOGUZ/MARY, Turkmenistan, 27 August 2018 (UNFPA)* – Newlyweds Jahan and Dayanch sat in the waiting room of a small health clinic, about to do something extraordinary – they were about to receive a check-up of their reproductive health.

Identifying reproductive diseases early is essential for treating them. A couple visits a UNFPA-supported clinic for a free consultation and cervical cancer screening. ©UNFPA Turkmenistan/Ene Tuyliyev
Identifying reproductive diseases early is essential for treating them. A couple visits a UNFPA-supported clinic for a free consultation and cervical cancer screening. ©UNFPA Turkmenistan/Ene Tuyliyev

Such a concept is largely unheard of in rural Turkmenistan, where women tend to wait until they experience a problem before seeking care.

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28/08/2018

Outbreak of African Swine Fever Threatens to Spread from China to Other Asian Countries

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FAO urges regional collaboration including stronger monitoring and preparedness measures.

Photo: ©FAO/Sue Price

There is no effective vaccine to protect swine from the disease | Photo from FAO.

Rome/Bangkok (FAO)* – The rapid onset of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China, and its detection in areas more than one thousand kilometres apart within the country, could mean the deadly pig virus may spread to other Asian countries anytime, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 28 August 2018 warned.

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28/08/2018

Sea Turtles, Fishermen and Starfish: Striking a Delicate Balance for Marine Conservation

27 August 2018 (UN Environment)*As dawn breaks across the beach and the first rays of sunlight illuminate the turquoise waters of southern Vietnam’s Ninh Hai coastline, fishermen are already hauling in their nets of shimmering, slithering silver fish. Here, in Nui Chua National Park, the sea is the backbone of the economy and the key source of sustenance for local families, many of whom have been fishermen for generations.
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Ninh Hai plays host to the richest levels of marine biodiversity of any coastal region in Vietnam, providing a habitat for approximately 310 species of coral, 304 species of reef fish and an endangered species of sea turtle.

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28/08/2018

Declaration of Solidarity with Rohingya and Call for Myanmar Government to Be Investigated by the ICC

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By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate | Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Rohingya Genocide Day 25 Aug 2018

27 August 2018 — In February 2018 I participated in a Nobel Women’s Initiative delegation to Bangladesh.

The purpose of our delegation was to visit Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Bangladesh where over 1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees were living in makeshift camps having fled persecution by Myanmar soldiers.

On the delegation was Nobel Peace laureates Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karmen and myself. We met with over 100 Rohingya women who told us their stories of rape and murder of many of their families by Myanmar soldiers.

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28/08/2018

DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak Spreads to Eastern ‘No-Go’ Zone Surrounded by Rebels

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Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country’s Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency on 24 August 2018 warned.

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WHO-Eugene Kabambi | On 8 August 2018, the vaccination of frontline health care workers started, followed by the vaccination of community contacts and their contacts, in Mangina, North Kivu, the epicenter of the 10th Ebola epidemic to hit the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are currently 3220 doses of rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine available in Kinshasa.
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28/08/2018

Over 30 Per Cent of Schools Worldwide Do Not Provide Neither Safe Drinking Water Nor the Most Basic of Toilet Facilities

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Millions of children are going to school without basic hygiene facilities, and the goal of universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene remains “a huge challenge,” the United Nations on 27 August 2018 warned.

UNICEF/Aleksey Filippov | Children wash hands at the canteen of Secondary School No 20 in Toretsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine.
A new joint UN agency study, Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: 2018 Global Baseline Report, says that good hygiene facilities in schools provide the basis of a healthy learning environment, and that girls are more likely to attend when they are on their period.
28/08/2018

With 1.323 Million, Number of People Travelling abroad Has Hit Its Highest Level since 2010 – World Tourism Organization

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The number of people travelling abroad has hit its highest level since 2010, according to data from the Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie | The UN World Tourism Organization has reported that in 2017, rose to become the world’s second most-visited destination in terms of international arrivals, Barcelona is pictured here | Photo from UN News

The latest edition of its Tourism Highlights, published on 27 August 2018, shows international arrivals reached 1.323 million last year. The figure represents an 84 million increase over 2016, and a new record, with the sector also recording “uninterrupted growth” in arrivals for eight consecutive years.

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