Archive for September 13th, 2018

13/09/2018

Alarming Level of Harsh Reprisals against Activists, Human Rights Defenders, and Victims – New UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

An alarming and “shameful” level of harsh reprisals and intimidation against those who cooperate with the United Nations in an effort to uphold human rights, has been revealed by a new UN report launched on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Álvaro Navarro/Artículo 66 | Thousands of Nicaraguans have protested since April. More than a hundred people have died in clashes with the authorities. | Photo from UN News
13/09/2018

Economy and Living Standards of Gaza ‘Eviscerated’ by Crippling Blockade – UN Trade and Development Report

The Occupied Palestinian Territory now suffers the highest unemployment rate in the world, with incomes and agricultural production going down, the United Nations trade and development agency on 12 September 2018 said, noting that women and young people were worst affected, as the Israeli occupation continues.

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Ahmed Dalloul/IRIN|Two children read by candle light in Gaza. | Photo from UN News.
“With the blockade now in its eleventh year, the Gaza Strip has been reduced to a humanitarian case of profound suffering and aid dependency,” said the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in a news release announcing its findings.

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13/09/2018

‘More than 18 Million New Cases of Cancer Are Expected this Year and It’s Estimated that 9.6 Million People Will Die from Various Forms of the Disease in 2018’

More than 18 million new cases of cancer are expected this year and it’s estimated that 9.6 million people will die from various forms of the disease in 2018, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on 12 September 2018 said. 
National Cancer Institute/Bill Branson | Breast self-examination is recommended by doctors as a way of detecting cancer.

According to IARC, a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the disease is a growing global health threat.

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13/09/2018

A Record One Million Syrians Displaced over Six Months, During Six Key Battles – UN Investigators

Human Wrongs Watch

All parties to the seven-year Syria conflict and the States that support them should do “everything in their power” to prevent a full-scale military assault on Idlib, a high-level United Nations-appointed panel of investigators on 12 September 2018 said.

UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji | A UNHCR camp in northern rural Aleppo for displaced people that fled the violence in Afrin, Syria. 26 July 2018.
“All the other disasters would be minor events compared to what can happen in Idlib,” said Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.
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