Archive for September 23rd, 2018

23/09/2018

Environmental Crimes Are on the Rise, So Are Efforts to Prevent Them

Human Wrongs Watch

The world is being dredged of its natural resources, with much of what we rely on for our livelihoods at risk from a new threat: environmental crime (UNEP-INTERPOL report, 2016).

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21 September 2018 (UN Environment)* – Environmental crimes are widely recognized as among some of the most profitable forms of transnational criminal activity. Their monetary value was estimated in 2016 at between US$91-259 billion annually, most likely the fourth largest criminal area in the world after drugs, counterfeits and human trafficking.

This estimate corresponds to a 26 per cent increase compared to 2014, with rates of such crimes expected to further increase by 5-7 per cent annually.

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23/09/2018

Chagos: Mauritius Challenges British Colonialism in a Case with Major Implications

Human Wrongs Watch

By Miriam Bak McKenna – The Conversation*

Diego Garcia, as seen from space. NASA via Wikimedia Commons

Mauritius has been pursuing this case for decades, and has made substantial progress in recent years. And by claiming that the UK breached that right during the decolonisation process, it has forced important issues about self-determination up on the international agenda.

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23/09/2018

UN ‘Alarmed’ by the Increasing Violations of Ceasefire in Tripoli, Libya, Leading to the Death of Dozens of Civilians 

Human Wrongs Watch

22 September 2018 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated that he is “alarmed by the increasing number of violations of the ceasefire” in the capital of Libya, Tripoli, which has led to the death of dozens of civilians. 

UNHCR/Tarik Argaz | Members of the ethnic minority Tawergha community leave their makeshift homes in Tripoli, Libya, after the houses were demolished by a local militia.

 

Violence escalated in the city in August, with rival militias fighting and with tanks and heavy artillery deployed into residential neighborhoods.

News reports indicate that, to date, over 100 Libyans have been killed in the violence and dozens more injured.

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23/09/2018

As Yemen Conflict Rages, ‘All Too Abundantly Clear’ Millions of Civilians Are the Ones Losing

Human Wrongs Watch

Raising the alarm over the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the top United Nations relief official on 21 September 2018 underscored the need for all parties to avoid further military activity around Hudaydah port – the vital lifeline through which food and fuel flows into the war-torn country.

UNICEF/Basha | A school in the city of Taiz, in south-western Yemen, bears the scars of intense fighting.

 

“It is far from clear that the recent intensification of fighting is producing any winners,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Security Council.

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23/09/2018

DR Congo: Amid Renewed Risk of Spread, Ebola Virus Leaves over 150 Children Orphaned or Unaccompanied

Human Wrongs Watch

New Ebola virus hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are threatening progress made in tackling the deadly disease and increasing its risk of spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) on 21 September 2018 warned.

© UNICEF/Mark Naftalin | A UNICEF officer, talks to children about the importance of Ebola prevention in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

To date, there have been 142 cases of Ebola in the country’s north-east, with 97 deaths. According to WHO, the cities of Beni and Butembo, in North Kivu, have become the new hotspots for the disease.

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