Archive for November 14th, 2018

14/11/2018

Global Prevalence of Adult Diabetes Quadrupled Since 1980 – World Health Organization Urges to “Eat Healthily, Be Physically Active, Avoid Excessive Weight Gain

Human Wrongs Watch

The global prevalence of adult diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on 14 November 2018, World Diabetes Day, with the call to “eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain.”

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WHO/T. Habjouqa | Raghad who lives in a refugee camp in Jordan, suffers from type 1 diabetes and requires daily administration of insulin, but finds it hard to keep the insulin cool in the summer with limited electricity in the camp. She exercises to stay healthy.
14/11/2018

How Much Do You Know about Healthy Eating?

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 14 November 2018 (FAO)* — Diets vary greatly from place to place based on food availability, eating habits and culture. Yet, when it comes to food, there is a lot that we know about what is and what is not good for us and this is true no matter where we live. Societal changes, however, are making these choices more complicated.

Eating habits start young. By providing advice on nutrition, dietary guidelines empower families to take charge of their own diets and health. ©FAO/Mia Cusack

While many countries are still dealing with undernutrition, more and more people around the world are eating energy-dense, high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt foods.

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14/11/2018

Bangladesh’s Largest Job Site, UN Migration Agency Partner to Combat Unethical Recruitment Practices

Dhaka, 13 November 2018 (IOM)* – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is partnering with Bangladesh’s largest online job portal Bdjobs.com Ltd. to provide the latest information to job seekers on overseas employment opportunities and connect them directly with employers. The two agencies on Sunday (11/11) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new online portal that expects to go live within six months.

 

15,000 Rohingya refugees arrive at the Ajumanpara borderpoint between Bangladesh and Myanmar. Many have been waiting to cross for two days following their villages being recently burned and attacked.

Photo by Muse Mohammed | Photo From IOM.

In Bangladesh, every year nearly two million people join the working age population, while only 200,000 jobs are created locally.

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14/11/2018

Four Years into Its #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness, UN Refugee Agency Calls for More Resolute Action by States

Kenya. From Statelessness to Citizenship for the Makonde

Formerly stateless Makonde community member Amina shows off her Kenyan identity card, Kwale, Kenya, March 2017.  © UNHCR/Modesta Ndubi

Important results have been achieved since November 2014 when UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign began. More than 166,000 stateless people have acquired or had their nationality confirmed, 20 states have acceded to the Statelessness Conventions bringing the total number of parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons to 91 and 73 to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

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14/11/2018

Statelessness Robs Two Men of Normal Lives in Croatia

Human Wrongs Watch

By Helen Womack and Jan Kapic in Zagreb, Croatia*

Two citizens of former Yugoslavia found themselves stateless in Croatia after a series of bureaucratic mishaps. Español | Français  |  عربي

 

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Boro Topolic was refused Croatian citizenship, denying him the right to own his own flat. © UNHCR/Zsolt Balla

They are among nearly 3,000 people in Croatia who are stateless, or at risk of statelessness, most of them Roma.

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14/11/2018

Sanctions and Embargoes – Should Civilian Populations Be Less Protected in Peacetime than in War?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ambassador Idriss Jazairy*

13 November 2018  (Wall Street International)* – Everyone remembers the catastrophic consequences on human rights of broad trade embargoes imposed under the authority of the United Nations in the 1990s, especially with respect to Iraq. This was widely documented at the time. It prompted a shift away from comprehensive to so-called ‘smart’ sanctions.

Sanctions & Embargoes
Sanctions and Embargoes | Photo from Wall Street International

The past months, unfortunately, have witnessed increased recourse to economic sanctions, some of which are clearly not ‘targeted’ nor intended to be ‘smart’ – but clearly comprehensive, as in the case of the measures re-introduced by the United States against Iran. I noticed that the US Secretary of State openly spoke of the ‘strongest sanctions in history’.

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14/11/2018

The War to End War 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of Our Resistance to War

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

12 November 2018 — British author and social commentator H.G. Wells may have coined the expression that originally popularized World War I as The War that Will End War, as his book, based on articles written during that vast military conflict, was titled. In any case, in one version or another, the expression was one of the most common catchphrases of the Great War of 1914-1918 and has survived as an expression, often used with a grimace of sarcasm, ever since.

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German soldiers in a railway goods wagon on the way to the front in 1914. Early in the war, all sides expected the conflict to be a short one. | Unknown German war photographer | Public Domain

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14/11/2018

“Terror and Panic” among Rohingya Refugees in Southern Bangladesh Who Are at Imminent Risk of Being Returned to Myanmar against Their Will

Human Wrongs Watch

13 November 2018 — There is “terror and panic” among Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, who are at imminent risk of being returned to Myanmar against their will, the United Nations top human rights official has said, warning that the returns would seriously endanger the lives of those sent back.

UNICEF/Brown | Over 720,000 members of Myanmar’s Rohingya community have sought refuge in Bangladesh after widespread ethnic violence erupted in the country’s Rakhine province.

According to the UN human rights office, OHCHR, some of the refugees have threatened suicide if they are forced to return, and two elderly men in Cox’s Bazar have already attempted suicide.

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