Archive for December 18th, 2018

18/12/2018

The Kidnapping of Meng Wanzhou

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The UN Security Council Alone Has the Power to Impose Sanctions

According to the Charter of the United Nations, only the UN Security Council has a mandate by the international community to apply sanctions (Article 41) that must be complied with by all UN member states (Article 2,2). Therefore sanctions on Iran, unilaterally imposed by the United States government, are illegal.

They are a violation of the United Nations Charter. With amazing hubris and arrogance, the US government has imposed sanctions on various countries, including Iran.

In the case of Iran, these sanctions have caused the suffering of millions of innocent people, who are unable to buy medicines for serious illnesses, and whose financial security is threatened by the economic damage produced by US sanctions.

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18/12/2018

UN Affirms a Non-Legally Binding Global Compact on Refugees to Support the Rights of 258 Million People on the Move Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations General Assembly affirmed a non-legally binding Global Compact on Refugees on 17 December 2018, marking the latest move by Member States to support the rights of 258 million people on the move worldwide.

UNICEF/Nybo | A group of Rohingya refugee children cross a makeshift bamboo bridge in Kutupalong refugee settlement in southern Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of refugees are sheltering after being forced to flee their homes in Myanmar.

An overwhelming number of majority States, 181, voted in favor of adopting the compact, with the United States and Hungary opposing the move. The Dominican Republic, Eritrea and Libya abstained.

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18/12/2018

Over 6,600 Migration Deaths Recorded in Africa Since 2013 ‘Just the Tip of the Iceberg’

Human Wrongs Watch

Berlin (IOM)* Today (18/12/2018) IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) will publish records from hundreds of eyewitness reports of deaths during migration in Africa, bringing the total number of deaths recorded on the continent to 1,386 this year. 

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An estimated 6,615 deaths during migration reported in Africa in the last five years. Photo: IOM 

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18/12/2018

“With Dignity” – International Migrants Day

Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.

This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world.

It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.

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18/12/2018

Migrants, ‘a Powerful Driver of Economic Growth, Dynamism and Understanding’

Human Wrongs Watch

Human migration is “a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, in his message  commemorating International Migrants Day, marked on 18 December.

IOM/Muse Mohammed (file) | Migrants boarding a bus headed towards a processing center in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

The UN chief explained that migration allows millions to seek new opportunities that benefit communities of origin and destination alike. However, he pointed out “when poorly regulated, migration can intensify divisions within and between societies, expose people to exploitation and abuse, and undermine faith in government.”

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