Archive for December 28th, 2018

28/12/2018

Children Suffering ‘Atrocities’ as Number of Countries in Conflict Hits New Peak – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

The world “has failed” to sufficiently protect children caught up in conflict and millions more are at risk of harm, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed on 28 December 2018, adding that national leaders need to hold perpetrators of violence more accountable.*

© UNICEF/Thomas Nybo | 6 year old Rohingya refugee, Yasin, rests after arriving at a registration center for newly arrived Rohingya Refugees in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on 6 February 2018. His father says that they fled to Bangladesh after soldiers in Myanmar came to their house and beat his son when he was unable to tell them of his whereabouts.
28/12/2018

Occupied Palestinian Territory 2018: More Casualties and Food Insecurity; Less Funding for Humanitarian Aid

Human Wrongs Watch

By United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

Trends affecting humanitarian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory*

Photo by OCHA

West Bank demolitions and displacement | January 2018 | Photo by OCHA

Today [27 December 2018], the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) released a summary of data collected during 2018. Further breakdowns and statistics from previous years are available through the links below.

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28/12/2018

2018’s 10 Biggest Stories From Latin America

A green wave hit Argentina, the case of murdered activist Berta Caceras brought to justice, and Central American refugees treked to the U.S.

erial view of the Zocalo square during AMLO Fest to celebrate MeMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) inaugurated in Mexico City, Dec 1, 2018.

Aerial view of the Zocalo square during AMLO Fest to celebrate MeMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) inaugurated in Mexico City, Dec 1, 2018. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR..

Central American Exodus – Migrant Caravan: Migrants Find Strength in Unity

Over 10,000 Central Americans left out of the Northern Triangle-Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador-beginning in mid-October in what they named an Exodus finding strength in unity to take on a one month, 3,000km trek through Mexico to the United States to request asylum from the Donald Trump administration.

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28/12/2018

‘Unless Political Actors Demonstrate Renewed Good Faith to Hold “Genuinely Free and Fair Elections,” Guinea-Bissau Is Set to Face a Continuous Cycle of Instability

Human Wrongs Watch

Unless political actors in Guinea-Bissau demonstrate renewed good faith to hold “genuinely free and fair elections,” the country is set to face a continuous cycle of instability, the United Nations Security Council warned on 27 December 2018.
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UNDP Guinea-Bissau | In this file photograph, taken ahead of the 2014 elections in Guinea-Bissau, civic education officials visit communities and explain voting procedures to local populations.
 In a statement, the 15-member Security Council expressed “regret” that the country did not hold elections as planned on 18 November and voiced “deep concern” over preparations for the polls, now scheduled for 10 March 2019.

28/12/2018

UN Calls for “an Environment Free of Violence, Intimidation and Coercion” to Allow a “Peaceful, Credible and Inclusive Elections in Bangladesh

Human Wrongs Watch

In the run-up to Sunday’s [30 December 2018) general elections in Bangladesh, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion” to allow a “peaceful, credible and inclusive poll.”

World Bank/Scott Wallace | A young Bangladeshi truck driver. | Photo from UN News Centre.
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“All Bangladeshi citizens, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote,” Guterres said on on 27 December 2018.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the ruling Awami League Party is seeking a third consecutive term, while her main rival for the top job, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who leads the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), remains in jail on corruption charges which she says were politically motivated.

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