Archive for February 6th, 2019


Female Genital Mutilation Is ‘an Abhorrent Human Rights Violation’ Still Affecting Million of Women and Girls around the Globe – UN Chief

Female genital mutilation, is “an abhorrent human rights violation” still affecting women and girls around the globe, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated in his message for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, marked on Wednesday [6 February 2019].

UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin | Female Genital Mutilation practitioner with her 10-year-old granddaughter in Diaami, Hargeisa in Somaliland. The young girl was supposed to have been cut already but she is sick with an infection so her grandmother is waiting.

“It denies them their dignity, endangers their health and causes needless pain and suffering, even death”, the UN chief added.

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Piracy and High Seas Crime Growing and Becoming More Sophisticated, Posing ‘Immediate Danger’ to People’s Lives and Safety’ – UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Human Wrongs Watch

International maritime crime is becoming “increasingly sophisticated” as criminal groups exploit jurisdiction and enforcement challenges on the high seas and pose “immediate danger to people’s lives and safety”, the UN anti-drugs and crime chief warned the Security Council on Tuesday [5 February 2019].*

Eunavfor | The issue of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea was raised by several speakers during the Security Council’s debate on transnational maritime crime. | Photo from UN News

“Two-thirds of the world’s surface is ocean. Nearly all of that is beyond any State’s territorial waters and largely not subject to a single state criminal jurisdiction,” Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said as he briefed the Council’s first-ever debate targeting the global challenge of transnational maritime crime.

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‘Online Violence, Cyber-Bullying and Digital Harassment Affect over 70% of Young People Globally’ – UNICEF on Safer Internet Day

© UNICEF/UN0140097/Humphries | A student at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Subang Jaya school, studies at home home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The number of active internet users in Malaysia has exceeded 20.1 million, with 16.8 million being active on social media.

“We’ve heard from children and young people from around the globe and what they are saying is clear: the Internet has become a kindness desert,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Safer Internet Day.

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