Archive for February 14th, 2019

14/02/2019

Measles Cases Nearly Doubled in a Year amid Rising Severe and Protracted Outbreaks All Over the Planet – World Health Organization

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A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday [14 February 2019].

© UNICEF/UN0201055/Krepkih | Dana, 1.3, held by her mother Inna, doesn’t cry while being administered her first dose of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine on 4 April 2018 in Children’s Policlinic №1 in Obolon district, Kyiv, Ukraine.
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The appeal to Member States to close gaps in vaccine coverage follows the previously announced news that an estimated 110,000 people died from the highly infectious but easily preventable disease in 2017.
14/02/2019

Rights of ‘Gilets Jaunes’ Protesters in France, ‘Disproportionately Curtailed’ – Independent UN Human Rights Experts

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French protesters’ rights have been “disproportionately curtailed” during the wave of recent “gilet jaunes”, or yellow jacket demonstrations across the country over Government economic policies, said a group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday [14 February 2019].

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre | Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and one of the UN independent experts calling on the French Government to rethink its approach to policing the “gilets jaunes” protest movement.
The demonstrations were sparked nearly three months ago by President Emmanuel Macron’s introduction of fuel taxes, but quickly morphed into a more general revolt against austerity measures, and the political establishment in general, despite a Government climb-down over the tax.
14/02/2019

How Devastating Is Climate Change for World Peace and Security?

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2019 (IPS)* When the Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, met last month to discuss the growing new threats to world peace and security, the discussion veered away from international terrorism, nuclear Armageddon and the rash of ongoing military conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
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Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change

And 83 of the 193 member states remained collectively focused on one of the greatest impending dangers to humanity: the devastation that could be triggered by climate change.

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14/02/2019

Love Is Not for Sale

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By Roald Høvring*

8 February 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)* —  Valentine’s Day is the day that commercial interests try to convince you that you can buy love. The gloomy reality for many girls who have been forced to flee from their homes is that they themselves are the product, and love has been replaced with force.
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LEBANON: These are wedding dresses from Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Here, almost no one celebrates Valentine’s Day. It’s been unofficially cancelled. Here, Syrian refugee girls right down to the age of 13 are married off. Parents want what is best for their girls, but the outcome is often the opposite. Child marriage is a global phenomenon, but when families are forced to flee their homes, many young girls are forced to marry at a young age. Photo: AP/Reem Saad/NTB Scanpix | Photo from the Norwegian Refugee Council.

14/02/2019

Amid Peace Talks, ‘Afghans Continue to Be Attacked, Abused, Displaced and Refused Their Rights. Almost Two-Thirds of the Population – 17 Million People – Live in Areas Directly Affected by Conflict’

13 February 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*The first weeks of 2019 have seen large numbers of civilians displaced by intensified conflict across the Afghan countryside.
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NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland visiting internally displaced people in Afghanistan. NRC has assisted these families with cash assistance. Photo: Becky Bakr Abdulla/NRC
“Whilst international attention is focused on very welcome peace talks, I have in recent days met countless Afghan women, men and children who have fled air raids, cross-fire and military offensives in Central and Southern Afghanistan,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council who is currently visiting the country.
14/02/2019

Poor Working Conditions Are Main Global Employment Challenge

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Progress in reducing unemployment globally is not being matched by improvements in the quality of work, says the International Labour Organization’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 report.

© Wayne S. Grazio | Photo from ILO News
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GENEVA,  13 February 2019 (ILO)* – Poor quality employment is the main issue for global labour markets, with millions of people forced to accept inadequate working conditions, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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New data gathered for the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 (WESO) show that a majority of the 3.3 billion people employed globally in 2018 had inadequate economic security, material well-being and equality of opportunity.
14/02/2019

The International Court of Justice Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Hear Iranian Claim against US over Frozen Assets

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday [13 February 2019] that is has the jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States, aimed at unfreezing close to $2 billion in Iranian assets being held there.

UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ/Frank van Beek | The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers its judgment on the preliminary objections raised by the United States of America in the case concerning Certain Iranian Assets at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
The ruling opens the way for the court to now hear Iran’s case on its merits, which news reports suggest, given the complexity of the case, could take several years.
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Iran filed the case in 2016, based on the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two nations, from which the US later unilaterally withdrew, in 2018.
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