Archive for February 28th, 2019

28/02/2019

Gaza Probe Finds ‘Reasonable Grounds’ Israeli Forces Committed International Human Rights Violations

Human Wrongs Watch

An independent UN report into last year’s protests along Gaza’s border fence involving Israeli security forces, that resulted in the shooting deaths of more than 180 Palestinians, concluded on Thursday [28 February 2019] that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe Israel violated international humanitarian law.*

Save the Children/Mohamed N Ali | A 14-year-old boy who was reportedly shot and injured in both legs on 30 March 2018, in Gaza, the day that mass protests began at the border with Israel.

There was “no justification” for Israeli forces to use live rounds, according to a press release issued by the UN Commission of Inquiry into the 2018 Gaza protests.

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28/02/2019

‘Global Indifference to Human Rights Violations in the Middle East and North Africa Fuelling Atrocities and Impunity’ – – Amnesty International

— The international community’s chilling complacency towards wide-scale human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has emboldened governments to commit appalling violations during 2018 by giving them the sense that they need never fear facing justice, said Amnesty International as it published a review of human rights in the region last year.

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The report Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa: A review of 2018 describes how authorities across the region have unashamedly persisted with ruthless campaigns of repression in order to crush dissent, cracking down on protesters, civil society and political opponents, often with tacit support from powerful allies.

Jamal Khashoggi’s shocking killing in October 2018 sparked an unprecedented global outcry, spurring a Saudi Arabian investigation and even prompting rare action from states such as Denmark and Finland to suspend the supply of arms to Saudi Arabia.

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28/02/2019

Lost in Globalisation – A Chaotic Tale of a Process Now Being Dismantled (Apparently)

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By Baher Kamal*

28 February 2019 (Wall Street International)* — Do not panic! This is not about telling you how bank accounts and pension funds have been used to finance the production of nuclear bombs (they call it ‘investment’).
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Lost in Globalisation | Photo from Wall Street International.

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Nor it is about the four dozens of major and minor wars that the so-called “traditional weapons,” which are being manufactured and exported by civilised, democratic countries, continue to systematically fuel.

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28/02/2019

Lebanon’s ‘Fun Bus’ Offers Kids a Respite from Street Work

Joint UNHCR and EU scheme offers Syrian refugees and other children a safe space to learn and play, as part of wider push to get kids out of work and into school.  |  Español

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A volunteer teaches onboard the “Fun Bus”, which offers working children in Beirut a safe place to learn and play away from the dangers of the streets. © UNHCR/Diego Ibarra Sánchez

“They call to us here, they tell us to come and play,” says Abed, a 12-year-old refugee from Syria. “We love coming here.” For a few hours, Abed and his friends get the chance to be normal children again, playing and learning away from the dangers of the streets.

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28/02/2019

Ask a Senator: How does Bolivia have such a high representation of women in politics, and why is it important to include women’s voices in politics?

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By Adriana Salvatierra*

27 February 2019 (UN Women)* — Including women’s voices in politics is a starting point of a process to question the privileges and biases that exist, based on gender and social class. It’s a process to break down the patriarchy that frames the construction of this State.

Adriana Salvatierra. Photo: UN Women/David Villegas

Women account for 53.1 per cent of Parliamentarians in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the third-highest percentage globally. Adriana Salvatierra, a role model to many, became the fourth woman to be elected as the President of the Senate Chambers of Bolivia this year. The 29-year-old is also the youngest to hold this position in the country, and in Latin America. | Adriana Salvatierra. Photo: UN Women/David Villegas

 

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28/02/2019

“Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach” – Peace Proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International

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“Amid the continued escalation of global challenges, crises that were previously unthinkable are now becoming reality throughout the world” — Daisaku Ikeda

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On January 26, 2019, the 37th annual peace proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist movement, was released, titled “Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach.”

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28/02/2019

How Come the World Is Suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?

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By Andre Vltchek | New Eastern Outlook – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In Countries Destroyed by the West, People Should Stop Admiring the U.S. and Europe

It may sound incredible, but it is true: in countries that have been damaged, even totally robbed and destroyed by the West, many people are still enamored with Europe and North America.

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28/02/2019

A Sustainable Future for All Will Not Be Achieved “If We Do Not Comprehensively Include Migrants”

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Migration and sustainable development are “deeply interconnected” and the 2030 Agenda, the UN’s blueprint for a sustainable future for all, will not be achieved if we do not “comprehensively include migrants,” the President of the General Assembly said on Wednesday [27 February 2019].

© UNHCR/Federico Scoppa | A man holding a one-year-old child disembarks from the Dutch-flagged rescue ship Sea Watch in Malta. 9 January 2019.
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28/02/2019

Stateless Rohingya Refugee Children Living in ‘Untenable Situation’, UNICEF Chief

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27 February 2019 – With around half a million in effect, stateless Rohingya refugee children living in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar camp, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) chief stressed that the international community must address their “untenable situation” and “invest in this generation”.

© UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo | Bangladesh. Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to safety in Cox’s Bazar.
28/02/2019

“Silencing the Guns in Africa,” Arms Control, the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources, and the UN’s Role, Focus of a Security Council’s Debate

UN News/Daniel Dickinson | 25-year old Kedra Abakar was abducted from his home on the the island of Ngomiron Doumou in Lake Chad by extremists from the Boko Haram terrorist group. (9 February 2019)
Noting that two years of joint UN-African Union (AU) efforts have strengthened the continent’s ability to detect and defuse crises before they escalate, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said that while “silencing the guns for good requires the participation of all”, it also means “keeping them from firing in the first place”.

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