Archive for March 30th, 2019

30/03/2019

Rice May Be Cheap, But Production Comes at a Cost

Human Wrongs Watch

26 March 2019 (UN Environment)*Walk into pretty much any corner shop, market or supermarket in the world, and there is one product you are guaranteed to find: rice.

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Photo from UN Environment.

Inexpensive, filling and versatile, rice is a daily staple for around half of the world’s population, accounting for 19 per cent of dietary energy globally.

But, cheap as rice is, there is a higher price to pay.

A single kilo of rice needs an average 2,500 litres of water to produce; in fact, rice production uses over a third of the world’s irrigation water. Moreover, rice contributes to climate change, with methane emitted by flooded paddy fields responsible for 10 per cent of total global methane emissions.

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30/03/2019

Great March of Return: Scores of People Killed and Injured Over One Year

29 March 2019 (UNRWA)*One year after the start in Gaza of demonstrations that became known as The Great March of Return (GMR),  scores of people, particularly young men, have been left dead and many others injured, as well as in need of long term medical and psychosocial assistance.
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Palestinian demonstrators gather in Khuza’a on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip during the Great March of Return demonstration on 6 April 2018. © 2018 Photo Courtesy of Mahmoud BassamPalestinian demonstrators gather in Khuza’a on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip during the Great March of Return demonstration on 6 April 2018. © 2018 Photo Courtesy of Mahmoud Bassam

According to OCHA figures, as of 22 March 2019, 195 Palestinians (including 41 children) have been killed and close to 29,000 people injured.

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30/03/2019

On Eve of Gaza Border Protest Anniversary, UN’s Top Humanitarian Official for Palestine Calls for ‘Calm from All Sides to Prevent Further Bloodshed’

Human Wrongs Watch

With a large protest planned on Saturday [30 March 2019] in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN’s top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday [29 March 2019called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.*

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UNifeed Video | Drone shot, protesters walking towards the Gaza separation fence, with Israel. The anniversary of the “Great March of Return” protests, falls on 30 March, 2019.
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30/03/2019

Born Complete, Don’t Mutilate Them!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

30 March 2019 — While male circumcision is spread mainly among Muslim and Jews communities, and it is apparently accepted by some medical spheres, more than 200 million child-girls have already fallen prey to a dangerous practice, which is carried out in the name of traditions or even religions: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Fatima, 7, sits on a bed in her home in Afar region, Ethiopia. She was subjected to FGM/C when she was 1 year old. Photo: UNICEF/ Holt

Such a human rights violation is not legally typified as a “crime”. Furthermore, it is far from being stopped—in fact some 70 million more girls are right now at risk of being mutilated by the year 2030.

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