Archive for April 23rd, 2019

23/04/2019

Protect Women’s Rights ‘Before, During and after Conflict’ UN Chief to Security Council

Human Wrongs Watch

Over the course of the past decade, there has been “a paradigm shift” in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday [23 April 2019].

UNMISS/Isaac Billy | A South Sudanese rape victim narrates her ordeal at an undisclosed location near Bentiu town. (December 2018)

“Local civil society organizations, many of them women’s organizations, are on the frontlines of our efforts to prevent and provide redress for this crime, and they deserve our strong and consistent support” he said at the meeting marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1888, which created the mandate of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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23/04/2019

Bolivian Constitution To Recognize Three New Indigenous Languages

The country has the largest Indigenous population in Latin America (62.2 percent), followed by Guatemala, Peru, and Mexico.
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Bolivian constitution will recognize three new Indigenous languages.

Bolivian constitution will recognize three new Indigenous languages. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

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22 April 2019 (teleSUR)* — The Constitution of Bolivia will recognize three more Indigenous languages, namely, Joaquiniano, Paunaka, and Kumsa. They will be added to the 36 recognized Indigenous languages, local media reported Monday [22 April 2019].

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23/04/2019

Yemen and World Law: Building from Current Violations

Human Wrongs Watch

By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Shall we not learn from life its laws, dynamics, balances?  Learn to base our needs not on death, destruction, waste, but renewal?”
— Nancy Newhall

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René Wadlow

On 16 April 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed S.J. Resolution 7 to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led coalition in the war on Yemen.

The resolution had passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support.

However, there are most likely not enough votes to override the veto; a two-thirds majority is needed.

Also on 16 April, a French investigative NGO with web journal Disclose published a note of the French military intelligence service indicating that French arms sold to Saudi Arabia were  being used against civilians in Yemen.(1) 

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23/04/2019

Three Weeks of Fighting in Libyan Capital Displaced 35,000 People, Claimed over 200 Lives, and Injured More than 1,000 – UN Appeals for Funding to Continue

Tripol, 23 April 2019 (IOM)*–  Nearly three weeks of fighting in the Libyan capital has displaced close to 35,000 people, claimed over 200 lives, and injured more than 1,000. Further insecurity, continued displacements and large-scale humanitarian and protection needs are expected as the conflict continues to intensify. 

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IOM is appealing for international support for its efforts to deliver assistance to migrants and displaced persons affected by the ongoing hostilities in Tripoli. Photo: IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has provided emergency assistance to all affected populations since hostilities began but funding shortfalls are now affecting the Organization’s ability to meet the critical needs of both migrants and the local families displaced by the fighting.

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23/04/2019

UN’s Empty Promises to World’s Indigenous Peoples

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Tupac Enrique Acosta is a member of the Nahuatl Nation and serves as firekeeper for the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in Phoenix, Arizona.

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PHOENIX, Arizona, Apr 19 2019 (IPS)* – The United Nations, as in so many other areas, gives lip service in support of Indigenous issues while lacking the political will and enforcement power over individual member states to comply with the protection of fundamental human rights for the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the world.

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23/04/2019

Privatization Promotes Collusion and Corruption

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Privatization is expected by many to promote competition and eliminate corruption. In practice, the converse has been true as privatization beneficiaries have successfully colluded and engaged in new types of corruption to maximize their own gains.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 23 2019 (IPS)* – At the risk of reiterating what should be obvious, the question of private or public ownership is distinct from the issue of competition or market forces. Despite the misleading claim that privatization promotes competition, it is competition policy, not privatization, that promotes competition.

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Privatization the problem, not the solution
Instead, privatization has typically been accompanied by collusion, which undermines competitive pricing.

Formal and, more commonly, informal collusion is rife. Informal collusion is more likely among those involved in public or transparent bidding to provide privatized or contracted-out services.

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23/04/2019

From the Farm to the School Table

Human Wrongs Watch

How FAO’s work in Kyrgyzstan has helped local farmers supply produce for schoolchildren’s meals.

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In Kyrgyzstan, FAO is connecting local farmers to the National School Feeding Programme in order to strengthen food security, reduce malnutrition and support local economies. ©SIFI/Rustem Ilyasov

23 April 2019 (FAO)* — Since 2006, school-provided meals have been one of Kyrgyzstan’s strategies for fighting food insecurity. The main beneficiaries have traditionally been the students, who receive a hot breakfast each day. But now, a FAO pilot programme is exploring how this scheme can improve the lives of smallholder farmers as well.

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23/04/2019

It Is Time We Stop Treating Poor as Guinea Pigs

Human Wrongs Watch

BY Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine — making the most of loose regulations and genetic diversity of a huge population. It is done to help cut research costs dramatically for lucrative products to be sold in the West. The relationship is highly exploitative and many believe it represents a new colonialism.

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Moin Qazi

A new field that has become a fertile ground for such experimentation and impoverishment of the poor is finance, and in particular insurance.

India has also been a fertile ground for swindles that have bilked mostly low-income households of millions of rupees. The financially illiterate are usually easy pickings.

The investors have been periodically gulled by nefarious characters into dubious schemes. The poor have now become wary of investing money even in credible organizations.

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23/04/2019

Air Pollution and Climate Change: Two Sides of the Same Coin

23 April 2019 (UN Environment)*Erupting volcanoes, earthquakes, dust storms and meteorites smashing into the Earth’s crust are natural phenomena that can cause climate change and air pollution: dinosaurs may have met their end after a giant meteorite kicked up so much dust that it blocked out the sun for decades, reducing photosynthesis and preventing the growth of plants.

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In 2018 activists helped save the remaining part of Hambach forest in northern Germany in the face of plans to chop it down to expand a huge lignite mine. Forests store carbon, promote biodiversity and cleanse the air. Photo Credit: Creative Commons

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