Archive for May 10th, 2019

10/05/2019

Rise of Right-Wing Nationalism Undermines Human Rights Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 2019 (IPS)* The rise of right-wing nationalism and the proliferation of authoritarian governments have undermined human rights in several countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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As a result, some of the international human rights experts – designated as UN Rapporteurs – have either been politically ostracized, denied permission to visit countries on “fact-finding missions” or threatened with expulsion, along with the suspension of work permits.

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10/05/2019

Aid Workers Race to Prepare Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugee Camps for Monsoon Wind, Rain

Cox’s Bazar, 10 May 2019 (IOM)*  – When Cyclone Fani – one of the most powerful Indian Ocean storms of the past decade– barrelled up the Bay of Bengal a week ago making landfall in northern India and western Bangladesh, it left 24 people dead, a trail of destruction and thousands displaced. Some 2.6 million people – a million in India and 1.6 million in Bangladesh – were evacuated from its path, potentially saving thousands of lives. 

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Refugees plant vetiver grass on sandy slopes to prevent monsoon-related landslides. Photo: IOM

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10/05/2019

Nearly 900 Children Released by North-East Nigeria Armed Group

Human Wrongs Watch

10 May 2019 — The decision by a large armed group based in north-east Nigeria to release nearly 900 youngsters has been welcomed by UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which has warned that those freed will need long-term help if they are to lead a normal life in the future.

UNICEF | A total of 894 children, including 106 girls, have been released in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria, from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a local militia that helps the Nigerian security forces. (10 May 2019)

“Today [10 May 2019], 894 children, including 106 girls, were released from the ranks of an armed group called (the) Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF) in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria as part of this group’s commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children,” said Spokesperson Christophe Boulierac.

10/05/2019

‘African Elephants Under Continued Threat of Poaching’ – UN-Backed Report Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

10 May 2019 — An updated assessment by a United Nations Environment Programme-administered treaty has confirmed that poaching continues to threaten the long-term survival of the African elephant.

CITES | Elephant poaching and ivory smuggling levels remain alarmingly high in Africa.
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Based on the Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants data, or PIKE, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has evaluated the levels of illegal killing through MIKE, the acronym for the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants programme.

MIKE has calculated that illegal killing is the chief cause of death for elephants.

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10/05/2019

One Soccer Pitch of Soil Is Eroded Every Five Seconds – 5 Reasons Why We Need to Protect Our Soils

Human Wrongs Watch

Why we need to #StopSoilErosion to ensure a food-secure future.

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Soil erosion can increase the frequency and intensity of natural disasters like landslides and floods. ©Carey Marks

10 May 2019 (FAO)* — One of the key ingredients to a #ZeroHunger future is the soil beneath our feet. Although it may not look like much, soil is full of water, nutrients and microorganisms that are vital for growing our food.

However, soil is a finite resource – restoring even a few centimetres of soil can take up to 1 000 years.

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10/05/2019

‘A Moral, Ethical and Economic Imperative’ to Take more Action to Mitigate the ‘Existential Threat’ Posed by Climate Change

It is nothing less than a “moral, ethical and economic imperative” to take more action to mitigate the existential threat posed by climate change, said top executives from across the United Nations system on Thursday [9 May 2019].

UNDP Comoros/James Stapley | People living on the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean are needing to adapt to climate change.

Calling on Member States to take “urgent action to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”, the leaders of more than 30 UN agencies and entities, issued a formal, joint appeal for governments everywhere to “step up ambition and take concrete action” ahead of the landmark Climate Action Summit, which has been convened by UN chief António Guterres this September.

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10/05/2019

Pollution-Free Stepping Stones Are Vital for Bird Migrations

10 May 2019 (UN Environment)*Every year, birds make epic journeys across the world to survive. Over millions of years certain species of birds have become hard-wired to seek food and nesting sites along routes.

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Photo by Bob Peyton/USFWS, Flickr

Take the red knot, a tiny shorebird that migrates from the tip of South America all the way to the Arctic Circle. They fly for up to 3,200 km without stopping at altitudes of 6,000 metres where the air is incredibly thin. And as they fly north, there are only a handful of specific places where they land.

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10/05/2019

‘Race Is On’ to Halt Biodiversity Loss in Indonesia

9 May 2019  — The “race is on” in Indonesia to halt the illegal trade in wildlife and the loss of biodiversity according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The “race is on” in Indonesia to halt the illegal trade in wildlife and the loss of biodiversity according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).*
UNDP Indonesia | Sumatran tigers are found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where less than 400 exist today.
The trade in wildlife in the South-East Asian country, which is estimated to be worth up to US$1 billion a year, has already led to the extinction of some animal species and disrupted the region’s ecological balance.
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