Archive for June 7th, 2019

07/06/2019

Libya: Migrants and Refugees with Tuberculosis ‘Left to Die’ in Detention Centres

Human Wrongs Watch

Migrants and refugees suffering from tuberculosis are being left “effectively to die” in a Libyan detention centre south of Tripoli, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday [7 June 2019], citing reports that those returned to shore by the coastguard have been disappeared or sold to traffickers.

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© UNICEF/UN052682/Romenzi | A migrant from Niger rests his hand on a gate inside a detention centre, in Libya, in 2017. He was arrested and detained before he was able to board a boat that was crossing to Italy.
07/06/2019

These Are the Banks and Financial Institutions Investing $748 Billion in Nuclear Weapon Producers

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By the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)*

Today [5 June 2019], PAX and ICAN have co-published a report showing how banks and pension funds are financing the companies involved in the production of nuclear weapons: Shorting our security- Financing the companies that make nuclear weapons. This is what you need to know:

Banner illustration showing Don't Bank on the Bomb logo, bills, coins

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07/06/2019

Afghanistan and the USA

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By Matin Baraki*

The war in Afghanistan has been continuing every day for almost forty years. What could bring it to an end?
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At least 10 Afghan civilians, including eight schoolchildren, have been killed in fighting involving Western troops in Narang district of Kunar Province in Afghanistan. | RAWA | CC BY 3.0

5 June 2019 (openDemocracy)*  – The first attempt at the democratisation of Afghanistan, known as the “silent revolution”, failed in October 1965. Up to April 1978, there were nine subsequent governments, also nowhere near being able to satisfy the basic needs of the population.

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07/06/2019

Cameroon Tops List of Most Neglected Crises

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Minette (38) and her family fled from Manyu and sought safety in Buea after their home was burned down. They have received some plastic sheeting and utensils from NRC, and they have built a temporary kitchen at their new place in Buea. Photo: NRC/Tiril Skarstein

“The international community is asleep at the wheel when it comes to the crisis in Cameroon. Brutal killings, burned-down villages and massive displacement have been met with deafening silence,” warned the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Jan Egeland.

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07/06/2019

In a World Where International Relations Have Become ‘More Chaotic,’ Leaders Must avoid a New Cold War – UN Chief

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In a world where international relations have become “more chaotic,” world leaders must avoid a new Cold War, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told delegates attending the International Economic Forum, in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on Thursday [6 June 2019].

Photo: TASS/UN DPI | Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Responding to questions in front of a live audience, Mr. Guterres called on leaders everywhere to show wisdom, and create the conditions in which the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development (the UN’s initiative to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change) can be achieved.
07/06/2019

Around 115 Million Boys and Men Were Married as Children, 23 Million of Them Before the Age of 15; ‘We Can End this Violation’ – UNICEF

6 June 2019 — An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms, launched on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).*

UNICEF/Kiran Panday | Adolescents in Gujara Municipality of Rautahat District in Nepal perform a skit on child marriage as part of UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme on Ending Child Marriage.
Using data from 82 countries, the in-depth study brings the overall number estimated child marriages to 765 million, UNICEF revealed. “Marriage steals childhood”, said Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
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