Archive for June 12th, 2019

12/06/2019

Awareness Raising Campaign Seeks to Protect Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees from Trafficking and Smuggling Networks

Bogotá, 11 June 2019 (IOM)*  #TuVidaCambia (Your Life Changes) awareness raising campaign has been launched in Colombia to protect Venezuelan migrants and refugees from falling prey to trafficking and smuggling networks.

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The band performing in Cucuta, a Colombian city on the border with Venezuela. Photo: IOM

This is a common danger Venezuelans face as they migrate through Colombia, as they seek places to settle, or while in transit to other South American destinations, including like Chile, Ecuador and Perú.

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12/06/2019

Tightening the Noose on Cuba

Human Wrongs Watch

By Chandra Muzaffar – TRANSCEND Media Service

On the 2nd of May 2019, the Trump Administration decided to enforce Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act. Title 111 authorises US nationals with claims to confiscated properties in Cuba to file suits in US courts against persons that may be “trafficking “in that property.

Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act has not been enforced before though the Act was enacted in 1996 through a move by two US legislators, a Republican Senator, Jesse Helms and a House of Representatives member, Dan Burton. It was signed into law by then US president, Bill Clinton.

Since the Act allows the US president to suspend some of its provisions up to 6 months at a time, it was felt that implementing Title 111 was not necessary given that economic sanctions against Cuba aimed at throttling its economy were already all-encompassing.

But president Trump who is determined to increase pressure upon Cuba has decided to tighten the noose.

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12/06/2019

Protecting the Right to a Childhood – World Day Against Child Labour

12 June 2019 (FAO)* Many of us look back on our childhoods with warm feelings. But for more than 150 million girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17 around the world, childhood means something else: poverty, a lack of education and working long hours in dangerous conditions.

Performing work that is too difficult for a child’s age and ability can result in permanent injury, not only harming the child in the present, but also for the rest of his/her life. Child labour is a global problem that requires a global solution. Awareness and advocacy are the first steps. Left: ©FAO/Zakir Hossain Chowdhury

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12/06/2019

Tragedy of Mediterranean Deaths Continues, as Seven Drown, 57 Rescued – International Organization for Migration

Human Wrongs Watch

A rescue operation on the Mediterranean concluded on Tuesday [11 June 2019] with confirmation that seven people drowned and 57 were rescued, following a shipwreck off the Greek island of Lesvos, the UN migration agency, IOM, said.

IOM/Amanda Nero |Migrants look out to sea in Lesvos, Greece (file).

IOM Greece reported that the deaths bring the total this year to 41, on the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route linking Africa and the Middle East to Europe, which is one of the busiest routes for migrants.

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12/06/2019

One-in-Five in Conflict Zones Suffers from a Mental Illness – Report

Human Wrongs Watch

11 June 2019 — More than one-in-five people living in conflict-affected areas suffers from a mental illness, according to a new report based on UN figures, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to call for increased, sustained investment in mental health services in those zones.*

© UNICEF/UN0312582/Filippov | Fourteen-year-old Sonia plans her walks well in advance around the small town of Novotoshkivske in Ukraine because it is still littered with shrapnel and unexploded ordinance.

Around 22 per cent of those affected, suffer depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an analysis of 129 studies published in The Lancet – a United Kingdom-based peer-reviewed medical journal.

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