Archive for July 19th, 2019

19/07/2019

‘Carnage Must Stop in North-West Syria’ as Attacks Intensify

Human Wrongs Watch

After 80 days of intensifying attacks, many on health facilities, “the carnage must stop” in northwest Syria, said the UN relief chief on Thursday [18 July 2019], noting that more than 70 civilians had been killed this month alone across the last rebel-held enclave of the country.

UNICEF/Aaref Watad | Families take shelter in a makeshift camp, 50 kilometers north of Idlib, in Syria. Since the beginning of September 2018, thousands of people have been displaced, following an escalation of hostilities in the country’s northwest.

“People around the world have watched in horror as war planes and artillery shelling kill and injure civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure.

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19/07/2019

‘Human Trafficking Is a Crime’

Human Wrongs Watch

19 July 2019 (UN)*Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex.

Since 2003 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has collected information on about 225,000 victims of trafficking detected worldwide.

Globally countries are detecting and reporting more victims, and are convicting more traffickers. This can be the result of increased capacity to identify victims and/or an increased number of trafficked victims.

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19/07/2019

Alarming Lack of Funding for Relief Work

15 July 20193 (Norwegian Refugee Council)* — Half way into the year, humanitarian organisations have received only 27 per cent of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide.
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Adjana Mohamed is one of many people who have fled from the clutches of Boko Haram and found safety north in Cameroon. Photo: NRC/Tiril Skarstein

“The current lack of funding is alarming. Despite increasing needs, substantially less money is available for humanitarian assistance compared to the same period last year. We are deeply concerned for those people already feeling the hard consequences of cuts,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

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19/07/2019

Lives in the Peace Movement

Human Wrongs Watch 

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

I would like to announce the publication of a book describing the lives of some of the people who have contributed importantly to the peace movement. The book can be freely downloaded from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Lives-in-the-peace-movement-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf

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Humphrey Muleba @good_citizen/Unsplash

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I hope that the lives of these women and men can inspire us as we work together to abolish the institution of war.

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19/07/2019

New Research Outlines 5-Course ‘Menu of Solutions’ to Achieve Sustainable Food Future

Washington, D.C. 17 July 2019 (UN Environment)*With the world’s population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, a major new report shows the global food system must undergo urgent change to ensure there is adequate food for everyone without destroying the planet.  
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The World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future reveals that meeting this challenge will require closing three gaps:
19/07/2019

Yemen: UN Special Envoy ‘Guilty’ of Optimistic Hope that War Is ‘Nearing the End’

Human Wrongs Watch

With Yemen once again at a “crucial moment” the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday [18 July 2019] that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could not help thinking the country could finally be “nearing the end of its war.”

© UNICEF/Saleh Baholis | Children sitting next to their tent at the Al-Meshqafah camp in Yemen. (26 February 2019)

“It was not me, but a very senior and wise official in the region who recently said that this war can end this year”, said Martin Griffiths.

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19/07/2019

World ‘Off Track’ to Meet Most Sustainable Development Goals on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME (FAO)* – The world is off-track to meet most of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets linked to hunger, food security and nutrition, according to a FAO report released on 18 July 2019.

Photo: ©FAO/Junio D. KannahThe world is off track to meet most of food and agriculture-related SDGs. Pictured: a farmer from DRC.

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19/07/2019

Monsoon Rains Turn Millions of Children’s Lives ‘Upside Down’ across South Asia

Human Wrongs Watch

Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is “responding urgently”.

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UNICEF/Thomas Nybo | A young boy in Bangladesh navigates a river swollen from days of monsoon rain. He is collecting plastic bottles washed into the river to sell to recyclers to help his family purchase food. (July 2019)
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