Archive for February 6th, 2020

06/02/2020

Children Are Bearing the Bitter Brunt of Counter-Terrorism Efforts: Report

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 5 2020 (IPS)* – Counter-terrorism efforts adopted by governments around the world in response to threats of terrorism are affecting children negatively in numerous ways, a report by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) claimed last week. 

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06/02/2020

‘Today a Wind of Madness Is Sweeping the Globe’ – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

4 February 2020 (UN News)*Rising instability and unpredictable geopolitical tensions have led to a “wind of madness” across the world, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday [4 February 2020] during his main annual press conference for journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Secretary-General António Guterres briefs journalists on his priorities for 2020 and on the work of the organization.

Following recent flare-ups in some hotspots, the UN chief observed that although de-escalation efforts indicated progress, the situation has now changed.

“I have spoken about winds of hope. But today a wind of madness is sweeping the globe.  From Libya to Yemen to Syria and beyond — escalation is back. Arms are flowing. Offensives are increasing”, he said.

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06/02/2020

From the Field: ‘A Piece of Me’ Was Taken

Human Wrongs Watch

4 February 2020 (UN News)*“My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital mutilation, or FGM, from Ethiopia, who have been speaking to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) about their experiences.

Sara Elgamal for UNFPA | Abida Dawud, a survivor of female genital mutilation, walks in the Afar desert of northern Ethiopia.
The three women, all from the Afar Region of the Horn of Africa country, tell their stories in the hope that they can empower others in their communities to help bring an end to FGM.

The practice which involves injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons is internationally recognized as a violation of women’s human rights.

06/02/2020

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06/02/2020

Indigenous and Tribal Communities, Three Times more Likely to Face Extreme Poverty than Others‘: International Labour Organization

Indigenous and tribal communities are around three times more likely to face extreme poverty than others with women “consistently at the bottom of all social and economic indicators”, UN labour experts said on Monday [3 February 2020]. (*).

ILO/R. Lord | Women walk in the street in La Paz, Bolivia.

Highlighting new data showing that disproportionate numbers of indigenous people live on less than $1.90 a day – 18.2 per cent versus 6.8 per cent of non-indigenous people – the International Labour Organization (ILO) insisted that millions are being held back by a “spectre of poverty”.

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