Archive for February 23rd, 2020

23/02/2020

Rise and Fall of Evo Morales

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Ayala*

21 February  2020 — (Wall Street International)*

“The first time I traveled to Spain for a meeting, as a cocalero union leader, at the Madrid airport the police asked me to show the US$ 500 required to cover my expenses. I pointed out that in my life I had never seen that sum of money, that I had been invited and asked them to grant me one dollar for each year of the 500 that their ancestors have exploited us. They let me in. “

(Evo Morales)

Evo Morales
Evo Morales | Image from Wall Street International.

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23/02/2020

UN Accused of “Hypocrisy” Launching Equal Pay Day While Condoning Wage Discrimination

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 2020 (IPS)* – The United Nations, which has long preached the irrefutable concept of income equality to the outside world, is now accused of condoning wage discrimination in its own backyard.

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The message from the UN Staff Coordinating Council in Geneva was brutally frank—“protesting the UN’s hypocrisy” for launching “International Equal Pay Day*” while failing to reverse an illegal pay cut that has left 3,000 staff being paid 5 per cent less than colleagues on the same grades.

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23/02/2020

Ten New Migratory Species Protected Under Global Wildlife Agreement

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(UN News)*Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards were among 10 new species added to a global wildlife agreement on Saturday [22 February 2020].
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© Eric Ganz | Elephants bathing in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) concluded in Gandhinagar, India, with resolutions and decisions adopted to help conserve migratory species globally.

“With COP13, the important role of CMS in protecting nature around the world has been strongly embraced”, affirmed CMS Executive Secretary Amy.

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23/02/2020

Afghanistan: Civilian Casualties Exceed 10,000 for Sixth Straight Year

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22 February 2020 (UN News)* —  More than 10,000 civilians in Afghanistan were killed and injured last year, according to a new United Nations report that details record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing conflict.

UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein | Displaced women and children in Afghanistan’s northern Saripul province.

“Almost no civilian in Afghanistan has escaped being personally affected in some way by the ongoing violence,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA),  said  on Saturday [22 February 2020].

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23/02/2020

Hunger Threatens over Half of the Population in South Sudan

Human Wrongs Watch

Food security worsened significantly in areas hit by last year’s floods

Photo: ©FAO/Stefanie GlinskiAgong and her child from South Sudan, where some 6.5 million people are at risk of hunger.

JUBA (FAO)* – Some 6.5 million people in South Sudan – more than half of the population – could be in acute food insecurity at the height of this hunger season (May-July), three United Nations agencies on 20 February 2020 warned.

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