Archive for June 21st, 2020

21/06/2020

Nowruz: The Seeds of a New Day

Human Wrongs Watch

By UNESCO*

From the cult of the vegetation god Osiris in ancient Egypt to the summer solstice celebrations in Sardinia, Italy, to the Maronite feast of Eid el Burbara in Lebanon and the ceremonies of the Piramalai Kallar in Tamil Nadu, India, the symbol of the sprouted seed plays a central role in many rituals. Wheat, barley, or lentil sprouts are also at the heart of Nowruz – the New Year of the peoples who were once part of the Persian Empire – celebrated each spring by around 300 million people worldwide. But why are the shoots thrown into the water?

Salvatore D’Onofrio

Celebration of Nowruz in Iran.

21/06/2020

The Solstice as the Embodiment of the Unity of Cultural Heritage and Centuries-Long Traditions

Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees. UNESCO/© Dominique Fournier 2012
Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees. UNESCO/© Dominique Fournier 2012

21 June 2020 (UN)* – Culture is the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.

Thus, culture is at the heart of contemporary debates about identity, social cohesion, and the development of a knowledge-based economy.

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21/06/2020

‘Resolving Forced Displacement Is Not Just a Moral or Humanitarian Imperative, It Is … Critical to Regional and International Stability’ – Grandi

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tim Gaynor*

As forced displacement tops 79.5 million, Filippo Grandi urges UN Security Council to use its authority seek peace and inclusion for the displaced. |Español | Français

Democratic Republic of the Congo. Peace in Kasai as families return from AngolaA Congolese family pose for a photo in Tshikapa in the Kasai region of south-central Democratic Republic of the Congo in November 2019. They had recently returned from Angola as security returned to their region.  © UNHCR/John Wessels

GENEVA (UNHCR)* – Ending conflicts around the world that are driving unprecedented global displacement is not just a moral imperative but critical for international stability, the UN’s refugee chief on 18 June 2020 told a top UN body.

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21/06/2020

Int’l Yoga Day: The Power of Ancient Physical, Mental and Spiritual Practice as a Holistic Approach to Health and Well-Being, and a Powerful Tool for Dealing with Myriad Stresses Brought on by COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN celebrates the sixth annual International Day of Yoga on 21 June, recognizing the ancient practice as a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and a powerful tool for dealing with the myriad stresses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic

Winnie Witt | Jon Witt, a yoga teacher, practicing therapeutic yoga postures in Jersey City, USA.
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21 June 2020 — (UN News)* — Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and is now practiced in various forms around the world.
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The word “yoga” derives from Sanskrit and means “to join or unite”, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

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21/06/2020

Global Ban Needed on Bogus ‘Conversion Therapy’ – UN Independent Rights Expert

Human Wrongs Watch

21 June 2020 (UN News)*“Conversion therapy” is built on the false premise that it can alter the sexual orientation of gender diverse people, and many more countries around the world need to recognize its “dehumanizing” and deeply corrosive impact, according to a UN report that’s before the UN Human Rights Council this month.
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Matheus Affonso | Matheus Affonso considers himself an “LGBT photographer” and believes it’s important to “portray a population that is often invisible inside the favela”, or slum area.
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UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, will present his findings to the global human rights body, during what is celebrated across the world as LGBT Pride Month, calling for a global ban on the dangerous and deeply harmful practice.
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