Archive for November 26th, 2020

26/11/2020

Q&A: Mro Indigenous Community Plea for Halt of Construction of 5-Star Hotel

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 2020 (IPS)* – The construction of a five-star hotel in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, could lead to the forced eviction of the Mro indigenous community from their ancestral lands and destroy “the social, economic, traditional and cultural fabric of the community”, warns Amnesty International.

Indegenous Life Of Bangladesh.

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26/11/2020

Epistemic Violence against Indigenous Peoples

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By Silvel Elías*

25 November 2020 (IWGIA)*Injustice regarding the validity of ancestral knowledge has been one of the many racist practices established by the colony. For five centuries, a systematic attack has persisted, in a bid to bring an end to the creation, conservation and transmission of the knowledge of native peoples.

The world of the Q’eqchí. Photo: AEPDI – Q’eqchi Ombudsman Office

 In recent decades, religious fundamentalism has rebooted this symbolic violence to divide Indigenous communities and benefit from the installation of extractive projects and large-scale agricultural monocultures.

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26/11/2020

As Refugee Numbers Surge, Ethiopians Seek word of Loved Ones

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By Charles Emptaz in Hamdayet, Sudan*

26 November 2020 (UNHCR)* –Over 40,000 Ethiopians have fled the Tigray crisis into eastern Sudan, with no sign of a let-up in new arrivals. Many anxiously hope to be reunited with their families.

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An Ethiopian refugee holds a child in a shelter at the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan’s eastern Gedaref province. © UNHCR/Ebrahim Hamid

Lezabu is frantic with worry. The single mother-of-three has not seen two of her daughters since she fled the crisis in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region and crossed into eastern Sudan.

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26/11/2020

Ethiopian Refugee Numbers in Sudan Cross the 40,000 Mark

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s [24 November 2020] press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

24 November 2020  (UNHCR)* –The number of Ethiopian refugees streaming into eastern Sudan has now surpassed 40,000 since the crisis began, with more than 5,000 women, children and men fleeing the ongoing fighting in the Tigray region over the weekend.

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26/11/2020

Q&A: Conflict in Ethiopia and International Law

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By Human Rights Watch*

On November 4, 2020, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appeared on state television and acknowledged that he ordered the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) to commence operations against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in response to what he described as attacks by TPLF forces on Ethiopian military bases and federal forces in the regional capital of Mekelle, and at other camps in the Tigray region.

26/11/2020

UN Report Finds Gaza Suffered $16.7 Billion Loss from Siege and Occupation

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(By UN News)* — Israel’s military operations and prolonged closure of Gaza, has caused economic damage of $16.7 billion between 2007 and 2018, driving the poverty rate up almost fourfold compared to what it might have otherwise been, the UN trade and development agency UNCTAD said in a report published on Wednesday [25 November 2020].

UNRWA/Khalil Adwan | Families in Gaza receive food baskets through the UNRWA home delivery programme.

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Gaza’s economy was on the verge of collapse, notes the report for the UN General Assembly, entitled “Economic costs of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people: The Gaza Strip under closure and restrictions”.

26/11/2020

Alert over Growing Use of Lethal Cluster Munitions, Despite Stockpile Reductions

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(UN News)*  — Lethal cluster munitions are still being used in old and new conflicts around the world, from Syria to Libya, to Nagorno-Karabakh, a UN-backed civil society report said on Wednesday [25 November 2020].

MAG Lebanon | Landmines are cleared in Lebanon.

Over the last decade, the hair-trigger devices have caused more than 4,300 recorded casualties in 20 countries, according to the Cluster Munition Monitor 2020, although it said that the true number is likely much higher.

Between August 2010 and July 2020, cluster munitions were deployed in seven countries that have not signed the global disarmament treaty banning them: Cambodia, Libya, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen.

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