Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

20/05/2018

Force Used against Protestors in Gaza ‘Wholly Disproportionate’ — UN Human Rights Chief

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18 May 2018 — A special session of the UN Human Rights Councilhas ended with a resolution by Member States to investigate weeks of violence on the Israeli border with Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 people in the enclave and left thousands wounded.

UN Photo/Elma Okic | Human Rights Council special session on “the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” on 18 May 2018, United Nations Office in Geneva.
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The draft text called for the Council to “investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and particularly the occupied Gaza Strip, since 30 March; the date when demonstrations along the border with Israel began, dubbed the Great March of Return.

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20/05/2018

DR Congo Ebola Outbreak Not Yet a Global ‘Health Emergency’, But Strong Response to Disease Vital – WHO Experts

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An emergency meeting of United Nations health experts on 18 May 2018 said that the Ebola outbreak in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – where cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in an urban area – does not yet meet the criteria to be deemed a “public health emergency of international concern.” 

UNICEF/Naftalin | An Ebola health worker at Bikoro Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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But the World Health Organization(WHO) Emergency Committee advised the Congolese Government and all other actors to remain engaged in a “vigorous response” and called on the international community to support efforts on the ground.

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20/05/2018

Teenage Girl’s Death Sentence Spotlights Sudan’s Failure to Tackle Forced Marriage, Gender-Based Violence – UN Human Rights Office

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The case of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, a Sudanese teenager convicted of fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after he had allegedly raped her, highlights the country’s failure to tackle the tragedy of early and forced marriage, marital rape and other discrimination and violence against women and girls, the United Nations human rights office on 18 May 2018 said.

UN Multimedia | OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.
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20/05/2018

Central Africa Republic: Violence Drives Thousands of Refugees into Neighbouring DR Congo

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18 May 2018 — The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).

UNHCR/A. Kitidi | Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) refugees who thought they had found safety here in Zemio camp in Central African Republic were attacked when they ventured back to DRC to work their land.
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According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), at least 7,000 people – most of them women and children – have reached DRC over the past week.
20/05/2018

Emergency Meeting to “Consider the International risks” as Ebola Spreads to Congolese City – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on 18 May 2018 to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
UNICEF/Naftalin | Health workers prepare to treat suspected Ebola patients in Bikoro Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of about 1.2 million, WHO confirmed on 17 May 2018, raising fears that despite a rapid response by authorities, the outbreak has not been contained.

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16/05/2018

The Pitfalls of Generational Thinking

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Taking collective action on climate change requires that we avoid privatising and depoliticising the problems we want to solve.

People’s Climate March 2014 in New York City. Credit: Flickr/South Bend Voice. CC BY-SA 2.0.

15 May 2018 (openDemocracy)* — The concept of generations has been central to the way scholars, decision-makers and activists portray the implications of climate change. International agreements enshrine ‘future generations’as stakeholders in the decision-making of the present.

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16/05/2018

A Short Flight to Armageddon: Trump & Netanyahu Bringing Us Closer to End of Times

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By George Galloway*

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Its proximate cause was the latest Man-Child effort of Donald J Trump, this time to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv, with all the other embassies, to Jerusalem, half of which though annexed by Israel still constitutes Occupied Territory under international law.

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15/05/2018

Climate Change: An “Existential Threat” to Humanity, UN Chief Warns Global Summit

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None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on 15 May 2018, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity.

World Bank/Dominic Sansoni | Solar panel used for lighting village homes in Sri Lanka. | Source: UN News Centre
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Both leadership and innovation are essential for climate action, Secretary-General António Guterressaid in his keynote address to the global gathering, known as the R20 Austrian World Summit – a long-term initiative to help regions, States and cities implement the Sustainable Development Goalsand meet the Paris Agreementtargets.

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15/05/2018

‘Enough Is Enough; Stop Attacks on Children’ — UNICEF

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With defenceless children increasingly targeted in conflicts , the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on all warring parties around the globe to comply with international law and keep them safe from harm.

UNICEF/Romenzi | An 18-month-old toddler stands outside a tent where she lives with her family in Saadnayel Camp, an informal tented settlement where Syrian refugees are sheltering, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
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In the first four months of 2018 alone, hundreds of children lost their lives and many more wounded in countries ranging from the Central African Republic to South Sudan, and from Syria to Afghanistan.

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15/05/2018

Jobs in the Green Economy Will ‘More than Offset’ Losses in Traditional Industry by 2030 – ILO

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Action to combat climate change could create millions of new job opportunities and “more than” offset losses in traditional industries, the UN labour agency on 14 May 2018 said.

World Bank/ Ivelina Taushanova | Wind farm near Kavarna, Bulgaria. According to ILO’s 2018 World Employment and Social Outlook report action to combat climate change will create 24 million new jobs globally by 2030. Photo from UN News Centre.
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) made the announcement at the launch of its annual flagship reporton the state of the global job market.
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