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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)

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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

Human Wrongs Watch

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

Human Wrongs Watch

(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

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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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21/02/2020

‘Deliberate Starvation’ Tactics Used in South Sudan Could Be a War Crime

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday [20 February 2020]

UNMISS | The United Nations has been providing food aid to hungry South Sudanese over a period of many years.
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The three-member commission,appointed by the UN Human Rights Council,also said South Sudan’s political elites are ‘oblivious’ to the suffering of civilians.
21/02/2020

A Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Aims at Reinforcing Efforts to Save World’s Ecosystem

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2020 (IPS)* – The UN’s highly-touted socio-economic agenda, which lays out an ambitious global plan for “people, planet and prosperity”, has been dominated by “goals, targets and deadlines.”

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Credit: IPBES

But regrettably, most developing nations are struggling to reach these goals—due largely to a shortfall in much-needed funding or lack of political will on the part of most governments.

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21/02/2020

An Indian Farming Biodiversity Success Story

18 February 2020 (UN Environment)*More than 90 per cent of rice is produced and consumed in Asia. Prior to the green revolution in the 1960s, India was home to more than 100,000 rice varieties, encompassing a stunning diversity in taste, nutrition, pest-resistance and, crucially in this age of climate change and natural disasters, adaptability to a range of conditions.

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Photo by RCDC

Today, much of this biodiversity is irretrievably lost, forced out by the quest for high-yield hybrids and varieties. Nevertheless, a significant number of traditional varieties of rice are still grown by small and marginal farmers across India, where they cater for local consumers’ quality preferences and market niches.

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21/02/2020

Simple Urine Test Could Improve Early Detection of Bladder Cancer – WHO Study

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20 February 2020 (UN News)*A new study conducted by researchers from the United Nations health agency revealed that bladder cancer mutations can be detected in urine up to 10 years before clinically diagnosing the disease.

© UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo | A nurse chats with a woman receiving chemotherapy in a hospital in Burera District, Rwanda.

The test is based on detecting mutations in the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene – a crucial element for cancer genesis and progression – the most common mutations in bladder cancer, according to the report conducted by the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and international partners.

The new evidence is detailed in an article published by The Lancet, which highlights the potential of early detection.

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21/02/2020

Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh – Alive, Struggling, Fighting and Uniting

Human Wrongs Watch

18 February 2020 (IWGIA)*  — The situation for Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh in many ways echoes the situation of other Indigenous Peoples in Asia: they face heavy militarization; they are stigmatized as anti-national for wanting to be included in decisions affecting their lives – such as industrial development taking place on their ancestral lands, lands which they depend on for their livelihood; and their lands are grabbed at the speed of light, and with their land goes a huge part of their identity. Indigenous women are targeted, and rape is used systematically as a weapon to suppress them. The misery seems to be unending. Yet they are still here; alive, struggling, fighting, uniting.

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