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04/12/2016

A Humanising Perspective of Immigration Is Possible … and Urgent

Human Wrongs Watch

By Juana Pérez Montero*

Ceuta, Spain (Pressenza)*  Pressenza editor and reporter presented the following communication with the title “Immigration in the media from a perspective of peace and nonviolence” during the VII International Congress on Immigration, Interculturality and Coexistence in the autonomous city of Ceuta.
A humanising perspective of immigration is possible… and urgent

Juana Pérez Montero during her presentation | Photo: Antonio Sempere, Pressenza

Before we start, we would like to make clear that we will not be speaking as “objective” journalists, as we do not believe that such a thing exists. We know that this idea of objectivity that they teach us at journalism school does not exist – and not just because we might have to work with our employer’s best interests in mind, but because we ourselves are subjects.

04/12/2016

Will 2017 See End of US Neocons’ Promotion of Chaos Theory?

Human Wrongs Watch

3 December 2016 (RT) – For 25 years, from Afghanistan to Syria, we’ve seen the chaos promoted by Washington neocons. Trump will hopefully be an assertive defender of US interests rather than an assertive meddler, says Oxford Crisis Research Institute Director Mark Almond.
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**Car bombs hit the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in Aleppo.[1] | Author: Zyzzzzzy | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

In Syria, residential areas in government-held western Aleppo have been under constant shelling from terrorists and rebel militants, with thousands of civilians seeking refuge in government-controlled areas. Tens of thousands have already escaped.

Even those in liberated areas still suffer from a lack of basic necessities, but the UN is holding back from dispatching humanitarian crews to the war-torn city.

03/12/2016

Young, Abandoned and On the Run

Human Wrongs Watch

Deserted by their parents and fleeing El Salvador’s murderous street gangs, three young brothers navigate the asylum process in Mexico with UNHCR support.

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A UNHCR protection officer speaks with Moises, Anderson and Jairo.  © UNHCR/Daniele Volpe

By James Fredrick*

Tapachula, Mexico   |  2 December 2016 (UNHCR) – To get to school each day, Salvadoran brothers Anderson, 17, and Jairo, 14, had to ride a bus from the territory of one brutal street gang to that of their blood rivals, risking robbery, murder or being corralled into their ranks.

When the gangs stepped up the harassment, shaking down the family’s pizzeria in their hometown in southeast El Salvador, the two boys, their father and elder brother ran for their lives – that’s when things became really complicated.

03/12/2016

‘Combat Forced Labour, Children Are Trapped in Extreme Exploitation, Abuse and Violence’

Human Wrongs Watch

Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior UN officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, on 2 December 2016 called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.

There are still over 11 million women in slavery around the world. We need to take action and #EndSlaveryNow! Photo: ILO

“Those suffering multiple forms of discrimination, including women, children, indigenous peoples, minorities, people of African descent, and persons with disabilities, all too often face extreme vulnerability to exploitation and abuse,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

03/12/2016

‘Recognize People Feeling Wars as Refugees,’ UN to Governments

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Faced with record displacement due to conflict, the UN moved to reinforce the global refugee protection regime by issuing new guidelines on dealing with people fleeing their country because of war, who are not recognized as refugees by some States.

Two refugee children who have arrived in Democratic Republic of the Congo with a group of more than 400 other refugees from the region around Yei in South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/Andreas Kirchof

“These guidelines are crucial because most conflicts today target groups of civilians because of their real or perceived ethnic, religious, social or political affiliation. There is no question that those fleeing the devastating effects of armed conflict may indeed be refugees,” said Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk, according to briefing notes issued on 2 december 2016 by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

03/12/2016

Nigeria’s Humanitarian Crisis ‘Can No Longer Be Ignored’

Human Wrongs Watch

With the scale of human suffering in north-eastern Nigeria becoming clearer as the Government has pushed Boko Haram insurgents from more and more areas, the United Nations ON 2 December 2016 launched a $1 billion funding appeal to address the needs of those in crisis, and announced that nearly 75 partner agencies are on standby to respond where areas are accessible

Women pound maize at a so-called ‘widows house’ in Banki, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. In Banki, many women who have become separated from their husbands during the Boko Haram related crisis feel safer living together. Photo: UNICEF/Katerina Vittozzi

as the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria seeks more than US$1 billion to assist those in crisis in the most affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

03/12/2016

More Funds Urgently Needed to Tackle Severe Drought in Somalia

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, on 2 December 2016 appealed for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance, with relief agencies already overstretched as the country faces severe drought conditions, including food and water shortages.

Worsening drought conditions have left hundreds of thousands of Somalis facing severe food and water shortages. Photo: OCHA Somalia

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“Drought in Puntland and Somaliland has deepened and spread to southern and central regions of the country […] the situation has become increasingly desperate for vulnerable families in need,” he told a briefing with the international community in Nairobi, highlighting the urgency of responding to the drought situation in Somalia.

03/12/2016

Decade after Global Treaty’s Adoption, Persons with Disabilities Still at ‘Grave Disadvantage’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 2 December 2016 highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago..

A child with disability, happily holds the slate to display her drawing skills during a class at the UNICEF-supported BRAC pre-primary school in Soyghoria village, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Tapash Paul

“In the past decade, we have seen much progress. But, persons with disabilities continue to face grave disadvantages,” Ban told a high-level meeting on the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), organized by the UN General Assembly.

03/12/2016

‘Governments and Businesses Must Integrate Biodiversity into their Practices’

Human Wrongs Watch

2 December 2016 – The UN Biodiversity Conference today opened in Cancun, Mexico, with a call to governments and businesses to integrate biodiversity into their practices if countries are to halt further environmental degradation and ensure the well-being and prosperity of future generations.

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Deforestation in Bhutan (file). World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Source: UN News Centre

“We have a tendency to look at issues in an isolated way, to seek solutions without studying the implications in other fields, to undertake quick fixes that disregard the consequences,” the Executive Director of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, told the High-Level Segment of the 13th Conference of the Parties of the CBD, also known as COP 13.

02/12/2016

‘Game Changing’ Outcomes for Wildlife Protection

Human Wrongs Watch

Seven weeks ahead of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity warning on the urgent need to save biodiversity and essential ecosystems, the triennial conference of the parties to a UN-backed wildlife treaty concluded with actions that are expected to go a long way in ensuring protection for some of the most vulnerable plants and animals on the planet.

The African grey parrot, one of most trafficked birds in the world. Photo: CITES

“[The 17th conference of the parties (COP) is] a game changer that will be remembered as a point in history when the tide turned in favour of ensuring the survival of our most vulnerable wildlife,” on 4 October 2016 said the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon in a news release issued by its Secretariat.

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