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22/06/2022

Urgent Global Call to Save 222 Million Dreams for Children Impacted by Crises

Human Wrongs Watch

“We speak of the 222 million dreams representing each 222 million children and adolescents sustaining the extreme hardship of emergencies and protracted crises. Their dreams are profoundly driven by their experience of wars and forced displacement. This is our moment to empower them to turn their dreams into reality.” Yasmine Sherif, Director, ECW

Students attending class at the Souza Gare school in the Littoral region, Cameroon. The school hosts displaced children who have fled the violence in the North-West and South-West regions. Photo credits: ECW/Daniel Beloumou

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21/06/2022

War in Ukraine Triggers New International Non-Alignment Trend

Human Wrongs Watch

CARACAS, Jun 20 2022 (IPS)* – Numerous countries of the developing South are distancing themselves from the contenders in the war in Ukraine, using the debate on the conflict to underscore their independence and pave the way for a kind of new de facto non-alignment with regard to the main axes of world power.  | En español
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View of the United Nations General Assembly, which on three occasions this year has censured the invasion of Russian forces in Ukraine and where many countries have expressed non-alignment with the positions taken by the contenders. CREDIT: Manuel Elias/UN

View of the United Nations General Assembly, which on three occasions this year has censured the invasion of Russian forces in Ukraine and where many countries have expressed non-alignment with the positions taken by the contenders. CREDIT: Manuel Elias/UN

Meetings and votes on the conflict at the United Nations and in other forums, the search for support or neutrality, and negotiations to cushion the impact of the economic crisis accentuated by the war are the spaces where the process of new alignment is taking place, according to analysts consulted by IPS.

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20/06/2022

Amidst Escalating Needs and Soaring Hunger, Refugees Caught in the Eye of the Perfect Storm  

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Further food ration cuts are imminent for refugees as humanitarian needs multiply around the world while funding struggles to keep pace, the UN food relief agency warned on Monday [20 June 2022], World Refugee Day.

©WFP | The World Food Programme (WFP) distributes high energy biscuits to more than 900 Ethiopian refugees in Sudan after fleeing conflict in Basunga village.

“As global hunger soars way beyond the resources available to feed all the families who desperately need WFP’s help, we are being forced to make the heart-breaking decision to cut food rations for refugees who rely on us for their survival,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).

The sombre warning comes as WFP has already been forced to significantly reduce rations to refugees across its operations.

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20/06/2022

Sexual Violence in Conflict ‘Terrorizes Populations, Destroys Lives and Fractures Communities’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Sexual violence has become a brutal tactic of warfare and repression that “terrorizes populations, destroys lives and fractures communities,” the UN chief said on Friday [17 June 2022].

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© UN Women/Khaled Arafat Ahmed | A women’s empowerment awareness session is held at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.
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In his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, commemorated on Sunday, Secretary-General António Guterres also observed that perpetrators rarely face the consequences of their actions.
“It is the survivors who carry the burden of stigma and trauma throughout their lives, often doubly brutalized by harmful social norms and victim-blaming”.
19/06/2022

How the U.S. Government Is Controlled by Its Armaments Firms

Human Wrongs Watch

By Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control — they control their home market, which is the U.S. Government, and they use it (their government) to sell to its allied governments (via the NATO and other U.S.-run weapons-marketing operations), all of which foreign governments constitute the export markets for their products and services.

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Eric Zuesse

These corporations effectively control the U.S. Government, and they control its weapons-marketers, such as NATO (in addition to, of course, the U.S. Government itself, which has the world’s largest sales-force peddling specifically U.S.-made weapons to foreign countries).

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19/06/2022

Women Journalists Threatened with Sexual Violence, Hate Speech

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 17 June 2022 (UNFPA)* – “I have gone to the police after receiving threats of violence,” Nistula Hebbar told UNFPA (UN Population Fund), describing the relentless onslaught of abuse she experiences online. As a politics reporter for The Hindu, her words and her reputation are her livelihood. But as a woman, the cost for doing this job is her safety.

For others, the cost is their careers, their health or even their lives.

Women journalists threatened with sexual violence, hate speech
Vijaita Singh says coordinated attacks against women journalists are common. She has experienced such violence herself. Image courtesy of Vijaita Singh.
19/06/2022

Nearly One Billion People Worldwide Suffer a Mental Disorder: WHO

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* – Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to latest UN data – a staggering figure that is even more worrying, if you consider that it includes around one in seven teenagers.

© WHO/Ploy Phutpheng | Migrants and refugees can be exposed to various stress factors which affect their mental health and well-being.

To make matters worse, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of common conditions such as depression and anxiety, went up by more than 25 per cent, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Friday [17 June 2022].

18/06/2022

The Threat of a Large-Scale Famine

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Disasters Threaten Human Civilization

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John Scales Avery

Among the greatest dangers to human civilization are nuclear war and catastrophic climate change, dangers which also threaten the biosphere.

In addition to these two existential threats, humans also face the threat of an extremely large-scale famine, involving billions of people, rather than millions.

The beginning of this famine, which could involve much of the world’s population by 2050, can already be seen.

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18/06/2022

‘Surprise’ Early Heatwave in Europe, Harbinger of Things to Come

Human Wrongs Watch

17 June 2022 (UN News)*Sweltering conditions in Europe have come earlier than expected this year but the bad news is, they’re the shape of things to come. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the intense heatwave made its way from North Africa.

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WMO Video screen shot | An unusually early and exceptionally intense heatwave has set new temperature records in Europe, posing a major threat to people’s health, agriculture and the environment.
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The UN agency explained that an Atlantic low-pressure system between the Azores and Madeira is fuelling the warm front, pushing it towards western Europe.
18/06/2022

World Has ‘Gambled on Fossil Fuels and Lost’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The current global economic paradigm of infinite growth based on using up a finite amount of resources, such as fossil fuels, will only deliver a “permanent triple whammy of inflation, climate chaos and conflict”, the UN chief warned on Friday[17 June 2022].

© UNICEF/Frank Dejongh | A girl listens to a solar powered radio in a village in Chad.

António Guterres was addressing the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in Washington DC, convened by the United States top climate envoy, John Kerry, and hosted by President Joe Biden.

The meeting included countries representing 80 per cent of global GDP, population, and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the White House.

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