Archive for ‘War Lords’

20/06/2019

Ripple Effect of Sexual Violence in Conflict ‘Threatens Collective Security,’ Stains Our Common Humanity’

Human Wrongs Watch

Sexual violence in conflict is a “threat to our collective security” and a “stain on our common humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

UNMISS/Isaac Billy | Students in South Sudan act in a play dramatizing the issue of sexual violence in conflict. (file June 2016)

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Calling the scourge “a tactic of war, to terrorize people and to destabilize societies”, he underscored that its effect can echo across generations through trauma, stigma, poverty, long-term health issues and unwanted pregnancy. He urged that survivors should be heard and their needs recognized.

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19/06/2019

The Immense Cost 200 Million Migrant Workers Pay to Rescue their Impoverished Families: Half a Trillion Dollars Only this Year

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

Straight to the point: while right and far-right politicians keep marketing their image with intensive campaigns of hatred, discrimination and stigmatisation against migrants, 200 million migrant workers worldwide will sacrifice over half a trillion dollars from their hard-earned money, to rescue 800 million members of their impoverished families. And that’s only this year 2019.

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Around 200 million migrant workers sent US$528 billion back to their families in remittance-reliant countries in 2018. Photo: ©IFAD

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19/06/2019

More than 300,000 Flee Flare-Up of Ethnic Violence in North-Eastern DR Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

More than 300,000 people have been forced to flee resurgent inter-ethnic violence in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) just this month, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

© UNHCR/Denis Oulai | A newly-displaced woman in a displacement site in Bunia town, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (17 June 2019)
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Citing multiple attacks and counter-attacks between Hema herders and Lendu farmers, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva that the situation had worsened in recent days.

The development comes amid reports of intense fighting between the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) and non-state armed actors in Djugu territory, as the authorities attempt to bring the situation under control in the vast, resource-rich region.

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19/06/2019

Global Forced Displacement Tops 70 Million

Human Wrongs Watch

By Adrian Edwards*

UN Refugee Chief calls for ‘redoubled’ solidarity as annual Global Trends report shows displacement doubled in 20 years.

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Venezuelan families wade across the Tachira River to seek food and safety in Cúcuta, Colombia. © UNHCR/Vincent Tremeau

Geneva (UNHCR)* – Yet again, wars, violence and persecution have driven record numbers of people from their homes worldwide, according to the latest annual study released on 19 June 2019 by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

The yearly Global Trends report found that 70.8 million children, women and men were forcibly displaced at the close of 2018, the highest number in the organization’s almost 70-year history.

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18/06/2019

New UN Strategy and Action Plan to Confront Hatred, Xenophobia, Racism, Intolerance, and Violent Misogyny

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has declared war on hate speech, telling Member States on 18 June 2019, that we all need to “do better at looking out for each other”.

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | Children wearing “United Against Hate” t-shirts appear at an interfaith gathering at the Park East Synagogue in New York City in memory of Jewish worshipers who were killed in Pittsburgh in the United States. (31 October 2018)
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“Hate speech may have gained a foothold, but it is now on notice”, Mr. Guterres said, launching the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. “We will never stop confronting it”.
18/06/2019

Modernization of World Nuclear Forces Continues Despite Overall Decrease in Number of Warheads – SIPRI

Modernization of world nuclear forces continues despite overall decrease in number of warheads: New SIPRI Yearbook out now

​​​​The modernization of nuclear forces continues

SIPRI Governing Board Chair Ambassador Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, says: ‘A key finding is that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads in 2018, all nuclear weapon-possessing states continue to modernize their nuclear arsenals.’

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18/06/2019

Peace Journalism: The Sower, the Seed, the Harvest

Human Wrongs Watch

By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

There is the New Testament symbol of the Sower and the Seed.  The Sower has only one type of seed, which stands for the truth or at least that aspect of the truth that is appropriate for the period. He throws some of the seeds on ill-prepared hard ground.  It is quickly covered over, some eaten by birds or stamped on by people passing. Some others are thrown on slightly prepared ground, but their roots do not go deep.  The seeds are dried by too much sun or drowned by too much rain.  Finally, some seeds are put into well-prepared ground, take root and in turn produce more seeds that can be used elsewhere.

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18/06/2019

Let’s Train Humans First … Before We Train Machines

Human Wrongs Watch

ST AUGUSTINE, Florida, Jun 17 2019 (IPS)* We humans are at the absurd stage in our technological evolution when we seem to have abandoned our common sense. Billions are spent by governments, corporations and investors in training computer-based algorithms (i.e. computer programs) in today’s mindless rush to create so-called “artificial” intelligence, widely advertised as AI.

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Sophia the Robot speaking to UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at UN Headquarters in 2017. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

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18/06/2019

Billions Lack ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’ – World Health Organization-UN Children Fund

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17 June 2019 – Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely-managed drinking water, while 4.2 billion go without safe sanitation services and three billion lack basic handwashing facilities, according to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UNICEF/Sri Kolari | A mother and her two sons wash clothes in Maharashtra, India (June 2019).

“Mere access is not enough” said UNICEF’s Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). “If the water isn’t clean, isn’t safe to drink or is far away, and if toilet access is unsafe or limited, then we’re not delivering for the world’s children”.

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17/06/2019

Climate Crisis and the 2020 U.S. Elections

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Trump and His Party Must Be Defeated

There are so many things wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to begin. He is a racist, habitual liar, tax evader, cruel cager of infants, misogynist, narcissist, bully, violator of numerous laws, both national and international, a friend of rich oligarchs and enemy of the poor, to mention only a few of his faults. He has made the United States resemble Germany, Italy or Spain in the 1930’s, when fascism was on the rise.

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Pershing Square, Los Angeles, United States | Photo by Samantha Sophia @samanthabroxton | Unsplash

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