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Marking International Day, UN Human Rights Experts Call for Urgent Action to End Racial Discrimination, in Wake of New Zealand Anti-Muslim Attack

21 March 2019 — States must take urgent action, to “stem the tide of hate and discrimination” and ramping up of “ethno-nationalist populism”, which helped fuel the deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques last Friday by a self-declared white supremacist, several top UN officials and human rights experts have stressed, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.*
UNICEF/Claudio Versiani | Students watch a performance by their peers at Barros Barreto School, in Salvador, Brazil. The performance tackled social issues such as racism and gender discrimination.. Photo: UNICEF/Claudio Versiani

‘Voodoo Curses’ Keep Victims of Trafficking Under Bondage

Human Wrongs Watch

Bamako, 19 March 2019 (IOM)*  Gold is Mali’s top export, accounting for at least 60 per cent of the country’s total exports in 2017 and making Mali the third gold exporter in Africa, just after South Africa and Ghana. Small-scale, informal and low-tech mining also known as artisanal mining, although largely unregulated, accounts for at least one third of Mali’s total gold production.  


Loveth is one of the thousands Nigerian victims of trafficking living in Koflatiè, a shantytown located in a mining area, in Southwestern Mali. Photo: IOM/François-Xavier Ada-Affana


Libya Stands at a ‘Critical Juncture’, UN Mission Head Tells Security Council

Predicting that the “days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday [20 March 2019], that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached “a crucial juncture”.

UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | Graffiti on one of the walls in Benghazi destructed by the war

Rachel Corrie Remembered

Human Wrongs Watch

By Middle East Monitor*

Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine. | Photo from Middle East Monitor

Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Born on 10 April 1979 in Olympia, Washington, Corrie dedicated her life to defending Palestinian rights. In 2003, she went to the Gaza Strip as a member of the International Solidarity Movement.

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Europe Must Re-Start Relocation Programme

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Refugees arriving to Lesvos in Greece before the EU-Turkey statement. Photo: Tiril Skarstein/NRC
“Three years after the EU-Turkey statement was agreed, Europe is neither providing sufficient support to refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries, nor giving people necessary protection within its borders,” said Edouard Rodier, Director of NRC Europe.

Impeachment Is Not Enough!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hall Gardner*

18 March 2019 (Wall Street International)*  — In commenting on the new status of Chinese President Xi as president for life, President Trump quipped: “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.” (March 3, 2018). What Trump may have considered to be a joke could instead prove to be a lapsus révélateur. It is not absolutely certain that Trump was joking about becoming president for life.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial | Photo from Wall Street International.

Human Rights Council’s Investigators Urge Israel to Review Its Military ‘Rules of Engagement’ as Gaza Protest Anniversary Looms

Human Rights Council-appointed investigators urged Israel on Monday [18 March 2019] to revise its military rules of engagement, shortly before the one-year anniversary of the start of mass demonstrations at the country’s border fence with Gaza, that have left hundreds of Palestinians dead and thousands more injured. 

UNifeed Video | Protesters walking towards the Gaza separation fence, bordering Israel.The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory presented its findings in Geneva on 28 February, 2019.
Speaking in Geneva, Santiago Canton, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, explained what the panel knew about the Israeli Defence Force’s relevant military protocols with regard to demonstrators.

“Almost 20 Years Since the Adoption of Security Council’s Resolution on Women, Peace and Security, We Don’t Just Need to Be at the Peace Table. It’s Time to Redesign It”

Human Wrongs Watch

18 March 2019 (UN Women)*“Almost 20 years since the adoption of resolution 1325, we don’t just need to be at the peace table. It’s time to redesign the table,” said Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Chair of Board of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, speaking at a side event on 15 March at the 63rd session on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Nasima Omari, representing the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, speaks at the side event  “The Road to 2020: Accelerating Action on Women, Peace and Security”. Photo:  UN Women/Ryan Brown

Nasima Omari, representing the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, speaks at the side event “The Road to 2020: Accelerating Action on Women, Peace and Security”. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

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Judging U.S. War Crimes

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria, VA federal detention center for refusing to testify in front of a secretive Grand Jury.


Kathy Kelly

Her imprisonment can extend through the term of the Grand Jury, possibly 18 months, and the U.S. courts could allow formation of future Grand Juries, potentially jailing her again.

Chelsea Manning has already paid an extraordinarily high price for educating the U.S. public about atrocities committed in the wars of choice the U.S. waged in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chelsea Manning was a U.S. Army soldier and former U.S. intelligence analyst.

She already testified, in court, how she downloaded and disseminated government documents revealing classified information she believed represented possible war crimes.

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Failed Economics

 Deforestation for palm oil Indonesia © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

A recently cleared forest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

At the end of 2018, Credit Suisse published its updated report on global wealth. Forty-two-million millionaires and billionaires comprise the richest 0.5% of the world’s population. That translates to 0.8% of adults in the report, possessing 44.8% of the world’s economic wealth. A decade ago, researchers commonly reported that the wealthy 15% of humanity owned 85% of the resources.

Today, 6.2% (9.5% of adults) now claim 85% of the wealth. The rich got richer.

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