Archive for ‘War Lords’

19/05/2019

‘Protecting Civilians in Combat Zones: Tackling Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs*

Human suffering caused by war is not a new phenomenon.

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Izumi Nakamitsu

And while our highest priority remains the prevention of war, evolving patterns of armed violence are posing new and more difficult challenges that require action.

The number of people killed in armed conflict has risen tenfold since 2005.

Conflict is migrating into villages, towns and cities, but governments and non-state actors are continuing to use weapons designed for open battlefields.

Many weapons originally intended for battlefield use, those that disperse multiple munitions over a wide area, fire without a direct line of sight to the target, or produce large blasts and fragmentation, pose serious humanitarian concerns when used in populated areas.

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19/05/2019

Risk Grows of ‘Catastrophic Humanitarian Fallout’ in Syria’s Idlib, Where 3 Million Are Trapped: Top UN Officials Urge Unity in Security Council

The UN’s Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday [17 May 2019] called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria’s Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the Syrian people.

© UNICEF/Ahmad Al Ahmad | Families fleeing hostilities near Kafr Lusein, in the Syrian Arab Republic, shelter in group tents provided by the Turkish Red Crescent. (9 May 2019)

The UN’s head of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo told members that “we have been here before: in Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta and Raqqa” where civilian casualties mounted along with an all-out offensive by the Syrian Government and its allies.

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19/05/2019

Skyscraper-Depth Well Brings Clean Water to Rohingya Refugees

Cox’s Bazar, 17 May 2019 (IOM)*  –  Under clear 36-degree Celsius skies, an exhausted Rafiq leans against his house, surrounded by his five children. Glancing upwards, he ponders another sweltering walk down a steep dirt path to haul clean water for his family.

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Rohingya refugees at a shallow well in Cox’s Bazar.

A pump just nearby provides water whose drinkability he views as “unreliable” and requires an arduous hillside trek. Sterilizing water by boiling also is difficult because firewood is hard to come by.

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18/05/2019

Human Rights Org: Treatment of Indigenous People Is Genocide

18 May 2019 (teleSUR)*Canada has long been overrun with large numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and over-representation of Indigenous people in correctional facilities.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights says the colonial experience in the country, from the time of first contact to present day, is genocide.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights says the colonial experience in the country, from the time of first contact to present day, is genocide. | Image from teleSUR.

The treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada was reviewed and will henceforth be identified as a genocide, the Winnipeg-based Museum for Human Rights has declared.

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17/05/2019

Do We Need a Global Convention of Common Principles for Building Peace?

Human Wrongs Watch

STOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 (IPS)* When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies, forced migration, increasing civil wars, extreme weather conditions triggered by climate change and widespread poverty and conflict-related hunger.

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Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson

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17/05/2019

Brazil’s Students Plan Another Massive Strike Against Bolsonaro

The far-right politician’s disqualification of protesters, who were branded as idiots and dolts, fueled a new cycle of unstoppable demonstrations, local observers anticipate.

Brazilians protest against education-related budget cuts in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 15, 2019. The banner reads

Brazilians protest against education-related budget cuts in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 15, 2019. The banner reads ‘Out Bolsonaro.’ | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

16 May 2019 (teleSUR)* — The Brazilian Union of High School Students (UBES), the National Union of Students (UNE) and the National Association of Graduate Students (ANPG) jointly called for Wednesday the Second Nationwide Strike in Defense of Education, which will be held on May 30.

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17/05/2019

‘Starvation’ Now a Reality for Displaced Syrians Stranded in Camp Near Jordanian Border

Human Wrongs Watch

Starvation “is already starting” in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday [16 May 2019], while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.

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WFP | Children in Syria’s Rukban camp (November 2018).
16/05/2019

Money, Media and the Climate Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Immediate Action Is Needed to Save the Future

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John Scales Avery

The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales.

In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately.

But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind urgently needed action because the most severe effects of global warming belong to the long-term future.

However, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in their October 2018 report, used strong enough language to wake up at least part of the public: the children whose future is at stake.

Here is an excerpt from a speech which 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made at the Davos Economic Forum in January, 2019:

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16/05/2019

Revealed: Controversial Plan to Boost Religious Lobby in Brussels, as Far Right Pledges to Fight for ‘Christian Europe’

By Sian Norris*

Leaked proposals from a senior Irish politician, backed by powerful Christian lobbyists, raise stakes in European elections, where the far right is pushing for big gains
Far right rally in Prague, Czech Republic 2019 | unreguser/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. | From openDemocracy.

15 May 2019 (openDemocracy)* — A leaked report reveals a controversial plan to dramatically increase the influence of religious groups on the European Parliament, openDemocracy can reveal today [15 May 2019].

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16/05/2019

‘Disastrous Drought’ in Somalia Leaves 2.2 Million People Faced with Severe Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

Mogadishu/Rome (FAO)* —  A disastrous drought in Somalia could leave some 2.2 million people – nearly 18 percent of the population – faced with severe hunger during the July-September period, FAO warned today [15 May 2019].

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Some 2.2 million Somalis to face hunger during the July-September period.

The UN agency issued a special alert on Somalia, indicating that the number of hungry people in the country this year is expected to be 40 percent higher than estimates made at the beginning of 2019.

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