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Donald Trump sends ‘hate group’ to a UN conference on women’s rights

The US delegation includes groups that believe the UN’s advocacy on gender equality and LGBTQI rights is a threat to… Mythili Sampathkumar Independent Two groups who have advocated against expanding rights and funding for women and the LGBTIQ community are attending a… Both groups were named by the State Department as part of the… Donald Trump sends… Read More »

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan Democracy Now Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald… Facing Famine, 20… Read More »

UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

The number of Syrian children maimed, killed or recruited to fight increased dramatically over the past year. Al Jazeera News On a winter morning in January, Majed, 13, and his friend Omar, 11, were heading to a public park near their homes in eastern Aleppo to play and ride their bikes. It was only… UNICEF: 2016 was… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

‘Crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar – UN rapporteur

A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Jonah Fisher BBC News The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi… ‘Crimes against humanity’… Read More »

Hope for justice in Syria from an unlikely source

An independent mechanism established by the UNGA is working towards abolishing the rein of criminal impunity in Syria. David Tolbert Al Jazeera News Six years into the carnage in Syria, atrocious crimes run rampant, with savage abuses committed against all groups in the devastated country, and the murderous regime, abetted by powerful allies, is still in power. The United Nations… Hope for justice… Read More »

Leveraging women’s economic potential

UN marks International Women’s Day with equality pledge Belen  Garijo Politico The role of women today is arguably more important than in any other time in history, ensuring women are strong contributors to our society and economies. To celebrate women… Leveraging women’s economic… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

Graphic novel illustrates life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

“Meantime” is a graphic novel project initiated in March 2016 by French nongovernmental organization (NGO) Solidarites International (SOL). Florence Massena Al Monitor Five French, Syrian and Lebanese artists spent weeks talking with Syrian refugees in Akkar and Tripoli in northern Lebanon to create five graphic stories, which have been available online since Feb. 21 in English, Arabic and French. According to the… Graphic novel illustrates… Read More »

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope

In all the attention rightfully given to the new US administration and Brexit, one could be forgiven for forgetting that other difficult political situations exist around the world. Susan Harris Rimmer The Conversation But they do exist, and in the uncertainty that surrounds global governance in 2017, this risk of human suffering is great. One London School of Economics… War, conflict, economic… Read More »

Is there a US diplomacy vacuum at the UN in Geneva?

“Where is the US in all this? I can’t tell you because I don’t know.” Imogen Foulkes BBC News These were the words of the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, days before a fresh round of peace talks began. Only a few months… Is there a… Read More »