Human Rights 

Syrian conflict has ‘erased’ children’s dreams: new UN report

The findings come in the latest report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, released on Thursday.  “I am appalled by the flagrant disregard for the laws of war and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by all parties involved in the conflict”, said Commission chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro.   “While the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic has the primary responsibility for the protection of boys and girls in the country, all of the actors in this conflict must do more to protect children and preserve the country’s future generation.”   Dreams erased  The three-member Commission…

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Human Rights 

Colombia: ‘Staggering number’ of human rights defenders killed in 2019

“The single most targeted group was human rights defenders advocating on behalf of community-based and specific ethnic groups such as indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombians”, Marta Hurtado told reporters in Geneva, adding that the number of women human rights defenders killed increased “by almost 50 per cent in 2019 compared to 2018”. According to OHCHR, 107 activists were killed last year.  And staff in the country are still in the process of verifying 13 additional cases reported during 2019 which, if confirmed, would raise the annual total to 120 killings. Attacks…

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Human Rights 

Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

An investigation carried out by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DRC, found that at least 701 people have been killed and 168 injured following attacks involving the Hema and Lendu communities in the country’s northeast province of Ituri, between December 2017 and September last year.  “In addition, at least 142 people have been subjected to acts of sexual violence” the report said, “most of them members of the Hema community.”  Since September 2018, Lendu armed groups have become increasingly organized in carrying out attacks against the Hema and members of other ethnic…

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Human Rights 

New El Salvador law, a victory for forced displacement victims: UN refugee agency  

The legislation, which was passed by a resounding majority in El Salvador’s National Assembly on Thursday, also protects, aids and offers durable solutions to people who may be either at risk or who have already been internally displaced, due to violence perpetrated criminal gangs.  And for the first time ever, the law also provides for the establishment of a comprehensive national system of State institutions to prevent and respond to forced displacement.  ‘Lasting positive impact’ Once the new law is signed by President Nayib Bukele, it can have “a lasting positive impact on the lives of the 71,500…

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Human Rights 

Monday’s Daily Brief: Geopolitical strife, Australia bushfires, Burkina Faso, Cambodia updates

Stop escalation, urges UN chief, as geopolitical tensions reach ‘highest level this century’ UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to de-escalate geopolitical tensions on Monday, which he described as being “at their highest level this century” as the new decade dawns. The New Year has begun with our world in turmoil. We are living in dangerous times”, said the UN chief, noting that turbulence is only escalating.  Here’s more on this story. Australia bushfire crisis: UNICEF offers help and support Raging bushfires wreaking havoc across Australia have prompted the UN Children’s Fund,…

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Human Rights 

FIRST PERSON: Cajun cuisine feeds expanding business

Dana Cormier manages the Best Stop Supermarket in Scott, Louisiana. Her business specializes in Cajun cuisine including boudin (a type of sausage) and cracklins (deep fried pork rind). Her father established the supermarket 33 years ago, and she has been working there for 24 years. The Cajun people settled in southern Louisiana after being exiled from Canada in the mid-1700s.  “When I was growing up, the one thing I wanted to be was a police officer, so I joined up and worked in narcotics for two years. I then decided…

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HUman Rights? OP-ED Opinions 

Can our Human Rights come in handy this year?

If you know your Rights, you’re to blame for every Human Rights violation which you let slide right under your nose. If you aren’t aware of your Rights, you’re slightly worse. People who are equipped with the knowledge of their Rights but do not teach others, or calmly watch the Rights of other people get violated, ridicules the knowledge of their own Human Rights.   However frequent or limited in practice, Human Rights abuse is part of the make-up of every society—whether Third World or civilized. If many more people…

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Nigerian Police Human Rights World 

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries including 10 in Southern Africa. It warns that punishment of dissenting views and politically-motivated attacks on peaceful protests and the right to freedom of expression are on the rise in countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   “From #FeesMustFall in South Africa, to #ThisFlag in Zimbabwe and the #UnemploymentMovement in Botswana; 2016 was a difficult year for human rights defenders and activists in the…

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Nigerian Police Nigeria OP-ED West Africa 

Why I Have No Respect For The Nigeria Police Force!

Stealing a glance at a patrolling police van in Nigeria, involuntarily create goose bumps on your skin, as one can’t be so certain anymore if a mere reflex action like exchanging eye contacts with policemen, can project you as a ‘deadly’ suspect to them, thereby making you a vulnerable potential candidate for human right abuse. The Nigeria Police Force can be likened to a providing though abusive husband, who earnestly tries to meet his financial responsibility, but domestically abuse and disrespect his wife. The ‘wife’ in this context, are the…

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U.S. May Have Finally Realized Who the Real Kagame Is

By: David Himbara Two top diplomats in the Obama Administration have confirmed that reports about Rwanda destabilization of the sister nation of Burundi” are credible.” Addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Thomas Perriello, US envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, pointed the finger at Kagame’s Rwanda. THIS is the first time the United States has publicly accused the Kagame regime of involvement in causing chaos in neighboring Burundi. The Americans may have finally realized who they are…

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