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Doctors Who Worked With Argentinian Dictatorship, to Trial, A First

Buenos Aires, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) For the first time since the last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983), medical professionals who participated in clandestine deliveries in order to kidnap the babies born to female prisoners who then disappeared without a trace, are headed to trial. The daily newspaper Pagina 12 reported today that doctors Norberto Bianco, Raul Martin, and the obstetrician Luisa Arro ...

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UN votes for rules to stop vulture funds

Jubilee Debt Campaig The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution to create new legal rules to stop financial speculators like vulture funds from undermining debt restructurings. The motion, passed by 124 votes to 11, has decided that the UN will create “a multilateral legal framework for the sovereign debt restructuring processes”. At present, there are no rules regarding how to restructure ...

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Chile Marks Anniversary of Its Own 9/11

The United States marked the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on Thursday with solemn ceremonies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Chile, meanwhile, marked the 41st anniversary of its own 9/11. On September 11, 1973, democratically elected President Salvador Allende died in the palace in a U.S.-backed coup, ushering in 17 years of brutal dictatorship under Augusto ...

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Vulture Funds: U.N. approval of resolution on debt restructuring

[Argentina's] Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman hailed the U.N. General Assembly approval of the resolution fostered by Argentina, to set up a new international legal framework for the restructure of sovereign debts. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly in favor of a legal framework that would help regulate the foreign sovereign debt restructuring. The result was 124 votes in favor, 11 against and 41 abst ...

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Over 800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year – Around One Person Every 40 Seconds

Human Wrongs Watch 4 September 2014 – More than 800,000 people commit suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds – according to the United Nations health agency’s first global report on suicide prevention, which was published today. “This report is a call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-Gene ...

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Violence against Children Is Universal, Deeply Ingrained in Societies, Often Accepted as the Norm

Human Wrongs Watch Violence against children is universal – so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm – according to new, unprecedented data presented by the United Nations on 4 September 2014. The report found that about two thirds of children worldwide between ages 2 and 14 (almost 1 billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a reg ...

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Argentine Foreign Minister: “The G77+China shall present a project on the sovereign debt restructuring”

Foreign Minister Hector Timerman confirmed that on Sept. 9 the G77+China Group shall present before the General Assembly of the United Nations a draft project for a convention on the restructure of sovereign debts. “Because there is a huge legal vacuum that affects the majority of the world´s countries”, the Minister said. In statements to the newspaper Pagina/12, he said that “after judge Thomas Griesa´s r ...

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World Day of ‘Desaparecidos’ — Over 43,000 Cases the Majority Dating Back Decades

30 August 2014 – Stressing that the enforced disappearance of individuals by States constitutes an unacceptable violation of human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the time has come for the end to this “abhorrent” practice. “Enforced disappearance is a practice that cannot be tolerated in the twenty-first century,” Ban said in a message to mark the International Day of the Victims of ...

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Correa Urges to Improve Pensions in Rural Sector

Quito, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) President Rafael Correa urged today to improve pensions in the rural sector until they match those in the urban sector, and reiterated his government's support to farmers. He explained at the 6th Intercultural Meeting of Rural Social Insurance, running today in the coastal province of Manabi, that the retirement pensions in the cities average 400 USD while in the rural areas th ...

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UN Climate Summit 2014 — Change Is In The Air!

New York, 27 August 2014 — Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies, the UN ...

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