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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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Myanmar’s Muslim “Rohingya” — What’s in a Name?

  Human Wrongs Watch Bangkok, 15 September 2014 (IRIN)* — Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community s ...

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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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UN Officials Call for Renewed Global Commitment to Ending Nuclear Tests

Human Wrongs Watch United Nations officials on 10 September 2014 called for renewed commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests, noting that nearly 2,000 such tests have taken place since 1945. “Our collective aspiration for a world free of nuclear weapons must be reflected in a firm and formal commitment to ban nuclear tests,” Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Vice-President of the General Ass ...

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Indiscriminate, Brutal Killings Children in Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch  The multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on 8 September 2014. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said that she was appalled ...

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No ‘Back to School’ for 30 Millions of Children Affected by Conflict, Crisis – UN

  Human Wrongs Watch Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict affected countries following the targeting of schools and the displacement of millions of children forced from their homes and studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 8 September 2014 said. “For children living through emergencies, education is a life line,” said Josephine Bourne, UNICEF’s head of ...

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Home Alone: South Sudan Teenager Leads Her Young Siblings to Safety in Uganda

Human Wrongs Watch By Dorothy Lusweti, Boroli Refugee Settlement, Uganda, (UNHCR)* – When 13-year-old Yayo Tangko turned up at the Boroli refugee settlement in Uganda earlier this year with her four younger siblings, she feared the worst for her missing parents. “They are dead, because otherwise they would have come looking for us,” the South Sudanese teenager told aid workers. It turned out she was wrong a ...

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Slave Route Project to Break the Silence Around the Slave Trade

  Human Wrongs Watch “The executioner always kills twice”, Elie Wiesel once wrote, “the second time through silence”. Historically, global issues – such as development, human rights, cultural pluralism and intercultural dialogue – have been characterized by a total absence of awareness and understanding of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. To break the silence around the Slave Trade, UNESCO launched the S ...

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Hidden in Plain Sight — New Global Data Expose “Acute Prevalence” of Violence against Children

  Human Wrongs Watch A new UNICEF report looks at the scope of violence against children – a crisis of physical, sexual and emotional abuse that takes place every day around the world, and yet remains all too invisible. NEW YORK – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and reveals the attitudes that perpetu ...

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Video of the first same-sex wedding in Turkey and interview with the happy couple

Silo's Message is a spiritual current developing on the basis of the book of the same name written by the Argentinean spiritual guide, Silo.  Adherents form themselves into Communities and generally meet weekly to interchange about their experiences with Silo's teachings and to hold ceremonies that serve to strengthen the members and increase their feelings of wellbeing in a turbulent, violent and highly-ch ...

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