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15

Oct

I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza. More than 500 were killed in the fighting. Many more were wounded. What did they do wrong? Being born in Gaza is not a crime.

29

Sep

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the United Nations Human Rights Council of anti-Semitism and warned that Hamas and ISIS are "branches of the same poisonous tree."

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the United Nations Human Rights Council of anti-Semitism and warned that Hamas and ISIS are "branches of the same poisonous tree."

23

Sep

huffingtonpost:

Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History… Or Be Vilified By It’

Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders assembled for the United Nations Climate Summit early Tuesday morning, urging them to take action to address “the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet.”

See his full speech here.

09

Sep

Bahrain has postponed the trial of prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, and ordered that she remain in custody for an extra 10 days, despite the UN calling for her release.

Al-Khawaja was arrested as she arrived in the country on August 30, and charged with allegedly assaulting a lieutenant and a policewoman after she refused to hand over her phone during a search.

In a hearing on Saturday, Khawaja appeared in court with her arm in a sling, and denied the charge of assaulting police at Manama airport. She called the accusation “vindictive and fabricated”.

Her lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, told the AFP news agency, that the judge ordered Khawaja be kept in custody on that charge, and could face a maximum of two years in jail.

31

Jul

It’s impossible for me to even imagine people saying these people were injured hours or days before the event occurred. Any doctor who saw them, treated them, could tell you their injuries had occurred just then. We took shrapnel out of a baby’s back. Do people really think a mother sat around with her baby’s back covered in shrapnel, waiting to take him to a hospital so that she could blame Israel for his death?

28

Jul

There is literally no safe place for civilians [in Gaza].
Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

(Source: reuters.com)

11

Jul

The U.S. and Mexico should recognize that this is a refugee situation, which implies that they shouldn’t be automatically sent to their home countries but rather receive international protection.

19

Jun

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF on Wednesday upgraded Iraq’s latest crisis to a level 3 humanitarian disaster — its most severe designation — as U.N. officials said they were scrambling to provide basic services while preparing to cope with an estimated 1.5 million displaced people.

“Now we’re focused on delivering water, food and essential items,” said Colin MacInnes, deputy head of UNICEF in Iraq. The organization has been collaborating with other U.N. and humanitarian agencies to deliver aid.

The emergency distinction, which is rarely assigned, underscores just how critical Iraq’s crisis has become, one week after Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and began rapidly sweeping across the country, seizing towns and routing Iraqi forces.

“Iraq already has a level 3 polio disaster,” MacInnes said. The Syrian crisis next door is so desperate that it has also been named a level 3, he said. “With this designation in Iraq, that means we have currently three level-3 disasters that are affecting the country.”

He said he could not think of any other place or time in U.N. history where that has happened.

NYT: U.N. agency raises disaster designation in Iraq as refugees flood into Kurdistan (cont)

13

May

Syria’s apparent use of chlorine gas as a weapon – not to mention targeting of civilians – is a plain violation of international law. This is one more reason for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
It’s very sad that I leave this position and leave Syria behind in such a bad state.
Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, announced his resignation on Tuesday.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)