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Implementation of the Paris Agreement Is Critical to Avoid Large Increase in Temperature-Related Deaths: Time for Urgent Action IS Now

 

 

 

|| September 16: 2018: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine News || ά. The world needs to keep global temperatures in check by meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement or more people could die because of extreme temperatures, according to a new study, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:LSHTM and published in Climate Change. The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:UNFCCC, binds nations to hold warming well below 02 degrees Celsius:°C in global mean temperature, relative to pre-industrial levels.

It, also, urges countries to make additional efforts to limit warming to 01.5°C. This is the first Study, that evaluates global temperature-related health impacts under scenarios consistent with the Agreement. The researchers assessed the mortality impacts projected for a range of temperature increases, either compatible with the thresholds set in Paris, 01.5°C and 02°C or higher, 03°C and 04°C. These projections took into account how an increase in heat-related deaths, might be, offset against a decrease in deaths due to cold, as global temperatures rise. The scope of the Study allowed global comparisons across various areas of the world.

The research team first analysed historical data on temperature-related deaths from 451 locations in 23 countries with different socio-economic and climatic conditions. They, then, projected changes in mortality under climate scenarios consistent with the various increases in global temperature, while keeping demographic distributions and temperature-health risks constant.

The results indicated dramatic increases of heat-related deaths under extreme warming, 03°C and 04°C, compared to the mildest threshold, 01.5°C, with additional excess mortality ranging from +0.73 per cent to +8.86 per cent across all regions. The net difference remained positive and high in most of the areas, even, when potential decreases in cold-related deaths were considered. The picture was more complex, when comparing 02°C versus 01.5°C warming.

A net increase in deaths was still projected for warmer regions, such as, South America, South Europe and South-East Asia, with changes ranging from +0.19 per cent to +0.72 per cent, while in cooler regions the excess mortality was predicted to stay stable or drop slightly. The results support the assessment of an upcoming Special Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, scheduled for approval in October, which will evaluate the health risks associated with 01.5°C and 02°C of warming. 

Ms Ana Maria Vicedo-Cabrera, Study First Author, said, “Our projections suggest that large increases in temperature-related deaths could be limited in most regions, if, warming was kept below 02°C. Under extreme changes in climate, large parts of the world could experience a dramatic increase in excess mortality due to heat. This would not be balanced by decreases in cold related deaths. Efforts to limit the increase in global temperature to below 01.5°C could provide additional benefits in tropical or arid regions, including, the most populous and, often, poorest countries.”

Mr Antonio Gasparrini, Co-author of the Study, said, “We hope that the results will help convince nations to take decisive actions by implementing ambitious climate policies consistent with the Paris Agreement in an effort to save lives. Currently, we are on a trajectory to reach over 03°C of warming and, if, this trend continues there would be serious consequences for health in many parts of the world.”

The authors acknowledge limitations of the study, including, the lack of data from some regions of the world, for instance, Africa and Middle East and the simplified scenarios, that do not account for demographic changes and adaptation. In this regard, the estimates should not be considered predictions of future mortality but projections of hypothetical health impacts, based on current socio-economic conditions, population structure and level of vulnerability.

The Paper: Vicedo-Cabrera, A. M. et al 2018. Temperature-mortality impacts under and beyond Paris Agreement climate change scenarios. Climatic Change Letter:::ω.

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Hunger: 821 Million Human Beings Existed in Hunger in 2017: More People Went Hungry in 2017 Than Any Time in the Previous Decade: That’s How Far Backward the World Has Fallen While This World’s Leaders Keep Telling the Hungry That They Can Sustain This Desperate State of Human Affairs Management: Tell Them to Wake Up Because This System is Bankrupt and Can Not Be Sustained

 

 

|| September 12: 2018 || ά. With food deprivation on the rise due to conflict and climate change, more people went hungry in 2017 than at any time in the previous decade, according to the latest edition of the UN’s annual multi-agency flagship report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. The report estimates that the number of undernourished globally, increased to 821 million in 2017, meaning that one in every nine people, does not have enough to eat. And here is what must be said about this desperate ‘falling backward’: 821 million human beings, that’s, almost, a billion or, roughly, one seventh of the whole humankind! While this desperation is not the whole picture it shows how the world has done nothing but pay lip-service as hunger crept ever wider but what this world’s leaders do and what they are engaged in and what they speak about suggest that everything is rose-stinted in the ‘show house’.

They keep telling the world that this is the system, the best that we can get! Yet, it is time to wake them up and inform them: this is a rotten, criminal, brutal, barbaric and mercilessly evil system, that ‘distributes’ nothing but misery to the majority of humanity while a tiny number of humans become richer and richer every minute. This criminal human affairs management system, this capitalism can not be sustained. The world can not keep one seventh of the whole human race perishing away in desperate suffering of terrible hunger! This is not sustainable: this rotten system can not be sustained. Further, people add this and that as causes but the real cause is this: no one is going to give food to anyone unless they have money, even, if, the world had the food and it can feed humanity twenty million times, no one is going to give that food to the hungry unless they have money! This is why these human beings are going hungry. Those politicians and all the privileged classes, who are happy in their dens and engaged in consuming should wake up for this can not be sustained: one seventh of the entire human race can not keep on dying in hunger! This can not be sustained.

The Report shows that, while some progress continues to be made in reducing child stunting, levels remain very high with nearly 151 million children aged under five, 22 per cent, affected by stunting. In addition, wasting continues to affect over 51 million children aged under five, which places them at higher risk of morbidity and mortality. This Report was published on Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organisation:FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development:IFAD, the World Food Programme:WFP, the UN Children's Fund:UNICEF and World Health Organisation:WHO.

“We now have three years of global hunger or chronic deprivation.’’ Ma Cindy Holleman, Senior Economist at FAO, told UN News in an interview on Tuesday. “Many governments and organisations had made a lot of achievements in reducing hunger and it had been falling for 10-15 years. Rhe levels of hunger are now where they were, almost, a decade ago.’’

Ma Hollerman said that that was an alarming signal that the increase was, mostly, due to three drivers across the world: the intensification of conflict, an economic downturn and the effects of climate change. The report emphasises that climate variability and extremes are already undermining food production in some regions and, if, action to mitigate disaster risk reduction and preparedness is not taken, the situation will only get worse as temperatures are expected to continue to rise and become more extreme.

“We, must, also, keep in mind that the underlying factors or causes of hunger are, also, poverty, and inequalities and marginalisation.” Ms. Holleman stressed the fact that, as the world works to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing these root causes would be as critical as implementing peace and climate resilience initiatives.

Regarding adult obesity, the report highlights that the situation is, also, getting worse. More than one in eight adults in the world is now endangering their health from being overweight; or more than 672 million.:::ω.

The Building-Block Foundational Human Rights

The Building-Block Foundational Human Rights

A: Absolute Right to Live in Clean, Healthy, Safe and Natural Environment
B: Absolute Right to Breathe Natural, Fresh, Clean and Safe Air
C: Absolute Right to Necessary Nutritional Balanced Food and Drink
D: Absolute Right to Free Medical Care at the Point of Need
E: Absolute Right to an Absolute Home
F: Absolute Right to Free Degree-Level Education and Life Long Learning
G: Absolute Right to Guaranteed Social Care
H: Absolute Right to a Universal Income
I: Absolute Right to a Job
J: Absolute Right to Dignified Civic and Human Funeral Paid Through by Universal Income

This is part of Munayem Mayenin's Works on Humanics and Humanical Society: Humanics: The Foundation: Published: The Second Volume of This Work, Humanics: The Humanicsonomics: Pseudonomics and Its Laws and Lawlessness, Soon to Be Published: No State, Government, Public Bodies of Any and All Kinds and Types Nor Any Person, Persons or Agency Can Pursue a Course Nor Can They Justify Any of It, That Leaves the Vast Majority of Humanity Suffering and Perishing Away in Miserable Agony of a Live-In-Life-Sentence in This Horrendous State of a Waste of Human Existence Across the Earth Because They Do Not Have These Building-Block Foundational Human Rights, Absence of Which, Literally, Wipes Out and Away All the Existing Human Rights

 

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All Sides in Yemen Conflict Could Be Guilty of War Crimes: UN Report

 

 

|| August 28: 2018 || ά. Parties on both sides of the conflict in Yemen have perpetrated and, continue to perpetrate, possible war crimes and other violations with a ‘total disregard’ for the suffering of millions of civilians, United Nations-appointed human rights investigators said on Tuesday. Created last year by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen analysed violations and abuses of international human rights law, humanitarian law and criminal law, making more than a dozen visits to the war-torn country and neighbouring States.

“The Group of Eminent Experts has reasonable grounds to believe that the Governments of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are responsible for human rights violations.” panel member Mr Charles Garraway told reporters in Geneva. Turning to the Houthi opposition forces, which he, also, described as ‘de facto authorities’, Mr Garraway added that the UN panel has ‘reasonable grounds to believe that the de facto authorities are responsible, in the areas over which they exercise effective control, for human rights violations’.

The experts’ findings cover the situation in Yemen from September 2014 to June 2018. The roots of the conflict date back to uprisings in 2011 but fighting escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of Yemen’s President against ‘Houthi-Saleh’ opposition forces, a reference to the former Yemen President, Ali Abdallah Saleh.

In recent years, the conflict has been marked by repeated airstrikes on public spaces, including, market places, funerals, civilian boats, detention facilities and hospitals. Just last week, an airstrike in opposition-held Hudaydah governorate, in western Yemen, killed at least 26 children and four women.

The report notes that coalition airstrikes have caused most direct civilian casualties, giving the UN panel ‘reasonable grounds’ to believe that the attacks overstepped key war crimes thresholds.

“Individuals in the Government of Yemen and the coalition, including, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, may, have conducted attacks in violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and:or proportions, which, may, amount to war crimes.” Mr Garraway said, adding that a confidential list of names would be handed over to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:OHCHR, pending further investigations.

“More information is needed on some incidents documented by the Group of Experts to establish responsibility.” the UN panel said in a statement, before calling on the Human Rights Council to renew its mandate when it meets next month.

“There is little evidence of any attempt by parties to the conflict to minimise civilian casualties. I call on them to prioritise human dignity in this forgotten conflict.” said Mr Kamel Jendoubi, the Chairperson of the Group.

According to UN human rights office:OHCHR, since March 2015 up to August 23, 2018, 6,660 civilians were killed and 10,563 injured; however, the real figures are likely to be significantly higher. Despite official meetings with coalition officials in Riyadh and Oman, Mr Garraway said that insufficient information had been provided about how airstrikes are planned and carried out.

“If, there are systemic flaws in the targeting process, causing civilian casualties beyond what one would expect, then that process needs to be examined.” he said. “And where there are flaws they need to be addressed and amended. We have seen no sign that there has been any attempt to do that.” According to the UN panel, more than 22 million people remain in need inside Yemen; almost, all of them are women and children.

Even before the conflict, Yemen was one of the poorest countries on earth, importing, almost, all of its food, fuel and medicines. In November 2017, civilians were weakened further by a ‘total blockade on all the borders of Yemen, preventing all humanitarian aid and commercial trade, including, food and fuel, from entering the country’, the Group of Experts’ report noted, adding that restrictions continued into June.

“The Houthi opposition’s role in causing ‘the majority’ of reported civilian casualties in Ta’izz from shelling is highlighted, as well as, its role in restricting food and aid access to civilian populations in the city, a strategically important location between Sana’a and the port cities of Aden and Hudaydah..:::ω.

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How Low is the Reach of the Hungarian Government: Hungary: Asylum Seekers Denied Food: Is It Not Time the European Union Actually Acts to Stop One of Its Member-Nation Behaving in Such a Manner That Smacks at Everything the EU is Supposed to Stand For

 

|| August 23: 2018: Human Rights Watch News || ά. Hungarian authorities have stopped food distribution since early August 2018 to some rejected asylum seekers held in transit zones on the Hungarian-Serbian border, Human Rights Watch said today. They should immediately ensure that all asylum seekers in custody are provided sufficient and appropriate food in line with the government’s legal obligations. “The government has stooped to a new inhumane low by refusing food to people in their custody, apparently, revelling in breaching human rights law, including, its obligations as a European Union member." Said Ms Lydia Gall, Eastern EU and Balkans Researcher at Human Rights Watch.

‘’This disregard for people’s wellbeing smacks of a cynical move to force people to give up their asylum claims and leave Hungary.” Two Afghan families and a pair of Syrian brothers are among those, who were denied food after their asylum applications were rejected under a new admissibility procedure. While a breastfeeding woman and children in the Afghan families were provided with food, they were prohibited from sharing it with other family members, the families’ legal representatives told Human Rights Watch. Acting on an emergency appeal filed by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee:HHC, the European Court of Human Rights:ECtHR ordered Hungarian authorities on August 10 to resume food distribution for the two Afghan families and has since issued similar orders in response to three other appeals, including, on behalf of the Syrian brothers.

While authorities have respected the court orders thus far, dozens of other rejected asylum seekers, may, face food deprivation, Human Rights Watch said. On August 20, a Pastor, Mr Gabor Ivanyi, was denied access, when he attempted to deliver food parcels to people in the transit zones. This occurred on a national holiday many refer to as the ‘Festival of the New Bread’.

Amendments to Hungarian asylum law enacted on July 01 allow authorities to deport asylum seekers whose claims have been deemed inadmissible, even, if, they appeal the decision. Nearly all asylum claims by people, who entered Hungary via Serbia or any other country listed as a safe third country under Hungarian law are considered inadmissible.

March 2017 amendments to the asylum law state that rejected asylum seekers, may be, placed in the ‘aliens policing procedure’ in designated areas, including, the transit zones, pending deportation. Until the July amendments went into effect, allowing the authorities to remove asylum seekers from the territory during the appeals procedure, people in custody were not denied food. 

The Immigration and Asylum Office:IAO on August 20 stated that there was nothing in Hungarian law, that explicitly obliges authorities to provide food to people in the ‘aliens policing procedure’ in the transit zones. But Hungarian authorities do have binding obligations under multiple human rights treaties and norms, that prohibit inhuman and degrading treatment of those in their custody and require those in custody to be treated with humanity and dignity.

That includes providing them with food, water, hygiene and medical needs. The government should act immediately to amend relevant legislation to ensure that everyone in a transit zone, regardless of the procedure or status of their claims, has the right to have their basic needs met, including, for food. The July amendments to the asylum law were part of a broader ‘Stop Soros package’, which, also, makes it a criminal offense to provide services, advice or support to migrants and asylum seekers, punishable by up to a one year in jail.

Since 2015, the Viktor Orban government has engaged in a virulent campaign against migrants and asylum seekers, including, efforts to demonise organisations, that provide legal and humanitarian assistance to these groups. One of the main targets is Mr George Soros, the Hungarian-born philanthropist billionaire, known for funding non-governmental and development organisations around the world, including, in Hungary.

The ‘Stop Soros’ package has drawn wide condemnation from EU institutions and the Council of Europe. On July 19, the European Commission took the Hungarian government to the EU’s Court of Justice for non-compliance of its asylum and return legislation with EU law. Simultaneously, it opened new infringement proceedings concerning the criminalisation of organisations and people, that provide support or assistance to asylum seekers and migrants.

The Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s constitutional law expert advisory body, had, already, in June, condemned provisions criminalising activities and advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers and migrants in Hungary as overly broad and disproportionate.

“It’s completely outrageous and absurd that people have to turn to the courts to get a slice of bread.” Ms Gall said. “EU institutions should take this latest attack on people’s rights, add it to the large file of rule of law and human rights concerns in Hungary and send a clear message that blatantly abusing asylum seekers and flouting EU rules will have serious consequences.’’:::ω.

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One That Tried His Best Passes Away: Kofi Annan The Voice of Resolute Determination to Keep at It

 

 

|| August 18: 2018 || ά. The United Nations is mourning the death of its former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old. Late Annan was the seventh man to take the helm of the Un and the first Secretary-General to emerge from the ranks of its staff. The current UN Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres hailed him as ‘a guiding force for good’ and a ‘proud son of Africa, who became a global champion for peace and all humanity’.

The United Nations is a fragile and precarious organisation and, often, it gets in a tangle because of it and fails but without it the world would be in a bigger and much worse a tangle than it is now. To lead this fragile and precarious body, that, despite its failures, does an enormous amount of good, which, without it, will absolutely be left undone. He took this job and made it into his mission. He failed in many instances but no one can accuse him of not trying or giving it up, ever! This is the yardstick by which late Kofi Annan should be judged: did he try his utmost and, did he keep on doing it at the last end: yes, he did. On the day, when he departed, the world is not just in a tangle but in terrible and horrible mess and in this, this very United Nations has been becoming a ‘side show voice’, that no one is interested in strengthening or reforming.

Things are falling apart. In this ‘Things Fall Apart’, as Chinua Achebe has written about it many years ago, it can not be emphasised enough as to what are the most fundamental and most vital task before the world: the rule of law and the world to work together within that body of the laws: international laws. Now, more than ever, this is the danger zone: there is hardly any importance in the international arena to work towards and seeking to achieve that state for all the world. In this the world has lost a vital voice but, one, that will keep on echoing: there is no other way but the law: be guided and bound by it: that is the future of humanity: if, this is not: humanity will have no future for they will end up ‘terminating themselves’ by wars, conflicts, famine, hunger, malnutrition, lack of education, illnesses and all the natural calamities and disasters.

These are not fashionable ideas any longer but these are the most vital and can not be left as they are today, in which, the human condition has been brought down to a live-in-life-sentence of misery. Kofi Annan’s voice will stand as such that will keep on echoing: the most fundamental and most vital task before the world: the rule of law and the world to work together within that body of the laws: international laws. there is no other way but the law: be guided and bound by it: that is the future of humanity: if, this is not: humanity will have no future for they will end up ‘terminating themselves’ by wars, conflicts, famine, hunger, malnutrition, lack of education, illnesses and all the natural calamities and disasters.

“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom and I know I was not alone.” Mr Guterres said in a statement.

“He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world.  In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us.”

Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on April 08, 1938. He served as UN Secretary-General for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning in January 1997. Annan joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organisation:WHO in Geneva, rising to hold senior-level posts in areas, such as, budget and finance and peacekeeping.

As Mr Guterres noted, “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.’’

From his beginnings in Geneva, Annan held UN posts in places, such as, Ethiopia, Egypt, the former Yugoslavia and at Headquarters in New York. Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he was tasked with facilitating the repatriation of more than 900 international staff, as well as, the release of Western hostages.

He later led the first UN team negotiating with Iraq on the sale of oil to fund purchases of humanitarian aid. Immediately prior to his appointment as Secretary-General in January 1997, Annan headed the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations during a period which saw an unprecedented growth in the Organisation’s field presence.

His first major initiative as the head of the UN was a plan for UN reform, presented to Member States in July 1997. He used his office to advocate for human rights, the rule of law, development and Africa and he worked to bring the UN closer to people worldwide by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.

As Secretary-General, he, also, galvanized global action to fight HIV:AIDS and combat terrorism. He and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. In his farewell statement to the UN General Assembly in December 2006, Kofi Annan expressed emotion over leaving what he called ‘this mountain with its bracing winds and global views’.

Although, the job had been difficult and challenging, he admitted that it was, also, ‘thrillingly rewarding’ at times.

“And while I look forward to resting my shoulder from those stubborn rocks in the next phase of my life, I know, I shall miss the mountain.” he said. However, he did not rest, taking on the role of UN Special Envoy for Syria in the wake of the conflict which began in March 2011. 

He, also, chaired an Advisory Commission established by Myanmar in 2016 to improve the welfare of all people in Rakhine state, home to the minority Rohingya community.

His homeland, Ghana, established an international peacekeeping training centre, that bears his name, which was commissioned in 2004. ::::ω.

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The Third Drought in Six Years Leaves 245,000 People Without Food in Senegal

 

 

 

|| August 13: 2018 || ά.  According to Action Against Hunger, Senegal and the cross-border region with Mauritania are experiencing the third episode of severe drought in six years, after 2011 and 2014, leaving close to a quarter of a million people without food going into the ‘hunger season’. “As early as October 2017, we began to warn of the impending food crisis caused by the rainfall deficit recorded that year. Now, in the middle of the hunger season, reserves of the last harvest have already been exhausted and food insecurity is now affecting 245,000 people in the four districts of Podor, Ranerou, Kanel and Matam.” says Mr Fabrice Carbonne, the Country Director of Action Against Hunger in Senegal.

Podor and Matam in northern Senegal have suffered the highest prevalence of acute malnutrition cases in the country in recent years. According to the rainfall data in the Department of Podor, 2017 seasonal rains decreased by 66% compared to the previous year and the subsequent production of pastures in the valley of the Senegal River is now scarce; one of the most alarming deficits in all of West Africa this year. ‘’Due to the depletion of pastures, clashes between nomadic pastoralists and farmers have intensified over control of resources." says Mr Carbonne.

“The drought situation, also, adds to the risk of disease spreading among the animals and lower production of milk and meat, with potentially dire consequences on nutrition, particularly, amongst children.

Many cattle are now dying and, with them, the main sustenance of many thousands of shepherds. Action Against Hunger is now funding the rehabilitation of ten drinking troughs, that will benefit 800 families from four communes in Podor. It is hoped that these activities will increase pastoral production in order to strengthen the resilience of the poorest families and, thus, respond to their immediate food needs." says Mr Carbonne.

A three-month food assistance campaign targeting 2,150 of the most vulnerable households has, also, been launched by the agency to help prevent further rises in acute malnutrition rates, including, monthly monetary transfers to cover basic food expenses.

"Mothers are being trained to evaluate the nutritional status of their children under five years of age using a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference:MUAC tape. Severe malnutrition cases will, then, be referred to health post centres depending on the severity of the cases." Mr Carbonne says. 

Additionally, families with children between six and 59 months and pregnant and lactating women are receiving enriched flour, made from local cereals with mineral and vitamin supplements.

About Action Against Hunger: Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation, that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger. :::ω.

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The World Elephant Day: Celebrate with Actions So that No Elephant is Killed for Now One is Slaughtered Every 25 Minutes: Unless We Act Soon There Won’t Be Any Left

 

|| August 12: 2018 || ά. Born Free launches Elephants in Crisis appeal on behalf of the threatened species, that could disappear from much of Africa within our lifetime. Elephants are in crisis. A century ago there were an estimated five million elephants in Africa. Today, there are less than half a million. On average, at least, 55 elephants are killed by poachers every day for their tusks. That’s one every 25 minutes. Since 2012, it is estimated that 201,288 elephants have been poached. Now, experts have predicted that unless poaching can be effectively addressed, elephants could all but disappear from many of Africa’s wild places in the coming decades. Today, Sunday, August 12 is World Elephant Day and are the elephants celebrating it? No, the humans are, at least, those, who care.

But should we care about anything other than humans? The tendency by which we are ‘directed, herded and manipulated’ suggests that we do not even widen our care zone, even, to include that ‘humans’ but only should care about ‘consuming’ as much as we could and mind our own ‘mindless, agency-less mob-clog’ and keep on consuming. But the harms, that all this mindless consuming and all that ‘selfishness’ has damaged the earth and its ecology in addition to inflicting enormous and substantial damages and harms to the wider participants, namely, the animals and vegetation kingdom, of  the web of life and, unless humans begin to show this awareness and respond to the duties, obligations and responsibilities with the utmost urgency and commitment, many animals and a great deal of flora will disappear from this web of life. Tigers are on this list, elephants are on this list so are many other astonishing animals, that are given ‘life-sentence to extinction’. Mr Will Travers OBE, the President of The Born Free Foundation, said, “A world without elephants is simply unimaginable. Born Free simply can not and will not, let that happen.’’

But unless the countless agencies across the earth, particularly, in the main battleground for elephants' survival, Africa, are supported both by national and international bodies and by each and every single individual of this world, they can not succeed on their own since everything runs on money on a money-based system, so that anything and everything must be done and sustained through that means. This is where support is vital. To do anything costs money and these agencies do not and can not make money: but they must get the support from the wider sources of both: the bodies and people. This is why we invite everyone to try and do anything to support the works of not just Born Free but many other agencies working on the field. Elephants are magnificent ‘beings’: those, who have, ever, worked with them and get to see, experience and learn from them, have, for forever, been transformed and are thankful that, somehow, they turned and followed that wild call and ended up with elephants. If, they are gone, humanity will be lessened by their disappearance. Time is now to act.

“Our extensive experience means we have witnessed, first-hand, the brutal aftermath of poaching and the pressure, that the species is under because of the demand for ivory. That’s why we have been campaigning for a global ban on the trade in ivory since 1989. Steps are finally being taken in the right direction. China officially closed its domestic ivory market back in 2017, the USA has taken resolute action, the majority of African countries are calling for the trade to end and the UK Government plans to end, almost, all domestic ivory trade by October 2018, However, there is still a great deal more to be done.

Just two years ago I stood on the edge of Nairobi National Park, in Kenya and watched 105 tonnes of ivory burn. Eleven towering pyres of tusks from an estimated 10,000 elephants were ceremoniously torched to send a defiant message to the world that, as far as Kenya was concerned, elephants are worth more alive.

While there is still a demand, poachers and the criminal networks, that support them, will continue to destroy a symbol of all, that is wild and free. There is much we still have to do to end the slaughter and secure a safe, long-term future for these iconic animals.” Mr Travers said.

African elephants are a keystone species with a valuable role to play culturally, aesthetically and within their own diverse and varied ecosystems. Known as ‘gardeners of the forest’, elephants disperse plant species by depositing undigested seeds in their dung and modify landscapes by uprooting trees and digging for water during the dry season. These natural foraging behaviours help other animals survive in harsh environmental conditions.

Elephants are, also, sentient creatures. They live in close-knit family groups of individuals, who care for and protect their young. And, just like humans, they mourn the loss of family members. Callous poachers kill adult elephants for their tusks, often, leaving distraught infants orphaned. The lucky ones are rescued, the majority, almost, certainly perish.

What can you do to help Born Free: Sign Born Free’s ivory petition

Adopt Born Free’s Elephant Family: a large, close-knit herd who live in Kenya’s Amboseli Park, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro

Support the Born Free ivory amnesty

Donate: Born Free urgently need funds for their life-saving work in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Kenya

Spread the word: spread the word about the ivory trade around the world to drive the rejection of ivory as a valuable material

Ms Virginia McKenna OBE, the Founder of Born Free, said, “Elephants are living treasures. Nature's gardeners. Nature's great teachers. Tragically, some people don't give a damn. We must cherish life and not tolerate cruelty and death. We must challenge the bloody ivory trade with all our might. We must bring shame on those who would condone it. It’s time to be kind.”

About Born Free: Born Free’s mission is to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. Born Free opposes the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaigns to keep wildlife in the wild.

Born Free promotes Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs of and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. Born Free seeks to have a positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world. :::ω.

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All Female eXXpedition North Pacific 2018: The Ocean Plastics Science Expedition Studying the Ocean Plastic Pollution Completed: It’s Billions of Micro-Actions That Have Led Us to This Situation and It’s Billions of Micro-Actions That Will Get Us Out

 

 

 

|| July 30: 2018 || ά. eXXpedition North Pacific, in collaboration with recycling innovator TOMRA, has concluded in Seattle after a month long scientific research mission, led by award winning British Skipper and Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador Dr Emily Penn, investigating solutions to the devastating impact of single-use plastic and toxics in the world’s oceans. The Expedition crew was made up of a diverse and international group of 24 women from Britain, USA, Canada, Slovenia, Norway and Honduras.

Split over two voyage legs, the crew sailed over 3,000 nautical miles from Hawaii to Vancouver through the densest ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet, the North Pacific Gyre, better known as, the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ before surveying remote coastlines of Canada’s British Columbia en route to Seattle. During the voyage contributed to a dozen research projects, conducting daily trawls for plastics and pollutants and collecting data for a variety of global datasets and scientific research studies.

This data is being used to support scientists in the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the USA. As much as 800 miles away from land the crew witnessed a constant stream of recognisable items passing by the vessel from toilet seats to plastic bottles. Most disturbing was the volume of microplastics, pieces under 05mm diameter, they counted in sea water samples.

One trawl sample was analysed on board using a microscope and indicated that over 500,000 pieces of these microplastics existed in the square kilo meter of ocean where the sample was taken and this didn’t account for the pieces, that were so small they were not captured by the fine trawl net.

In one instance, the eXXpedition crew sailed upon a 10m3 floating pile of marine debris, which Dr Emily Penn fitted with a GPS tracker. It was the first successful deployment of a large set of 40 trackers, that are destined for the ‘garbage patch’ as part of a multi-institutional project to better understand ocean plastic pollution, funded by NASA.

The crew witnessed wildlife, such as, dolphins and Albatross feeding in the areas where they had collected some of their densest microplastic seawater samples.

In the four years since the first eXXpedition voyage across the Atlantic, over 100 exceptional women have sailed on an eXXpedition mission creating their own narratives about plastics and toxics, utilising their specific skills and their eXXpedition experience. These Ambassadors have gone on to give inspirational talks, organise plastic-free community projects, implement plastic policies within their organisations, campaign for better legislation, release impactful films and create inspiring ocean plastic artworks.

“Our crew are now heading back to their homes around the world with a new perspective. They’ve seen the issue first hand, formed strong bonds and are deeply empowered to be agents for change across every sphere of influence, that they have; through their job, their community, their household.” says Mission Director Dr Emily Penn.

“There’s much, that needs to be done to address the issues from closing the loop on plastic waste through effective recycling schemes to upstream solutions, that are designed to end the use of unnecessary single-use plastics. But ultimately, it’s about individual actions.

Every bottle and toothbrush polluting the ocean once belonged to someone. It’s billions of micro-actions, that have led us to this situation and it’s billions of micro-actions, that will get us out. It’s time to turn awareness into action and for everyone to ask themselves, “What’s my superpower? Where do my skills intersect the issue of marine plastic pollution and what can I do about it?”.

For people interested in applying to join a future eXXpedition visit.

For practical tips and advice on actions one can take to tackle plastic pollution in everyday life visit the eXXpedition Change Makers microsite.

About eXXpedition: eXXpedition, the British Community Interest Company behind North Pacific 2018, specialises in all-women sailing expeditions. This is the 10th eXXpedition voyage and the first in the North Pacific Gyre. It has the endorsement and support of the UN Environment Clean Seas initiative and Ocean Wise. :::ω.

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Pfizer and GSK’s HIV:AIDS Division ViiV Prevents Children with HIV From Getting the Needed Medicine

 

 

|| July 29: 2018: MSF News || ά. As the annual global HIV:AIDS Conference got underway in Amsterdam, Médecins Sans Frontières:MSF was was calling out ViiV Healthcare, a division of US and UK pharmaceutical corporations Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as, Japan’s Shionogi, for preventing children with HIV from getting child-appropriate formulations of a critical HIV medicine, Dolutegravir. The World Health Organisation:WHO now recommends Dolutegravir as a preferred treatment option for adults and for children from four weeks to ten years of age, to replace paediatric treatments containing sub-optimal drugs with more side effects.

When starting treatment, children need access to the best and most robust medicines possible, which are least likely to result in resistance, given they will likely take HIV medicines for life. “The nearly two million babies and kids around the world, who live with HIV shouldn’t have to settle for inferior treatment when something better exists.” said Dr David Maman, the Medical Co-ordinator for MSF in Malawi. “It’s outrageous that ViiV is dragging its feet when it comes to getting better treatment for children with HIV.”

Despite ViiV pledging in November 2017 that it would expedite the availability of paediatric Dolutegravir formulations where these are most critically needed and despite repeated appeals from MSF and others, almost, 18 months after paediatric formulations of Dolutegravir were approved for use by the European Medicines Agency, the corporation has started the registration process in only three Sub-Saharan African countries.  

This leaves the majority of children in developing countries without this improved treatment option. Whereas needed HIV medicines are routinely imported via import waivers in situations where the drugs are not yet registered, ViiV claims it is against its policy to do this. This is unconscionable, especially, if, governments are prepared to issue such waivers to provide children with this improved treatment option.

Furthermore, ViiV, must, urgently, finish the development of a new dispersible version of the drug for babies and the youngest children with HIV, which is not available anywhere and complete the dosing studies, that are needed to further optimise and simplify treatment for children. It, must, also, honour its commitment to supply its paediatric formulations as needed while generic versions are being developed, including, through its recently announced collaboration with Unitaid and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, as this will take several years at any rate.

“ViiV needs to recognise its responsibility as today’s only producer of paediatric versions of the new gold standard in treatment for babies and children with HIV and move mountains to make sure kids can access this treatment immediately.” said Ms Jessica Burry, HIV Pharmacist at MSF’s Access Campaign. “A full four years after ViiV first made Dolutegravir available for adults, what we’re seeing is the corporation hiding behind bureaucratic excuses for why they can’t make the drug available to kids, who need it. Their excuses are not valid.”

Pricing of the paediatric formulations is, also, much higher relative to the adult formulations. ViiV sells the adult 50mg dose for approximately US$223 per person per year, while for the 25mg and 10mg paediatric formulations, ViiV charges US$214 and US$115, respectively. If, a child needs a dose of 35mg, ViiV would charge US$329 per year, over US$100 more than than adults pay and this does not include the two other drugs required to make up the full treatment combination.

Furthermore, generic versions of the adult triple-drug cocktail containing Dolutegravir are available for US$75 per person per year. Yet, another example of how children with HIV are consistently left behind.:::ω.

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Ebola Outbreak in DRC Ends: WHO Calls for International Efforts to Stop Other Deadly Outbreaks in the Country: This Shows Why Must We Keep at It: Keep on Learning So to Make Better: Do Better

 

 

 

|| July 24: 2018 || ά. Today marks the end of the ninth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:DRC. The World Health Organisation:WHO congratulates the country and all those involved in ending the outbreak, while urging them to extend this success to combatting other diseases in DRC. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, joined Minister of Health Dr Oly Ilunga for the announcement in Kinshasa.

“The outbreak was contained due to the tireless efforts of local teams, the support of partners, the generosity of donors, and the effective leadership of the Ministry of Health. That kind of leadership, allied with strong collaboration between partners, saves lives.” said Dr Tedros. Unlike previous Ebola outbreaks in the country, this one involved four separate locations, including, an urban centre with river connections to the capital and to neighbouring countries, as well as, remote rainforest villages.

There were initial concerns that the disease could spread to other parts of DRC and to neighbouring countries.

Within hours of the outbreak being declared on 8 May, WHO released US$02 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies, deployed a team to augment capacity in the field, and activated an emergency incident management system.

“WHO moved quickly and efficiently.” said Dr Moeti. “We, also, demonstrated the tremendous capacity of the African region. More than three-quarters of the 360 people deployed to respond came from within the region. Dozens of experts from Guinea spent weeks leading Ebola vaccination efforts here, transferring expertise which will enable the DRC to mount an effective response both within its borders and beyond.”

Dr Tedros urged the DRC Government and the international community to build on the positive momentum generated by the quick containment of the Ebola outbreak.

“This effective response to Ebola should make the Government and partners confident that other major outbreaks affecting the country such as cholera and polio can also be tackled.” said Dr Tedros. “We must continue to work together, investing in strengthened preparedness and access to healthcare for the most vulnerable.” :::ω.

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Turkey: Lifting of the State of Emergency Must Pave the Road Back to Justice: Amnesty International

 

 

|| July 18: 2018 || ά. Responding to the fact that Turkey’s state of emergency will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the day, Mr Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, said, “Whilst the lifting of the two-year state of emergency is a step in the right direction, it needs to be accompanied by urgent measures, if, it is to be anything more than a cosmetic exercise.

Over the last two years, Turkey has been radically transformed with emergency measures used to consolidate draconian powers, silence critical voices and strip away basic rights. Many will remain in force following the lifting of the state of emergency. Hundreds of journalists, human rights defenders and activists, including, Amnesty International Turkey’s Honorary Chair, Mr Taner Kılıç, have been detained simply for doing their jobs.

Tens of thousands of people have been locked up by a judiciary, that lacks the most basic independence and incarcerates real or perceived critics of the government without evidence of any actions, that can reasonably constitute offences.

NGOs and newspapers have been shut down and more than 130,000 Turkish public sector workers arbitrarily dismissed under emergency decree.

The lifting of the state of emergency alone will not reverse this crackdown. What is needed is systematic action to restore respect for human rights, allow civil society to flourish again and lift the suffocating climate of fear, that has engulfed the country.”

The current State of Emergency will expire at midnight tonight. :::ω.

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Barack Obama to Deliver the Sixteenth Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture 2018 in Johannesburg on July 17

 

 

|| July 14: 2018 || ά. Former US President Mr Barack Obama is due to deliver the Sixteenth Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture 2018, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation in celebration of the 100 years of Mandela’s birth in Johannesburg on July 17. We should listen more and speak less and value silence doubly than speech for only than Nelson Mandelas are made: the silence and the wonderings, the questioning and the contemplating and studying and seeking the path of the ray of light on the path of the lone and lonely solitude.

The world has been drowning more and more, not into speech as much as into the dreadful cacophony of noises and machinations that we are forgetting the real world and the desperate human condition in which hundreds and hundreds of millions of human beings are suffering an existence of agony while the charade, the farce and the cruelties of the ‘established order’ of things go on ‘consuming and owning the resources’ while the majority of the world’s humanity ‘starve’, in all possible meanings of the word, starve and the media seems to be occupied with these ‘puddling about’ while the oceans and seas and waterways are strangled to destruction, while the world faces the thrashing, lashing devastation, being Japan as of this very moment, among many other places.

And in this there is no better guiding light for us to look towards than the legacy of Nelson Mandela. And Mr Obama is heading to beautiful Johannesburg for this Lecture with a ‘mini-nation’ of future African Leaders, a hundred of them from across Africa, gathering with him. Dare the world, challenge the world and offer not hatred, not cheap populism, not even cheaper regurgitation of the ‘same old puddle-pits’ but express the power of the infinity of humanity, that we are and, with that, inspire that infinity, that we are. Anyone can hate and anyone can vomit more of the same hatred and phobia and the taughtologies: but not many can offer the joy and beauty of love, of faith, of human bond and connectedness.

And the conviction that our ecology, the ecology of this humanity is spread across the earth like the capillaries of our physiology, like music of the heartbeats and seasons of our pulsing cardiology, like the nervous system of our neurology and like the intricate and architectural layering constructing building-mechanism of our DNAs and RNAs and amino acids and the proteins and like the rise and fall, the high tide and low of the eternal and one blood and, finally, the utterly impossible and bewildering power of the human will to endure and keep on fighting exactly as Nelson Mandela did all those-more-than-two-and-half-decade in that cell.

Let humanity get inspired towards that what is unfathomable: this us, this humanity, that we are: an infinity unfolding itself. Believe in it, if, you believe in Nelson Mandela: Believe in it and go about inspiring. Anyone can build a wall but it takes a visionary to envision an open and ever free ocean, always at liberty and at peace while it exists as peace: that is the Universe in which exist, that is the mother earth where we must learn to exist and this is what is called creating: build up that symphonic work: Kierkegaard wrote Works of Love: Must we learn how to exist as Works of Love. Go and inspire for Nelson Mandela did exactly that: he inspired a people first, a country next and then made them into a true nation; along with it he inspired a continent and went to make the entire world and all humanity his own continent and inspired them all for eternity. Rise to that summit and take in the wider bewildering views and realise the hills and summits keep on going farther up and keep on walking and going for we are heading way, way, way ahead into the vast, vast future, that keeps on going for hundreds of millions of years and more.

Those, who think the world and humanity are about the next election or next ten years or twenty or hundred or one hundred thousand years are missing the entire point. The Sun burns for billions of years: stop and ask, if, humanity and the earth have reached the pinnacle of development, then, we are heading towards the end soon; then, why should that Sun keep on burning for billions of years? And now stop and look at the absolute, total and comprehensive mess we have made on earth and what a desperately dreadful and cruel and monstrous human condition we have created and realise we are a crawling baby and this mess we make because of our arrogance, inexperience and lack of development. Must we keep on learning and growing to advance ourselves: back to our human genome: it has only expressed, less than 02% of the 100%. That’s how little we have become, thus, far. Therefore, we are heading way into hundreds and hundreds of millions of years and for that must we keep on learning and building and developing so that we can create a better human condition for all humanity on earth. Go on and inspire: speak of the Audacity of Hope and add a new one, the Dare and Power of Vision: inspire.   

The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is one of the Foundation’s flagship programmes to honour its founder, Nelson Mandela. Every year since 2003, global leaders have used the lecture to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. To honour the centennial of Madiba’s birth, the lecture’s theme will be ‘’Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World’.

The Lecture will focus on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality. The lecture will take place, a day before Nelson Mandela International Day and will be held at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. About 9,000 people are expected to attend.

For most of his life, Nelson Mandela fought for democracy and equality. His presidency was defined by his efforts to solidify the fragile democracy of South Africa and by his lessons on the politics of bridge-building over the politics of division.

The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is a unique platform to drive debate on critical social issues in South Africa and around the world. :::ω.

 

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In an Open Letter Those Who Think and Care Call for a Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security

 

 

|| July 11: 2018 || ά. The following voices, signatories, have endorsed and issued this Open Letter as individuals and not on behalf of any organisation, in which they call on for a Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security for America. The Open Letter has been published in The Nation today: The Open Letter: ‘’Many Americans remain deeply concerned about reports of Russian interference with the 2016 election. Meanwhile, relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest and most dangerous point in several decades. For the sake of democracy at home and true national security, we must reach common ground to safeguard common interests -- taking steps to protect the nation’s elections and to prevent war between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.’’

‘’Whatever the truth of varied charges that Russia interfered with the election, there should be no doubt that America’s digital-age infrastructure for the electoral process is in urgent need of protection. The overarching fact remains that the system is vulnerable to would-be hackers based anywhere. Solutions will require a much higher level of security for everything from voter-registration records to tabulation of ballots with verifiable paper trails. As a nation, we must fortify our election system against unlawful intrusions as well as official policies of voter suppression.’’

‘’At the same time, the U.S. and Russian governments show numerous signs of being on a collision course. Diplomacy has given way to hostility and reciprocal consular expulsions, along with dozens of near-miss military encounters in Syria and in skies above Europe. Both sides are plunging ahead with major new weapons development programs. In contrast to prior eras, there is now an alarming lack of standard procedures to keep the armed forces of both countries in sufficient communication to prevent an escalation that could lead to conventional or even nuclear attack. These tensions are festering between two nations with large quantities of nuclear weapons on virtual hair-trigger alert; yet the current partisan fixations in Washington are ignoring the dangers to global stability and, ultimately, human survival.’’

‘’The United States should implement a pronounced shift in approach toward Russia. No political advantage, real or imagined, could possibly compensate for the consequences if even a fraction of U.S. and Russian arsenals were to be utilized in a thermonuclear exchange. The tacit pretense that the worsening of U.S.-Russian relations does not worsen the odds of survival for the next generations is profoundly false. Concrete steps can and must be taken to ease tensions between the nuclear superpowers.’’

The Singatories of this Open Letter are:

Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus, Boston University

Phyllis Bennis, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies

Noam Chomsky, Professor, Author and Activist

Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics, NYU and Princeton University and Board Member, American Committee for East-West Accord

John Dean, Former Nixon White House Counsel

Phil Donahue, Journalist and Talk-Show Pioneer

Thomas Drake, Former NSA Senior Executive and Whistle-blower

Daniel Ellsberg, Activist, ‘Pentagon Papers’ Whistle-blower and Author of The Doomsday Machine Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Jack F. Matlock Jr, Former US Ambassador to the USSR and Board Member, American Committee for East-West Accord

Michael Moore, Academy Award–Winning Filmmaker and Best-Selling Author

Walter Mosley, Writer and Screenwriter

John Nichols, National Affairs Correspondent, The Nation

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–Winning Novelist

Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, CUNY Graduate School

Valerie Plame, Former Covert CIA Operations Officer and Author

Adolph Reed Jr, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico

Patricia Schroeder, Former Congresswoman

Norman Solomon, National Co-ordinator, RootsAction.org

Gloria Steinem, Writer and Feminist Organiser

Adlai Stevenson III, Former US Senator and Chairman, Adlai Stevenson Centre on Democracy

Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation

Alice Walker, Writer, Poet and Activist

Jody Williams, Professor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute

Readers are invited to add their names to support this historic Open Letter for secure elections and true national security:::ω.

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Amnesty International Calls on the World Leaders to Take the Opportunity to End Child Migration Detention for Good

|| July 08: 2018: Amnesty International News || ά. With hundreds of traumatised children still trapped in detention centres in the USA as a result of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy, Amnesty International is calling on world leaders to take action by including a commitment to end child migration detention in the text of the Global Compact on Migration:GCM, which enters the final stage of negotiations next week. Leaders of 193 UN Member States will meet in New York from Monday, July 09 to agree on the final text of the GCM, which aims to establish a common agenda for managing migration and protecting the human rights of migrants.

Throughout the drafting process Amnesty International has recommended ways to ensure the GCM protects migrant children's rights. “The appalling scenes in the US have illustrated why an international commitment to ending child migration detention is so desperately needed; these negotiations could not have come at a more crucial time.” said Mr Perseo Quiroz, Amnesty International’s Senior Americas Advocate. “Many world leaders have expressed their outrage at the Trump Administration’s recent horrendous treatment of children, whose parents have arrived in US irregularly. Now is the time to channel that outrage into concrete action.

At the UN next week there is a real opportunity for states to show they are serious about ending child migration detention for good by pushing for the strongest protections possible for all children, accompanied or otherwise.”

Amnesty International opposes all detention of children, whether accompanied or unaccompanied, solely for immigration purposes and recommends that a presumption is established in law against detaining families and children for immigration-related reasons.

In September 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and committed to developing a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

The current draft of the GCM commits to ‘use migration detention only as a last resort’ and, in the case of children, ‘work to end the practice of child detention in the context of international migration’. Amnesty International believes that there is no circumstance in which migration-related detention of children is justified and is calling on States to change the language to reflect this. 

“Sadly, the US is not alone in detaining children for migration purposes, countries including, Denmark, Australia and the UK have similar practices.” said Mr Perseo Quiroz.

“We hope that events in the US have shone a spotlight on the brutal realties of detaining children simply because their parents are on the move and will compel other governments to take concrete steps to protect all children from this cruel treatment.” 

Although, the GCM will not be legally binding, it is politically binding and sets the basis for the discussion on migration for the coming years. :::ω.

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|| April 06: 2018 || ά. The Humanion was first published on September 24, 2015 and has been run, since that day, on a complete voluntary basis without any 'formal' or 'constituted' manner or form and, it was run on as a Human Enterprise, which is an idea of Humanics, in which, ownership is replaced by belongingship and, thus, in a Humanical Society, no one owns anything but everyone belongs to the whole as the whole belongs to everyone lawfully and equally and, it neither believes in nor makes money but human utilities, needs, aspirations, creativity, imagination and dreams are served without money, where everyone works and creates for all others as all others create and work for all others, thus, bringing in meaning and purpose to life along with it come natural justice, equality and liberty, that establish a true civilisation within the Rule of Law. And in one word, this system of human affairs management is called, Humanics and a society that runs itself in humanics is called a humanical society. Today, we have begun the process of 'constituting' this Human Enterprise, which does not exist in the current system, but the next closest thing to it, that exists in the UK Law is Social Enterprise. Therefore, today, Friday, April 06, 2018, we are beginning Regine Humanics Foundation, that is the 'Agency', that will lead, run, manage and develop everything, that The Humanion has been trying to do.

Regine Humanics Foundation is established by the Thinker, Author, Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Editor of The Humanion, Festival Director of London Poetry Festival and a Humanicsxian: hu: maa: neek: tian: One, that believes in, lives and exists by Humanics, Mr Munayem Mayenin, of London, England, United Kingdom. Mr Mayenin says, ''Humanics is a vision; people, may, call it, utopia, we, call it our Humanicsovicsopia; Humanics. Humanics is our philosophy, our faith, our conviction, our resolution, our way of existing, thinking, being and doing: to seek and try to do so in the determination that all we must do and be is to exist to advance the human condition. People, readers and agencies and organisations, from all across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the whole of the United Kingdom and Australasia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, from all walks and strata of life, have supported our endeavours, supported The Humanion and The Humanion Team, who volunteered their time to run things, since the beginning of The Humanion and long before that, when other things, that are now part of The Foundation, were developing. Nothing has changed in terms of the nature and value of what we have been seeking to do.''

''But the founding of The Foundation brings it all in a solid foundation so that we can keep on building this 'vision' so that it keeps on going regardless of who come to take the vision-mission of The Foundation forward. The Foundation runs along with time and along with the flowing humanity. This is the dream, this is the vision, this the hope in founding this Foundation. And, in this, we hope and invite all our readers, supporters, well wishers and all agencies and organisations to support our endeavours to build something, a Human Enterprise, which we are in the process of registering as a Social Enterprise, as a Community Interest Company, working for the common good of the one and common humanity. No one makes or takes profit out of The Foundation, which now runs The Humanion and everything else, that is part of it. The Foundation, once registered, will have an Asset Lock, which means that in any event, should The Foundation dissolve itself, all its existing assets shall go to a similar Social Enterprise. Therefore, we invite everyone to support The Foundation, support The Humanion in whatever way they can. And, there are endless number of ways people and organisations can support The Foundation and The Humanion.'' ::: ω.

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Lucie Brazdova: A Midwife with MSF Aboard the Bourbon Argos Helps Pregnant Women Rescued at Sea: June 23: 2016: Image: Sara Creta: Medecins Sans Frontieres

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Humanion: We Are One

There is One Humanity on One Earth in One Sunnara in One Milky Way Galaxy on One Universe and There is the Absolute Opposite of It, Called, Evil: Please, Do Not Seek to Divide Humanity by Applying Pseudo Adjectives Such as Eastern or Western or Southern or Northern and Pointless Things Like That: Humanity is Humanity Regardless of Where It Exists: It Exists as Finite Expression of Infinite Goodness: But When We Divide Ourselves and Set Segments of Ourselves Against Each Other We Feed Nothing But Evil and in Turn We Suffer Endless Evils as We are Doing Across the Earth Today. A United Humanity Must Fight All Evils That Challenge Humanity All Over the World and Evil Has Always Challenged Humanity Since the Dawn of Our Existence: Divided Humanity is the Weakest Humanity, Which Equates to Nothing But the Most Consolidated, the Most Empowered, the Most Concentrated and Most Embolden, the Most Unified Evil. Read This O Fellow Humanion: The Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East:SESAME: The Current Members of SESAME are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey. Current Observers are Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union:That's 28 Countries, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America: Is It Not Absolutely Beautiful!