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Africa: Despite Progress, Girls Subjected to Violence and Discrimination March 5, 2007

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Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

“Despite progress, we continue to live in a world where millions of girls remain out of school, engaged in exploitative labor, are trafficked, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and are targets of sexual violence,” Veneman said in advance of International Women’s Day on March 8.

String the critical link between discrimination against girls and women and violence, Veneman drew attention to the sexual violence committed in armed conflict, trafficking, and practices such as honour killings, dowry crimes, early marriage, and female genital cutting/mutilation.

“In too many countries and regions, the plight of girls is ignored or denied,” Veneman said. “This leaves girls to suffer in silence and has a devastating effect on the well-being of families and communities.”

Veneman said education is a key to addressing discrimination and violence against girls and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Educated girls are better equipped to protect themselves against life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS, are more likely to give birth to healthy babies who will survive and grow into adulthood, tend to delay marriage, and are more likely to have fewer children.

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U.N. Anti-Racism Panel Questions Israel February 21, 2007

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A United Nations anti-racism hearing later this week could add more fuel to the debate over a hotly contested Israeli construction project that has sparked anger throughout the Muslim world. Israel’s government has also been asked to explain if it discriminates between Jewish citizens and what it calls its “Arab sector” in how it provides housing, education, public services, land rights and legal protection against acts of violence, according to a list of issues released by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The panel of 18 independent experts overseeing compliance with the United Nations’ 38-year-old anti-racism treaty has submitted questions in writing on Israel’s policy for preserving holy sites and asked the government to explain why it only grants special protection for places considered sacred by Jews.

“To date, approximately 120 places have been declared as holy sites, all of which are Jewish,” the committee said in its list of questions, written before the recent furor over a construction project in Jerusalem that some Muslims have charged could damage Islam’s holy places.

Israel – whose quadrennial review was postponed in August because of the Lebanon war – is to appear before the panel on Thursday and Friday to answer the questions, which include whether it “has set forth regulations in relation to holy sites of both the Jewish and non-Jewish population.”

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UN Special Envoy to visit war-ravaged Darfur February 7, 2007

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UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur and his African Union (AU) counterpart will conduct a joint mission to Sudan next week as part of their efforts to revive the stalled peace process in the war-torn region.

Mr Jan Eliasson and the AU’s Mr Salim Ahmed Salim will travel on Monday to the capital, Khartoum, and to Darfur itself for talks with the Government and leaders of the rebel groups.
The rebel groups did not sign the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) in May last year.

The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced the six-day mission on Tuesday as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that obtaining a cessation of hostilities is urgent because unacceptable delays are preventing humanitarian help from reaching millions of victims.

Following his recent trip to Africa, where he discussed Darfur with AU leaders at their summit in Addis Ababa, Mr Ban warned Council members that slow progress on this issue cannot be tolerated.

“No more time can be lost. The people of Darfur have waited for far too long,” said UN spokesperson Michele Montas, quoting from Mr. Ban’s remarks.

Mr Ban said he had discussed with the Council his “very useful and constructive” recent meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, when they talked about plans for a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force in Darfur.

He said he expects a “positive and clear” response soon from Mr Bashir to a letter he sent last month outlining the details of the hybrid force, its command structure and funding.

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Indigenous Women And Racism February 1, 2007

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On December 10, 1992, indigenous leaders from more than fifty countries told the UN that “governments continue to desecrate and appropriate religious and sacred places and objects, depriving indigenous nations around the world of their basic spiritual ways of life.” Indigenous people often find that the mainstream culture tries to undermine their culture.

More than 370 Million indigenous people—that is more than 10 percent of the global population– in 70 countries worldwide are discussing these and other issues on the occasion of the World Indigenous Day on Tuesday ( Augg 9 ). Approximately, three-quarters of the world’s 6,000 languages are spoken by indigenous people. To begin with, how do we define indigenous people?

The people occupying an area before it was found by other people are indigenous.

Guatemala’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú—who belongs to indigenous community—said, “The International Day is also an occasion to vigorously condemn the grave and systematic violation of the inalienable rights of indigenous peoples, which even affects the right to life. In some countries, extinction is threatening indigenous people, while in others they suffer starvation; and the conditions of marginalization, segregation, oppression and racism of which they are victims have generally not been eliminated.” She further added, “It is hypocritical of the UN and of governments to declare a day for indigenous people and then do nothing about it”.

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New UN chief pledges attention to Darfur January 3, 2007

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon started his first day on the job on Tuesday by promising immediate attention to the crisis in Darfur but backing off traditional UN opposition to capital punishment.

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister succeeding Kofi Annan of Ghana, was greeted by a UN honor guard and then went to a UN meditation chapel to honor fallen peacekeepers.

Asked about the weekend execution of Saddam Hussein, Ban, 62, told reporters the former Iraqi leader was responsible “for committing heinous crimes and unspeakable atrocities against the Iraqi people and we should never forget the victims of these crimes.”

But he said, “The issue of capital punishment is for each and every member state to decide” in conformity with international law. South Korea has the death penalty although it is considering abolishing it.

However, his special representative in Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, released a statement saying that the world body “remains opposed to capital punishment, even in the case of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”

Ban said the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region was “very high on my agenda” and he would meet with his special envoy Jan Eliasson of Sweden on Wednesday morning and had already spoken by telephone with him.

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Human Rights Watch: Sexual misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers December 27, 2006

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Children raped. Girls forced to trade sex for food. Women assaulted at gunpoint. Is this the behavior one would expect from the United Nations peacekeeping missions?

Since the 1990s, the U.N. peacekeeping missions have been plagued with sexual misconduct scandals. According to The Washington Post, it first started in Cambodia with U.N. peacekeepers sexually abusing young girls. At that time, the U.N. dismissed the claims with a careless attitude–as if it were inevitable to occur. Meanwhile, the abuses continued and a culture of silence developed.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 30 percent of the people who visited brothels were U.N. or NATO staff. In fact, the U.N. police operated brothels there and trafficked people.(1)

In Liberia, U.N. peacekeepers had sex with young girls, some as young as 12 years old. A trade would consist of giving the girl $10 or some food. Many of the staff visited the brothels in their U.N. vehicles.

In the Congo, the alleged cases of sexual exploitation include child porn rings, sex shows and rape of babies.

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The Damned of Darfur December 13, 2006

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A HALF-million dead in Darfur; 2.5 million refugees – not counting the corpses lost in the sands or terrified survivors in hiding. Surely, the world will act? No. The world talks. While the militias kill – and years pass. The United Nations looks away – its signature gesture when human rights are violated.

Welcome to the triumph of global hypocrisy.

Europe wrings its hands – as Europe always does – but declines an invitation to the dance. After all, “responsible” governments can’t play fast and loose with another state’s sovereignty. No dictator or president-for-life would be able to get a decent night’s sleep.

So Sudan’s Islamo-fascists continue to kill with impunity.

Our own left mourns theatrically for Darfur’s dead – but no one has formed a new Lincoln Brigade to take on Sudan’s Muslims fanatics. And the uncomfortable fact that Arab Muslims are slaughtering black Muslims goes ignored. It doesn’t fit the left’s comfortable worldview.

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U.N. recommends Mexico improve fight against women’s discrimination November 24, 2006

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MEXICO CITY – A United Nations report says Mexico needs to follow promises with action if it wants to eradicate discrimination against women.

The report applauded Mexico’s 2006 passage of the General Act on Equality between Women and Men. But it expressed concerns that additional steps have to be taken before it can be implemented effectively.The authors of the report say they’re worried the law lacks the necessary components to bring states and cities across the country on board.In particular, the committee is concerned that the National Commission on Human Rights lacks “the necessary financial resources and specially trained personnel to achieve this goal.” The commission is in charge of overseeing enforcement.

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Peretz: Labor won’t tolerate racism November 6, 2006

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ISRAEL –A week into his new position, and Minister of Strategic Threats Avigdor Lieberman has drawn disapproval from the prime minister Sunday for his comments that Israel should follow the example set by Syria and divide Jews and Arabs.

“The source of the conflict here is not territory, it is not occupation, it is not settlers. It is a clash between two people and two religions.

  • Burning Issues #9: The Lieberman factorAnywhere in the world where there are two peoples and two religions, whether it’s the former Yugoslavia or the Caucasus region in Russia or in Northern Ireland, there is conflict,” Lieberman told the British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph. “What we have seen in Cyprus is that since they have that model, there is no terror. There is security. There is no peace but there is security.”Cyprus has been divided into Greek and Turkish sections since 1974. Repeated attempts by the United Nations to reunify the Mediterranean island have failed.

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert distanced himself from Lieberman’s remarks during Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

    “Lieberman’s opinions do not reflect mine. That’s not the government’s position and Avigdor [Lieberman] knows that. I am in favor of Arab citizens having equal rights and I never hid that. So long as I am prime minister this will be the policy of the State of Israel,” Olmert said.

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  • Security Council Expected to Vote Tomorrow in Darfur August 31, 2006

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    The Security Council is set to vote tomorrow on a draft resolution outlining the establishment within months of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s strife-torn and impoverished Darfur region.

    Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng of Ghana, which holds the Council presidency for August, told reporters today after consultations among Council members at UN Headquarters in New York that he expected the draft resolution would be adopted at a meeting tomorrow.

    Mr. Effah-Apenteng said such a vote would not mean the Council is “shutting the door” on continued negotiations with the Sudanese Government, which has stated several times that it is opposed to any UN force taking over from the current African Union (AU) mission in Darfur.

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    Israel Attacks U.N. Observer Post in “Deliberate” Strike July 25, 2006

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    An Israeli airstrike hit a United Nations post in southern Lebanon late Tuesday, killing at least two of the agency’s observers, according to the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.

    The U.N. initially reported that four peacekeepers were dead, but later said there were two dead and two missing.

    Lebanese security sources said the two missing observers are feared buried in the rubble of the building.

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