‘Unconscionable’ US border policy separates migrant children from parents: Zeid
As part of his final global update, the United Nations human rights chief on Monday voiced his deep concern over recently-adopted United States border control policies that have seen hundreds of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents.
“In the past six weeks, nearly two thousand children have been forcibly separated from their parents,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in his opening remarks to the latest session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva – the last before his four-year term expires in August.
“The thought that any State would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable,” he said, calling on the United States to immediately stop the policy, and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Hundreds of thousands of lives lost each year to small arms and light weapons: UN chief
Of around 500,000 lives lost each year through violence, most are killed by small arms and light weapons, said the UN Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti on Monday.
She was addressing the opening of the Third Review Conference of the Programme of Action on Small Arms, at UN Headquarters in New York; speaking on behalf of UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
She said that illicit small arms are often used against UN peacekeeping forces. In 2017 for example, 56 peacekeepers died in violent attacks – the highest number in two decades.
The Chef de Cabinet explained that controlling and regulating small arms requires action that goes well beyond national security institutions.
It also includes providing alternative livelihoods for former combatants, engaging with municipal governments and police, as well as working with grass-roots organizations, community programmes and local businesses.
‘Worst devastation I have seen,’ says UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie, as she visits Mosul
After visiting the shattered streets of West Mosul over the weekend, the long-standing United Nations Refugee Agency envoy, Angelina Jolie, said that she had never seen such devastation, in her 17-years of working in the field.
The area was liberated last summer – three years after the terrorist group ISIL or Da'esh, seized Iraq’s second largest city.
Ms. Jolie arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
After walking among the bombed-out buildings and meeting families beginning to return, she urged the world not to forget their struggles.
“These people have lost everything, and the trauma and the loss that they have suffered is unparalleled,” said the Special Envoy in front of the ruins of al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City.
Ms. Jolie marveled at their ability to carry on.
“It is deeply upsetting,” she said, “that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had.”
Liz Scaffidi, UN News.