organization:united nations

  • Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, UN chief warns | Global-development | The Guardian

    The world’s lack of progress in building toilets and ending open defecation is having a “staggering” effect on the health, safety, education, prosperity and dignity of 2.5 billion people, the UN deputy secretary general, Jan Eliasson, has warned.

    Speaking as the UN prepares to debate a new set of development goals – and in the aftermath of the rape and murder of two Indian girls who were attacked as they ventured into a field to relieve themselves – Eliasson said failure to address the issue of sanitation would prove disastrous for a third of humanity.

    #assainissement #toilettes #eau cc @fil

  • Syrian rebels strengthen hold over Israel border region
    Senior Israeli official says rebels currently don’t pose a threat to Israeli security.
    By Amos Harel and Jack Khoury | Aug. 31, 2014 Haaretz

    Syrian rebel groups strengthened their hold over the Syrian side of the Quneitra Crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights – over the weekend and managed to repel attacks by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

    The rebels kidnapped dozens of Fiji soldiers, members of the UN observer force stationed in the Golan Heights and are maintaining a siege on a second UN stronghold manned by Philippine soldiers. Officials in the Israeli security services said that it is a relatively moderate militia, the Free Syria Army, that controls the Syrian side of the border crossing, and that the Nusra Front, which is affiliated with Al-Qaida currently pose no threat. Despite this, Israeli forces in the Golan Heights are on relatively high alert due to the recent developments.

    Some 300 members from different groups participated in the taking of the Quneitra Crossing. This varied force was led by the Free Syria Army and with only a small number of Nusra Front members. The government forces that held the crossing before sustained losses in life and retreated to the north to areas controlled by the government. Over the weekend the Syrian army conducted several artillery barrages on the crossing area and tried to retake the area unsuccessfully. Israeli security officials characterized this attempt as "pathetic.”

  • UN calls for 43 peacekeepers held hostage in Golan Heights to be freed | World news |

    The United Nations says it is working to secure the release of 43 peacekeepers from Fiji who have been detained by militants in the Golan Heights.

    It says another 81 of its disengagement observer force peacekeepers from the Philippines have been trapped in the region.

    On se pince pour y croire ! Des soldats des Nations-Unies, capturés à la frontière israélienne, et il ne se passe rien ? Même pas un titre aux infos ? Cela doit être parce qu’ils sont « en bonne santé » !

    • Golan : combats entre Casques bleus philippines et rebelles syriens

      Manille - Des Casques bleus philippins ont affronté samedi les rebelles syriens qui les bloquent depuis jeudi sur le plateau du Golan, a annoncé le gouvernement philippin.

      Plus de 70 casques bleus philippins étaient bloqués sur deux positions sur le Golan. L’un des deux groupes de soldats philippins a pu être exfiltré de sa position mais le second groupe est actuellement l’objet d’une attaque, a déclaré le ministre de la Défense, Voltaire Gazmin, à la presse par message SMS.

      Le ministre faisait référence à deux position dans le plateau du Golan où plus de 70 Philippins avaient été encerclés par des rebelles syriens et avaient refusé de déposer leurs armes.

      Les échanges de coup de feu ont eu lieu à 06H00 locales (et GMT) mais le moral reste élevé parmi les soldats a assuré le ministre. Le porte-parole de l’Armée, le lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, a précisé à l’AFP que les soldats étaient tous sains et saufs.

      Les Nations unies avaient annoncé jeudi, avec la capture de 44 soldats fidjiens, que 81 Casques bleus philippins (chiffre ensuite révisé à 72) étaient bloqués sur deux sites sur le plateau du Golan.

      Les rebelles syriens, dont certains ayant des liens avec le Front al-Nosra, la branche syrienne d’Al-Qaïda, ont été pointés du doigt.

      La Force de l’ONU chargée de l’observation du désengagement (Undof) dans le Golan compte 1.223 hommes issus de six pays (Inde, Fidji, Philippines, Irlande, Pays-Bas, Népal). Son mandat vient d’être renouvelé pour six mois, jusqu’au 31décembre 2014.

      (©AFP / 30 août 2014 11h46)

  • U.N. says pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine murder, kidnap and torture | Reuters

    (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine are guilty of a wide array of human rights abuses, including murder, abductions and torture, and are receiving a “steady supply” of sophisticated weapons and ammunition, according to a U.N. report obtained by Reuters.

    The report by the 34-member U.N. monitoring mission, prepared by the U.N. human rights office in Geneva, also cited reports of human rights violations by Ukraine’s military forces and special battalions run by the country’s Interior Ministry.

    The report said the death toll has risen to at least 2,200 since the fighting began in mid-April, with an average of at least 36 people killed daily. That is up from at least 2,086 on Aug. 10 and 1,129 on July 26.

    #ukraine #russie

  • Starved, beaten in escape to Malaysia: Report

    HONG KONG (CNN) —Tens of thousands of people are fleeing violence in #Myanmar only to be robbed, beaten and starved on boats helmed by human traffickers, according to a new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency.

    #Malaisie #réfugiés #asile #migration #Rohingya

  • War-torn Iraq facing massive refugee crisis

    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is dire. Destabilized by a catastrophic civil war across its border in Syria, facing a genocidal threat to minorities at the hands of Sunni militants and divided by sectarian tensions within, Iraq is now home to about 1.6 million refugees and asylum-seekers, according to United Nations estimates. Nearly 1 million of those refugees are internally displaced Iraqis, many fleeing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (#ISIS).

    #Irak #réfugiés #asile #migration #photographie #photoreportage
    cc @albertocampiphoto

  • “The Damage is Beyond Imagination in Gaza”: Journalist Mohammed Omer on Ceasefire Deal & Rebuilding

    (...) AMY GOODMAN: What about the agreement? What exactly does this ceasefire say?

    MOHAMMED OMER: The ceasefire is a quite vague terminology. I have seen the document which the Egyptians have released. The term “ease the crossings” or “ease the blockade” is rather vague, and it’s a rather subjective term which I find very difficult to translate on the ground. If you go back a little bit, Amy, to May 2010, just after the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish attack—or, the attack on the Turkish flotilla, we do see how much Israel tried to get materials into the Gaza Strip, and “easing the blockade” back then was translated into allowing ketchup, shoelace, and even coriander to make falafel for the people of Gaza. I hope this is not going to be the case this time.

    People are hopeful that this is going to be holding, but I am not quite confident that Israel is really willing to do that. If that’s the case, then we would be seeing all the commercial crossings and Rafah crossing will be open. But that has not been the case today. Palestinian fishermen are hoping to get inside further than the three miles that they have been restricted to by the Israeli military for the past period, but so far we haven’t heard any reports from the fishermen whether they were able to get inside further than six miles. So it’s all in the test mode, if you like, in the coming hours. We are trying to see how much of this is going to hold.

    But the fact that it is really quite holding right now, that the ceasefire is still going on, and there is no fighting, which is a good chance for people to come back to their homes and to check on their relatives and to bury their loved ones and to go condolences. I have seen about—talking about condolences, there are hundreds of people who are running to mourning tents, from one to the other, and there are many people who don’t know who was lost. Some people who are living in the same neighborhood, who say, “Well, we don’t know that our neighbors have been killed, because we were under constant bombardment and attacks that we could not leave outside of our homes.”

    AMY GOODMAN: Mohammed Omer, on Tuesday, the U.N. spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, welcomed the ceasefire but warned that any lasting solution must address the root causes of the conflict. This is what he said.

    STÉPHANE DUJARRIC: Any peace effort that does not tackle the root causes of the crisis will do little more then set the stage for the next cycle of violence. Gaza must be brought back under one legitimate Palestinian government, adhering to the PLO commitments. The blockade of Gaza must end. Israel’s legitimate security concerns must be addressed. The United Nations stands ready to support efforts to address the structural factors of conflict between Israel and Gaza.

    AMY GOODMAN: What does this position of the United Nations mean for the people of Gaza, Mohammed Omer?

    MOHAMMED OMER: But this position is not new. If we are talking about eight years ago, this is the same position exactly. The United Nations have called on Israel to end the blockade in Gaza, to make life possible for the Palestinians. But now it’s really up to Israel. It’s Israel who will decide whether the Gaza Strip should be opened or not.

    I mean, talking about six miles, this is not enough, when I talk to fishermen. This is absolutely not enough. Basically, Palestinians for the last few years have been fishing an area which is virtually fished out, in fact. So, people are fishing within three miles just for the last few years, and now they are extended another three miles. I’m sure they will be shot at in the coming days.

    People say that this is going to be a quite shaky ceasefire, given that there is no guarantee. It’s only Egypt that guarantees all these issues. If you remember, in November 2012, the United States of America, they were on this agreement of ceasefire. President Morsi, back then, and several Arab states and European Union were supporting the ceasefire. And it did not really hold for more than two years. So what are we expecting, this ceasefire to hold for more than a year now? I’m quite doubting that.(...)

  • Palestinians to UN, Western states: Try citizens who served in the IDF for war crimes
    Palestinian FM sends letter calling for foreign volunteers in Israeli army who served in Gaza to be investigated under Geneva Convention.
    By Barak Ravid | Aug. 27, 2014

    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon and a number of Western foreign ministers asking them to bring to trial their citizens who serve in the Israeli army or volunteer with the military for alleged war crimes commited in Gaza. 

    Haaretz received a copy of the letter Maliki sent Tuesday to his U.S., British, French, Australian, Canadian and South African counterparts. In the letter, he emphasized that UN member states bear the responsibility of investigating and putting on trial people in their jurisdictions who have violated international law. 

    “The Israeli military currently has approximately thousands in its ranks. This total includes both Israeli dual nationals and non-Israeli volunteers enlisted through so-called “Mahal” programs,” Maliki wrote. “These dual nationals and foreign nationals participate in Israeli combat operations within the territory of the occupied State of Palestine, including the current offensive in the Gaza Strip. Additionally, foreign nationals volunteering with the so-called “Sar-El” program provide non-combat maintenance and logistics support to the Israeli occupation forces.”

    The Mahal program enables young Jews aged 18 to 24 years from around the world who don’t have Israeli citizenship to volunteer for the Israeli military. They serve in combat units for one-and-a-half years, and volunteers get temporary residency status. The Sar-El program, a joint initiative of the Jewish Agency and the Israel Defense Forces, brings Jewish volunteers from around the world to Israel for a period of one week to one year during which time they volunteer with bases around the country.

    In the letter, Maliki says that IDF forces have carried out a long line of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, in the past and in the current round of fighting, which has caused the deaths of many innocent civilians and the destruction of key infrastructure. Under the Geneva Convention, which all the recipients of the letter are signatories of, “States are obligated to take all measures necessary to suppress violations of international humanitarian law, including grave breaches, i.e. war crimes,” he added.  

    “Palestine hereby calls upon all member States of the United Nations to meet these legal obligations with regard to the potential involvement of its nationals in international crimes relating to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, including the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip,” he wrote.

    Maliki then identified a number of steps the Palestinians want the recipients of the letter to take:

    1. Identifying all of its nationals who are serving in or otherwise aiding Israeli occupation forces, including participants in the so-called “Mahal” volunteer brigade and the so-called “Sar-El” volunteer program;

    2. Notifying all such persons of alleged violations and war crimes committed by Israel during the current offensive in the Gaza Strip, the potential criminal liability for committing or contributing to the commission of war crimes, and each State’s obligation under international humanitarian law to investigate potential war crimes within its jurisdiction and prosecute where appropriate; and

    3. Investigating any allegations that its nationals were involved in the commission and/or the aiding and abetting of war crimes during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, and prosecuting these individuals where appropriate. 

    It remains to be seen how practical the Palestinian request from Western countries to investigate their citizens who served in the IDF is. There is reason to believe that most of the countries that received the letter will be reluctant to do anything about it. And even if they wanted to advance the issue, it would prove extremely difficult for them to identify and locate those individuals.

    However, Maliki’s letter is another attempt to increase the diplomatic and legal pressure internationally after the Gaza operation. It was only a few weeks ago that the Palestinian Authority pushed for the establishment of a Gaza war crimes commission in the UN Human Rights Council to investigate alleged Israeli crimes during the fighting in Gaza.

    In addition, the PA is holding discussions and consultations with Hamas about the possibility of signing the Rome Statute and applying to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. But despite the surge in Palestinian statements on this topic, it seems that Abbas, fearing an Israeli response and harsh international criticism, is not interested, at this time, to move further along that path.

  • UNHCR: Iraq’s tragedy is unprecedented

    What is happening in Iraq is a tragedy the country has not seen for the past 20 years, spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Natalia Prokopchuk said.

    In statements to the Anadolu news agency, Prokopchuk said that until recently the bulk of UNHCR’s aid went to Jordan and countries neighbouring Syria, but now the aid goes mostly to Iraqi Kurdistan.

    #Irak #tragédie #réfugiés #asile #migration

  • #Ebola: cases, deaths ‘vastly underestimated,’ says UN health agency

    15 August 2014 – Health workers at Ebola outbreak sites are seeing evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the crisis as they work around the clock to stop the disease from spreading, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Abbas to ask UN to set timetable for Palestinian state along 1967 lines

    Haaretz reported earlier Sunday that Abbas is planning to announce a major diplomatic initiative this week, which sources in Ramallah say will entail asking the world powers and United Nations — including the International Criminal Court — to take responsibility for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Abbas was speaking to Egypt’s Sada El Balad television station after meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on Saturday. Abbas said he would present his proposal to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who will be visiting the region this week or next. Abbas said he would insist on the initiative, even though the U.S. administration would not like it.

    Abbas has not been in a hurry to take this route despite pressure from Palestinian splinter groups. He said he had broad support in the Arab world and that over the next few days he would discuss the issue with other Palestinian leaders.

    Abbas’ associates are not giving details on the plan but say the Palestinian leaders will meet Tuesday to hear about Abbas’ meetings over the weekend in Qatar and Egypt.

    “We’re working on two levels that do not collide — the political and the internal,” a source close to Abbas told Haaretz.

    Domestically, Abbas can suggest a new election or cooperation among the Palestinian groups until the election. This could win the groups’ support by reviving the Palestine Liberation Organization and bringing in Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Abbas might also ask the Palestinian leadership to choose a successor.

    Last week Yasser Abed Rabbo, a key member of the PLO Executive Committee, said the model for negotiations under the sponsorship of one country was finished. He said the era of Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy had ended.

    Abed Rabbo added that the international community had to take responsibility for what was happening in the territories, restrain Israel and end the occupation.

  • More than 20,000 people risk all on Indian Ocean to reach safety: UNHCR report

    GENEVA, August 22 (UNHCR) – A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in Southeast Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were #Rohingya who fled #Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

    #réfugiés #asile #migration #Asie #Australie

  • Churkin : Ukraine Should Allow Access to MH17 Audio Files | News | The Moscow Times

    Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has demanded Kiev give international investigators access to audio recordings from Flight MH17, continuing to blame Ukrainian officials for the Malaysia Airlines crash that killed hundreds in July.

    They [Ukraine] have to provide records of conversations between their air-traffic controllers [and pilots] to be able to understand why they sent the Malaysian plane into a conflict zone,” Churkin was quoted as saying by the ITAR-Tass news agency.

    Churkin made the demands Monday at a United Nations Security Council briefing on the causes of the crash. The UN’s secretary general for political affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, is traveling to Kiev on Tuesday.

    Quelqu’un a vu passer cette info en français ?

    Je trouve une mention de l’intervention de Vitaly Tchourkine lundi dernier au Conseil de sécurité sur le Mail

    Ukrainian air-traffic control ’sent flight MH17 over Donetsk conflict zone’, says Russia | Mail Online

    Russia has accused Ukrainian air-traffic control of sending Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 into the conflict zone where it was shot down last month.

    The Russian envoy to the UN Security Council has demanded Kiev release all records of its air-traffic controllers’ communications with the plane, whose downing is the subject of a major diplomat crisis.

    • Ben quoi ? il est très qualifié :

      Mr. Feltman speaks Arabic, French and Hungarian. He received his Bachelor’s degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University and his Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

      Le fait est que son parcours est éloquent…

      Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Feltman served for nearly thirty years in the United States Foreign Service, focused especially on the Middle East and North Africa. His last position was as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, from which he retired at the rank of Career Minister. Mr. Feltman served previously as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon, and held earlier diplomatic postings in Baghdad, Erbil, Jerusalem, Tunis, Tel Aviv, Budapest, and Port-au-Prince, as well as with responsibility for coordinating US assistance to countries of Eastern and Central Europe .

      … et qui mieux qu’un éminent représentant des organes états-uniens pour représenter les Nations-Unies dans les conflits d’Europe orientale ?

    • Crash/Boeing : rétention par Kiev des contacts entre les pilotes survolant la zone et les contrôleurs - Dernières infos - Politique - La Voix de la Russie

      Pour le moment, Moscou n’a pas reçu d’explications intelligibles de Kiev sur les raisons pour lesquelles il s’abstient de fournir les enregistrements des conversations entre ses contrôleurs aériens et les pilotes qui survolaient la région du crash du Boeing malaisien, a déclaré lundi le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov.

      « Aucune explication intelligible sur les raisons pour lesquelles la partie ukrainienne s’abstient de fournir jusqu’à présent les enregistrements des conversations de contrôleurs aériens de Dniepropetrovsk avec tous les appareils aériens qui survolaient cette région (du crash du Boeing malaisien, ndlr), ne nous a été donnée », a déploré le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères.

    • Ah, voilà : les Échos (via AFP)

      MH17 : pour Moscou, les Occidentaux étouffent l’enquête, Europe

      Le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov a accusé lundi les Occidentaux et Kiev d’avoir « perdu tout intérêt » pour l’enquête sur le crash du vol MH17 dans l’est de l’Ukraine, dont il a dénoncé le manque de transparence. « Nous sommes en fait les seuls à continuer à prêter attention à ce problème », a déclaré M. Lavrov lors d’une conférence de presse à Moscou. « Nous avons l’impression que les autres ont perdu tout intérêt pour l’enquête », a-t-il ajouté.
      « Après les premières accusations presque hystériques visant la Russie et les rebelles, leurs auteurs gardent le silence » sur l’enquête. Ainsi, « nous n’avons entendu aucune explication claire sur le fait que le décryptage complet des enregistreurs de vol ne soit toujours pas disponible et pourquoi l’Ukraine ne peut toujours pas présenter l’enregistrement des échanges des contrôleurs du ciel de Dnipropetrovsk (est de l’Ukraine) avec tous les avions qui survolaient la région à ce moment », a-t-il dit.
      La Russie « pose les mêmes questions à l’Organisation de l’Aviation Civile Internationale (OACI) sans rien obtenir de transparent sur le sujet   », a ajouté le ministre.

  • 7 Palestinians including baby girl killed in Israeli airstrikes | Maan News Agency
    Published 24/08/2014 15:49

    (...) The airstrikes early Sunday on Gaza brought the total death total in Israel’s massive assault to 2,111 with more than 10,500 injured, as the United Nations said that more than 460,000 Palestinians were still displaced and living in shelters across the densely packed coastal enclave.

    Five Palestinians were killed and dozens others were injured around noon as airstrikes continued to pound Gaza after two were killed overnight.

    An Israeli airstrike killed a teenage boy and a baby girl and injured five others in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip.

    Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra confirmed that the bodies of 2-year-old Zeina Bilal Abu Taqiyya and 17-year-old Muhammad Wael al-Khudari were taken to al-Shifa hospital.

    Medical sources said that Muhammad al-Luqa was killed and another was injured in an Israeli airstrike on a motorcycle near al-Atatra Square in Beit Lahiya.

    At least one man was killed and 10 injured after an airstrike hit the home of the Tallini family in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip around noon.

    Medical sources said more bodies are believed to be buried under the wreckage of the house and rescue teams are still working in the area.

    An Israeli airstrike on a car in the vicinity of the Palestine Stadium in central Gaza, meanwhile, left the driver dead. A Ma’an reporter in Gaza quoted eyewitnesses as saying that a fire broke out in the car after it was hit directly by an Israeli missile. The driver was killed instantly and a number of bystanders were injured.

    Shortly before that, rescue teams recovered a dead body of a man from the rubble of Tallini family home in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

    Separately, an Israeli airstrike hit home of Nabhan family in the northern Gaza Strip injuring four.

    Early Sunday, witnesses said that Israeli aircraft targeted a group of people near the Fayrouz Towers in northwestern Gaza City, killing two and injuring 10.

    Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra identified the two casualties as Badr Hashim Abu Mnih and Yahya Abu al-Omareen , both in their twenties. They were taken to al-Shifa Hospital.

    Israeli aircraft also struck the largest commercial center in the southern city of Rafah, completely leveling a building with dozens of shops, two weeks after an office in the same building was hit.

    In western Gaza City, an Israeli airstrike hit the home of the al-Ghulayni family. No injuries were reported in the first strike, but a second strike that occurred soon after left six injured after it struck a crowd that gathered to survey the damage.

    An Israeli airstrike also targeted a house in the al-Barka neighborhood of Deir al-Balah without warning, leaving a number injured, in addition to a home in the al-Maghazi refugee camp which was also destroyed. Another Palestinian was injured after an Israeli airstrike hit the Beit Lahiya sports club.

    Israeli aircraft also launched dozens of air strikes on agricultural lands and open areas in different regions of the Gaza Strip.

  • Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for ’Gaza massacre,’ call for boycott - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News |
    By Haaretz | Aug. 23, 2014

    Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors have signed a letter, published as an advertisement in Saturday’s New York Times, condemning “the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza” and calling for a complete boycott of Israel.

    According to the letter, the condemnation was prompted by an advertisement written by Elie Wiesel and published in major news outlets worldwide, accusing Hamas of “child sacrifice” and comparing the group to the Nazis.

    The letter, signed by 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors, accuses Wiesel of “abuse of history” in order to justify Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip:

    “…we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel’s abuse of our history in these pages to justify the unjustifiable: Israel’s wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of more than 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children. Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water.”

    The letter also blames the United States of aiding Israel in its Gaza operation, and the West in general of protecting Israel from condemnation.

    “Genocide begins with the silence of the world,” the letter reads.

    The letter ends with a call to bring the blockade of Gaza to an immediate end, and for a full boycott of Israel. “Never again” must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!,” the letter concludes.


    Les survivants et les descendants juifs des rescapés du génocide nazi condamnent sans équivoque le massacre des palestiniens à Gaza.

    IJAN | 7 Août 2014

    "Comme survivants et descendants de survivants du génocide nazi juifs nous condamnons sans équivoque le massacre de Palestiniens dans la bande de Gaza et l’occupation continue et de la colonisation de la Palestine historique.

    Nous condamnons en outre les États-Unis pour fournir à Israël le financement nécessaire pour mener à bien l’attaque, et les pays occidentaux, plus généralement, pour l’utilisation de leur poids diplomatique pour protéger Israël de la condamnation. Un génocide commence par le silence du monde.

    • Hajo Meyer, le premier signataire de cette lettre ouverte est décédé aujourd’hui samedi .

      Un survivant d’Auschwitz : ‘Israël agit comme les Nazis’
      Exclusif : Graeme Murray and Chris Watt
      Sunday Herald (UK) 24 Jan 2010 traduit de l’anglais par Djazaïri

      Un des derniers survivants d’Auschwitz s’est lancé dans une attaque cinglante contre l’occupation de la Palestine par Israël au premier jour de sa tournée de conférences en Ecosse.
      Le Dr Hajo Meyer, qui a survécu dix mois dans le camp de la mort nazi, s’est exprimé avec force dès le début de sa tournée de conférences d’une dizaine de jours au Royaume Uni et en Irlande – dont trois en Ecosse. Ses propos ont provoqué la fureur des groupes de pression extrémistes juifs qui ont qualifié M. Meyer « d’antisémite » et l’ont accusé d’abuser de son statut de survivant de l’holocauste.
      Le Dr Meyer a assisté à des audiences au tribunal d’Edimbourgh ce mardi, où cinq militants pro palestiniens sont accusés de comportement raciste aggravé pour avoir perturbé un concert donné par le Jérusalem Quartet au Queen’s Hall de la ville.

  • Photo Essay : Jordan’s Other Refugees
    –-> consulter les photos sur le site (attention, les photos défilent de droite à gauche !)

    Jordan has taken in wave after wave of refugees from surrounding countries as violence rips across the region: so far, more than 600,000 Syrians since 2011, along with some 29,000 Iraqis, 2 million Palestinians1, and about 4,000 asylum seekers from Sudan, Somalia, and other countries. As crises escalate, Jordan’s government and the UNHCR are struggling to maintain stability while responding to overwhelming need. Meanwhile, refugees and asylum seekers grow desperate, many having fled death only to enter an indefinite competition of vulnerability.

    #Jordanie #photographie #photoreportage #reportage_photo #réfugiés #asile #migration
    cc @albertocampiphoto

  • World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme ’complicit’ in genocidal land grabs - The Ecologist

    The plight of Kenya’s Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by ’sustainable’ forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest peoples are at risk of genocide while corporations let rip.

    Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 500 million acres of land in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean was acquired or negotiated under deals brokered on behalf of foreign governments or transnational corporations.

    Many such deals are geared toward growing crops or biofuels for export to richer, developed countries - with the consequence that small-holder farmers are displaced from their land and lose their livelihood while local communities go hungry.

    The concentration of ownership of the world’s farmland in the hands of powerful investors and corporations is rapidly accelerating, driven by resource scarcity and, thus, rising prices. According to a new report by the US land rights organisation Grain:

    “The powerful demands of food and energy industries are shifting farmland and water away from direct local food production to the production of commodities for industrial processing.”

    And now, the carbon market is joining the race

    Less known factors, however, include ’conservation’ and ’carbon offsetting’.

    In west Kenya, as the UK NGO Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) reported, over a thousand homes had been torched by the government’s Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to forcibly evict the 15,000 strong Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral homes in the Embobut forest and the Cherangany Hills.

    Les pays tropicaux doivent suer jusqu’à la dernière goutte et payer pour les pays riches

  • #Palestine, #Israel and #CNN » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

    An article in the August 18 edition of CNN indicates clearly the kind of misinformation the news media is presenting about the situation, with much of it including half-truths, omissions and distortions that may be more damaging that outright lies. The following are some examples, with commentary.

    It’s unclear how many of the dead were militants. The United Nations has estimated that about 70% were civilians, but Israel has estimated a higher number of militants .”

    Note that CNN did not include any comment on Palestinian estimates, which state that far more than 70% of the victims were civilians. In the view of CNN, only United Nations and Israeli estimates are worth reporting.

    Israel blames Hamas for civilian deaths, saying militants fire rockets from civilian areas and encourage people to stay despite Israeli warnings of impending attacks.

    There is no rebuttal from Palestine; CNN didn’t bother to say that Palestinians deny these charges.

    From the first day, the Israeli delegation to Cairo has worked under very clear instructions, to remain steadfast on Israel’s security needs,’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

    CNN continues to foster the fantasy that the very existence of a poor, vulnerable little Israel is in grave danger from big, bad Palestine. It makes no mention of the fact that Israel has the most modern weaponry on the planet, provided by the United States, or that Israel receives $3 billion a year in aid from the U.S., while Palestine receives nothing. It also doesn’t mention that many of the weapons used against Palestinians citizens are in violation of international law.

    Palestinians say they want an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which they say is suffocating the economy of the small, impoverished strip of land and the lives of its inhabitants.

    Note the phrase ‘they say’, as if there is some doubt about this. The United Nations has condemned this blockade, because it is, indeed, suffocating the economy in the Gaza Strip.

    But Israeli authorities — who retain control of Gaza’s airspace, Mediterranean waters and their shared border — say that releasing their grip on what goes into and out of the territory is too risky as things stand.

    CNN fails to mention that the only border not mentioned in this sentence, that with Egypt, is controlled by Egypt, which does Israel’s bidding. So, in effect, Israel controls all the borders of the Gaza Stip.

    Israel and Hamas, which have fought three major conflicts in the past six years, both seem to be dug in, refusing to give ground on their key demands.

    It isn’t Israel and Hamas; it is Israel and Palestine. If CNN insists in referring to the Palestinians as ‘Hamas’, then it must refer to Israel as ‘Likud’. Hamas is the party in control of the Gaza Strip; Likud is the party in control of Israel.

    Also, to say that they ‘have fought three major conflicts’ is also untrue. The Gaza Strip has suffered and endured three major bombardments by Israel, killing thousands of Palestinians. Genocide is not a ‘conflict’. It is a crime against humanity.

    Without a deal out of the negotiations in Cairo, the stage seems set for further confrontation.

    To call genocide a ‘confrontation’ is an insult not only to the Palestinians, but to anyone who is concerned about human rights anywhere in the world. Over 2,000 Palestinians have been killed; tens of thousands rendered homeless. Hundreds of the dead and homeless are children, many as young as newborns. The death toll of Israelis is 70, with all but three of them soldiers invading Gaza.

    One need not look to the news media for information about the Israeli #massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, or for information about its ongoing #crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank. It is all part of the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people that Israel has engaged in since its bloody establishment, founded on the ethnic cleansing of at least 750,000 Palestinians in 1947 – 1948. But information is readily available to anyone with access to the Internet. There one can see the reality of life and death for Palestinians. Mangled bodies; anguished, grief-stricken parents; destroyed homes; blood and horror are all there for the world to see, and more and more the world is taking note.

    As mentioned previously, this writer has a young friend who has lived his life in the Gaza Strip. He and this writer are in contact when his friend has electricity, and when he is able to access a computer. This is not frequent; much of his time is spent in trying to obtain shelter, food and water for himself and his family. Their home was destroyed by U.S.-made bombs, delivered by Israel. He also spends time tending to three younger brothers, the youngest only nine, who were seriously injured by Israeli bombs. Such information is not part of CNN’s news reporting.

    Nor is coverage of the thousands of people in various cities around the world, including Tel Aviv, who demonstrate against Israeli crimes. But tens of millions of people on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites are getting this information. People like this writer’s friend are sending pictures and information about their experiences, and such information is being widely disseminated. Finally, the world is taking notice, becoming more aware of Palestinian oppression and Israeli lies, and seeing genocide happening in front of them.

    Palestinians can have no hope of justice from any U.S.-brokered agreement; the Israeli lobby in the U.S. is too strong. But the growing ostracism of Israel by academics, entertainers and others, and the boycotting of Israeli products by ever-increasing numbers of people the world over, will bring positive results for Palestinians, as these actions did a generation ago for South Africans. One hopes the results will soon be seen, so the horrific suffering of the Palestinian people can end.

    #Médias #désinformation #manipulation

  • The spirit of humanity shines bright in #Palestine

    By James W. Rawley, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
    Published at Al-Quds newspaper in Arabic on 19 August

    Today marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual occasion dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly to raising public awareness of the millions of people who risk their lives in order to provide food, water and other assistance to people in desperate need in conflicts, in natural disasters and other emergencies.

    Around the world, violence against humanitarian workers is at an all-time high. The number of aid workers killed, kidnapped and seriously wounded globally has reached the highest number ever recorded. This is simply unacceptable and entirely unjustified. New research shows that in 2013, 155 aid workers were killed, 134 were kidnapped and over 170 were seriously wounded.

    The recent conflict in the Gaza Strip has demonstrated, in the most tragic way, the risks that humanitarian workers take every day. In the last six weeks, at least 30 Palestinian colleagues have been killed, including 11 UNRWA personnel, 11 medical staff and eight firefighters - many in the line of duty. Seven technicians were also killed while trying to repair vital water and sanitation infrastructure. Over 70 aid workers have been injured. In addition, 98 UN premises, including schools where displaced Palestinians had sought shelter, and 58 hospitals and clinics were damaged and destroyed in the fighting – some apparently targeted.

    One aid worker killed in the line of duty is one too many. Over 30 is intolerable. We must insist on accountability for those killed and injured, for the damage and destruction to schools, hospitals and other humanitarian facilities. This is a vital component of broader efforts to ensure accountability for the lives lost, homes destroyed and damage wrought during this conflict.

    The men and women killed were not only our colleagues, they were also fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, trusted friends and good neighbors, all of whom were killed while pursuing the most basic human instinct: to help others in need of assistance. On World Humanitarian Day, we mourn the loss of these colleagues and commemorate their bravery, their compassion, and their commitment to humanity.

  • Crackdown on human rights in #Azerbaijan

    Since the beginning of its presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organisation, Azerbaijan has been placing more and more people behind bars. A jarring contrast no one seems to notice


    • Persecution of rights activists must stop – UN experts call on the Government of Azerbaijan

      GENEVA (19 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today condemned the growing tendency to prosecute prominent human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, and urged the Government “to show leadership and reverse the trend of repression, criminalization and prosecution of human rights work in the country.”

      “We are appalled by the increasing incidents of surveillance, interrogation, arrest, sentencing on the basis of trumped-up charges, assets-freezing and ban on travel of the activists in Azerbaijan,” they said. “The criminalization of rights activists must stop. Those who were unjustifiably detained for defending rights should be immediately freed.”

      The experts highlighted the specific cases of Leyla Yunus, director of the Azerbaijani Institute of Peace and Democracy; Arif Yunus, head of Conflict Studies in the Institute of Peace and Democracy; Rasul Jafarov, coordinator of Art of Democracy and head of Human Rights Club; and Intigam Aliyev, chair of Legal Education Society.

      “We are alarmed at the wave of politically-motivated repression of activists in reprisal for their legitimate work in documenting and reporting human rights violations,” they noted, reiterating their grave concerns about the deteriorating situation in the country for the third time in less than a year.

      The UN experts reminded the authorities of their legal obligations under international human rights law, which guarantees everyone in Azerbaijan the rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and association, without undue interference.

      “The State’s primary responsibility should be to protect its civil society activists from intimidation, harassment, threats or attacks,” they stressed.

      “Azerbaijan’s recent membership of the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations does not square well with the authorities’ actions directed at stifling freedoms on the ground,” the UN rights experts noted.

      (*) The experts: The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom or opinion and expression, David Kaye.

      The United Nations human rights experts are part of what it is known as ‘Special Procedures’, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system. ‘Special Procedures’ is the general name of the independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms of the Human Rights Council that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Currently, there are 38 thematic mandates and 14 mandates related to countries and territories, with 73 mandate holders.

      Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. Learn more, log on to:

      For more information, visit:
      Human rights defenders:
      Freedom of assembly:
      Freedom of expression:

      Check the UN experts’ previous appeals to the Government of Azerbaijan:

      OHCHR Country Page – Azerbaijan:

      For more information and media requests, please contact Jamshid Gaziyev (+41 22 917 9183 /

      For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts:
      Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 /

      UN Human Rights, follow us on social media:

      Check the Universal Human Rights Index:

  • In Torn #Gaza, if Roof Stands, It’s Now Home -

    Many aid workers think cash grants would provide the most efficient relief: People could fix homes that are still standing, rent new spaces or offset expenses as they cram in with relatives. But the United States will not give cash directly to people because it is too complicated to determine their possible connections with Hamas, which is deemed a terrorist organization by Washington.

    “We’ll get lots of money to rebuild homes we can’t rebuild, but we won’t get the money to help these people help themselves,” said Robert Turner, director of Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides education, health and other services to the 70 percent of Gaza residents who are classified as refugees. “You cannot do widespread shelter construction unless construction material is free and available in the local market. Which it’s not, and is it ever going to be?”

    Turkey, Qatar and other nations have offered to send mobile homes. But Mr. Turner sees this as a wasteful step in the wrong direction. Each unit costs about $15,000, he said; the agency’s standard rental subsidy in Gaza is $150 per month, or $3,600 for two years. A permanent home can be built for $40,000.

    “There are three problems,” Mr. Turner said. “People hate them, they’re really expensive, and you set up these #ghettos.”

  • For U.N. Leader on Human Rights, Finish Line Looks Blurry

    The United States never invited her, despite her asking to visit several times in hopes of taking up “the many issues that trouble us,” she said, specifically drone strikes and targeted killings.

    “That does not show the United States in a good light,” Ms. Pillay said. To preserve its authority in the world, she said, America cannot exempt itself, or its allies, from the standards it invokes to chastise other countries.

    Such bluntness appears to have cost Ms. Pillay in other ways. She acknowledges the American backing that she received for some of the causes she pursued in the Human Rights Council. But in 2012, when her first, four-year term as commissioner ended, she did not receive a full second term. Diplomats cited by the news media at the time said that American displeasure with her criticism of Israel had been a factor in that decision.

    Human rights commissioners are appointed by the United Nations secretary general, subject to approval by the General Assembly, but major powers have a decisive say.

    #Navi_Pillay #droits_humains #ONU #Etats-Unis #leadership

  • The relentless trauma of covering Gaza

    For Sherine Tadros, a correspondent for Sky News, one such moment came in a hospital in Gaza last month, following the shelling of a UN-run school where Palestinian civilians had taken shelter. At least fifteen people were killed. Tadros saw a child die that day, but the memory that haunts her is that of a young boy, about 11 years old, who she found sitting in the hospital corridor. The boy was shaking. Tadros sat down next to the boy and asked if he was okay. “He said, ‘Yes, but my parents are inside, they’re both inside, they’re having an operation,’” Tadros remembers. “He was so disturbed, so traumatized, and he’s not doing it because I’m a journalist. He doesn’t understand any of that.” People started shouting in the hospital and the boy covered his ears with his hands. “He just kept shaking and rocking. That stays with you,” says Tadros. “It’s just so unfair that he’s a child and he’s experiencing this and this will stay with him forever.”

    Il est quand même infiniment triste de devoir assurer qu’un gamin de 11 ans vivant l’enfer de Gaza et dont les parents sont en salle d’opération ne faisait pas semblant d’être traumatisé.

    #saloperie #Netanyahu #Israel