In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban described the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe as “now desperate” and said it is likely to only worsen in the coming months as the country’s political crisis continues.
“He is deeply concerned that nearly half of the total population of 12 million could require food assistance, and by reports that many households are now cutting back the number of meals eaten each day,” the statement said.
Security in the Afghanistan capital is deteriorating as the Taliban grows in strength in the surrounding provinces. But alongside wartime bombings and targeted attacks, other violent crimes have also been on the increase. According to the Afghan Criminal Investigation Department, 170 kidnappings were recorded between April and October. Earlier this year Mohammed Sangar Ahmadzai, 20, was abducted for five days while his kidnappers negotiated a ransom fee from his father. He describes what happened
When I did well in school the government of Afghanistan gave me a scholarship to study in Delhi. When my dad found out that I wanted to go to India to study, he said: "No son, you can’t." So I stayed where I was and got a job at the Massoud Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Kabul.
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Una niña de seis años decapitada y desmembrada ante sus padres, en Burundi; dos madres atacadas con machetes porque se negaron a entregar a sus hijos, esta vez en Tanzania. Y también en este país, un detenido por intentar vender a su esposa a dos hombres de negocios congoleños por 2.000 euros. Todas las agresiones se han producido en una semana y todas por el mismo motivo: el comercio de albinos. Albinos eran Cizany, la niña de Burundi, los hijos de las mujeres atacadas y también la esposa en venta.
La creencia en el norte de Tanzania según la cual ingerir una pócima confeccionada con partes de cuerpos de albinos propicia encontrar oro o hacerse rico se extiende, ha cruzado a Burundi y se teme que llegue a otros países africanos. En lo que va de año, y pese al esfuerzo del Gobierno tanzano y de su presidente, Jakaya Kikwete, que inició una campaña de persecución de los brujos, más de 30 albinos, entre ellos un bebé de siete meses, han sido asesinados.
En Burundi, en la frontera con Tanzania, unos 50 han tenido que refugiarse en un centro provincial habilitado por las autoridades para ellos en octubre. Cizany, la última víctima, y sus padres se contaban entre ellos, pero el domingo decidieron regresar a casa. Acababan de llegar cuando hombres armados con fusiles entraron en el domicilio, ataron a los padres y mataron a la niña. Le cortaron la cabeza y las piernas, que se llevaron con ellos. Según dijo el presidente de la asociación de albinos de Burundi a la BBC, Kasim Kazungu, ataques similares no se habían registrado nunca hasta octubre, cuando llegaron noticias de lo lucrativo que es el comercio con miembros albinos en el país vecino.
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The top official of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has launched the first-ever glossary of national legal terminology in the West African nation's four major local languages."When people are charged before a court, they have the right to hear the case against them in a language they understand," Herman von Hebel said at a ceremony yesterday presided over by the country's Acting Chief Justice, Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh. "This glossary will contribute significantly in making this possible."
The "Integrated Glossary of Legal Terminology: Krio, Limba, Mende, Themne" was compiled by the Court's Language Unit and draws upon the experience of its interpreters.
Mr. von Hebel underscored that the new publication seeks to bolster Sierra Leone's judicial system and voiced hope that it will be part of the SCSL's legacy.
"We believe that the ability for a court to communicate legal terminology to those who come before it in terms they understand is crucial the accessibility of justice and the right to a fair trial."
The Court, established in January 2002 by an agreement between the Sierra Leonean Government and the UN, is mandated to try "those who bear greatest responsibility" for war crimes and crimes against community committed in the country after 30 November 1996.
The SCSL's trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone is currently under way in The Hague.
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ESA PR 43-2008. “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a sprit of brotherhood”, states Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). 60 years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris on 10 December 1948, the Declaration is ready to take a journey into space: destination the International Space Station, and more specifically, ESA’s Columbus laboratory.
On Friday 7 November at the Quai d’Orsay, the French Foreign Ministry, Ms Rama Yade, state secretary responsible for foreign affairs and human rights within the French government, will officially hand over a copy of the Declaration to ESA’s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain.
"It is not enough to sign conventions," the coalition of human rights groups said in a statement. "The government needs to comply with them."
Beijing's announcement comes three months before a U.N. council is to review the status of human rights programs in the communist nation. Critics call it a public relations ploy. reporting from Beijing -- Facing international criticism over human rights abuses, China is preparing a national "action plan" on such issues as torture and freedom of speech, but critics Thursday were skeptical that the move would bring much change.