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Nearly Every Living UN Ambassadors Spanning 5 Presidencies Urge Continued US Leadership at the UN
Nine former United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, wrote to key members of Congress today urging them to maintain American financial support for the United Nations and its agencies. In the letter, addressed to Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, the diplomats pressed Congress to “support U.S. leadership at the UN, including through continued payment of our assessed and voluntary financial contributions to the Organization.” ..more

The White House Also Targets Hundreds of Millions in Funding For U.N. Programs For Children and The Poor.
Colum Lynch has the scoop. “The White House budget office informed State Department officials this week that the administration plans to eliminate all U.S. funding to the $326 million International Organizations and Programs account, which provides more than $130 million to the U.N. Children’s Fund, a sizeable chunk of the more than $500 million the U.S. contributed to UNICEF in 2016, and around $70 million to the U.N. Development Program. They were also told to brace for a 40 percent cut to the State Department’s U.N. peacekeeping budget. The U.S. contributed over $2 billion to the U.N.’s $8 billion-plus peacekeeping budget last year.”
From The Desk of Dr. Prithvi Singh Ravish Ambassador at Large & Vice Chair for Asia of the IHRC

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Through the Mirror of: Foreign Affairs
Present at the Destruction?
Covering the Trump administration is difficult because it requires disentangling three strands of its behavior: the normal, the incompetent, and the dangerous. The normal aspect the administration’s conventional Republican policies and appointments is, broadly speaking, politics as usual. The amateur aspect its early fumbling and bumbling is what one finds every time power changes hands, exacerbated by an unusually inexperienced incoming team. The danger is unique.
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Two Billion People Drinking Faecel Contaminated Water
Today, almost 2 billion people use a source of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Countries don't invest fast enough to meet Sustainable Development Goals water & sanitation targets.The report welcomed the fact that countries had on average raised their annual budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene by 4.9 percent over the past three years. But 80 percent of countries acknowledge that their financing ...more

A Famine is Never Just a "Famine" - It's Political Violence By Starvation. Trump Administration Wants Seeking Deep Cuts to UN Relief Programs, Just as 20 Million People Face Famine.The world must know that we are ....more

"Inconvenient Vashkevich". Film - a warning!

From The Desk of Dr. Prithvi Singh Ravish. Former Ambassador-at-Large & Vice Chair for Asia Pacific
International Human Rights Commission (Secretariats).UNHCR To Push For Rohingya’s Resettlement in Developed Nations. The United Nations refugee agency is asking for permission to negotiate for the resettlement of about 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar in developed nations in Europe and North America, according to a UN official. The UN estimates 69,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled recently and that more than 1,000 have been killed by military violence, which Myanmar officials say has ended. HOPING FOR ACCESSThe UNHCR supports around 34,000 refugees living in two government-registered camps in the Bangladesh coastal district of Cox's Bazar, but a greater number of Rohingya live in makeshift settlements nearby, unregistered and officially ineligible to receive international aid. UNHCR and other international agencies were also willing to provide aid to poor Bangladeshis living near the refugee settlements to counter local resentment at the influx. Myanmar said late on Wednesday that a security operation that began after nine police officers were killed in attacks on border security posts on Oct. 9 had now ended. A report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Feb. 3 gave accounts of mass killings and gang rapes by troops during the operation, which it said probably constituted crimes against humanity. Two UN sources have separately told that more than 1,000 Rohingya’s may have been killed in the crackdown. Northern Rakhine has been locked down since October, and Myanmar has not said when aid groups or reporters might be allowed in.

From the desk of Dr. Prithvi Singh Ravish
Former Ambassador-at-Large & Vice Chair for Asia
International Human Rights Commission (Secretariats). A Growing Number of Rohingya Women Fleeing Myanmar are Becoming Victims of Human Traffickers Who Sell Women and Girls to Rohingya Men as Brides.The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her. The teenager, who is not being named by Reuters because she is still only 13, is like hundreds of Rohingya girls escaping persecution, violence and apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine, only to be sold into marriage to Rohingya men in neighbouring Malaysia, migrant groups and community members said. Separated from her family while escaping to Malaysia, she said she was caught by traffickers and held for weeks in a filthy and brutal jungle camp near the Thai-Malaysian border with dozens of others. Her captors told her a Rohingya man was willing to give her freedom if she agreed to marry him.

Deaths From Hunger Are Mounting in Somalia
Food From Aid Agencies Needed Urgently
A reminder that famine looms in Somalia. At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day and a half. Somalia, like other countries in the region is facing a devastating drought that has killed livestock, cut harvests and left 6.2 million people about half its population is in need of food aid. The acute hunger gripping Jubbaland caused an exodus of hundreds of families into the capital Mogadishu seeking help. The Jubbaland assistant minister of interior saying that severe drought had killed the people over a span of 36 hours to Monday, all in various towns in middle Jubba and Gedo areas. The rivers have dried and there are no wells there, cows and farms have perished. Residents of the city supplied the families with bread and bowls of water but they said relief food from aid agencies was needed urgently. Most of the affected towns were controlled by al Shabaab militants, who have been waging a violent campaign to topple the Western-backed federal government in Mogadishu.
From The Desk of Dr. Prithvi Singh Ravish
Ambassador At Large & Vice Chair for Asia
International Human Rights Commission

World Faces Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WW II. The United Nations is warning that the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine in four countries. The world body's humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien called Friday for an urgent mobilization of funds $4.4 billion by July for northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen to "avert a catastrophe." Otherwise, many people will predictably die from hunger, livelihoods will be lost and political gains that have been hard-won over the last few years will be reversed," O'Brien said in his stark warning to the UN Security Council. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease. Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost. He called war-wracked Yemen "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world," with two thirds of the population, or 18.8 million people -- three million more than in January in need of assistance and more than seven million with no regular access to food. The conflict in Yemen has left more than 7,400 people dead and 40,000 wounded since an Arab-state coalition intervened on the government's side against rebels in March 2015, according to UN figures. In just the past two months alone, more than 48,000 people have fled fighting in the Arab world's poorest country, according to O'Brien, as it grapples with a proxy war fought by archrivals Iran and Saudi Arabia 'Arbitrarily Denying' Access ...more


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