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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Commentary: Recommit to supporting human rights


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December 10, 2014
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Commentary: Recommit to supporting human rights
Today is Human Rights Day, which highlights the need for the world to renew its commitment to respecting the rights of all people, writes Caroline Pontefract, director of the UNESCO-UNRWA Education Program. "It is a day on which we advocate for our own rights to be respected and pledge not to violate the rights of others," she argues. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/9)
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Ban: "Transformation" needed to combat climate change
The world can no longer delay efforts to stop climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates at the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru. "This is not a time for tinkering; it is a time for transformation," he argues. "I am deeply concerned that our collective action does not match our common responsibilities." Reuters (12/10), Bloomberg Businessweek (12/9)
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Report: Domestic violence remains a scourge
Countries are doing a poor job of preventing domestic violence and helping victims, says a report by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Homicide remains a leading cause of death for men, and women and children continue to be affected by nonlethal abuse, the report says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/10)
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UN agency urges better treatment of refugees fleeing by sea
Countries need to do more to save refugees who flee by sea, says Antonio Guterres, United Nations high commissioner for refugees. Turning back refugees is "[p]recisely the wrong reaction for an era in which record numbers of people are fleeing wars," he contends. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/10), Voice of America (12/10)
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Robinson: Gender equality is important for any climate deal
The United Nations climate agreement being negotiated should include gender equality, says Mary Robinson, UN climate envoy. Thomson Reuters Foundation (12/9)
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UN official: Stability needed in CAR before voting
The Central African Republic must restore stability so that elections can be held in August, said United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/9)
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