Press release: UK and France host High-Level Event on the Rohingya Crisis

first_img The Co-Chairs agreed that the plight of the Rohingya was one of the largest refugee crises in recent history and one of the most pressing human rights and humanitarian crises facing the international community today. They noted with deep concern the conclusions of the report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission, which allege the Burmese military’s responsibility for serious human rights violations, possibly amounting to crimes against humanity and which conclude that there is sufficient information to warrant the investigation and prosecution of senior officials in the Burmese army so that a competent court can determine their liability for genocide in relation to the situation in Rakhine state. They noted also the Fact-Finding Mission’s conclusion that the perpetrators of crimes must be held to account. Since August 2017 these have led to the displacement of over 723,000 Rohingya who are now residing in Bangladesh. For journalists Concrete implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations: The Co-Chairs affirmed these recommendations as the best path to a stable Rakhine and Burma/Myanmar, with improved conditions and equal rights for all and emphasised that these recommendations need to be implemented comprehensively, including those related to ending discriminations, protecting human rights and creating a pathway to citizenship for the Rohingya. The Co-Chairs also reaffirmed the willingness of the international community to support Burma in fully implementing all recommendations A credible accountability and remedy process: Given the severity of the findings of the UN Fact-Finding Mission, ongoing international efforts are needed to pursue accountability alongside the work of the domestic CoI, which has yet to produce any tangible results. Furthermore, more information is required from the CoI regarding its Terms of Reference and how it will operate with impartiality and independence and in cooperation with international bodies including the UN Email newsdesk[email protected] The Co-chairs called for the immediate release of the two Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Ooo as well as for the respect for their fundamental rights. In any country, journalists must be free to carry out their jobs without fear or intimidation. 8 – The Co-Chairs thanked the government and people of Bangladesh for hosting more than a million refugees. They encouraged the international community to continue and intensify support for the refugees and Bangladeshi host communities, including through increasing financial support to the UN Joint Response Plan.Further informationFollow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter: @Jermey_Hunt and Facebook.Follow the Foreign Office on Facebook & Twitter.Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn However, the Co-Chairs regretted that conditions in Rakhine State were not yet conducive for the safe, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable repatriation of refugees to Rakhine and that there remained a need for ongoing international action to push for more and faster progress in 3 main areas. These include: The Co-Chairs noted that over the past year the Burmese government had taken some steps to address the crisis, including the signing of the MoU between Burma/Myanmar and UNDP and UNHCR and the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI). Media enquiries The Co-Chairs acknowledged the ruling of the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber that the Court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh as well as over the alleged crime against humanity. They noted the decision of ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, to open a Preliminary Examination concerning the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Burma/Myanmar to Bangladesh. They recalled their support to the efforts of the Human Rights Council to implement the conclusions of the Fact-Finding mission and to push for accountability, including through an independent Mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Burma/Myanmar. On Monday 24 September UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian co-hosted a High-Level Event on the Rohingya Crisis. Ministers from Burma/Myanmar and Bangladesh were joined by high level attendees from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey and the US. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgenerand UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner also participated. The Burma – UNDP – UNHCR MoU: full implementation and effective access for UNHCR and UNDP is needed as a necessary next step in any return process, as well as further confidence-building measures such as allowing the Rohingya freedom of movement. Immediate, safe and unhindered access must be granted to UN agencies and their partners, as well as other domestic and international non-governmental organisations, to provide humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State The Foreign Secretary co-hosted a meeting with the French foreign minister in New York today to discuss the Rohingya crisis and called for urgent actions to be taken by the international community. The Co-Chairs renewed their support to the Special Envoy of the Secretary General on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, and called on the Burmese government to pursue its cooperation with her.last_img read more

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IfeanyiUbah Partners Yobo Centenary Game

first_imgWith barely one month to the befitting testimonial match planed to mark the retirement of former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, from football slated for May 27 in Port Harcourt, one of Nigeria’s top businessmen, Dr Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, has thrown his weight behind the project.The Capital Oil chairman at the weekend endorsed the Yobo Centennial Game and promised to use two of his companies, FC IfeanyiUbah and the Authority Newspaper to be brand ambassadors of the testimonial match.Coordinator of the Yobo Centennial Game who is also a former Super Eagles player, Waidi Akanni, confirmed Ubah’s magnanimity and his involvement in the plan to give the Ogoni-born former Nigerian captain a befitting send-forth from the Beautiful Game. “Dr Ifeanyi Ubah has endorsed the Yobo Centennial Game. He has promised to use two of his companies, FC IfeanyiUbah and the Authority Newspaper to be brand ambassadors for the testimonial match,” revealed Akanni yesterday.While expressing his happiness over the coming of the top businessman to the testimonial project, the former chairman of Lagos State Football Association stressed that Dr Ubah has shown to football loving Nigerians that he is truly a man of the people.“His long association with the senior national team is legendary. How he supported past testimonials for the likes of Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu remain very fresh in our minds. Dr Ubah remains a father figure for us ex internationals,” observed Akanni who used the occasion to call on other well to do Nigerians to support worthy causes meant to celebrate past footballers who have contributed their quota to make Nigerian sports great.Some of the corporate bodies who have indicated their support for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game include, Sifax Group, NICON Insurance and Beko Electronics Ltd.Meanwhile, some top players from Europe including William Gallas, Louis Saha, Tim Howard and Steven Pienaar have been booked on the flight to Port Harcourt for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game.Yobo’s former Everton teammate Wayne Rooney and African greats Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, plus a host of other international football personalities have all shown interests in honouring the former Eagles defender who amassed 100 international caps, scoring seven goals in a career that spanned 13 years.The testimonial game which is being put together by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in partnership with the Rivers State Government will be an occasion to celebrate a worthy son of the state who had a distinguished career.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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We’ll be coming to take the title – JC’s Wasome

first_imgHe might have been a youngster looking on when the ‘Dark Blues’ last won the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Championships in 2011.Now that Obrien Wasome is Jamaica College (JC) team captain, the Class One star jumper is warning favourites Calabar High School and runner-up Kingston College (KC) that his team will reign supreme at the March 15-19 championship.The Old Hope Road institution had consecutive third-place finishes in 2014 and last year, where they accumulated 200 points, mainly from a very strong jumps and field events team.This year, the captain, who is hoping to lead from the front, says the team is more balanced with sprinting prowess and coming to win.”We last won Champs in 2011, and that is a big gap. As captain, what I am looking to do is just put inspiration into our team,” said Wasome.”We have a very good team, so we are just going all out for a Champs win, with determination and hard work. We will deliver on the track,” he told The Gleaner last Saturday following successful performances at the Gibson-McCook Relays inside the National Stadium.Wasome’s JC confidently captured the Class One Boys’ 4x100m in 40.01 ahead of St Jago, 40.44 and Cornwall College, 40.57.”We can’t be seen as underdogs. We have an all-round team and we will be coming to take the title. We will lead from the start and no one is going to catch us; no catching JC,” he warned.Wasome ran a superb starting leg to power JC to a sensational win, as their main challengers at the event, as well as next month’s championships, Calabar High and KC, fell, giving JC an even more comfortable win.”In the heats, I wasn’t satisfied with the start, but in the final, I got it and we got it right. It’s a good feeling knowing it’s my last Gibson Relays competing for Jamaica College and walking away with a gold and a silver. I am very happy for that,” he explained.Wasome also picked up silver in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.21 metres behind Damar White, 7.37m, of the University of Technology. Laurel Gordon of G.C. Foster College was third at 7.17 metres.last_img read more

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Warriors’ starting lineup in Game 6 a nod to 2015 NBA title season

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – The Warriors will treat their potential close-out game against Houston as a throw-back game.The Warriors will start Andrew Bogut at center along with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, a lineup that might elicit memories of the Warriors’ NBA championship season in 2015.[vemba-video …last_img

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South Africa’s 2030 plan to ‘turn the tide on Aids’

first_img23 July 2014 South Africa is set to make major increases in the scale of an already massive HIV/Aids treatment and prevention programme as the country pushes to meet ambitious new targets for turning the tide on HIV/Aids by 2030, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Speaking during his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Motsoaledi said the new targets were in line with those set both by the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) and by delegates currently attending the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Motsoaledi said the conference had gone beyond existing international goals by declaring that the world needed to “bring an end to HIV/Aids” by 2030, adding that this had been defined as follows: “It means 90% of people know their status; 90% of those that are HIV positive are on treatment; 90% of those on treatment are virally suppressed.” South Africa’s next step would therefore be “to increase coverage in the manner proposed by the 90% approach. This means testing most, if not all, of the population annually, initiating everyone who is positive on treatment regardless of CD-4 count and supporting all those that are on treatment. “In summary, it will mean mass testing in every possible setting: schools, universities, workplaces, churches and communities,” Motsoaledi said. The minister also announced that, as of January 2015, HIV-positive patients would start receiving free antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 count fell below 500, instead of current threshold of less than 350. At the same time, the Department of Health will shift all HIV-positive pregnant women from the World Health Organisation’s “option B” treatment model – the current norm in the country – to the “option B+” treatment model. Under the “B” model, HIV-positive pregnant women receive free antiretroviral treatment while they are breastfeeding, and stop receiving treatment once they have finished breastfeeding if their CD4 count is lower than 350. “Option B+ simply means every pregnant HIV positive woman goes on lifelong treatment, regardless of their CD4 status,” Motsoaledi said, adding that these interventions represented a milestone in the country’s fight against HIV/Aids. While research has shown that the treatment of as many people as possible is itself a highly effective form of prevention, the minister said, the country’s massive treatment programme would be accompanied by a wide range of prevention techniques. These will include programmes for mass education and communication, social mobilisation, HIV counselling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and the management of sexually transmitted infections in general. They will also include massive condom distribution, the provision of safe blood transfusion, and a widescale medical male circumcision campaign targeting 4-million men by 2016. The minister also announced that government would be undertaking a massive campaign to decentralise the management of multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the country. “Presently, we have 100 such decentralised sites, and we intend to increase them to 2 500. This will happen through a rapid establishment and scale-up of nurse-led MDR-TB treatment management teams at municipal ward level.” He said his department also aimed to screen all 150 000 inmates in the country’s correctional services facilities for MDR-TB, as well as all 500 000 miners and the 600 000-strong peri-mining communities in six districts identified as having a high level of mining activity. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Refugee children are given a ray of hope

first_imgThree2Six classes take place at Sacred Heart College and Observatory Girls Primary Schools. (Image: Sacred Heart College)There are many young refugees who, for various reasons, cannot enter the public schooling system in South Africa. Prompted by this need, two Johannesburg schools are playing their part to make sure as many of these children as possible can get an education.Refugees are displaced from the places of their birth for many reasons but mostly by conflict, meaning they often arrive in South Africa desperate and despairing, without the necessary paperwork and other items to join society. Three2Six Project, an afternoon educational bridging programme for refugee children who cannot go to state schools, allows the children to receive an education. Most of them come from extremely poor homes on the outskirts of inner city Johannesburg.There are two Three2Six projects: one at Observatory Girls’ Primary School, a government establishment, and another at Sacred Heart College, an independent institution. The Three2Six School is managed by the latter, which is also located in the eastern Joburg suburb of Observatory.Named after the hours that it takes place during the week, Three2Six serves 140 children aged between six and 13 years old whose families live in the neighbouring high-density and multicultural areas of Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow. Part of its mission is to get their spoken and written English up to par for the day when they enrol at a conventional school.Refugee families are often unable to pay school fees; most of the children do not speak English when they arrive in South Africa; and sometimes families arrive at odd times during the year when school registration is no longer possible. The Three2Six programme aims to address this by offering a curriculum with a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and life skills.Esther Munonoka, the Three2Six project co-ordinator, told Independent Education: “Five years ago, the school sought to do something for the many children of refugee families who had fled conflict in their home countries. Hundreds of these children do not attend school. Their parents are unable to pay school fees and other school-related expenses. Other families have lost all their vital documentation. Still others arrive at a time when schools are unable to register them.”Independent Education is the official magazine of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa.LITERACY AND NUMERACYMunonoka said that the biggest obstacle was that most of the children did not speak English. “A special Three2Six remedial class gives extra assistance to those whose English is almost non-existent, and a library of donated books allows children a window into other worlds once a week.”Numeracy is also highlighted in the programme. “Numeracy is also crucial for these children from diverse backgrounds,” Munonoka said, “and the Three2Six mathematics programme is based on the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) designed by the national Department of Education.”IMPROVING THEIR COMPLEX LIVESHaving faced extraordinary circumstances in their lives, Three2Six aims to support and enrich these children wherever possible.“A life skills programme allows children to explore their journeys, and on a weekly basis, they enjoy sport and iPad sessions,” Munonoka said. “Religious education sessions are available once per month and, since 2012, the National Children’s Theatre has included Saturday Three2Six workshops.“Three2Six aims to normalise the trauma of the refugee experience wherever possible. This often means providing items that other children may take for granted. All the students at this special place of learning are supplied with school shoes, uniforms, stationery and lunch, as well as regular food parcels to take home. Wherever possible, Sacred Heart assists with fundraising initiatives.”WHAT THREE2SIX OFFERSThree2Six not only covers the academic component of schooling, but also offers a holiday programme, sports, creative projects and outings. The after-school programme is not a full school day and does not provide for sports, arts or outings, the Three2Six project holds a holiday programme during the July/August school holidays.During the holiday programme, the children can revise their literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge. They can also enjoy soccer, netball, tug-of-war, sack races and other games that develop important team work, negotiation, motor skills and, of course, fitness.To develop their creativity, the youngsters take part in activities like creating juggling balls and their own puzzles, which allow them to develop different fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and problem-solving skills.last_img read more

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22 days agoEx-Chelsea fullback Johnson: I didn’t believe Abraham was this good

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea fullback Johnson: I didn’t believe Abraham was this goodby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson admits Tammy Abraham has surprised him.Abraham has scored eight goals already for Chelsea this season, seven coming in the Premier League.“I didn’t know Tammy Abraham was capable of this to be honest last season, so it’s great to see,” Johnson said on talkSPORT.“Maybe there’s more out there, maybe there’s more that they give a chance, they will take it with both hands.“Yeah, they found themselves in an unfortunate situation [with the transfer ban] but I feel like they are kind of dealing with it in the right way.”With Chelsea unable to sign players in January, Johnson reckons a top-six finish in the Premier League would be a success.“I think fifth, even sixth, would be a good season,” Johnson said.“They can’t sign anyone, they lost pretty much their best player [Eden Hazard], can’t replace him, got to give kids a chance, some of them had never played in the Premier League before.“I think sixth would be a good season for them.” last_img read more

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5 days agoArsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madridby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have set their price to buy Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.The midfielder is on a straight loan with the Gunners this season and El Desmarque says he has told Real president Florentino Perez he wants to stay.Ceballos held talks with Perez during the international break,Arsenal are prepared to do business for a price of €35m, though Perez is insisting on a higher valuation.Real will demand at least €40m to sell Ceballos in January. last_img read more

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Commissioners named for National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and

first_imgBy Dennis WardWINNIPEG – A National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will get underway next month.After a series of unexplained delays, the federal government announced details about the inquiry this morning, including the five commissioners who will head up the process.The commissioners are:· The Honourable Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner· Michèle Audette, Commissioner· Qajaq Robinson, Commissioner· Marilyn Poitras, Commissioner· Brian Eyolfson, CommissionerThe national inquiry will have a budget of 53.86-million dollars and run for a little more than two years, from September 2016 to December 31st, 2018.And for the first time, a national inquiry will be able to make recommendations across all juristictions.Buller, who will act as chief commissioner, was the first female First Nations member of the B.C. judiciary.Michele Audette is the former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Qajaq Robinson is an interesting choice for some. She practises general civil litigation with particular emphasis on Aboriginal law, She was born in Nunavut but is reportedly not Inuk.Marilyn Poitras is a University of Saskatchewan professor. According to her biography, her expertise and passion is around Constitutional and Aboriginal Law.Brian Eyolfson is an Ontario human rights lawyer.In response to the pre-inquiry recommendations, the government also announced today $16.17 million over four years for the creation of Family Information Liaison Units in each province and territory and to increase victims services funding to provide culturally-appropriate victims services for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and survivors of violence.More coming….last_img read more

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