Monthly Archives: August 2012
The Human Rights Council once again shows that it has sufficient safeguards to keep the worst human rights offenders from joining its ranks.
A massive earthquake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines at 12:47 UTC today. The recorded magnitude by the United States Geological Survey is 7.6, which is a major, major quake.
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Upset in Tehran: The SG spoke at the NAM Summit in Tehran today, expressing grave concern over the situation in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program.
Drought and political instability are causing a massive humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region. One of the harder hit places is Chad, where Unicef warns that one in 5 children are suffering from acute malnutrition. In all, Unicef says that 170,000 children in Chad will have suffered fron acute malnutrian this year.
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
SG: The SG arrived in Cairo today where he will meet with the Foreign Minister, President el-Sisi and US Secretary of State Kerry to promote the Egypt-initiated ceasefire in the Middle East. Spokesman Dujarric told reporters today that “the overriding messages that [the SG] brings is, first, that the violence must stop, and needs to stop now.”
Middle East: The SG welcomed the humanitarian pause negotiated by Special Coordinator Serry to allow civilians in Gaza to begin repairs on electrical and water infrastructure. WFP used the five-hour pause to deliver emergency food assistance to Gaza. The SG hopes the pause will lead to peace and a sustainable ceasefire.