Fleeing War, Poverty, African Migrants Face Racism in Egypt

Two Sudanese sisters, Seham and Ekhlas Bashir, were walking their children home from elementary school in a Cairo neighborhood when a group of Egyptian teenagers crowded around them. The boys taunted them, calling them slave and other slurs. Then they tried to rip off Ekhlas' clothes.An onlooker intervened, scolding the young harassers, and the sisters and their three children managed to escape. But they were shaken.They had just arrived in…

In First Annual Budget Since 1973, Fifth Committee Approves $3.07 Billion for 2020, Concluding Main Part of Seventy-Fourth Session

Delegates Clash over Funding for Mechanism Investigating Serious Crimes in SyriaThe Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) concluded the main part of its seventy fourth session on Friday, approving resources totalling $3.07 billion for 2020, its first annual budget since 1973 and $200 million more than the $2.87 billion outlay proposed by Secretary General Antonio Guterres in early October.With the new one year fiscal cycle for its regular budget, the Organization…

Year on, Amnesty Urges Sudan Deliver on Protesters’ Demands

Amnesty International on Thursday urged Sudan's new transitional government to deliver on popular demands for sweeping change as the country marked the first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.A year ago, the first rally was held in Sudan to protest the soaring cost of bread, marking the beginning of a pro-democracy movement that convulsed the large African country. That…

Delegate Concerned about Continual Increase of Programme Budget Implications, Revised Estimates, as Fifth Committee Reviews 2020 Contingency Fund

Speakers Also Discuss Financing for Hybrid Operation in DarfurAt today's Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) meeting, Japan's delegate expressed her concerns with a Secretariat request to approve $64.5 million in new charges against the contingency fund set aside for the Organization's upcoming 2020 regular budget.Member States are being asked to make a difficult decision, she said. Japan is concerned that, since the 2012 2013 biennium, the total amount of programme…

Students and parents in Yambio unite for peace as they mark Human Rights Day

They clapped, they danced, and they sang.Hundreds celebrated Human Rights Day with the theme United for Peace, at a day-long festival where students and their parents danced and sang side by side.You have come out as students to give us messages about peace, and about human rights, said Antonina Okuta, a Human Rights Officer from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). We need to put what we say…

U.S. Hits ‘Gross’ Human Rights Violators In Russia, Pakistan With Sanctions

The United States has sanctioned an official in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya, a Pakistani police officer, and 18 other individuals accused of involvement in "gross violations" of human rights.The United States "will not tolerate torture, kidnapping, sexual violence, murder, or brutality against innocent civilians," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on December 10, which marks International Human Rights Day.The Treasury Department said that Aslan Iraskhanov --…

UN chief urges emergency fund support as one of the ‘most effective investments’ in humanitarian action

The UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is one of the most effective investments you can make in humanitarian action, Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres told a high-level pledging event at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday."It is the only global emergency fund that is fast, predictable and flexible enough to reach tens of millions of people each year, according to the UN chief, who maintained that the fund supports a…