Human Rights Council Special Session UK statement on deteriorating human rights situation

first_imgHuman Rights Council Special Session UK statement on deteriorating human rights situation The United Kingdom strongly welcomes the ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab travelled to the region this week to support efforts to ensure the ceasefire is permanent, which is a necessary step to ending the cycle of violence.I offer Boris Johnson’s deepest condolences to the families of those civilians killed. Each one of those deaths was and is a tragedy.The recent conflict demonstrates the urgent need to make progress towards a more positive future for Israelis and Palestinians alike.During the recent escalation in violence, the UK has unequivocally condemned indiscriminate attacks by Hamas and other militant groups on Israel.We are clear that Israel has a legitimate right to self-defence. All actions taken when exercising that right must be consistent with the principles of distinction, proportionality, humanity and necessity, in line with International Humanitarian Law, and avoid civilian casualties.We are gravely concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. That is why the UK has provided an initial £3.2 million of aid to UNRWA’s emergency flash appeal to help address the immediate humanitarian needs. We continue to push for unhindered humanitarian access into Gaza.As we work to rebuild calm, the UK will continue to call on all actors to adhere to International Humanitarian Law.We consistently oppose settlements, demolitions and evictions across the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. Settlements are illegal under international law and damage the prospects for peace.We applaud the efforts of all who have engaged with the parties in recent days to ensure that the ceasefire is durable and to find a way to improve the lives of Palestinians.As Dominic Raab has made clear in his meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, the UK will continue to work to find a durable resolution to the conflict. We continue to believe that the only sustainable solution is a two state solution, leading to a safe and secure Israel, living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 lines, with Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Boris Johnson, Emergency, Gaza, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Israel, Jerusalem, leadership, Palestinian, resolution, Secretary, sustainable, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, UNRWAlast_img read more

High school football: Haughton rolls past Franklin Parish

first_imgSophomore quarterback Peyton Stovall accounted for 276 total yards as the Haughton Buccaneers defeated the Franklin Parish Patriots 54-30 Friday night in a non-district game in Winnsboro.Haughton improved to 5-1. Franklin Parish, a member of District 2-4A, dropped to 3-3 with its third straight loss.The Bucs never punted in the game. They scored on every possession except one, a drive that ended on an interception just before the end of the first half.With the starters playing three quarters, Haughton rolled up 409 yards total offense. The Bucs averaged 10.2 yards per play on 40 plays. “We played well on offense, got ahead early,” Haughton coach Jason Brotherton said. “They made a little run at us there late in the second quarter. Then we got a couple of stops finally. They scored one late to make it look a little closer than it probably was.”Haughton was coming off two big District 1-5A games against Byrd and Evangel Christian. The 128-mile trip to Winnsboro is by far the longest the Bucs will have in the regular season.“We were worried about it,” Brotherton said. “We had a bad week of practice. We were kind of out of our element, a team our kids knew nothing about after two big games. We were kind of worried about that letting down factor but they played well.”Stovall continued his outstanding season, completing eight of 10 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 93 yards on just six attempts and scored on a 1-yard run.Keyshawn Davis gained 76 yards on 14 carries. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 7 yards. Tristan Sweeney had three catches for 83 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown catch. CJ McWilliams caught five passes for 59 yards. Stovall’s other TD pass went to Matthew Whitten for 13 yards. Carter Jensen’s third PAT gave the Bucs a 21-0 lead. Xander Morris scored Haughton’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run. Sean Hardison ran 17 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.Thanks to the Patriots’ second-quarter surge, it was still a game at the half with the Bucs leading 28-16. But Haughton scored two touchdowns in a five-minute span of the third quarter to blow the game open. The second of those was an interception return for a touchdown by Jonathan Stephens. Haughton, which is 1-1 in District 1-5A, hosts Captain Shreve on Thursday. The Gators (5-1, 1-1) defeated Parkway 23-2 Thursday night.Brotherton’s brother, Coy, will be on the opposite sideline. The former Plain Dealing head coach is the Captain Shreve offensive coordinator.“That’ll be fun,” Jason Brotherton said. “My mom and dad will be stressed out.”Brotherton was at the Captain Shreve game and he also saw the Gators play one other time this season.“They’re good,” he said. “They’re explosive on offense, score a lot of points. Both running backs are good. They’ve got big receivers. Their O-line is the biggest around here. They’re huge up front. They’re defense is pretty good. They’re the real deal. We’ll have to play well to beat them. We’re excited it’s at our place. Typically we play a little better there. So we’re hoping that if we play well it will be a good game.”Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

World Cup 2010: Nigerians sack football leaders

first_imgThe Nigerian Football Federation’s top two officials have been sacked in a bid to appease the country’s president who suspended the team after the World Cup.NFF President Sani Lulu and Vice-President Amanze Ugbulam were fired as the federation asked President Goodluck Jonathan to reconsider his ban.Fifa has threatened to expel Nigeria from world football unless the Nigerian president lifts the two-year ban.It has imposed a deadline of 1700 BST on Monday for ban to be lifted.Fifa rules prohibit government intervention in its members’ affairs.The NFF said the two sackings, as well as the dismissal of a member of the federation’s technical committee, were carried out “to tender a resolved apology” to all Nigerians over the team’s performance in South Africa. The NFF also promised “to take urgent steps to address the maladministration of football in the country”.The country’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution asking the Nigerian president to reverse his order, fearing sanctions.Jonathan’s government announced on Wednesday that the NFF would be dissolved and an interim board put in place.“President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order,” said special presidential adviser Ima Niboro.However, Fifa rules clearly state that national associations can be expelled if governments are seen to be interfering with the way they operate. “Fifa has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation indicating that the government of Nigeria has until Monday at 6pm to cancel its direction to withdraw Nigeria’s participation from all Fifa and Caf competitions for the next two years,” said Fifa communications director Nicolas Maingot on Friday.“Also the management committee set up by the Nigeria government will not be recognised by Fifa.”If Nigeria are suspended, the country cannot participate in competitive matches or club games in African competitions.“A suspension goes beyond the suspension of the national teams,” added Maingot. “It also freezes financial help and no referees can participate in international competition.”Fifa executive committee member and former Nigeria government minister Dr Amos Adamu will be in the country on Monday “for a last mediation attempt”. The governing body’s president Sepp Blatter had already warned French president Nicolas Sarkozy of possible sanctions after he pledged to personally lead an investigation into France’s acrimonious World Cup campaign.Source: BBClast_img read more