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SUNS # 8056 Monday  6 July 2015


Rights: HRC strongly condemns abuses by Syrian authorities, extremist groups (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The United Nations Human Rights Council has strongly condemned the continued gross, systematic and widespread violations and abuses of human rights and all violations of international humanitarian law by the Syrian authorities and affiliated militias in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Development: Syrian refugees face hunger amidst funding crisis (PRIV)
(IPS, Washington)
The United Nations' food aid organisation, the World Food Programme (WFP), said on July 1 that up to 440,000 refugees from war-torn Syria might have to go hungry if no additional funds are received by August.

Development: Financial transaction tax could boost new goals (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Ever since the Monterrey Consensus on Financing for Development in March 2002 called for new and innovative strategies to complement traditional Official Development Assistance (ODA), various financial instruments have been discussed.

Development: The ACP at 40 - repositioning as a global player (PRIV)
(IPS, Brussels)
In his memoirs, Glimpses of a Global Life, Sir Shridath Ramphal, then-Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guyana, who played a leading role in the evolution of the Lome negotiations that led to the birth of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, pointed to the significant lessons of that engagement of developed and developing countries some 40 years ago, and had this to say: "As regards the Lome negotiations, the process of unification - for such it was - added a new dimension to the Third World's quest for economic justice through international action.

Americas: Black women launch decade of struggle (PRIV)
(IPS, Managua)
They say they are tired of waiting for justice after centuries of neglect and contempt due to the colour of their skin.

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