18 December: International Day of Migrants: Need for a UN-led World Conference on Migration and Refugee Flows
18 December was set by the UN General Assembly to call attention to the role of migrants in the world society. The date was chosen mark the creation of the UN-negotiated International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families .
The Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, Twenty-first session (COP21) came to an end in Paris, Saturday afternoon, 12 December 2015, a day longer than planned to allow for last moment compromises and an agreement with a few States, mainly Saudi Arabia and Venezuela so that they would not block a consensus agreement.
During this holiday season, I pause as a Muslim, as I do every year, to rehearse the reasons why I should not feel alienated in my own land, the place of my birth.
9 December is the anniversary of the 1948 Convention on Genocide, signed at the UN General Assembly held in 1948 in Paris.
“I feel very angry, but I don’t want anything from the U.S. military,” said Khalid Ahmad (in photo), a 20-year-old pharmacist who survived the U.S. bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz on the 3rd of October, “God will hold them accountable.”
How many victims of silence there are, and at what cost! Silence has its laws and its demands… Silence demands that its enemies disappear suddenly and without a trace. Silence prefers that no voice of complaint or protest or indignation disturb its calm. And when such a voice is heard, silence strikes with all its might to restore the status quo ante – the state of silence.
Dr Adele Kubein works at Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA and in the letters below over the past three years, she becomes vulnerable with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, expressing her love with tears.