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2019 World Environment Day-Air Pollution
By: Lara Geadah*
“Air Pollution” is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, marked annually on June 5th. World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to join hands in exploring renewable energy and green technologies options and improve air quality in cities across the world.”

Baghdad, Iraq – On 29 May 2019, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office (HRO) in Baghdad convened the second roundtable discussion on the rights of minorities in Iraq, in line with its mandate to support the Government to fulfil its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

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Baghdad, Iraq, 28 May 2019 – The Ministry of Trade launched the first E-distribution supported by World Food Programme (WFP) technology.

Kirkuk, Iraq, 28 May 2019 - The Human Rights Office (HRO) of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Iraqi Bar Association-Kirkuk Chapter jointly conducted a training session on “Understanding national and international fair trial guarantees” on 27 May 2019. Seven practicing lawyers, including one woman, participated in the training, which was followed by an interactive plenary discussion. The training is the second of a series of training sessions lined up this year for members of the Iraqi Bar Association in Kirkuk.

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Kirkuk, Iraq, 28 May 2019 - A UNESCO delegation inspected the Citadel of Kirkuk on 22 May 2019, and expressed readiness to support the Government of Iraq to restore the historical landmark as a symbol of recovery.

8 May 2019, Castle of Culture and Arts, Tikrit city, Salah al-Din: UNAMI Human Rights Office celebrated the Minorities and Human Rights Film Festival in Tikrit with 45 participants including, Tikrit’s Director of Police and representatives of Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Health, the Provincial Council, Tikrit Community Police, Police Protection of Family and Children Unit, NGOs, as well as academics from Tikrit University, women activists, journalists, human rights defenders, actors, a musician, and a film director.

The films triggered lively panel and audience discussions of human rights issues raised in the films. Those issues include enforced disappearances, forced marriage, child marriage, child labour and begging, identity and the situation of displaced families, discrimination against minorities, violence against women and children, and the negative impact of corruption on the ability to exercise human rights.

Once again, the most popular film, according to the audience, was Cinderella (on poverty and orphandom due to war) followed by Colours (discrimination against minorities). Black Lens (corruption) and Give Me My Chance (displacement and access to education) also polled strongly.

 

Photos: UNAMI PIO/Harith Al-Obaidi


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Al-Zubair, Basra, 30 April 2019 - 90 women and 40 men from the African descent Iraqi community, and the Sabean, Sunni and Shi’a communities, including police officers, human rights activists, civil society organizations members, artists and youth joined UN Human Rights to celebrate the minorities and human rights film festival in al-Zubair.

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Al-Iraqiya University, Baghdad, 2 May: Over 100 women and men, including academics and students from the Arts Faculty of the Al-Iraqiya University joined UN Human Rights for a film festival on minorities and human rights in Baghdad Governorate.

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Kirkuk Cultural Centre, Kirkuk City, 30 April 2019: 75 men and women from Turkmen, Kurdish, Arab, Christian, Kakai, Shia and Sunni communities, including members of civil society, government, youth, tribal and religious leaders, human rights defenders, academics and artists, including film directors, joined UN Human Rights to celebrate the minorities and human rights film festival in Kirkuk.

University of Babil, Babil, 28 April 2019: 100 Fine Arts students and academics, the human rights section of Babil University, NGO staff, artists, and the Babil branch of the Iraqi High Commission of Human Rights (IHCHR) joined UNAMI Human Rights Office in celebrating the Minorities and Human Rights Film Festival at Babil University today.

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