Speech: Supporting Victims of Human Rights Abuses in DRC

first_imgMr President, let me begin by thanking Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Leila Zerrougui and Executive Director of AFIA MAMA, Anny Tenga Modi, for their informative briefings this morning. I will focus my intervention on four issues: human rights, the political situation, the humanitarian situation and MONUSCO.Mr President, helping survivors of sexual and gender-based violence is a UK priority in the DRC. We welcome the opportunity to hear from Ms Tenga Modi this morning, whose NGO does vital work to empower women, particularly those who are survivors of violence.In this context, I would like to very briefly raise a project that UK Aid has funded in fifteen villages in the Ituri region, which is working to challenge the social acceptance of violence against women and girls. Over just two years, women’s experience of domestic violence fell from 69% to 29%. And the percentage of men reporting that they had carried out domestic violence dropped form 68% to 24% in the same time period. These results show that sexual and gender-based violence can be tackled effectively, even in conflict-related settings.The UK remains concerned that rape, including mass rape, continues to be used as a weapon of war by armed groups and state actors. The United Kingdom condemns all acts of sexual and gender-based violence, including conflict related sexual violence, and we call upon the new government to deliver on its promises to bring perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence and other human rights abuses to justice.Mr President, several other delegations this morning have raised the situation in Yumbi. The United Kingdom is deeply concerned about the violence that took place in Yumbi territory in December 2018. The latest report from the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in DRC suggests that as many as 890 people were killed and thousands more displaced.We echo the comments made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. We condemn all such violence and the perpetrators of these abhorrent crimes must be imminently brought to justice swiftly. Our Embassy in the DRC has raised our concerns with government authorities in the region and with local UN representatives.Mr President, the United Kingdom remains concerned at the reported discrepancies around the official results for the Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial elections. Continued efforts for increased transparency and inclusive dialogue with all political parties remain vital as DRC’s electoral process continues towards local election in late 2019 and 2020.The Congolese people clearly voted for change. The United Kingdom will engage with President Tshisekedi and his team to understand their plans for improving stability and prosperity in the DRC. A stable and prosperous DRC is vital for the Congolese people, for the region and for the rest of the international community.Mr President, turning to the Ebola outbreak, the United Kingdom commends the response to date, particularly given the challenging environment in which humanitarian and medical are operating. We deplore recent attacks on Ebola treatment centres and those responding to the outbreak. We once again strongly urge all parties to the armed conflict to fully respect international law and ensure full, safe, immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian and medical personnel.The Government of the DRC has just set out its Ebola response plan until the end of July. It is crucial that the international community steps up to support DRC and curb this outbreak as quickly as possible. The United Kingdom is making a significant contribution to this plan and urges others to do the same.Finally, as we approach the renewal of the MONUSCO mandate, the United Kingdom agrees that now is the time for the Mission to re-focus on an exit strategy. It is incumbent upon us all to ensure a responsible and sustainable exit of MONUSCO. Therefore, a fully consultative strategic review of the Mission will need to be undertaken before the Council makes a decision on the shape of MONUSCO’s exit.Thank you, Mr President.last_img read more

Gary Neville and Ian Wright praise Matteo Guendouzi despite losing to Manchester City

first_imgAdvertisement Guendouzi gave a tireless and fearless performance as his teammates wilted (Picture: Getty)Wright, likewise, felt Guendouzi was one of few Arsenal players to stand up and be counted at the Etihad.Speaking on Match of the Day 2, he said: ‘Matteo Guendouzi, you have to say, to go to City and put in the shift that he put in today, never gave up, fighting all the way to the end, and that is the spirit, that is the kind of player that we want there [at Arsenal].’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Gary Neville and Ian Wright praise Matteo Guendouzi despite losing to Manchester City Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Feb 2019 8:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link202Shares Commentcenter_img Advertisement The Frenchman was a rare bright spark on an otherwise miserable afternoon (Picture: Getty)Both Gary Neville and Ian Wright have singled out Matteo Guendouzi for his excellent performance in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.The Gunners’ top-four hopes took a major blow as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick sealed all three points for the champions, with Arsenal not even managing a single shot in a poor second-half display.Despite Arsenal being dominated in midfield for much of the match, Guendouzi was a rare bright spark and Neville believes Unai Emery can build around the teenager in the coming years. A hat-trick from Aguero saw City move to within two points of leaders Liverpool (Getty)Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, he explained: ‘[Emery] is finding out a lot about his players all the time. For instance, Guendouzi today I thought was fantastic.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Nineteen years of age that was a really good performance and he can build around things like that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe was similarly effusive during his Sky Sports commentary, saying: ‘He’s done well. He’s coming into a team that is changing.‘This is a tough place to play football but he’s standing up, that’s the main thing. He’s trying to match the runs of Manchester City’s midfield which is tough.’last_img read more

State Budget Set, with Money for Teacher Pay and Coronavirus Reserves

first_imgA nearly $92 billion state budget was finalized Saturday, with Florida House and Senate negotiators reaching Gov. Ron DeSantis’ teacher pay goal.They also added $300 million to reserves in order to deal with the coronavirus.The House and Senate ended work on all other bills last Friday.A key number in the budget is $500 million for raising base teacher salaries to $47,500, which is the level DeSantis has been seeking.In terms of spending on coronavirus, Senate budget chair Rob Bradley says, “When the (governor’s) proposal was made, we did not have the situation we have in our state and in the country and the world. We make decisions based on the realities that are facing us.”Fedrick Ingram, president of the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, opines that the the $47,500 salary level is an “aspirational goal,” based on the funding level.He adds that the increase is an “important down payment in what must be a multi-year investment.”With coronavirus threatening to reduce state tax collections as tourism and overall consumer spending drops, officials reduced spending on other programs to come up with the extra $300 million, bringing the state’s overall reserves to $3.8 billion.The state will also be receiving $27 million in federal aid to combat the virus.Lawmakers hope to publish the budget by Sunday night, starting the constitutionally required 72-hour waiting period before a final vote can be taken.A budget vote to end the 2020 legislative session will likely take place this Thursday.The budget is set to take effect July 1.last_img read more

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control celebrates empty kennel due to increase in adoptions

first_imgAn animal shelter in Palm Beach County is completely empty due to an increase in adoptions!Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control posted a video on Facebook  showing the staff cheering for all of the animals. The shelter houses animals who are emergency surrenders of cruelty and cases of domestic violence.The shelter still has animals up for adoption in their main kennel.For more information on Palm Beach County County Animal Care and Control, click here.last_img

England Golf announces partnership with St. James’s Place Wealth Management

first_img England Golf is delighted to announce that St. James’s Place has become its official financial services partner and the two organisations will work together to build a brighter future for golf and its community of club members. The partnership will run until December 2018 and will bring added value to members of golf clubs who will be invited to exclusive golf experience events, hosted by local representatives of St. James’s Place. These events will offer the opportunity to play on local championship courses, introduce members to St. James’s Place, meet fellow members and representatives from England Golf. This new relationship supports England Golf’s strategic plan, Raising Our Game, which aims to build a brighter future for golf with more players, more golf club members and stronger clubs. Craig Wagstaff, England Golf’s Finance Director, said: “I am delighted that we have formed a partnership with one of the country’s leading wealth management companies, bringing real added value to our members. “With St. James’s Place official support of our strategic plan we have taken another step to our goal of building a brighter future for golf and also a successful financial future for our members.” Paul Martin, Head of Marketing from St. James’s Place, commented: “We are delighted to have been invited to be an official partner of England Golf, supporting their strategic vision to recruit more players, increase golf club members and help to build stronger clubs. “Our relationship gives us the opportunity to share our experience and financial planning services with England Golf members – so that in time, we can form personal relationships with the golfing community to help individual members protect and build brighter financial futures.” Image © Leaderboard Photography 2 Mar 2016 England Golf announces partnership with St. James’s Place Wealth Management last_img read more