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Canada’s Catholic Church apologizes ‘unequivocally’ to indigenous peoples for school abuses

Canada’s Catholic bishops have issued a public apology to indigenous people for a century of grave abuse and suffering at church-run residential schools. In a statement, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) apologized “unequivocally” to indigenous people for the suffering they endured at residential schools set up by the government to forcefully assimilate children into the mainstream. The apology came after...

DR Congo: Abuse allegations amid Ebola outbreak ‘a sickening betrayal of the people we serve’

Sexual abuse and exploitation allegedly carried out by World Health Organization (WHO) staff during the UN health agency’s response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “a sickening betrayal of the people we serve,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said on Sept. 28.  An independent panel commissioned by WHO identified more than 80 alleged cases of abuse...

UN food systems confab draws fire from food activists

(GIN)—The first-ever UN Food Systems Summit saw nearly 300 commitments from hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and across all constituencies to accelerate action and to transform food systems, according to a UN press release. The summit process was also applauded by farmer leaders for “inclusivity.” “The summit has been very inclusive,” said president of the Pan-African...

President Raeisi talks face-to-face with southwestern Iranian nomads, promises to resolve their problems

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has promised to resolve problems faced by Iranian nomads, in particular water shortages, upon visiting southwestern regions of the country to talk with the nomads face-to-face. “We are seriously pursuing the resolution of your water shortage problems, and on the other hand, we will strive to cut off the hands of middlemen and brokers in selling...

UK Labour Conference condemns Australia, UK, U.S. agreement as threat to world peace

‘AUKUS is the next step in a new cold war with China,’ said one opponent of the trilateral agreement. ‘It makes the Indo-Pacific, and the world, a more dangerous, not a more stable, place.’ by Brett WilkinsCommonDreams.org Echoing concerns raised by international activists over the perils posed by the three-nation AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) agreement, delegates at the U.K. Labour...

Liberian leader announces year-long bicentennial to begin January, 2022

GIN)—On Feb.  5, 1820, the first organized group of emigrating freed slaves departed from New York to Freetown, Sierra Leone, in West Africa.  Next year, Liberia will mark the date with a bicentennial celebration beginning January, 2022 and running through December, 2022, according to a recent announcement by President George Manneh Weah. A steering committee constituted by President Weah will plan...

UK’s surging gas prices turning into full-blown crisis

Surging gas prices across the United Kingdom are turning into a full-blown crisis, as the government holds emergency talks amid fears more small suppliers could soon collapse. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is talking to suppliers to hear how wide-reaching the impact of increasing prices could be on companies and households, who could see energy bills jump by as much as...

Indigenous language endures in Peru despite centuries of discrimination

CCARHUACC LICAPA, Peru—Leila Ccaico walked slowly to the front of her class in a rural village in the Andes. Reluctantly, she faced her classmates, obeyed her teacher’s orders and started to sing softly in Quechua. This is the first year that the sixth grader has been taking reading and writing lessons in the Indigenous language she learned from her parents,...

Myanmar: UN expert says current international efforts failing, urges ‘change of course

The UN independent rights expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, told the UN Human Rights Council on Sept. 22 that conditions inside the country following the Feb. 1 military coup have worsened, urging a “change of course” to prevent further human rights abuses and deaths. According to Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews, since its power grab and overthrow of the...

Zuma loses bid to stay out of jail, in latest top court ruling

(GIN)—Former South African President Jacob Zuma has lost his latest bid to remain out of jail after refusing to respond to a corruption inquiry.  “The application for rescission is dismissed,” Justice Sisi Khampepe said as she read the majority decision, which included an order for Mr. Zuma to pay court costs.  It was the latest legal setback for the 79-year-old anti-apartheid...