Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘violent’

New violent hotspots, eastern Congo

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 febbraio 2018

“We are deeply alarmed to see the ever-increasing zones of insecurity,” say the Congolese bishops in a statement issued 19 February. Two serious outbreaks of inter-ethnic fighting in the eastern part of the country, in Ituri and Fizi, are adding to a rapidly deteriorating situation for the civilian population.Caritas Bunia in the northeast region of Ituri has sent out an SOS, after massacres took place during nine bloody days from 2-10 February, causing a massive displacement of the population and sparking a humanitarian crisis.At least 30 people are dead, 2,000 homes burned down and over 100,000 people have been forced from their homes. Schools are closed and hospitals stand empty, as even the very young and the sick have fled for their lives.
An emergency field evaluation by Caritas reports enormous need amongst these displaced people for food and shelter, non-food items, education, clean water and sanitation. Ireland’s Caritas member organisation Trocaire is active in the area alongside three dioceses and Caritas Congo, and is appealing for emergency funding.“The Congolese state must properly fulfill its role as the protector of civilians and their property,” says the diocese of Bunia. “It must stop this barbarity without further delay and punish those responsible.”Meanwhile further south in Fizi, South Kivu, thousands have been killed and around 125,000 displaced by conflict between the Congolese army and local armed groups. Caritas Uvira is reporting an alarming deterioration of the humanitarian situation since December, with people fleeing in all directions, many crossing into Burundi and Tanzania.Caritas describes the urgent need for food, shelter, and healthcare for people who have suffered grave human rights abuses including rape, wounds, torture, arson, arbitrary arrest, forced labour and generalised lack of access to any services.The conditions for children in Fizi are particularly severe, with a very high rate of malnutrition pre-existing the present conflict and more than 80 per cent of displaced children not attending school. Child mortality is high, not only from malnutrition but from anaemia, diarrhoea and malaria.Caritas is carrying out evaluations of the situation and coordinating weekly with the UN agency OCHA to meet the needs of the displaced population. (by Patrick Nicholson)

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FRA calls for action to end widespread violence against women throughout the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 gennaio 2016

istanbulFollowing the violent attacks that took place on 31 December, FRA calls for action to combat the violence against women that the Agency’s research has shown is prevalent across all ages and walks of life throughout the EU.
“The abuse that took place in Cologne and elsewhere on New Year’s Eve was appalling and a grave abuse of the victims. There is no hierarchy of rights holders: respect must be shown to everyone,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “However, FRA research clearly demonstrates that the majority of perpetrators of violence against women are among the family or friends and acquaintances of the victim. The events of last month must not be used as an excuse to incite prejudice against migrants or any other groups.”
FRA’s ground breaking report on violence against women, which was based on a representative survey of 42,000 women throughout the EU, showed that women are at risk of gender-based violence in all areas of life, at home and at work, in public and online. At the same time, the majority of incidents are perpetrated by people known to the victim.22% of all women has suffered violence at the hands of a partner Of those who had been physically or sexually abused by someone other than a partner,30% identified a family member as the perpetrator, 22% a friend or acquaintance, and 22% somebody else known to the victim. A total of 30% of said the perpetrator of physical or sexual violence carried out against them was a stranger. Since the publication of the results, FRA has been active in engaging with EU institutions, national governments, international bodies and non-governmental organisations, as the findings make clear that action is needed by a wide variety of groups, from policy makers through health professionals to internet service providers.
In its analysis of the survey findings, FRA underlines the need for:
Campaigns to combat violence against women to be directed at men as well as women, as any solution to violence against women must include men.
EU Member States to ratify the Council of Europe’s ‘Istanbul Convention’ on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence
Police, healthcare professionals, employers and specialist victim support services to be well trained and equipped with the necessary resources and powers to assist victims
Internet and social media firms to proactively assist victims of cyberharassment to report abuse
Improved and harmonised data collection on violence against women in EU Member States.

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