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UN Works to Protect Great Apes, Habitat, amid Ongoing Instability in DR Congo

Dr. Jane Goodall: “The forests of DRC are of supreme importance in fight to slow down climate change & protect rich diversity of flora/fauna. Eastern DRC provides crucial habitat for chimpanzees & gorillas, both endangered.”

Congolese Rebel Group Says It Is Laying Down Arms

“International pressure on Rwanda seems to have made a difference,” said Ida Sawyer, senior researcher with Human Rights Watch. “They will hopefully think twice before backing yet another abusive rebellion.”


For 20 children today all from the same elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, there is no future. For their parents and loved ones, there are only memories of what might have been. I was gripped by the news reports with a sense of horror and immense sadness of today’s tragedy. I mixed tears with President Obama when I heard his profound emotional address. Our Commander in Chief, with two young daughters of his own, is first and foremost a human being, loving father, and husband. At times such as these, there are no politics or “us versus them.” The President pleaded, “Our hearts are broken as a country. We have seen this too many times.”

As of this writing, we still do not know all of the facts and what compelled a young man to go on a rampage on the most vulnerable. Schools are supposed to be a safe haven, and education and learning a human right. The experience today of the other classmates has snatched their innocence. Most were kindergarteners, a time when futures are molded and lives shaped.

Across the globe today, in China’s Henan Province, two dozen children also were attacked outside a primary elementary school by a knife-wielding villager. These two, separate incidents a world apart, appear to be the case of individuals gone mad. But, where is society and the rule of law to protect our most vulnerable? At the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, one heroic teacher stands out. She was able to shelter several special-needs children in a separate bathroom apart from her classroom. What must these young, extremely “special” children have felt hearing the gunshots so close?  Was it the same fear that terrorized Rwanda’s children who also thought they had found shelter in a school?

Today, these and all children are OUR CHILDREN. To all those families that lost their loved ones today, including the adults killed in Connecticut, we will remember you in our prayers, hopes, and dreams for a better future. You will not be forgotten.

By, Susan Sacirbey
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PHOTO School Within a School at Logan Annex

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea & Rwanda to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for 2-year terms beginning 1 January 2013.  In vote for UN Security Council, does ICC (International Criminal Court) membership & strong support favor election (see Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg)?  Rwanda is not member of ICC & ran unopposed from African Group.Image

Food security, education & economic integration are part of strategy but also enhancing ability of women & girls to access public services, social protection, employment opportunities & markets, according to Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Entity for Gender Equality & the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

National Church of Christ in Congo, Bishop Dieudonné Mbaya Tshiakany said recent UN expert report established that the M23 was being armed by Rwanda. His petition calls for UN to condemn “invasion” by Rwanda; for individuals who have been identified as perpetrators of rape, massacres & looting of minerals to be brought to justice; & for Rwanda to be punished for what is breach of UN Charter.

Watch Film Report: GENDER DEFINED CRIMES, (From Bosnia to Rwanda to DRC to Syria)
The Rome Conference for the first time defined a category of “gender based crimes” that were mainly directed at women & girls. The experiences of Bosnia & Herzegovina were decisive in convincing some states to support. Our delegation made up of international legal experts & led by Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey played a crucial law in both definition & adoption.