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Spain’s failure to protect Doñana World Heritage site warrants UNESCO in danger listing

A Spanish wetland stopover for six million migratory birds is poised to become the first European Union site placed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger.

Today is the deadline set by UNESCO for Spain to address threats to Doñana National Park in order to keep the site off the in danger list.

According to a WWF assessment, the country’s government has failed to cancel the destructive dredging of the Guadalquivir River as requested by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The committee urged the Spain to cancel the project and not to permit any future plans to deepen the river.

School Doors Closed for Millions

Political Will, Resources Needed to Guarantee Right to Education

Discriminatory laws and policies and a lack of political will to carry out basic human rights obligations by countries around the globe are keeping millions of children and adolescents out of school, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Senior government education officials, global policymakers, and funding agencies will meet in Norway on June 13-16, 2016, to adopt measures to improve access to quality education globally.

The 89-page report, “The Education Deficit: Failures to Protect and Fulfill the Right to Education in Global Development Agendas,” says that governments around the world made a commitment two decades ago to remove barriers to education for their children. But Human Rights Watch found that discriminatory laws and practices, high fees, violence, and other factors keep children and adolescents out of school in many countries. The report is based on Human Rights Watch research in more than 40 countries, covering nearly two decades. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has reported that 124 million children and adolescents are out of school.

Turkey Threatens to Launch ‘Unilateral’ Operations on Syrian Soil

Inching closer to a military invasion of Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch “operations” to “clean the other side of the border.”

Throughout 2016 there have been growing signs of Ankara’s intention to deploy ground forces in Syria. In February, the Russian government reported “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish armed forces for active actions on the territory of Syria.”

At the time, Ankara rejected these claims, even as it launched military actions against Kurds in southeastern Turkey and sent troops into northern Iraq, over the objections of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

On Thursday, President Erdogan gave further indication that his government is actively considering the deployment of troops into Syria.

Humanitarian ceasefire needed for Palmyra

Palmyra, Syria (Pressenza) – In a 15 May 2015 message to Madame Irina  Bokova, UNESCO Director General, the Association of World Citizens highlighted its Appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire in the area of Palmyra − a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity…