UN human rights chief urges Nepals Government and rebels to sign rights

Speaking in Kathmandu, the capital, at the end of a three-day visit, High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said the Nepalese people were being subjected to violence and brutality on a staggering scale as a result of the armed conflict.Widespread disappearances, executions and torture must come to an end immediately, she added, calling for effective and credible measures to bring to account those responsible for such acts.In December, the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances called on the Government to institute such measures as a total ban on incommunicado detention and full protection for human rights workers. Although the group’s mandate is restricted to the obligations of state authorities, it also called on the Maoists to respect human rights. read more

UN refugee repatriation in Burundi threatened by serious funding shortfall

“This funding crisis could not come at a more critical time for the operation and the region,” UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva, noting that Burundi’s four-year transition from ethnic conflict concluded peacefully with August’s election of President Pierre Nkurunziza. “Unless we receive money immediately, we will have no choice but to reduce or even suspend the repatriation,” he added.Mr. Nkurunziza’s assumption of office triggered a remarkable increase in the number of refugees returning home, with up to 15,000 people returning every month, mainly from neighbouring Tanzania, where most of them have lived since the mid-1990s, although some go back to the early 1970s. Out of the $62 million sought for the repatriation operation this year, UNHCR has received only $29 million. “We have, in fact, already run out of money from the appeal and are currently using emergency funds from our operational reserve in order to continue our activities,” Mr. Redmond said. “We will not, however, be able to rely on such sources for more than a few weeks.” He noted that the government of the small Central African country faced enormous challenges, reconstructing homes and infrastructures, creating health and education facilities and achieving a stable peace, as well as reintegrating hundreds of thousands of returning refugees and internally displaced people.Some 285,000 refugees have returned home since 2001 when peace accords ended much of the fight between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis, 58,000 of them since the beginning of the year. But Tanzania is still home to more than 400,000 Burundians.This year, UNHCR had committed to build almost 23,000 homes, 48 schools with a total of 245 classrooms and 14 health centres. “Because of lack of funds, we have had to revise these numbers to 43 schools and 11 health centres but if the current financial crisis continues we will have to stop all building programmes,” Mr. Redmond warned.“Income-generating activities and professional training programmes benefiting some 10,000 people will also be suspended.” read more

NHS accused of losing its gripon cancer screening as checks fall

The Public Accounts Committee accused health officials over presiding over “woeful” failings which have seen takeup of some checks reach a 21-year-low. The NHS is losing its grip on its cancer screening programmes and has allowed failings to go undetected for more than half a decade, watchdogs have warned. Their report found that none of the four main programmes – for bowel, breast and cervical cancers, and abdominal aortic aneurism – is meeting their targets. The committee found that just one in 207 Clinical Commissioning Groups… MPs warned that millions of patients are missing out on cancer checks, accusing NHS England of failing to hold local providers to account for their poor performance. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

TOP 5 HANDBALL PLAYERS IN 2014

TOP HANDBALL PLAYERS 2014world handball players 2014 The WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 is French star Nikola Karabatić. Nikola was a favorite of majority of 24 handball journalists from all around the world. Barca’s star has got also the biggest fan’s support in voting for the World Best Playmaker 2014 – 6,882 votes ahead of Domagoj Duvnjak and Aron Palmarsson.Nikola Karabatić won 88 points in total, far ahead of the biggest contenders – the Danish duo, Mikkel Hansen (59) and Niklas Landin (58), while Macedonian star Kiril Lazarov finished fourth with 57. The fifth is Spanish line-player Julen Aguinagalde with 49 votes in total.WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – TOP 5:1. Nikola Karabatić 882. Mikkel Hansen 593. Niklas Landin 584. Kiril Lazarov 575. Jule Aguinagalde 49 ← Previous Story +16 WARM IN DECEMBER: PSG humiliate Montpellier Next Story → HANDBALL WORLD UNITED: Over 171.000 votes for the biggest stars read more