NGOs enter Polytechnic University in Hong Kong to meet with protesters | AFP

NGOs enter the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong to meet with the student protesters. While some protesters wish to leave, others say they will remain to fight, as they fear they cannot trust the government to keep their promises in striking a deal to let the underaged students leave and guarantee their future security.

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NGOs react to near-total ban on sending wild elephants to zoos | AFP

NGOS say they are ‘pleased’ with the decision taken in Geneva by the regulator of global wildlife trade to impose a near-total ban on sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos.

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How fast fashion pollutes | AFP Animé

Thirty major textile groups, one of the most polluting industries in the world, launched on Friday, ahead of the G7, a coalition to reduce their environmental impact based on voluntary action, and sceptically welcomed by NGOs. Videographic on the impact of this industry.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Peru looks to conserve, develop Amazon with help from local communities | AFP

Peru looks to conserve the Amazon jungle and create sustainable development within the communities like those in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, where jobs like harvesting aguaje fruit can boost local economies, launching the Natural Heritage of Peru initiative. NGOs like the World Wildlife Fund and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have contributed 70 million dollars to the initiative, which the government has promised to match over the next 10 years.

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Durban residents try to rebuild after deadly S.Africa floods

Families in Durban are trying to rebuild after a storm in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province killed around 70 and displaced 1,000 more. Government and local NGOs are trying to provide affected families with shelter and food until they get back on their feet.

UK govt plans to give £10mn for ‘network of NGOs’ to combat Russia – Integrity Initiative leaks

British NGO, the Integrity Initiative, has been trying to create a Europe-wide network to counter so-called Russian propaganda, new leaks reveal. They also apparently reveal the UK government-funded project has been sending spies abroad to test the capabilities of potential agents & then report that data to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9qyk

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In Los Angeles county, NGOs monitor mental health of homeless

Rocky was 56 years old when she found herself penniless and hungry, and living on the streets. She quickly slid into a deep depression, a common experience for people finding themselves in such a traumatic life change. In Los Angeles County, which has the highest rate of homelessness in the United States, NGOs monitor their mental health.

War-displaced Ukrainians disenfranchised as election looms

More than a million Ukrainians have been displaced by war in the east of the country, and many are now facing barriers to voting in a presidential election. Just four percent of the displaced have registered for the March 31 election, NGOs say, leaving some of Ukraine’s most deprived people without an opportunity to affect the vote.

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Women fight for rights in religiously conservative Mauritania

In Mauritania, NGOs are fighting to pass legislation to better protect women’s rights. But in this conservative West African nation, the topic divides society and politicians alike. One draft piece of legislation that aims to punish gender-based violence more severely has already been rejected twice in parliament.

Moscow’s help for the homeless expands ‘out of sight’

Russia’s Lyublino homeless shelter in Moscow is providing relief from Russia’s bitter winter with 1,000 beds, two heated shelters and 474 employees. It’s a symbol of efforts made by Moscow to help the homeless – provided they are kept away from the city centre. While NGOs applaud the progress that’s being made, they criticise the stigmatising of a population forced to endure extreme conditions and live on the margins of society.

Danger of collapse at Gjirokastra, Albania’s slanted city

The fortified centuries-old houses of Gjirokastra, that earned the Albanian city the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage site designation in 2005, are endangered. Some are deserted, falling into disrepair, or undergoing changes that have destroyed their historic value, with owners either unable to agree on the works or too poor to maintain them. Citizens, authorities and NGOs are fighting to preserve this world heritage jewel.

Migrants disembark from the Aquarius rescue ship in Spain

Migrants disembark from the Aquarius rescue ship in Spain. The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe began disembarking various ships, after a turbulent week that saw Italy turn away the Aquarius ship. The Spanish government has granted the migrants extraordinary entry due to humanitarian reasons for 45 days. NGOs are now demanding the EU elaborate “a search and rescue model for the Mediterranean.”

What News Organizations Get Wrong About Conflict Reporting, According To A Veteran War Reporter

Business Insider sat down with Martin Bell, an award-winning former war correspondent for the BBC and author of “War and the Death of News”.

Bell said news organisations often favour neutrality over fairness in their reporting.

He added that there is a lack of eyewitness reporting of conflicts and atrocities in the modern world.

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Martin Bell: I was brought up in the standard BBC tradition of: “On one hand, this, on the other hand, that, only time will tell.” One argument or set of images was balanced against another.

But by the time I got to the Bosnian war, it seemed to me this sort of “bystander journalism” was inadequate to the situation we found ourselves in.

I was not willing to be neutral between the armed and the unarmed, between the aggressor and the victim, so I devised what I call the “journalism of attachment”, which is not a partisan journalism, it’s not making arguments, it’s a journalism that cares as well as knows and it chooses its words very carefully.

Sometimes there are no words at all because your images are your adjectives. It’s a different way of thinking and a different way of writing, lightyears away from the bystander journalism. Very undistinguished – because I’ve seen it – that I practiced in Vietnam as far ago as 1967.

I was criticised for a BBC Panorama programme that I did in January 1993, at one of the worst of times in the Bosnian war.

“The heaviest fighting has apparently been in the town of Goražde, 45 miles south-east of here. According to government reports, 100,000 people are cut off there, including 30,000 refugees – 10,000 of them children.”

But I chose my words very carefully. I just set out the consequences if we stayed away – and we were only marginally involved at the time – and the consequences if we made a proper military intervention, which in the end, we did.

I didn’t advocate the intervention, I just said: “This is what’s going to happen if we don’t intervene.” And indeed, it’s what did happen. And we could have saved tens of thousands of lives if we had fully intervened in the beginning of the Bosnian war, which started in April ’92.

It was a difficult case to make, but I think I was proved right. Because in the end, NATO – It was the only use of force in NATO’s history, actually – and it did – The first use of force in NATO’s history – and it did achieve the results required. It could have saved so many lives if we had done it earlier.

A humanitarian intervention by armed force – there are four tests to be met. It has to be legal under the charter of the United Nations, it has to be proportionate under the Geneva conventions, it has to be reasonably supported by the people, and it has to be doable.

Bosnia passed all these tests, Iraq in 2003 failed them all, and Afghanistan failed – as it always will – on the test of do-ability.

I don’t think we’re turning a blind eye to what’s happening so much as we’re being kept out of the loop, kept ignorant, not knowing. The Srebrenica massacre – we weren’t sure about for months.

We’ve got very little idea about what’s going on in parts of Iraq, in much of Syria, because of the lack of eyewitness journalism. And if you don’t know about it, you won’t care. The NGOs, the aid agencies know this – the money flows in when the television pictures are showing the situation they’re trying to deal with. No television, no money.

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French govt defends controversial migrant bill as ‘balanced’

The French government’s tough new immigration bill, one of the most divisive of Emmanuel Macron’s young presidency, is “balanced” and “in line with European law”, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says. NGOs have lashed out in particular at plans to double the time asylum seekers can be held in detention to 90 days and halve the amount of the time they have to appeal if turned down for refugee status.

Soros: Facebook & Google manipulate users like gambling companies

US billionaire George Soros has labeled social media giants ‘a menace’ during a speech at the Davos economic forum in Switzerland. That’s despite NGOs linked to the investor using the media platforms to pursue their own agendas.

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Qedani Mahlangu at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings

Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is testifying at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings. Mahlangu was at the helm of the province’s health department when 143 mentally ill patients died under state care. She has been named by several officials during testimony as the one who pushed for patients to be moved from their facilites, despite warnings by doctors and NGOs. IMAGES

Austerity Mode: Protesters dump foodbank donations outside UK PM residence

Human-rights associations and NGOs have come out against tomorrow’s UK budget that could plunge over 400,000 vulnerable citizens into poverty.
They have delivered tonnes of food-bank donations outside Downing Street as a symbolic gesture. RT’s Laura Smith explains.

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‘We need more security’: 3 NGOs suspend migrant rescues over ‘threats’ from Libya

Three NGOs have suspended migrant search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean citing threats from the Libyan Coast Guard, leaving what they describe as a “deadly gap” in the area.

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Italy threatens to shut ports amid escalating migrant crisis

Italy is threatening to close its ports to migrant rescue ships operated by NGOs – which it suspects are being exploited by people traffickers. The country’s been increasingly struggling in recent months with tens of thousands of refugees reaching its shores.

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Soros-funded NGOs aiming to bring down our govt – Hungarian Foreign Minister

Hungary has had enough. The nation’s government has declared a battle against organizations funded by George Soros, calling for transparency within foreign-backed NGOs operating in the country. The move has already been condemned by Brussels, but Budapest has long refused to tow the EU line – on refugees, ties with Russia, and other issues. Can Hungary continue to put its own interests above those proclaimed to be common European interests? We ask Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó.
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