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15 July 2016

Ukraine Blues / los Desaparecidos slavicos / moNGO nominates UNHCHR for $$$ & Gold Medal & 1 dance with Uma / watch for astronomy announcement & planet-naming / Uncle Tim (PizzaQ!)

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The Vleeptron Commission for Regret & Shame (VC4R&S), and moNGO, nominate the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Big Cash Awards. 

We understand why usually the awards go deservedly to OHCR. But it does clarify our priorities. The situation of the Dispossessed demands its rank more loudly and shriekingly than the vanishing of huge swaths of Human Rights. 

Also they got lots more Dispossessed singing for Top Slot of attention and resources than the odd 40 or 50 forest executions per month, what's that, 540 snuffed whacked humans per year? The Dispossessed are 

(a.) still alive at last census and 

(b.) number in the millions, maybe tens of millions

But I hope these UNHCHR Quesos Grandes

12Filippo Grandi  Italy 2016–present
11 António Guterres  Portugal 2005–2015
10 Wendy Chamberlin  United States Feb–Jun/2005 (ad interim)

get some methode Champagnoise and a big fancy party with super hors d'oeuvres and a bag of cash and a Gold Medal. I think Al Gore got to dance with Official Royal Hostess Uma Thurman. Not long afterwards, Al & Tipper divorced. Next new planet we catch in the Vleeptron system we gonna name Planet Umathurman. Her Dad was Prof. of Oriental/Eastern/Asian Religion & Philosophy @ my nearby Amherst College.

PizzaQ! Whom did/does Uma call Uncle Tim? Gourmet Pizza, U Choose toppings.

Of course the nuance here is that the Human Right at risk is The Right To Live -- a human right I value very highly, maybe it's Mio Numero Uno.

Ceaușescu and Elena C. ("The Great Scientist") had a 10-minute private trial and then out to the courtyard for a pistol bullet in both skulls.

So I guess they have chosen this vague ambiguity about the specific Human Right they protect or monitor -- I like Free Speech, but I'll shut up considerably if it's the cost of Numero Uno and a $0.19 firearm round.

They are protecting or advocating for The Right To Keep Living. I think that would clear up some unintended ambiguity.

United Nations High Commissioner 
for Staying Alive

I nominate that. But a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

What a classy job. I want that job. If we're ever in NYC together, I'll buy him/her/it lunch (is the Oyster Bar still running?) or silicon lubricant at a joint of his/her/its choice. The entity's got to eat lunch.


global newswire 

Thursday 14 July 2016 5:20am EDT

Blind eye turned to arbitrary killings in Ukraine conflict: OHCHR

A dangerous culture of impunity flourishes in Ukraine where arbitrary killings by Ukrainian forces or separatist groups are rarely prosecuted, a United Nations human rights report said on Thursday.

Over 9400 civilians, government soldiers and Russian-backed rebel fighters have been killed in Ukraine since a 2013-2014 pro-European uprising in Kiev sparked a separatist conflict in eastern regions of the country.

The U.N. report, the first of its kind since the start of the fighting, focuses on alleged summary executions and arbitrary killings in the conflict zone carried out while no armed hostilities were taking place in the immediate vicinity.

It highlights the danger posed by the lack of accountability for unlawful killing as fighting rumbles on in the war-torn east despite a ceasefire declared nearly 18 months ago.

"There has been no accountability for the vast majority of alleged summary executions and killings committed in the conflict zone," said the report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

"Impunity for killings remains rampant, encouraging their perpetuation and undermining prospects for justice," it said.

It reported incidents of alleged arbitrary killings both by pro-Russian separatist groups and by Ukrainian troops, law enforcement officers and volunteer battalions in the conflict zone.

Some perpetrators have been brought to justice, OHCHR said, but investigations and prosecutions are often drawn out or stalled entirely.

"OHCHR has observed an apparent lack of motivation to investigate in some cases ... especially when it concerns acts allegedly committed by Ukrainian forces. Cover-up and political bias are not uncommon," it said.

In rebel-controlled territory, investigations appeared to be selective and did not guarantee fair trial, the report said.

In an annexe to the report it said was far from exhaustive, OHCHR listed 60 cases it has verified from January 2014 to May 2016. These included the alleged killing of surrendered soldiers or fighters, the torture and violent deaths of individuals in captivity and the alleged execution of 58 people.

"Relatives of victims are often the ones urging authorities to initiate an investigation. In some cases law enforcement officials only register the case ... and barely carry out any investigative actions on various pretexts," the report said.

(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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