February 21 is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) International Mother Language Day.
UNESCO reports that only one quarter of all of the languages spoken across our global village are used in education and in cyber space.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was created in 1950. A year later, the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was created. The 1951 document defines a refugee as a person who is located outside his or her own state and has a well-founded fear of persecution.
The Convention also created the principle of international law of non-refoulement, which prohibits states from returning a person to a place where his or her life or freedom would be threatened. The latest figures available show that the number of refugees is about 10.5 million people. At the moment millions of Syrians refugees are in crisis.
Latest information sets the number of Syrian refugees at 2,386,087. States neighboring Syria are struggling to cope with the vast number of refugees that have crossed their borders.
A new report (click here) by Freedom House indicates that in 2014 our global village once again saw an overall decline in the respect for global political rights and civil liberties. 2014 marked the ninth year of consecutive of this decline. Does a decline in democracy lead to more conflict?
The major findings in the report indicate that…