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Desmond Tutu takes Unesco human rights prize | Mail & Guardian

Tutu was on Monday awarded the prize for “his exceptional contribution to building a universal culture of human rights at the national, regional and international levels.” The jury highlighted the role he played in building the new non-racial South Africa and his contribution as head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to national reconstruction which became a model for other ...

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Palestinians push for World Heritage nod for Bethlehem, in bid for international recognition | The Washington Post

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The Palestinians on Wednesday made a final push to have UNESCO recognize the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in the Israeli-controlled West Bank as an endangered World Heritage site, despite misgivings by Christian denominations and a cool response from the U.N. agency. For more on this story, visit: Palestinians push for World Heritage nod for ...

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Israel to transfer Palestinian funds held over UNESCO membership bid | Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security-diplomatic cabinet is expected to meet Monday and approve the thaw of $100 million of tax funds Israel had collected for the Palestinian Authority during the month of October, and which were frozen over the Palestinian admission into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). According to one senior Israeli official, the majority of ...

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Exacting a Price: Why US Retribution Against UNESCO Will Backfire | Counterpunch

The Palestinians scored a victory on 31 October when UNESCO (the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation) admitted them into its ranks as a full member, despite an immediate cut of $60 million in American dues, or 22 per cent of the organisation’s budget. Membership will enable the Palestinian Authority (PA) to register as its heritage such sites as ...

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US pulls Unesco funding after Palestine is granted full membership | The Guardian

The United States has cut off funds to Unesco as a punitive action after the Palestinian Authority was accepted into the UN agency as a full member in defiance of American, Israeli and European pressure. The overwhelming backing for the Palestinians’ bid to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was a huge boost for their campaign for ...

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Palestine secures seat in UNESCO despite US threats | RT

Palestine has received membership in the UN’s education, science and culture body after 107 of the 173 attending member states voted for it, with 14 against. The US objected to the move and threatened to curb its donations to the organization. Two thirds of the delegates present and voting had to support the motion for it to be approved. With ...

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