Archive for June 13th, 2012

13/06/2012

‘Nuclear Plants Are Toxic Assets with No Warning Labels’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Gyorgy Dallos* (Greenpeace)There is a story about the Fukushima nuclear disaster that is not being told … until now.

Image: Greenpeace.

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We know that almost 16,000 people were killed by the devastating tsunami and have heard the painful stories of hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes and their livelihoods after the release of radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant.
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We haven’t heard much, however, about the hundreds of thousands who also lost a large portion of their savings.
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To tell this story, we have just released the report, Toxic Assets: nuclear assets in the 21st century. In it we expose the scale of financial losses and the failure of financial advisors to make it clear to investors that nuclear plants are risky investments.
13/06/2012

Over 100 Million Children Subjected to Slavery, Sexual Exploitation

Human Wrongs Watch

On the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June, two United Nations independent human rights experts highlighted that of the 215 million children working throughout the world, more than half are subjected to the worst forms of child labour, including sexual and labour exploitation.
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*Children in Namibia. Author Thomas Schoch. Source | Wikimedia Commons.

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“One of the most abhorrent forms of child slavery is found in mining and quarrying, where children start work from the age of three,” said the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, in a news release.
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She added that children working in this sector, the majority of whom are boys, “are treated as commodities and face particular physical, psychological, economic and sexual exploitation. ”Recent reports show that with the current economic crises there is more reliance on commodities such as gold, a demand that has increased the numbers of boys and girls working in mines and quarries.
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