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19/12/2014

Recovery of Ozone Layer Would Come Sooner If…

The Vienna Convention on Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol achieved universal ratification in 2009 and remain the first and only treaties to realize that aspiration | Source: UNEP

Additionally, earlier phase out of relatively small remaining uses of ODSs, which are currently exempted for reasons of essentiality and criticality to society, would hasten ozone recovery, the report says. Altogether, preventing those emissions can speed up the recovery of the ozone layer by about 11 years.

19/12/2014

‘Save the Lives of Migrants; Stop Smugglers from Exploiting their Desperation’

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva — On International Migrants Day 2014, December 18th, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing calls for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and stop smugglers from exploiting their desperation to extort huge sums of money.

IOM Calls for Action to Save Migrants’ Lives On December 18th – International Migrants Day

IOM data show that the number of migrants dying on dangerous journeys in the hope of finding better lives for themselves and their families, is rising.

Some 5,000 migrants (4,868) lost their lives this year at sea or in remote deserts or mountains. This makes 2014 the deadliest year on record, with double the number of last year’s deaths.

19/12/2014

Australia’s New Migration Bill Shifts Task to Security

Human Wrongs Watch

Bangkok, 18 December 2014 (IRIN)* – This week’s passing into law of Australia’s Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. 

Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledge that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development.

Since September 2013 Australia has run Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), a military-led initiative the government describes as an effort to “to combat people-smuggling and protect Australia’s borders”.

Navy ships intercept boats carrying asylum seekers, who are then detained in off-shore processing centres, the conditions of which have been criticized repeatedly, including by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

19/12/2014

On International Day, UN Urges Greater Attention to ‘Precarious’ Situation of World’s 232 MillionMigrants

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Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on 18 December 2014 said in a message to mark International Migrants Day.

A scene at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Thousands of women leave their homes in Indonesia to work as domestic workers each year. Photo: IRIN/David Swanson

“We call for the fulfillment and protection of the human rights of the world’s 232 million migrants,” said Ban.*

17/12/2014

World Bank safeguards ‘go out of their way’ to avoid references to human rights – UN Expert

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, on 17 December 2014 urged the World Bank to recognize the central importance of human rights to its draft environmental and social policies, also known as safeguard policies, which apply to its investment project financing.

**Image: Lord Keynes (right) and Harry Dexter White, the "founding fathers" of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | Author: International Monetary Fund

**Lord Keynes (right) and Harry Dexter White, the “founding fathers” of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | Author: International Monetary Fund

In a joint letter to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Alston and 27 other rights experts highlighted specific concerns with the proposed new safeguards policies, which were released by the Bank in July for public consultation, as part of the multi-stage review.

“The draft safeguards seem to go out of their way to avoid any meaningful references to human rights,” Alston stressed in a news release.

“The Bank’s position is effectively a sleight of hand,” he noted.

 

17/12/2014

The Sad Future of Our Planet

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By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 17 December 2014 — It is now official: today’s inter-governmental system is not able to act in the interest of humankind.

Photo credit: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima – which ended on 14 December 2014, two days after it was scheduled to close – was the last step before the next Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, where a global agreement must be found.

In Lima, 196 countries with several thousand delegates negotiated for two weeks to find a common position on which to convene in Paris in one year’s time.

Lima was preceded by an historical meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in which the world’s two main polluters agreed on a course of action to reduce pollution.

Well, Lima has produced a draft climate pact, adopted by everybody, simply because it carries no obligation. It is a kind of global gentlemen’s agreement, where it is supposed that the world is inhabited only by gentlemen, including the energy corporations.

17/12/2014

Argentina – New Law Leads to New Life for Migrant Domestic Workers

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Buenos Aires, 16 December 2014 (ILO*) — “Why do other workers have rights but not us?” Maria Perez remembers asking over and over again when she first arrived in Argentina from Paraguay for a job as a domestic worker.
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© Jamie Martin / World Bank 2014 | Source: UN News Centre

© Jamie Martin / World Bank 2014 | Source: UN News Centre

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Today, after decades of labor organizing and with the support of the ILO, Argentina has given her an answer — with the passage of a new migration policy, a new law on domestic workers and a strong commitment to regularize and formalize all domestic workers — nationals and migrants alike.
17/12/2014

Netherlands Politicians ‘trying to score political points at expense of homeless migrants’ – UN Rights Experts

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In the Netherlands, assisting migrants living on the streets is not a matter of charity but rather an obligation of the Government, a group of United Nations human rights experts on 16 December 2014 said as they urged Dutch authorities to immediately provide irregular migrants with “bed, bath and bread”.

A boat carrying asylum seekers and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/L.Boldrini

As it stands, the Netherlands refuses to give emergency food, clothing, and shelter (popularly called “bed, bath and bread” in the country), despite repeated disapproval by international and regional human rights bodies.*

16/12/2014

Migrants’ Remittances Expected to Reach US$ 436 Billion in 2014 – How to Help Them Make the Most of Their Money

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Migrants’ remittances are expected to reach US$ 436 billion in 2014 and US$ 540 billion by 2016. Financial education can not only provide useful support to migrants’ families back home but also help migrants in destination countries manage their own budgets.

**Remittance advertising in Oxford Street, London with Polish and Russian slogans | Source: Kaihsu Tai | Author: Kaihsu Tai | Wikimedia Commons.

**Remittance advertising in Oxford Street, London with Polish and Russian slogans | Source: Kaihsu Tai | Author: Kaihsu Tai | Wikimedia Commons.

Geneva, December 2014 (ILO)* – Moussé Bao is a 35 year-old migrant from Senegal who has been living in France since 2006.

Like most migrant workers, he sends a substantial amount of his monthly salary back to Louga, his hometown in North-Western Senegal, near the coastal city of Saint Louis. Every month, his mother and wife receive about 500 euros through a money transfer service.

16/12/2014

World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Rome — Mairead Maguire’s Presentation

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By Mairead Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis to Replace Just War Theory with Theology of Peace, Nonkilling, and Nonviolence

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is particularly appropriate that we are gathered here around International Human Rights Day and our theme is Peace and Living It.

I believe that Peace is a Human Right for everyone, and its presence is necessary in order to protect and sustain all the other rights enshrined in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

I am sure we can agree that although we have a Universal Declaration, we have a long way to go to ensure that our Governments implement and uphold all these rights. In spite of this I am full of hope because I believe that we, the human family, are at a turning point in history.

There is a new growing consciousness a fresh way of thinking and living, with many taking care of each other and of nature and re-acknowledging that the true spirit of humanity is to love and be loved.

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