Archive for ‘The Peoples’

02/08/2015

Solarizing Greece Is a Way Out of the Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kumi Naidoo* 

1 August 2015 – Greece is facing a depression on a scale arguably comparable to the US Great Depression of the late 1920s. Huge unemployment rates and a dramatic drop in family incomes of over 40 percent have Greek citizens pondering what the impacts will be of the new bail-out agreement. Unending austerity and lack of hope are all it seems the future has to offer.

Oil is Fueling Greek Debt Banner in Rhodes. 26 Jul, 2015 © Konstantinos Stathias / Greenpeace

Credit: Konstantinos Sathias/Greenpeace

But there is a way to start changing things for the better. With energy poverty emerging as one of the most dramatic symptoms of the recession – six out of every 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills – it is high time that Greece seized upon its greatest and still largely unexploited asset: the Sun.

02/08/2015

How Can Women Combine Work with Breastfeeding, Raising Their Children

Human Wrongs Watch

Breastfeeding is one of the most cost-effective ways to boost children’s health. World Breastfeeding Week 2015 (1-7 July) aims to empower women to combine work with breastfeeding and raising their children.*

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© UNICEF/NYHQ2014–3655/Nesbitt | (Left) Elsebeth Aklilu weighs a child at a local health post. A government-paid health worker, Ms. Aklilu serves her own community — a village called Maderia, in Oromia Region, Ethiopia — by educating women on ways to keep themselves and their children healthy.

02/08/2015

Over 510 Human Trafficking Flows Crisscrossing the World – No Country Is Immune

Human Wrongs Watch

31 July 2015 (UNODC)* – Each year millions of women, men and children are trafficked for profit. They are sexually exploited, made to undertake demanding and often dangerous work in homes, farms and factories across the globe, and find themselves victims of one of the many other forms of abuse such as forced marriage or organ removal.

Photo: UNODC

UNODC

Yet despite the wide-spread recognition that this is one of today’s most exploitative crimes, action is lacking: more needs to be done to dismantle the organized criminal networks behind this, while at the same time it is critical that assistance to victims be stepped up.

Against this background, and with the second annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons being marked 30 July 2015, UNODC is calling for definitive and marked action to both end the impunity of traffickers, and to drastically boost the much-needed support being provided to victims.

UNODC’s most recent biennial Global Report on Trafficking in Persons highlights the true extent of the crime.

01/08/2015

IS in Muslim Majority Syria and ‘Liberated’ Iraq Brutally Forces 8 Million People to “Assimilate, Flee or Face Death”

Human Wrongs Watch

31 July 2015 – The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in [Muslim Majority] Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according to a United Nations expert.

An increasing number of people, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: UNAMI

“These violations may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and widespread attacks on the civilian population,” according to Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

01/08/2015

Illegal Fishing Strips $10 Billion to $23 Billion, Accounts for 26 Million Tones of Seafood a Year

Human Wrongs Watch

Thirteen additional countries need to ratify an agreement brokered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to combat illegal fishing by blocking ports to ships known or believed to be carrying illicit catches that account for more than 15 per cent of global output, the agency on 30 July 2015 said.

Momentum is building for a UN-backed accord, which, once operative, will bolster inspections and crack down on lawbreaking ships responsible for up to 15 per cent of global seafood output. Photo: FAO/J. Sutton

“A growing numbers of countries are ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, fuelling interest in how best to implement the instrument,” FAO said in a press release.

01/08/2015

‘Small Islands Need Partnerships to Battle Climate Change, Address ‘Unique Vulnerabilities’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

The global challenges facing the small island developing States (SIDS) are the international community’s collective responsibility, on 30 July 2015 stated the top United Nations official at the Security Council.

Climate change poses a threat to survival in the Southwest Pacific, and in most of the small islands around the globe. Photo: FAO/Sue Price

“Combatting climate change, promoting sustainable development and addressing the vulnerabilities of SIDS will demand partnership, capacity and leadership,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who recalled that the SAMOA Pathway is here “to guide us.”

01/08/2015

‘Steady Rise’ in Rhino Poaching, Elephant Killings

Human Wrongs Watch

Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the United Nations General Assembly on 30 July 2015 urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supply and demand sides.”*

**African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

Through the new resolution, the Assembly expressed serious concern over the steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and the alarmingly high levels of killings of elephants in Africa, which threaten those species with local extinction and, in some cases, with global extinction.

30/07/2015

These Are the Videos the Tuna Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Hocevar* 

30 July 2015 – This week, Greenpeace USA released five new video testimonials from Pacific tuna fishermen detailing the horrible conditions they’ve worked under. The interviews – conducted in a South Pacific port earlier this year – reveal incidents of abuse, inadequate or nonexistent pay, food and sleep deprivation and even murder.

Greenpeace

Greenpeace

As investigation after investigation after investigation continue to expose the poor state of the fishing industry, it’s becoming clearer than ever that consumers can’t trust the seafood they are feeding their families.

In the case of these particular fisherman, the horrific human rights abuses at sea are directly connected to the tuna industry, confirming that tuna companies have major work to do in order to clean up their supply chains and win back the trust of their customers.

Watch these stories of abuse at sea

Trigger warning: these videos contain descriptions of violence that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Fishermen are often subject to bullying or intimidation for speaking up, meaning the harrowing stories captured below are hard to come by.

30/07/2015

‘Power Loss, Aviation Disruption, Radiation’: UK Warns Solar Storms Could Wreak Havoc

Human Wrongs Watch

29 July 2015 (RT)* – The UK government has warned of potentially damaging effects of coronal mass ejections, solar flares and other severe space weather, in a new report published by the Cabinet Office.
**Image: Artist's impression of "the oldest star of our Galaxy": HE 1523-0901 | About 13.2 billion years old | Author: ESO, European Southern Observatory | Wikimedia Commons

**Image: Artist’s impression of “the oldest star of our Galaxy”: HE 1523-0901 | About 13.2 billion years old | Author: ESO, European Southern Observatory | Wikimedia Commons

“Solar activity can produce x-rays, high-energy particles and coronal mass ejections of plasma. Where such activity is directed towards Earth there is the potential to cause wide-ranging impacts. These include power loss, aviation disruption, communication loss, and disturbance to (or loss of) satellite systems,” says the report, called Space Weather Preparedness Strategy.

30/07/2015

Same Planet, 8.5 Billion Inhabitants by 2030, 9.7 Billion by 2050, 11 Billion by …

Human Wrongs Watch

The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released on 29 July 2015.

© Wim Bouden/UNDP Peru

© Wim Bouden/UNDP Peru

Moreover, the report reveals that during the 2015-2050 period, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the United States, Indonesia and Uganda.

Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, whose department produced the 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects, the 24th round of official UN population estimates and projections, noted that understanding the demographic changes that are likely to unfold over the coming years “is key to the design and implementation of the new development agenda.”

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