Archive for ‘The Peoples’

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

Middle East — 8.6 Million Lives Torn Apart

Human Wrongs Watch

Amman, 19 December 2014 - “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.*

Source: UNICEF

Source: UNICEF

“Since the outset, and in spite of the enormous security and other challenges posed by a conflict of such scale and brutality, UNICEF and its partners have been delivering clean water, sanitation, education, health and immunization services, and psychosocial care to millions of children and their families.

“This year, as part of the 2015 Syria appeal, UNICEF is renewing its commitment to the survival and protection of children, including those living under the harshest conditions of siege.

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

Human Wrongs Watch

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

EU Agrees Money Laundering Transparency Reforms, but Full Access Denied

Human Wrongs Watch

17 December 2017, Transparency International — Transparency International welcomes new landmark legislation to tackle money laundering and anonymous shell companies in the EU. The revisions to the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive agreed by the European Parliament and EU Council are an important step forward in the fight against corruption, and go far beyond the principles agreed by G20 leaders in November.*

Each year the developing world loses an estimated US$ 1 trillion to illicit financial flows, money that could better the lives of millions of citizens but ends up funding the lifestyles of the corrupt, criminals and tax abusers. | Source: Transparency International

Each year the developing world loses an estimated US$ 1 trillion to illicit financial flows, money that could better the lives of millions of citizens but ends up funding the lifestyles of the corrupt, criminals and tax abusers. | Source: Transparency International

However, concerns remain that the final legislation will fall short of full transparency of the real ‘beneficial’ owners behind companies and trusts demanded by anti-corruption activists worldwide.

The identities of many individuals involved in grand corruption have been concealed through the use of anonymous companies, trusts and other entities.

17/12/2014

The Sad Future of Our Planet

Human Wrongs Watch 

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

The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roy Eidelson and Trudy Bond*, December 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service

What the American Psychological Association Knew

Earlier this week the Senate Intelligence Committee released the long-awaited executive summary of its 6,000-page classified report on the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 detention and interrogation program.

**Image: Waterboard on display at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: prisoners' feet were shackled to the bar on the right, wrists restrained by shackles on the left. Water was poured over the face using the watering can | 7 December 2007 | Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/waterboardingdotorg/2104419905 | Author: waterboardingdotorg | Wikimedia Commons.

**Image: Waterboard on display at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: prisoners’ feet were shackled to the bar on the right, wrists restrained by shackles on the left. Water was poured over the face using the watering can | 7 December 2007 | Author: waterboardingdotorg | Wikimedia Commons.

The report provides gruesome details of the abuse that took place in several “black site” prisons – waterboarding, confinement in a coffin-sized box, threatened harm to family members, forced nudity, freezing temperatures, “rectal feeding” without medical need, stress positions, diapering, days of sleep deprivation, and more.

17/12/2014

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

Human Wrongs Watch

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.
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