Archive for November 19th, 2011

19/11/2011

Give Them Water, Toilets!

Human Wrongs Watch

New York – The UN independent expert on access to water and sanitation as a human right urged States to allocate more resources to improving sanitation and promote efficient use of existing hygiene facilities, stressing that people are entitled to decent toilets.

Credit: UN

Lack of sanitation implies the loss of millions of school and work days as well as enormous health costs,” said Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, in a statement to mark the World Toilet Day, which is observed on 19 November each year.

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19/11/2011

The Empire Strikes Back

Human Wrongs Watch

By Silvia Swinden* – Pressenza 

London – New York, London, Zurich… Not a glamorous multinational but a seemingly coordinated action to evict protesters from campsites. “Health and Safety” reasons. Too many “vulnerable” people. Concerns from local businesses. Public Highway legislation… Why is it not spelt out? Occupations are drawing undue attention to the corrupt and dehumanising practices of the Financial Sector.

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Apart from being spaces of interchange and learning – like Tent City University at Occupy the London Stock Exchange lectures and workshops – the Occupations have been keeping the behaviour of the financial sector in the public eye.

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19/11/2011

Africa’s Boat People, Victims of Abduction, Extortion, Sexual Assault and Kidnapping

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – Over 12,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen by boat in October, the highest monthly total since the United Nations refugee agency began tracking the flow of between the Horn of Africa and Yemen nearly six years ago. Many of them are victims of abductions, extortions, kidnappings and sexual assaults.

Credit: UN

The 12,545 arrivals last month brings the total so far this year to 84,656, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This exceeds the previous annual record of 77,000 in 2009.

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