Archive for September 19th, 2012

19/09/2012

World’s Heart in Melting Arctic

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sara Ayech, Greenpeace*, September 19, 2012 – The record has already been broken – but it is about to be shattered.

**Photo: © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace

This isn’t the kind of record you wish to remember and tell your grandchildren about. This is no tale of great sporting achievement like Usain Bolt smashing his way into the Olympic record books. No, this is something entirely more sombre.

I’m in the Arctic as part of a Greenpeace crew to bear witness to this year’s sea ice minimum – the moment of the year when the extent of Arctic sea ice is at its lowest. And very soon we expect to hear news of a new record, breaking the one set in 2007 – the lowest ever recorded sea ice minimum.

If current trends continue, the Arctic Ocean – which some research suggests has not been ice free for many thousands of years – is likely to see ice free summers within the next decade.

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19/09/2012

Stop Violence against Indigenous Women, Indiscriminate Extraction of Resources

Human Wrongs Watch

Violence against women and girls and the indiscriminate extraction of natural resources are among the most pressing issues that indigenous peoples face today, a United Nations human rights expert said.

©UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

“A recurring issue that has come to my attention in various contexts is that of violence against indigenous women and girls,” said the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, in his statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 18 September.

In the past year, Anaya has collaborated with various countries, UN agencies and indigenous peoples in several studies and country assessments on the challenges indigenous peoples face on a daily basis. He has also made recommendations to States of good practices and responded to cases of alleged human rights violations.

Anaya said that in his talks with representatives on indigenous issues, they had stressed the need for a holistic approach to combat violence against indigenous women and girls. The implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, he stressed, will be crucial to address this issue.

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