Archive for December 2nd, 2012

02/12/2012

Flying into Trouble? Drones to Use US Airspace as Safety Record Questioned

Human Wrongs Watch

By RT*, 2 December 2012 — A newly-released internal investigation by the US Air Force has shown a in its foreign operations. Meanwhile, Washington is pushing ahead with plans to allow drones into US civil airspace.

**Image from libyasos.blogspot.ru | Russia Today

**Image from libyasos.blogspot.ru | Russia Today

The report shows Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) crashing consistently and unpredictably due to a wide array of failures from technical malfunction, to complications in dealing with air traffic controllers, to downright incompetence.

The documents, obtained by the Washington Post, number several thousand pages, and show that at least seven drones have crashed near airports in the past two years.

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02/12/2012

Modern Slavery: 21 Million Human Beings Coerced into Jobs They Can Not Leave

Human Wrongs Watch

Almost 21 million women, men and children around the world are still victims of slavery and forced labour. They are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. More than half of them are women and children. Children alone account for more than a quarter of today´s slaves*. 

Victims of forced labour by region | ILO

The victims are the most vulnerable – women and girls forced into prostitution, migrants trapped in debt bondage, and sweatshop or farm workers kept there by clearly illegal tactics and paid little or nothing, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced labourers in the world – 11.7 million (56 per cent) of the global total, followed by Africa at 3.7 million (18 per cent) and Latin America with 1.8 million victims (9 per cent), according to the ILO’s new global estimate.

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02/12/2012

China Seeks to Secure Economic Interests in Melting Arctic

Human Wrongs Watch

Aware of the suspicions some countries have about its intentions in the Arctic, China is adopting a deliberately low-key public stance that avoids talk about minerals, oil and gas and focuses on climate change and shipping routes, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)*. 

**Location of the Arctic | By Heraldry| Wikimedia Commons.

**Location of the Arctic | By Heraldry| Wikimedia Commons.

Nevertheless, China is determined not to be sidelined in decisions that it believes will directly affect its economic interests, says SIPRI. China wants to be part of the Arctic order and, as a rising power, emphasizes the global implications of the Arctic’s melting ice.

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02/12/2012

‘Your Constitutional Declaration Conflicts with International Human Rights Law’ – UN to Morsi

Human Wrongs Watch

Few hours before president Mohamed Morsi of Egypt announced on December 1st his decision to organize on 15 December a referendum on the highly controversial and strongly contested text of a new Constitution which was drafted under his sponsorship, the top United Nations human rights official called on him ‘to reconsider a Constitutional Declaration he issued last week, saying parts of the measure conflict with international human rights law.”

President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt. UN Photo/Marco Castro

President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt. UN Photo/Marco Castro

Expressing her concerns in a letter to Morsi, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said that the Declaration put Egypt at risk of reneging on binding principles laid down in two overarching international human rights treaties – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.*

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