Archive for January 21st, 2013

21/01/2013

World’s Youth Facing Worsening Unemployment – UN Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

Global unemployment rose in 2012 amid continuing economic insecurity and insufficient policies stifling overall hiring, a new report by the United Nations labour agency has warned*, adding that the world’s youth were most vulnerable to the growing job scarcity.
Young people have protested around the world for more jobs and equality | UN

Young people have protested around the world for more jobs and equality | UN

In its annual Global Employment Trends report, released today, the International Labour Organization (ILO) notes that despite the positive trend of falling unemployment over the past two years, the number of unemployed worldwide rose by 4.2 million in 2012 with gloomy expectations of a further increase in 2013.

“An uncertain economic outlook, and the inadequacy of policy to counter this, has weakened aggregate demand, holding back investment and hiring,” Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General, announced in a news release accompanying the report.

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21/01/2013

UN Reveals Systematic Torture in ‘Liberated’ Afghanistan

Human Wrongs Watch

Torture remains a serious concern in numerous detention facilities across the U.S. and allies ‘liberated’ Afghanistan, despite significant efforts by the Government and international partners to address the problem, according to a new United Nations report*.

Afghan National Police in training in Kabul. Photo: UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein

Afghan National Police in training in Kabul. Photo: UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein

The report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) states that more than half of 635 conflict-related detainees interviewed experienced ill-treatment and torture, particularly in 34 facilities of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) between October 2011 and October 2012.

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21/01/2013

A Future of Extremes?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Aaron Gray-Block, Greenpeace — The world’s journalists have been jostling and vying with each other to describe and witness the stunning, but also deadly, extreme weather that has gripped the planet in recent months.

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The focus has often been the tumbling of records: 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States, the UK had its second wettest year on record and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology added extra colour to its temperature maps.

This caused quite a stir – and rightly so. In fact, it’s about time.

The U.N.’s climate panel, IPCC, has been fairly consistent since 1990 in describing the cause and risk of climate change and the need to respond. The scientific evidence since then, however, has often been shouted down by climate deniers.

But the record-breaking heatwave that has sparked Australia’s bushfires should be seen as part of a global warming trend, IPCC head Rajendra Pachauri stresses.

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