Archive for April 1st, 2014

01/04/2014

Japan's 'Research Whaling' Ruled Illegal by International Court of Justice

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tom Ganderton, Greenpeace 31 March 2014  The Government of Japan has officially cancelled plans to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean this coming year. Whales everywhere will be jumping for joy today. Why?

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Japan’s sham ‘scientific whaling’ program me has just been declared ILLEGAL in an international court! At 10am, the judges of the International Court of Justice handed down its long-anticipated decision on whether Japan’s government-subsidised whaling program me in the Southern Ocean should be allowed to continue.

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01/04/2014

Climate Change Impacting Entire Planet, Raising Risk of Hunger, Floods, Conflict – UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

The effects of climate change are already occurring in all continents and across the oceans, and the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for their risks, says a United Nations report issued on 31 March 2014, which also warns that while action can be taken, managing the phenomenon’s impacts will be difficult on a rapidly warming planet.* “Nobody will be untouched.”

The melting of ice sheets is accelerating in Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The melting of ice sheets is accelerating in Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.

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01/04/2014

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Heads to UK to Investigate Abuse

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Domestic and sexual violence, sexual bullying and harassment, forced and early marriages, and female genital mutilation – all these issues and more will be on the docket as the United Nations expert tasked with monitoring violence against women launched her first mission in the United Kingdom.*

**Photo credit: Sherkashmiri | Wikimedia Commons.

**Photo credit: Sherkashmiri | Wikimedia Commons.

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida Manjoo, 31 March 2014 began a two week investigative mission to the United Kingdom to study the manifestations of violence perpetrated in the family and in the community.

“Violence against women continues to be one of the most pervasive human rights violations globally, affecting every country in the world,” Manjoo said.*

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