Archive for November 24th, 2015

24/11/2015

Unless We Act Now, Millions of Children ‘Will Bear the Brunt of Climate Change’

Human Wrongs Watch

More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence, 160 million live in high drought severity areas. Of the 530 million children in the flood-prone zones, some 300 million live in countries where more than half the population lives in poverty – on less than $3.10 a day – UNICEF.

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Source: UNICEF

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 November 2015 – More  than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, UNICEF said* in a report released ahead of the 21st United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21.

Of those living in high drought severity areas, 50 million are in countries where more than half the population lives in poverty.

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24/11/2015

Paris: A Sense of Proportions Is Urgently Needed

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

24 November 2015

For more than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, every television news program of any kind was completely dominated by non-stop day-and-night coverage of the “breaking news”.

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**Paris Shootings – The day after | French police gathering evidence at the Bataclan theatre on 14 November | Source: Paris Shootings : The day after | Author: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène from Paris, France | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

The attacks, in which 130 people were killed and 80-99 seriously injured, were presented by our mass media with such a concentration of hysteria that they blotted out every other type of news from the public consciousness.

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24/11/2015

Corporate Imperialism – The Only Reason for GMOs

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva*

23 November 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service

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“Here’s what I’ll do as President. I’ll immediately implement Country of Origin Labeling because Americans should know where their food comes from. And we’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying,” US President Barack Obama

President Obama’s campaign promise reassured the American people President Obama was on their side, looking out for their basic right to safe food.

As his second term comes closer to an end, President Obama’s promise to protect American people from the established and yet-unknown effects of genetically modified food, lies un-fulfilled.

What happened between the campaign trail and the taking of office? Did Obama change his mind on the importance of letting Americans know what they are eating?

The President’s and the First Family’s food is organic. He has not changed his mind but his window to fulfil his promise of 2007 is closing fast.

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24/11/2015

Old problems in Jerusalem’s Old City

Human Wrongs Watch

JERUSALEM, 23 November 2015 (IRIN)* – Faten Ghosheh, a 33-year-old Palestinian mother of five, stands on the roof of her partially demolished home in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Al-Aqsa Mosque visible behind her.

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**Photo: May Guarnieri/IRIN | The view of Al-Aqsa from the Ghosheh’s Old City home

She recalls the moment five years ago when Israeli forces arrived at 5am to tear down the two rooms and bathroom that her husband had built with their life savings of 700,000 shekels ($180,000).

To avoid the fine that the Jerusalem municipality would charge for the demolition, the Ghoshehs called on the men in their family to come and tear down the walls.

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24/11/2015

More Countries Want More Babies

Human Wrongs Watch

New York, November 2015 (IPS) – Concerned with the consequences of demographic decline and population aging, especially with respect to economic growth, national defense and pensions and health care for the elderly, a growing number of governments are seeking to raise birth rates.

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Source: United Nations Population Division.

Whereas nearly 40 years ago 13 countries had policies to raise fertility, today the number has increased four-fold to 56, representing more than one-third of the world’s population.

The most recent and largest addition to this pronatalist group of countries, which includes Australia, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Spain and Turkey, is China.

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24/11/2015

‘Nigeria Must Halt Evictions Threatening Tens of Thousands with Homelessness’

A United Nations human rights expert on 23 November 2015 called on the Nigerian Government to immediately end unlawful large-scale evictions that are threatening tens of thousands of people with homelessness even as the rainy season rages on, voicing alarm at the violence sometimes used by police.
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**With nowhere to go, many people still remain in Lagos’ Badia East, Nigeria, amidst the ruins of their demolished houses. (October 2015) Photo: Sam Olukoya/IRIN

“There is no viable resettlement or alternative accommodation provided by authorities for affected individuals, and many fear further evictions as they lack security of tenure,” UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, warned in a statement.*

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24/11/2015

Cambodia: Political Crackdown Reaching a ‘Dangerous Tipping Point’, UN Rights Expert

Human Wrongs Watch

23 November 2015 – Expressing deep concern about the breakdown in the dialogue between Cambodia’s main political parties, a United Nations expert today warned that any intensification of the current events could bring the country to a “dangerous tipping point,” especially regrading the human rights of the Cambodian people.

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Street scene in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Photo: World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

“The past weeks have been marked by a number of worrying developments: increasing tensions between the two principal political parties; incidences of violence; intimidation of individuals; and resort to offensive language in the political discourse,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith in a news release.

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24/11/2015

“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities, settler-related violence, and demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures’

Human Wrongs Watch

Nearly 12 months after the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with the aim of generating global engagement on ‘the Question of Palestine,’ security and hope in Gaza and in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, remain at a “very low point,” observed UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson on 23 November 2015.*

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Israeli forces and a newly installed metal detector on the corner of Al Wad Street, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: Mya Guarnieri/IRIN

“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence. Demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures have continued, including punitive demolitions…

“…Such policies and actions are directly contrary to the Government of Israel’s stated intention to pursue a two-State solution,” said Eliasson in his remarks to a special meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked annually on 29 November.

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