Archive for November 26th, 2015

26/11/2015

Breaking International Law in Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sharmine Narwani*

25 November 2015 (RT)* – The war drums are getting louder in the aftermath of ISIS attacks in Paris, as Western countries gear up to launch further airstrikes in Syria. But obscured in the fine print of countless resolutions and media headlines is this: the West has no legal basis for military intervention. Their strikes are illegal.
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“It is always preferable in these circumstances to have the full backing of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) but I have to say what matters most of all is that any actions we would take would…be legal,” explained UK Prime Minister David Cameron to the House of Commons last Wednesday.

Legal? No, there’s not a scrap of evidence that UK airstrikes would be lawful in their current incarnation.

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26/11/2015

Forced Labour in Fishing: How Big Is the Problem?

Human Wrongs Watch

24 November 2015 (ILO)* – An international Conference on Labour Exploitation in the Fishing Sector in the Atlantic Region will discuss forced labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry on 25-26 November in Oslo, Norway.

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Credit: WorldFish2015 | Source: ILO – International Labour Organization

International Labour Organization (ILO) News spoke with Rebecca Surtees, conference panelist and Senior Researcher at NEXUS Institute*, United States, about possible remedies to labour exploitation in the industry.

What are the main problems in the fishing sector?

There is a range of pressing issues to be considered in the fishing industry – including pollution and environmental concerns, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, sustainability of fish stocks, transnational crime, the use of flags of convenience and non-compliance and so on.

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