Archive for October 26th, 2016

26/10/2016

Punishment Is Violent and Counterproductive

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia,  26 October 2016 – Punishment is a popular pastime for humans. Parents punish children. Teachers punish students. Employers punish workers. Courts punish lawbreakers. People punish each other. Governments punish ‘enemies’. And, according to some, God punishes evildoers.

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**Punishment of an offender in Hungary, 1793 | Author: Alavoine – Lily15 (uploader, feltöltő) | Public Domain | Wikimedia commons: “This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.”

What is ‘punishment’?

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26/10/2016

‘An Entire Generation Could Be Crippled by Hunger’ in Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations food relief agency on 25 October 2016 said it is increasingly concerned about deteriorating food security and growing rates of child malnutrition in war-plagued Yemen, particularly in hard-to-reach areas.

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In the photo: Ahmed, 3 years old, receives treatment for moderate acute malnutrition in a hospital in Hajjah, Yemen. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

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“Hunger is increasing every day and people have exhausted all their survival strategies. Millions of people cannot survive without external assistance,” said Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe in a news release.

He said the conflict in Yemen was taking a devastating toll, particularly on the most vulnerable, especially women and children.

26/10/2016

Mediterranean Death Toll in 2016 ‘Worst We Have Seen’

Human Wrongs Watch

With just two months left in 2016, and despite a substantial drop in the number of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the number of people losing their lives has witnessed a three-fold overall increase this year, and in one particular route by more than five-fold, the United Nations refugee agency on 25 October 2016 said.*

Refugees and migrants rescued at sea by the Italian coast guards after adrift in the Mediterranean Sea disembarked at the port of Augusta in Sicily, May 2016. Photo: UNHCR/Patrick Russo

“From one death for every 269 arrivals last year, in 2016 the likelihood of dying has spiralled to one in 88,” William Spindler, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists at the regular news briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG).

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