Archive for November, 2016

30/11/2016

Lead, the Silent Killer, Stalks Kenya’s Paint Industry

Human Wrongs Watch

By UNEP*

Squeezing past the pulley carts stacked high with goods, through the throng of people navigating the sweltering alleyways of Nairobi’s bustling informal industrial sector, Dr Faridah Were can’t hide her unease when she sees a man with half his arm plunged into a large bucket of paint.

Lead, the silent killer, stalks Kenya’s paint industry | UNEP
Framed by towers of colourful paint buckets in front of his small wooden kiosk, Njuki Mwangi stops hand-mixing his new batch of paint and looks up, smiling.

Dr Were is on a mission. Together with health and medical experts she is helping Kenya to rid its paint industry of lead – the toxin added to paint that is responsible for an estimated 600,000 new cases of intellectual disability among children every year.

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30/11/2016

A Long Road: Domestic Violence Law in China

Human Wrongs Watch

By Yuan Feng*

Women’s NGO outreaches to grassroots women in ethnic minority areas in Yunnan. Credit: Yuan Feng | Source: openDemocracy

In 2014, Ms. Dai was awarded compensation by a court which recognised that her then husband, Mr Liu, had committed domestic violence.

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30/11/2016

“Bonn Has Become an Insider Tip on the International Stage”

30/11/2016

Bulgaria: UN Concerned at Calls for Expulsions Following Tensions at Overcrowded Reception Centre

The United Nations refugee agency on 29 November 2016 voiced concerns over calls for expulsion, on national security grounds, of asylum-seekers after a protest at Bulgaria’s largest and most overcrowded reception centre.

Near the Bulgarian border with Turkey, a former military barracks in Harmanli has been converted into a vast complex for housing refugees. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) urged the Bulgarian Government to improve living conditions at the Harmanli reception centre and establish a constructive dialogue with asylum-seekers staying there.

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29/11/2016

Welcome to the Fillon-Le Pen Cage Match

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pepe Escobar*

Fillon is an ultra-traditionalist, family values, “Christian roots of France” kind of guy.

In American terms, he would be a “French nationalist” – without the derogatory subtexts. His mantra revolves around the historic strength of French national identity (from Jeanne D’Arc to Voltaire), the basis of national sovereignty, which should be re-emphasized again and again.

 

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29/11/2016

No Country for the Rohingyas

Human Wrongs Watch

By The Hindu*

25 Nov 2016 – A new humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Myanmar after the military crackdown on “Islamist jihadists” in the Rakhine State, home to more than one million Rohingya Muslims.

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**Map of Myanmar and its divisions, including Shan State, Kachin State, Rakhine State and Karen State. | Author: Aotearoa | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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29/11/2016

The State of the World Right Now: A View

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

28 November 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service –  “View” meaning not only a glimpse from above, but a position taken on the world on which the US electorate is now dumping Donald Trump.

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Johan Galtung

That world is today basically multi-polar, maybe with 8 poles: Anglo-America, Latin America-Caribbean, African Unity, Islam-OIC from Casablanca to Mindanao, European Union, Russia more region than state, SAARC from Nepal to Sri Lanka, ASEAN, Australia-New Zealand.

And multi-regional Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SCO, with China and Russia, Islamic countries, India and Pakistan.

There is a waning state reality, smaller states being increasingly absorbed in regions.

There is a waxing region reality with the above eight; adding West Asian, Central Asian and Northeast Asian regions, maybe eleven.

There is a global reality based on IGOs, inter-governmental organizations with the United Nations on top; TNCs, the transnational corporations with the US-based on top so far; and INGOs, international non-governmental organizations, with religions on top.

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29/11/2016

Selling Their Bodies for Fish and a Handful of Shillings

Human Wrongs Watch

By Diana Wanyonyi*

KWALE, Kenya, Nov 28 2016 (IPS) – It’s Saturday morning and Hafsa Juma* is seated on a traditional mat known locally as a mkeka under the scorching sun outside her homestead, located near Gasi Beach on the Kenyan coast.

People at Gasi Beach in Kwale County, on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast, wait for fishermen to buy the daily catch. Credit: Diana Wanyonyi/IPS

People at Gasi Beach in Kwale County, on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, wait for fishermen to buy the daily catch. Credit: Diana Wanyonyi/IPS

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Clad in a traditional Swahili dress known as a dera, complemented by a mtandio wrapped around her head, Hafsa, 15, says she has been suffering from flu and headaches for more than a week. She hoped the hot sun might ease her chills and shivering, since her parents are unemployed and too poor to pay for a doctor visit.

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29/11/2016

Dr. Maung Zarni on the Rohingya Muslim Genocide in Buddhist Burma/Myanmar

Human Wrongs Watch

By Maung Zarni*

28 Nov 2016 – A journalist asked me a few questions to get sound bites and quotes.  I turned them into a more comprehensive interview. Thought this may serve as a succinct backgrounder if you are interested in the contextual view of the current annihilation phase of the Rohingya genocide.

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Why do you as a Buddhist and Burmese support Rohingys when your whole country, the military, the NLD and the society, hate and want to evict them as a group?

Historical evidence clearly indicates today’s Rakhine coastal region to be an ethnically and religiously diverse shared homeland for both Rakhine and Rohingya for centuries. 

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29/11/2016

Central African Republic: Half the Population Needs Humanitarian Support – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

With nearly half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) in need of humanitarian assistance, some $400 million is required over the coming year to shore up relief efforts that will be critical “to save the lives of people who are among the poorest and most forgotten on this planet,” a senior United Nations official ON 28 November 2016 said.*

Women in Gordil, Central African Republic (CAR), carry food and water back home as evening descends. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Speaking to UN Member States in Geneva, the Minister for Social Welfare and Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua, and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Fabrizio Hochschild, said the funds are desperately needed despite the progress made over the past three years.

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