Archive for July 8th, 2017

08/07/2017

The United Nations Prohibits Nuclear Weapons

Human Wrongs Watch

By ICAN*

July 7, 2017 — After a decade-long effort by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and 72 years after their invention, today states at the United Nations formally adopted a treaty which categorically prohibits nuclear weapons

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Until now, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction without a prohibition treaty, despite the widespread and catastrophic humanitarian consequences of their intentional or accidental detonation. Biological weapons were banned in 1972 and chemical weapons in 1992.

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08/07/2017

About the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Human Wrongs Watch

By ICAN*

On 7 July 2017, the United Nations adopted a landmark agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

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Here we answer some frequently asked questions about how the treaty will operate.

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08/07/2017

Historic Day at the UN: Nuclear Weapons Are Now Banned under International Law

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jen Maman*

7 July 2017 (Greenpeace)* — Today at the UN Headquarters in New York, a global treaty banning nuclear weapons has been adopted. 

ctivists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary in Japan, 2005. © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Activists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary. (2005)

This is an historic moment: according to the treaty, to possess and develop nuclear weapons is now illegal under international law. The treaty will be open for signature by states on September 20th.

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08/07/2017

Eyeless in Gaza

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

08/07/17

I HAVE a unique confession to make: I like Gaza.

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Uri Avnery

Yes, I like this far-away corner of Palestine, the narrow strip on the way to Egypt, in which two million human beings are crowded, and which is closer to hell than to heaven.

My heart goes out to them.

I HAVE spent quite a lot of time in the Strip. Once or twice I stayed there with Rachel for a couple of days.

I became friendly with some people whom I admired, people like Dr. Haidar Abd-al-Shafi, the leftist doctor who set up the Gazan health system, and Rashad al-Shawa, the former Mayor, an aristocrat from birth.

After the Oslo agreement, when Yasser Arafat came back to the country and set up his office in Gaza, I met him there many times. I brought to him groups of Israelis.

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08/07/2017

Saving a Marriage

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Dietrich Fischer*

3 July 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service — A true mediation history from Johan Galtung

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Prof. Dietrich Fischer

An Italian husband was fitting bathrooms with tiles for a living, while his wife, who was eight years younger, stayed home and took care of the household. Her main concern was her security in old age.

Since Italian women live on average eight years longer than men, she expected to outlive her husband by about sixteen years.

But his preference after working for 40 years was to spend some hours after work in the evening drinking a glass of wine and discussing with his friends at the local pub.

She complained that he had stopped working overtime.

He told her that she had no idea how difficult it was to fit the last tiles behind a toilet or bathtub, that his shoulders were aching, and that after many years of hard work he deserved to spend some time with his friends in the evening.

The tension slowly escalated.

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08/07/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter (7) The Marquis de Condorcet

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 7: The Marquis de CondorcetThe others will follow successively. 

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Figure 7.1: The Marquis de Condorcet (public domain).

A vision of human progress

In France the Marquis de Condorcet had written an equally optimistic book, “Esquisse d’un Tableau Historique des Progres de l’Esprit Humain”.

Condorcet’s optimism was unaffected even by the fact that at the time when he was writing he was in hiding, under sentence of death by Robespierre’s government.

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08/07/2017

Climate Change-Poverty-Migration: The New, Inhuman ‘Bermuda Triangle’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal* 

ROME, Jul 7 2017 (IPS) – World organisations, experts and scientists have been repeating it to satiety: climate change poses a major risk to the poorest rural populations in developing countries, dangerously threatening their lives and livelihoods and thus forcing them to migrate.

Unprecedented levels of population displacements in the Lake Chad Basin ‒Cameroon, Chad, the Niger and Nigeria. Credit: FAO

Also that the billions of dollars that the major industrialised powers—those who are the main responsible for climate change, spend on often illegal, inhumane measures aiming at impeding the arrival of migrants and refuges to their countries, could be devoted instead to preventing the root causes of massive human displacements.

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08/07/2017

Gonorrhoea Becoming Harder to Treat due to Antibiotic Resistance – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

Gonorrhoea is becoming harder to treat due to antibiotic resistance, the United Nations health agency on 7 July 2017 cautioned, adding that there is a need for better prevention and treatment of the disease that infects an estimated 78 million people each year.

Gonorrhea tests can be done on urine samples or samples of body fluid from the area where the infection is suspected. Photo: WHO/G. Hampton

“The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Dr. Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

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08/07/2017

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Adopted After 20 Years of Negotiations 

Human Wrongs Watch

Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York on 7 July 2017 adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.

The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, later preserved as a monument – known as the Genbaku Dome – at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. UN Photo

“The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said following its adoption.

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