Archive for November 14th, 2017

14/11/2017

The Harsh Plight of 152 Million Child Labourers

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 14 2017 (IPS) – While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily –and much less expensively—resolved. One of them is that worldwide 152 million children are currently victims of child labour.

Child labour is mostly found in agriculture. 108 million boys and girls are engaged in child labour in farming, livestock, forestry, fishing or aquaculture, often working long hours and facing occupational hazards. Child labour violates children’s rights. Credit: FAO

Of this total, 60 per cent of child labourers – aged 5-17 years – work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This makes a total of around 100 million girls and boys used as a cheap or even unpaid work force.

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14/11/2017

Antibiotic Resistance Is a ‘Global Crisis We Cannot Ignore’ – UN 

Human Wrongs Watch

As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on 13 November 2017, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection. Photo: PAHO/Joshua Cogan

“Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we cannot ignore,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

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