Archive for March 28th, 2018

28/03/2018

How Fish Snacks Are Empowering Women in Thailand’s South

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dechadhorn Seehabutr and Reuben Lim, IOM Bangkok, Thailand* 

IOM*Eat it fresh and you feel like 20 again!,” jokes 64-year-old Lormakwan as she explains the process of Keropok Ikan making. A snack derived from sardines, Keropok Ikan is a local delicacy commonly found in Thailand’s southern provinces.
Kampuan group members in Suksamran District, Ranong Province, Thailand. | Source: IOM

After mincing the fish into a paste, it is fried into crispy crackers which can be eaten or used as an ingredient to complement other dishes such as spicy fish soup.

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28/03/2018

Death of the “New Republic” in Brazil

Human Wrongs Watch

By Frédéric Vandenberghe*

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**Photo: Rocinha is the largest hill favela in Rio de Janeiro (as well as in Brazil and the second largest in Latin America). | Author: chensiyuan | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Marielle was a child of the slums of Rio de Janeiro. She was black, beautiful, young and charismatic. She studied sociology and had an MA in public administration. She was a feminist, LGBT+, Black and human rights activist.

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28/03/2018

Breaking Bonded Labour and Gender Roles in Nepal

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KATHMANDU, Nepal, 20 March 2018 (ILO)*Punam Rana, 22, is a freed Kamaiya woman training to be a carpenter. The Kamaiya system was a form of bonded labour in which a worker and their family entered into an informal contract with a landlord to do agricultural work in return for payment-in-kind, such as a small percentage of the harvest.

Punam Rana and her family were free from the Kamaiya system | Source: ILO News
In times of hardship, Kamaiyas would have to indebt themselves to their landlord by taking loans.
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The informal nature of the arrangement and the inherent power imbalance that underlies the relationship between the Kamaiya and their landlord leaves Kamaiyas vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, often being subjected to poor working conditions and long-term debt bondage which carries over across generations.

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28/03/2018

‘Unspeakable Hardship’ for Thousands of Women, Children and Men Displaced by Hostilities in Nigeria’s Crisis-Torn Borno State

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27 March 2018 — Some 60,000 people displaced by ongoing hostilities in Nigeria’s crisis-torn Borno state will receive life-saving aid thanks to an allocation from the United Nations-managed country-based humanitarian assistance fund.

Photo/UNOCHA| The United Nations-managed Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) supports, amomg others, women livelihoods projects like this one, in Mafa, Borno state.
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“The crisis continues to displace thousands of vulnerable women, children and men every week. Many have gone through unspeakable hardship and the UN and its partners remain committed to help alleviate their suffering,” said Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria.
28/03/2018

A Bolton from the Blue… Trump’s Scary War-Hawk Advisor Is So Yesterday’s Man

Human Wrongs Watch

By Finian Cunningham* 

The following is not meant to sound complacent, but the inclusion of arch war-hawk Bolton in Trump’s inner circle may actually turn out to be a good thing. For it will hasten America’s reckless foreign policies and its decline as a world power.

Admittedly, such an outlook is proffered against a very grim background.

John Bolton has been described not so much as “America First” as “Military First”. He is credited as being the chief architect of the Iraq War under the GW Bush administration.

He remains bumptiously unapologetic about promoting that war, which was based on lies and resulted in as many as one million deaths.

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28/03/2018

‘An Entire Generation of Children in Yemen Faces a Bleak Future Because of Limited or No Access to Education’ – UNICEF

Yemen’s education system has been devastated by the country’s brutal conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 27 March 2018 said, reporting that at least half a million children have dropped out of school since the 2015 escalation of the war.
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“An entire generation of children in Yemen faces a bleak future because of limited or no access to education,” said Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen. “Even those who remain in school are not getting the quality education they need.”

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28/03/2018

‘When Weapons Speak, Civilians Pay the Price’ as Syria War Grinds On — UN Aid Chief

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More than 1,700 people have reportedly been killed in military operations and airstrikes on Eastern Ghouta since late February, the United Nations aid chief on 27 March 2018 said, describing the past few months of relentless bloodshed as “some of the worst yet” for civilians inside war-torn Syria.

UNICEF/Penttila | Devastation in the city of Homs, eastern Syria. According to estimates, about 33 per cent of housing across the country have been destroyed in the conflict.
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Mark Lowcock said attacks on critical civilian infrastructure like medical facilities continue to be reported with at least 28 reported attacks on health facilities since mid-February and more than 70 verified incidents since the beginning of this year.
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