Archive for July 14th, 2018

14/07/2018

Iceland to Take Vacated US Seat on Human Rights Council

Human Wrongs Watch

Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the body last month, citing bias.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre | The seat vacated by the United States of America at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 20 June 2018.

The United Nations General Assembly on 13 July 2018 elected Iceland to serve on the Geneva-based global rights body effective immediately, through to the end of next year.

Iceland inherits no particular responsibilities from the US, raising questions about future action on key human rights issues promoted specifically by Washington, such as Sudan, South Sudan and the right to freedom of expression.

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14/07/2018

India’s Thirsty Arguments for Water Woes

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moin Qazi*

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

9 July 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service – India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. The country’s chronic mismanagement of water is staring at it now.

Over 600 million Indians rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature of rain leaves them vulnerable. 

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14/07/2018

How to Fashion a Better World

"Detox" Striptease in Bangkok © Athit Perawongmetha / Greenpeace

33 people whipped off their clothes in Chatuchak market, Bangkok © Athit Perawongmetha / Greenpeace

When some of our favourite global brands told us that they didn’t know which companies in their supply chain were producing their clothes, and that change wasn’t possible, you didn’t accept no for an answer.

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14/07/2018

Lula and the Future of the Brazilian Coup

Human Wrongs Watch

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert on Facebook Lula.

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After more than two years of a coup d’état government in Brazil, a democratic solution has not yet become clear.

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14/07/2018

Rising Sea-Levels – How to Stop a City from Sinking

July 2018 (UN Environment)*When William Buco, father of five, moved to Dar-es-Salaam thirty years ago the coastline was unrecognizable to today. He could sit on the beaches and picnic with his friends. Coconut sellers came by with fresh harvests, and newly married couples posed for wedding photographs with the oceanic backdrop. Then the tide turned, and all this began to change.

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Photo from UN Environment 

Sea-levels rose and eroded the coastline. The tunnel of trees that once flanked the coastal road died from salt poisoning and rotted by the roadside. Businesses corroded along with the coastline – there were no more residents around to sell to.

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14/07/2018

7 Secrets that Forests Have Been Keeping from You

14 July 2018 (FAO)*Forests do more for us than we realize. They clean our water and filter our air, and they provide food, medicine and fuel for more than a billion people worldwide.
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FA)/Sergei Gapon

Where would you find the world’s largest recreation center and the most natural supermarket? Forests wouldn’t have been your first answer, would it?

That’s the thing about forests. They keep secrets.

For too long we have seen trees as purely functional or ornamental, objects in the backdrop or on the sideline. They decorate city streets. They give us shady spots for resting and relief from the sun. They provide us with paper and fuel, fruit and nuts. These benefits are fairly obvious.

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14/07/2018

“Not Enough!”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

14 July 2018

The State of Israel has no oil wells. It has no gold mines. What has it got? It has the ownership of the remembrance of the Holocaust.

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Uri Avnery

That is worth a lot. Everyone who wants to clean himself from the stain needs a certificate from the State of Israel. Such a document is worth very much. And the larger the guilt of the applicant, the higher the price of the dispensation.

What does that remind us of?

FOR MANY centuries the Catholic Church sold “dispensations”.

These were documents issued by the pope and the cardinals, which allowed the recipient to dispense with religious duties or to do things forbidden by the church.

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14/07/2018

Security Council Imposes Arms Embargo on South Sudan

Human Wrongs Watch

The Security Council on 13 July 2018 narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, with those Members in favour saying it would protect civilians, while abstainers voiced concerns that it would undermine the ongoing peace process in the world’s youngest country.  
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UNMISS / Eric Kanalstein | A child stands behind Ghanaian Peacekeepers at the makeshift camp next to a base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Leer, South Sudan, where approximately 2,000 civilians have taken refuge from the recent fighting.
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