Archive for January 5th, 2019

05/01/2019

Tackling Human Trafficking in Myanmar

In 2005, Myanmar passed an anti-trafficking law, but trafficking is still rampant in the conflict-affected state, especially in the northern region, where it borders China. A UN Women programme is supporting local partner, Htoi Gender and Development Foundation, in providing legal support and vocational training to survivors. According to Htoi, in 8 out of 10 cases, women are trafficked as brides and another 20 per cent are trafficked to birth babies.

Khawng Nu, now 24, was duped by a woman from her rural village in Myanmar, who sent her to a birth trafficking ring in China. Photo: UN Women/Stuart Mannion

Khawng Nu, now 24, was duped by a woman from her rural village in Myanmar, who sent her to a birth trafficking ring in China. Photo: UN Women/Stuart Mannion

3 January 2019 (UN Women)* — Khawng Nu* was 22 years old when she was trafficked from the state of Kachin, northern Myanmar, to China.

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05/01/2019

UKRAINE – The Cold Reality of Europe’s Forgotten Conflict

Iryna, 10, remembers the night their house was hit. Iryna and her siblings suffer from post-traumatic stress. | Photo: Ingebjørg Kårstad/Norwegian Refugee Council

Despite the high numbers of civilians affected, the crisis remains neglected with the humanitarian response plan funded by only 38 per cent so far this year.

Parties to the conflict also continue to disregard the ceasefire agreement.

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05/01/2019

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Seeks to Grant Police Impunity Over Violence

Critics argue those ideas only risk inflaming Brazil’s violent streets and worsening Brazil’s murder tally, nearly 64,000 people in 2017, a record.

T-shirts of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro on sale in Brasilia, on Oct. 27, 2018.

T-shirts of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro on sale in Brasilia, on Oct. 27, 2018. | Photo: Reuters | Phto from teleSUR.

4 January 2019 (teleSUR)*  – Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro urged Friday the urgent approval of a bill to protect police officers in the country from being prosecuted over crimes committed while on duty.

The far-right president, elected on a law-and-order platform, warned in a tweet that sky-high violence would only slow if laws were passed to provide police and soldiers freedom from prosecution when on active duty.

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05/01/2019

God, Religion and Dogma – Voltaire and Russell, a Comparison

Human Wrongs Watch

By DAVID LORIMER*

4 January 2019 (Wall Street International)*A comparison of the two men’s views on God may throw some light on how the affirmation of the mystery of existence may lead to a declaration of its meaninglessness. 
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Voltaire’s Candide | Image from Wall Street International.

While Russell rejects all proofs for the existence of God, Voltaire rejects only the ontological argument. He maintains that we know God only by His effects, we cannot know Him by his nature, which is inscrutable to human reason; thus he urges men to adore God without wishing to ‘pierce the obscurity of His mysteries.’

While rejecting revealed religion, he claims that the rational man need only open his eyes to nature to perceive God for ‘all is art in the universe, and art announces an Artisan.’

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05/01/2019

Fighting Water Scarcity in Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camps

Minhaj Uddin Ahmed explains how UNHCR has stepped up efforts in Bangladesh to address the massive water and sanitation needs of Rohingya refugees and their hosts.

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Minhaj Uddin Ahmed, UNHCR assistant water, sanitation and hygiene officer in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. © UNHCR

05/01/2019

The Youth Have Seen Enough

Greta Thunberg at COP24 in Poland © Greenpeace

Greta Thunberg at COP24 in Poland © Greenpeace

The world’s youth have finally seen and heard enough from the deplorable political process, from compromised delegates, corrupted political appointees, and criminal corporations who sabotage these critical international discussions.

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05/01/2019

Return of the Jaguar

Human Wrongs Watch 

4 January 2019 (UN Environment)* “Rewilding” is the buzzword among conservationists these days. It means helping nature heal by restoring the missing species, biodiversity, and natural processes to areas affected by human activity.

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Photo by Nicolas Carro | Photo from UN Environment.

The world’s wildlife has collapsed in the past 100 years as human population and economic activity, especially commercial farming, has mushroomed. But now there is a growing realization that the survival of humans on the planet requires well-managed protected areas where diverse flora and fauna can flourish.

Nature provides an array of ecosystem services, which in many parts of the world are being rapidly degraded by human exploitation of natural habitat.

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05/01/2019

Khashoggi Trial in Saudi Arabia Falls Short of Independent, International Probe Needed: UN Rights Chief

The criminal trial in Saudi Arabia of individuals suspected of being involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi does not meet the requirements of an independent and international probe requested by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, her office said on Friday [4 January 2019].*

UN Photo/Laura Jarriel | Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks to the press at UN Headquarters in New York.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Ravina Shamdasani from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), confirmed that her office was aware that the trial was under way.

“We, as you know, have been pressing for justice in the Khashoggi case for months now. We have been calling for an investigation, an independent investigation, with international involvement, and this has not happened yet.”

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05/01/2019

Rights Defenders Jailed in Bahrain and UAE Should Be Released Unconditionally, UN Urges

Human Wrongs Watch

4 January 2019 — The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has called for the immediate release of a prominent human rights defender in Bahrain, after the country’s highest court rejected a final appeal for his release on Monday. Nabeel Rajab was jailed in 2016 for tweeting criticism of Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes on Yemen and allegations of torture inside one of Bahrain’s prisons.*

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UN News/Vibhu Mishra| Manama, the capital of Bahrain. (file)

“We urge the Government of Bahrain to stop criminalizing dissenting voices,” the statement read. Mr. Rajab’s comments online were made in 2015, when Saudi Arabia formed a coalition siding with the pro-Government fight in Yemen against Houthi rebels.

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