Archive for March 6th, 2019

06/03/2019

Without Tackling ‘Gross Inequalities’ Major Issues Will Go Unsolved, Warns UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet

Human Wrongs Watch

Inequality continues to drive rights violations everywhere, but some countries have made significant progress in tackling the problem, not least in women’s rights, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday [6 March 2019].

UN Photo/Violaine Martin | Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing the Human Rights Council on the state of global human rights, 6 .March, 2019.

In a more than half-hour address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet highlighted concerns around the world, while also welcoming several firsts, such as the record number of women now serving in the United States Congress, where they make up nearly a quarter of the representation.

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06/03/2019

‘Listen, Believe, Support: the Power of Mental Health Care for Survivors of Violence’

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By UN Women*

“I just started talking about what I was going through.”

“I opened up.”

“I’ve had psychological support.”

Sujata Sharma Poudel, Panchkhal, Nepal. Photo: UN Women/Samir Jung Thapa.

Sujata Sharma Poudel, a psychosocial counsellor, speaks with a local woman at the Women’s Rehabilitation Centre in Panchkhal Nepal. Following the 2015 earthquake, Ashmita Tamang, district psychosocial counsellor with Nepal-based Centre for Victims of Torture reiterated that the number of domestic and sexual violence cases she dealt with increased. Photo: UN Women/Samir Jung Thapa.

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06/03/2019

‘Burkina Faso Is Facing “Unprecedented” Displacement, Triggered by Armed Groups and Inter-Communal Clashes, and Exacerbated by Long-Term Food Insecurity’

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The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is facing “unprecedented” displacement, triggered by armed groups and intercommunal clashes, and exacerbated by long-term food insecurity, UN aid officials said on Tuesday [5 March 2019].

OCHA | Children in the Barsalogho IDP site in Burkina Faso (March 2019). Increased insecurity, violence, food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that plunged Burkina Faso into a significant humanitarian crisis.
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According to the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, more than 70,000 have fled their homes in the last two months.
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Reports indicate that armed groups have also burnt schools and killed innocent civilians.
06/03/2019

Elite Banking at Your Expense: How Secretive Tax Havens Are Used to Steal Your Money

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 6 March 2019Tax havens are locations around the world where wealthy individuals, criminals and terrorists, as well as governments and government agencies (such as the CIA), banks, corporations, hedge funds, international organizations (such as the Vatican) and crime syndicates (such as the Mafia), can stash their money so that they can avoid regulation and oversight and, very often, evade tax. According to Nicholas Shaxson: ‘Tax havens are now at the heart of the global economy.’

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Robert J. Burrowes

Which is why, as he explains it: ‘The term “tax haven” is a bit of a misnomer, because such places aren’t just about tax. What they sell is escape: from the laws, rules and taxes of jurisdictions elsewhere, usually with secrecy as their prime offering.’ See ‘The tax haven in the heart of Britain’.

A tax haven (or ‘secrecy jurisdiction’) then is a ‘place that seeks to attract business by offering politically stable facilities to help people or entities get around the rules, laws and regulations of jurisdictions elsewhere’. See Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World.

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06/03/2019

How to Prepare for a Global Financial Crash: Rural-Urban Continuum and Electric Vehicles

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By David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In this blog we have often proposed that the culture of war is not sustainable and that the American empire is destined to crash for the same reasons that the Soviet empire crashed. It can be an opportunity for a transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace.

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 David Adams

However, the crash of the American empire may well be accompanied (caused) by a global financial crash with suffering for ordinary people, as it did for the Soviet people 30 years ago.

In a financial crash the cities are especially vulnerable. They depend on daily food deliveries to supermarkets that often come long distances by plane and truck.

It is precisely this delivery system that is at risk in a global financial crash. Not to mention industrial agriculture.

Both depend on adequate supplies of gasoline and diesel fuel for trucks, planes and tractors, and the fuel, in turn, is largely dependent on a global system of oil tankers which, in turn, depends up/on consistent financial support.

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06/03/2019

Safe Spaces for Women, by Women, Bring Smart Infrastructure for All

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5 March 2019 (UN Women)* — A woman’s place is in her home. A woman’s place is in the workplace. In the community. On the streets and in public parks. In politics and leadership. In grocery stores, classrooms and on college campuses. A woman’s place is everywhere, and in every space, she has the right to feel safe and welcome.

Children’s area in the Al-Shoka public garden. Photo: UN Habitat

Children’s area in the Al-Shoka public garden. Photo: UN Habitat

Yet, according to a multi-country study from the Middle East and North Africa, between 40 and 60 per cent of women said they had ever experienced street-based sexual harassment, and in Australia, almost two out of five women (39 per cent) aged 15 and older who have been in the workforce in the last five years, have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

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06/03/2019

Israeli Security Forces’ Response to Gaza Protests ‘a Recipe for More Bloodshed’, Says UN Independent Human Rights Expert

Since the beginning of the year, Israeli security forces have responded to protests along Gaza’s border fence with tear gas, rubber coated bullets and live ammunition that have caused death, injury and fear, which the UN’s independent human rights expert on the region described on Tuesday [5 March 2019] as “a recipe for more bloodshed”.*

UN News/Reem Abaza | Om Ehab, right, with her sisters and children in her home in Beach Camp ifor Palestine Refugees in Gaza.

Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, said in a statement that on 8 February live ammunition killed boys aged 14 and 17 during a protest.

06/03/2019

‘Persistent Harmful Socio-Cultural Norms, Stigma, and Taboos Around Menstruation, Continue to Lead to Exclusion and Discrimination of Women and Girls’

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A group of seven United Nations rights experts issued a clarion call on Tuesday [5 March 2019] to break the taboo around menstrual health for women and girls that persists in many parts of the world and take concrete action to end “disempowering” discrimination.*

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Women preachers teach young women about menstruation at a UNFPA-supported class in the town of Bol in Chad. (February 2019)
“Persistent harmful socio-cultural norms, stigma, misconceptions and taboos around menstruation, continue to lead to exclusion and discrimination of women and girls”, said the independent human rights experts, ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March.
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