Archive for March 26th, 2019

26/03/2019

Why Activists Fail

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Despite enormous ongoing effort over more than a thousand years, during and since the formation and shaping of the modern world, and as the number of issues being contested has steadily increased, activists of many types have made insufficient progress on key issues, particularly in relation to ending violence and war (and the threat of nuclear war), stopping the exploitation of many peoples and halting the endless assaults on Earth’s biosphere.

Of course, in order for those of us who identify as activists to have any prospect of success in these and other endeavors, we need to understand how the world works and to develop an interrelated set of nonviolent strategies that are being effectively implemented to address each of the key aspects of this crisis.

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26/03/2019

UN Launches Drive to Highlight Environmental Cost of Staying Fashionable

25 March 2019 – It takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans,  equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years. That’s just one of the many startling facts to emerge from recent environmental research, which show that the cost of staying fashionable is a lot more than just the price tag.*
UNEP/Cyril Villemain | African Sustainable Fashion in Nairobi, Kenya.
When we think of industries that are having a harmful effect on the environment, manufacturing, energy, transport and even food production might come to mind. But the fashion industry is considered by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), to be the second most polluting industry in the world.
26/03/2019

‘Revved Up Climate Action’ Needed to Counter ‘Prolonged’ and Deadly Storms Like Cyclone Idai: Guterres

Human Wrongs Watch

Cyclone Idai and the mounting death toll is “yet another alarm bell about the dangers of climate change” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday [26 March 2019], warning that vulnerable countries like Mozambique, would be hit the hardest unless urgent action is taken by nations across the world.*

UNICEF/Prinsloo | A mother feeds her 2-year-old son at the Samora Machel school where they were brought after their homes were destroyed and flooded in Buzi, Mozambique.
26/03/2019

Perfect Storm of Vulnerability Risks Leads People into Human Trafficking, New Study Finds

London, 26 March 2019 (IOM)*  – Vulnerability to human trafficking and modern slavery is influenced by overlapping and interconnected risk factors which cut across individual, household, family, community and structural dynamics, according to a new study.   

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Two-year IOM, University of Bedfordshire study examined the vulnerabilities to human trafficking for Albanians, Vietnamese and Nigerians. Photo: IOM/Francesco Malavolta

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26/03/2019

‘Dismantle Specious Notion of Racial Superiority,’ Urges UN Chief on World Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery

Human Wrongs Watch

Raise awareness of the dangers of racism and “stand up against old and new forms of slavery” was the resounding message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday [25 March 2019] during a special event marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Exhibition for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at UN Headquarters in New York, March, 2019.

“Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade were among history’s most appalling manifestations of human brutality”, he reminded delegates from across the world gathered in the General Assembly Hall with a call for “justice and equal opportunities for all people of African descent”.

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26/03/2019

‘Autonomous Weapons that Kill Must Be Banned’

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged artificial intelligence (AI) experts meeting in Geneva on Monday [25 March 2019] to push ahead with their work to restrict the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS, as they are also known.

UN Photo/Marco Dormino | UNMAS, MINUSMA Mark International Day for Mine Awareness. Robots have been deployed for mine clearance by military authorities in many countries, but concerns are rising over regulation of autonomous weapons which use Artificial Intelligence.
In a message to the Group of Governmental Experts, the UN chief said that “machines with the power and discretion to take lives without human involvement are politically unacceptable, morally repugnant and should be prohibited by international law”.
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