Archive for March 29th, 2019

29/03/2019

Governments Are Not Effectively Tackling Modern Slavery, New UN Data Tool Shows

ILO/A. Khemka | Forced labour often means unpaid wages, excessively long work hours without rest days, confiscation of ID documents, little freedom of movement, deception, intimidation and physical or sexual violence. ILO/A. Khemka
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The release of Modern Slavery Data Stories, a series of easily understandable animated graphics, gives detailed pictures of the ways that factors related to modern slavery have changed over time, and comes during a period when over 40 million people are living in slavery, more than ever before in human history.
29/03/2019

Women Cross Borders to Confront the Far Right in Italy

Human Wrongs Watch

By Claudia Torrisi*

Protestors from across Europe are coming to Verona to oppose this year’s ultra-conservative World Congress of Families meeting.
The Italian feminist movement Non Una di Meno in Verona.
The Italian feminist movement Non Una di Meno in Verona.

| Courtesy of NUDM Verona.

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29/03/2019

Khashoggi Murder Trials Must Public and Meet International Standards, UN Human Rights Expert Urges

Human Wrongs Watch

A United Nations human rights expert said on Thursday [28 March 2019] that Saudi Arabia’s closed-door trials of those it accuses of assassinating the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, have fallen short of international standards, calling instead for public trials of the alleged killers.*

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Press Briefing by Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
Agnes Callamard, who is leading an independent human rights inquiry into the killing at the Saudi consulate last October, denounced the lack of transparency of Saudi Arabia’s investigation and legal proceedings so far.
29/03/2019

State of the Climate in 2018 Shows Accelerating Climate Change Impacts

28 March 2019 (WMOWorld Meteorological Organization)* —  The physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization.
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29/03/2019

Yemen: Working to Assist Those Fleeing the Same War She Escaped Four Years Ago

Human Wrongs Watch

By Thale Jenssen*

20 March 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*“Every day, I heard stories of how people had been killed. I was particularly afraid during those early morning hours when the airstrikes began.” NRC’s education assistant Malka, 26, tells about delivering aid among landmines and airstrikes in her home country of Yemen.
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“Education is so important, and that’s why we try to support young Yemenis to create a better life for themselves, and a future,” says Malka Mohammed, 26. As an NRC education assistant in southern Yemen, her job is to make sure children living amid conflict can still access school. Photo: Ingrid Prestetun/NRC
29/03/2019

‘Already 60 Per Cent of Waste and Three Quarters of Resource Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come from Cities’ – First Ever Cities Summit

Human Wrongs Watch

27 Mach 2019 (UN Environment)*While Member States were adopting a resolution on sustainable infrastructure at the UN Environment Assembly, the Cities Summit reinforced the importance of local action and the need for an integrated approach to urban infrastructure.

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Photo from UN Environment.

29/03/2019

‘The Increasing Number of Disasters and Dangers Linked to Climate Change Represents “Another Strong Wake-Up Call” over Global Warming’

Human Wrongs Watch

The increasing number of natural disasters and dangers linked to climate change, highlighted in a major UN report released on Thursday [28 March 2019], represents “another strong wake-up call” to the world, which must be countered by finding sustainable solutions quickly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.*

MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi | After days of continuous rains parts of Haiti’s north including Cap Haitian suffered serious flooding leaving more than a dozen dead and thousands homeless. (November 2014)
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