Archive for April 16th, 2019

16/04/2019

Nicaragua Crisis: One Year In, More Than 60,000 Have Fled, Seeking Refuge

Human Wrongs Watch

Doctors, journalists, students and farmers are among more than 60,000 Nicaraguans who have fled the country in fear of their lives since anti-Government demonstrations began last April, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday [16 April 2019].

© UNHCR/Roberto Carlos Sanchez | Asylum-seekers from Nicaragua wait to file their applications at the immigration office in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose (August 2018)
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Echoing concerns from the UN’s human rights office, OHCHR, and others about the deteriorating situation in the Central American country, UNHCR said that families with young children are now taking extreme measures to cross the border.
16/04/2019

World Bank Dispossessing Rural Poor

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Apr 16 2019 (IPS)* The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, launched in 2013, has sought agricultural reforms favouring the corporate sector. EBA was initially established to support the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, initiated by the G8 to promote private agricultural development in Africa.

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The New Alliance has been touted as “a new model of partnership” for agricultural transformation in Africa.

The Bank has used the EBA to address the land issue in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

The effort is strongly supported by the US and UK governments as well as the Gates Foundation, all strong proponents of corporate agriculture.

Emulating the influential annual World Bank Doing Business report, the EBA scores countries on the ease of doing business in agriculture.

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16/04/2019

Manning, Assange and the Use of Solitary Confinement

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Chelsea Manning is, I understand, in solitary confinement, after her recent refusal to testify to a grand jury.  Julian Assange has for years been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London and for the past year has been prevented access to the internet and nearly all visitations, in what amounts to ‘near total isolation‘.

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Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia

I will not address what I believe to be the horrifically gross injustices of incarceration here, but will instead direct my focus on that extra twist of the knife.

It is not enough to have deprived these two individuals of their liberties. No: the all-powerful State must also inflict a torture upon them while they are incarcerated.

To say that insult has piled onto injury would itself be insulting because it is far more: it is heinous, despicable, cruel and totally unwarranted.

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16/04/2019

Defending Julian Assange; Defending the Truth

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 15 April 2019  — On 11 April 2019, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UK police and arrested for breaching a bail condition. See ‘Arrest update – SW1’.

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Demonstration in support of Assange in front of Sydney Town Hall, 10 December 2010 | ElekhhOwn work | CC BY-SA 3.0

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16/04/2019

‘A Global Measles Crisis’ Is Well Underway – World Health Organization, UNICEF

Noting a 300 per cent surge in the number of measles cases during the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year, two UN agency heads declared on Monday [15 April 2019] that we now stand “in the middle of a global measles crisis”.

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World Bank/Dominic Chavez | Nurse at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, prepares to vaccinate children. | Photo from UN News.
“Cases have soared across the world, including in places where measles had previously been eliminated, like the United States”, asserted Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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