Archive for April 17th, 2019

17/04/2019

Progress against Torture in Afghan Detention Centres, But Government Needs to Do More – UN Report

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Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday [17 April 2019], while also noting an “encouraging reduction” in the level of abuse since 2016. 

UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein | An elderly woman being held at a female detention centre in northern Afghanistan (2010).

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Based on interviews with more than 600 detainees and published jointly by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), their latest report on the treatment of prisoners in 77 facilities in 28 out of 34 provinces indicates that an average of nearly one in three, provided “credible and reliable” accounts of suffering.

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17/04/2019

Libya: Heavy Shelling and Civilian Deaths ‘Blatant Violation’ of International Law – UN Envoy

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Heavy shelling overnight on Tuesday [16 April 2019] which hit a densely-populated neighbourhood of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, was condemned “in the strongest terms” by the head of the UN Mission there, after “scores” of civilians were reportedly killed and injured.

UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | Former Parliament Speakers Chamber in Tripoli, Libya.

“Horrible night of random shelling of residential areas”, tweeted UN Special Representative Ghassan Salame on Wednesday, after the Abu Slim district was hit. “For the sake of 3 million civilians living in Greater Tripoli, these attacks should stop. NOW!”

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17/04/2019

‘Further Reforms in Japan Needed to Meet the Challenges of Population Ageing and High Public Debt’

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15 April 2019 (OECD)*The Japanese economy is undergoing the longest expansion in its post-war history, marked by strong job creation and business investment. Government policy must overcome the intertwined challenges posed by rapid population ageing and high government debt to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth for future generations, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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17/04/2019

Urgent Action Needed to Better Manage E-Waste: International Labour Organization

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Representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations agree more must be done, and urgently, to manage the millions of tonnes of e-waste produced each year.

Photo from ILO.

GENEVA, 17 April 2019 (ILO)* – The ILO has called for urgent action to better manage the toxic flood of electric and electronic waste (e-waste) produced around the world, so it can be turned into a valuable source of decent work.

17/04/2019

On the Disconnect – Intelligence and Consciousness in the Brave New World

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By Pier Luigi Luisi* 

17 April 2019 (Wall Street International)*Today there is worldwide concern over ecological problems and climate change in particular. A systems-view of the world shows us that pollution and climate change mutually interact, thereby spawning further crises: the loss of biodiversity, the huge wealth gap between rich and poor that forces the dispossessed to migrate towards wealthier nations, and the destabilization of democracy. There is much to be concerned about, and the rage and anxiety felt by those most affected is exacerbated by the indifference of the majority of influential governments.
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The meteoric of artificial intelligence | Image from Wall Street International.

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17/04/2019

Reckoning with Failure in the War on Terror

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By Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency, as Max Blumenthal points out in his insightful book “The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump,” was made possible not only by massive social inequality and concentration of wealth and political power in the hands of the oligarchic elites but by the national security state’s disastrous and prolonged military interventions overseas.

Mr. Fish / Truthdig

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17/04/2019

Greta Thunberg Urges MEPs to ‘Panic Like the House Is on Fire’

17/04/2019

‘Indigenous Peoples Lives and Their Rights Increasingly at Risk’

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COPENHAGEN, 16 April 2019 (International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA)*On 24 April 2019, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, the International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA will release The Indigenous World 2019, an extensive, one-of-a-kind yearbook presenting a comprehensive, global overview of the developments indigenous peoples experience.

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Image from IWGIA.

The book documents an increasing trend towards the harassment and criminalisation of indigenous peoples and communities.

It also highlights the rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples, shrinking civil society space, loss of land rights and lack of access to justice for indigenous peoples to enjoy their rights.

“Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the world’s population, yet they represent 15% of the world’s poorest, and in 2017, half of the approximately 400 environmental and human rights defenders were killed.

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17/04/2019

10,000 People Separated by Conflict Reunited with Their Families in the UK

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London, 16 April 2019 (IOM)* Ten thousand people separated by conflict and persecution have been reunited with their families in the United Kingdom under a British Red Cross (BRC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) family reunification programme.

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Khaled is reunited with his son at the airport under the IOM-British Red Cross Family Reunification programme. Photo: British Red Cross

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