Archive for May 1st, 2019

01/05/2019

UN Human Rights Experts Call on Philippines Government to Halt ‘Unacceptable Attacks’ on Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

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False claims levelled at the UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples by her own Government in the Philippines, “are without grounding in fact or law” and must cease immediately, said a statement issued by a group of her fellow experts on Wednesday [1 May 2019].

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, at a press briefing on indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and natural resources on 16 April 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York.
01/05/2019

Remembering the Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib

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By Muhammad Hussein – The Middle East Monitor*

The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition’s invasion of the country in 2003.An Iranian couple walk past mural paintings depicting scenes from the torture of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, on a major highway in the Iranian capital 1 Tehran June 2004.  [BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images]

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01/05/2019

Blackwater Founder Lobbying for Mercenaries in Venezuela to Oust Maduro: Report

Founder of the private security firm Blackwater wants to send hired mercenaries to Venezuela and topple the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Blackwater founder wants to hire soldiers to take out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Blackwater founder wants to hire soldiers to take out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Reuters | Photo fromteleSUR.

30 April 2019 (teleSUR)* —  Erik Prince, the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater and a prominent supporter of United States President Donald Trump, has been pushing for a plan to deploy a private army to help topple Venezuela’s legitimately elected President Nicolas Maduro according to a report by Reuters.

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01/05/2019

Hardy Seeds Bear Fruit to Protect Colombia’s Environment

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30 April 2019 — Communities in Colombia in South America are being helped by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to preserve and reintroduce indigenous crops as a way to combat the effects of climate change.*

UNDP/Martina Dorigo | The use of native species of rice helps prevent the contamination caused by mercury from illegal mining.
The Antioquia region, a key agricultural area, has experienced steadily rising temperatures and now dry seasons are lasting longer. Rains, when they arrive, are more intense and often lead to flooding.
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In response, local farmers have been working with the UN to identify crops which are more resistant to drought and flooding.

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01/05/2019

New Safety and Health Issues Emerge as Work Changes

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A new report on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), published ahead of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, reviews the ILO’s 100 years of achievements, and reveals some of the emerging challenges and opportunities in creating better working environments.

GENEVA, April 2019 (ILO)* – Changes in working practices, demographics, technology and the environment are creating new occupational safety and health (OSH) concerns, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Growing challenges include psychosocial risks, work-related stress and non-communicable diseases, notably circulatory and respiratory diseases, and cancers.

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01/05/2019

Why Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge Matters to a Green Future of Work

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By Shauna Olney and Srinivas B. Reddy*

April 2019 (ILO)*Can indigenous and tribal peoples help save the planet?

That is a question we looked into when we teamed up with the University of Oxford to research what traditional knowledge means in everyday practice and how it can contribute to addressing climate change.

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Photo from ILO.

We learnt that traditional knowledge and occupations cut across multiple sectors – from agriculture and forestry to fishing and hunting-gathering – and blend culture with economic and environmental sustainability.

For instance, Brazilian forests managed by indigenous peoples had 27 times less emissions due to their near-zero deforestation, as compared to forests outside their protected area.

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01/05/2019

Landmark Ruling Provides Compensation to Indigenous Peoples in Australia

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30 April 2019 (International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA)* —  In a landmark decision on 13 March 2019, the Australian High Court ordered the Government of the Northern Territory to pay $2.53 million AUD (1.78 million USD) in compensation to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples for the loss of Native Title in the town of Timber Creek.

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The verdict is significant, as it is the first time that the issue of compensation for lost rights to Native Title has been considered in Australia by the High Court.

It has set a precedent that will influence and spur future claims for compensation by groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

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01/05/2019

Mobile App Aids Detection of Human Trafficking at Sea

Jakarta, 30 April 2019 (IOM)*A new mobile app developed by IOM Indonesia provides frontline law enforcement with a powerful tool to quickly detect victims of human trafficking in the fisheries sector.

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In March 2015, the Government of Indonesia rescued hundreds of crew from conditions of modern slavery aboard foreign fishing vessels. IOM helped to identify the victims of trafficking, provided shelter, health and catering services and ultimately organized the safe return home of all of the men including these Myanmar nationals. Photo: Ed Wray/IOM Indonesia

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01/05/2019

Coping With World Bank-Led Financialization

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KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Apr 30 2019 (IPS)* The World Bank has successfully promoted its ‘Maximizing Finance for Development’ (MFD) strategy by embracing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, internationally endorsed in September 2015.

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It has also secured support from the G20 of twenty biggest economies, and effectively pre-empted alternative approaches at the third UN Financing for Development summit in Addis Ababa in mid-2015.

As the main ‘show in town’, developing countries will need to address the MFD’s implications by responding pro-actively and collectively to address the new challenges it poses.

Managing new macro-financial challenges
As the MFD agenda privileges foreign investors and portfolio inflows, multilateral development banks (MDBs) should be obliged to clearly show how developing countries will benefit.

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01/05/2019

Ebola Situation Worsening in DR Congo, amidst Growing ‘Funding Gap’ – World Health Organization

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Strengthening both security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health agency’s officials said on Tuesday [30 April 2019], following a visit to the epicentre of what is already the worst outbreak in the country’s history.

WHO/Junior Kannah | WHO delegation in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the Ebola situation is worsening (April 2019)
Following their visit to Butembo, to express gratitude and show support to staff, in the wake of the recent attack at a treatment centre that killed Doctor Richard Mouzoko and left two others injured, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus and the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, reiterated their commitment to “defeat Ebola”.
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