Archive for July 2nd, 2019

02/07/2019

US: Asylum Seekers Returned to Uncertainty, Danger in Mexico

Human Wrongs Watch

Little Safety, Shelter, Due Process While Awaiting Immigration Hearings

02/07/2019

Child Bride, Mother of Seven, Refugee and, Today, an Independent Woman

Human Wrongs Watch

DOHUK, Iraq (UNFPA)*  – “I was only 12 years old when I got married to my 25-year-old cousin,” Najma*, from a Syria, told UNFPA recently.

A Syrian refugee in northern Iraq. © UNFPA/Seivan Salim
A Syrian refugee in northern Iraq. © UNFPA/Seivan Salim

“My mother entered my room at around 5 pm while I was sitting on the floor, colouring in my princess colouring book. She sat on the bed and called me up. ‘Najma, tomorrow you will get married.’” 

Najma’s mother explained what marriage meant. “’You have some duties, and the most important one is to please your husband, prepare his meals, clean and iron his clothes and be an obedient woman,’” she recalled her mother saying.

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02/07/2019

“They Told Me to Stop Crying at Night”: How the UK Is Failing Asylum Seeking Children

Human Wrongs Watch

By Laura Gibbons*

Figures suggest that many young asylum seekers arriving in the UK have their ages wrongly disputed leading to serious safeguarding problems.
Young asylum seekers who have their age disputed by local authorities are at risk of significant harm.| Wikimedia Commons. Some rights reserved.

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02/07/2019

The Crunch Question on Climate: How Can I Help?

Student strike in Bangkok for more climate protection.

Students in Bangkok strike and demonstrate to support the School strike for climate movement, also known as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate. © Biel Calderon / Greenpeace

Working in climate and environment, you hear this question a lot. On one hand, environmental groups — including Greenpeace — will tell you that every action you take can make a difference.

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02/07/2019

Go Bananas!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Nila Eslit*

25 June 2018 (Wall Street International)* — When I say you Go Bananas, I don’t mean you’re having mental issues. On the contrary, eating bananas promote mental health and other conditions. See how…
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Woman carrying bananas
Woman carrying bananas | Image from Wall Street International

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Did you know?

Bananas are one of the most potassium-rich foods in the entire world. One medium-sized banana contains 500 milligrams of potassium. What does it mean for your health?

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02/07/2019

Sahel Instability Spreads

Human Wrongs Watch

By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Despite U.N. troops, French army troops, European Union military trainers, and national armies, instability is spreading in the Sahel five States: Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Chad. Senegal should normally be added to the Sahel States as part of the country has a Sahel geography, but as the government is relatively stable and free of extremist violence, Senegal is left outside the formal Sahel 5 grouping – all former French colonies.

The French government still plays a large role in the economic, political and security life of these Sahel 5 – what has been called “la Francafrique“.

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02/07/2019

‘More than 1.44 Million Refugees Currently Residing in over 60 Refugee Hosting Countries, Set To Need Urgent Resettlement in 2020’

Portugal. Resettled refugees arrive in Lisbon

One of six refugee families resettled to Portugal from South Sudan and Syria arrives at Lisbon airport to begin their new lives.  © UNHCR/José António de Oliveira Ventura

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02/07/2019

‘An Increase in Heat Stress at Work Linked to Climate Change Is Set to Have a Massive Impact on Global Productivity and Economic Losses’

An increase in heat stress at work linked to climate change is set to have a massive impact on global productivity and economic losses, notably in agriculture and construction, UN labour experts said on Monday [1 July 2019].

World Bank/Mai Ky | Construction workers at the Trung Son Hydropower project construction site, Vietnam. (Photo from UN News).
Highlighting that the world’s poorest countries will be worst affected, particularly in West Africa and South-East Asia, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned that the lost output will be equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs – or 2.2 per cent of total working hours worldwide – during 2030.
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