Archive for July 29th, 2019

29/07/2019

The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“I felt shaky and uneasy all day, preparing for this talk.”
— Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian from the territory of Gaza

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Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian now living in the United States, grew up in Gaza. In Chicago last week, addressing activists committed to breaking the siege of Gaza, he held up a stack of 31 papers. On each page were names of 1,254 Palestinians living in Gaza who had been killed in just one month of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” attacks five years ago.

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29/07/2019

Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking in Canada

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 25 2019 (IPS)* Human trafficking for sexual exploitation has been steadily increasing in Canada. The most recent statistics indicate that 2016 had the highest recorded rate of human trafficking, with one police-reported incident for every 100,000 people in Canada. Despite these staggering numbers, reported cases make up just a small part of a larger, secretive industry where most incidents of sex trafficking fall under the radar.

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29/07/2019

‘Human Trafficking Is a Heinous Crime that Affects Every Region of the World’ – UN Chief on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

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By António Guterres, UN Secretary-General*

30 July 2019 (United Nations)*Human trafficking is a heinous crime that affects every region of the world. Some 72 per cent of detected victims are women and girls, and the percentage of child victims has more than doubled from 2004 to 2016, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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Victims Voices

Most detected victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation; victims are also trafficked for forced labour, recruitment as child soldiers and other forms of exploitation and abuse.

Traffickers and terrorist groups prey on the vulnerable, from people in poverty to those caught up in war or who face discrimination.

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29/07/2019

‘It’s Unbelievable, But It’s Difficult to Find and Buy Healthy Food in Our Cities Today’ – FAO Makes ‘Strongest Appeal for Tougher Measures to Combat Global Obesity Pandemic’

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Graziano da Silva receives award for lifelong commitment to eradicating malnutrition

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Children in Syria collect spinach from their school garden established by FAO.

ROME (FAO)*  – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on 26 July 2019 made his strongest appeal yet for tougher measures to combat the global obesity pandemic, urging the use of concrete fiscal and legal policies to promote healthier diets.

“It’s unbelievable, but it’s difficult to find and buy healthy food in our cities today,” Graziano da Silva said, adding that there are numerous policy tools to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthier diets.

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29/07/2019

2021 Declared International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour

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The UN General Assembly has urged the international community to step up efforts to eradicate forced labour and child labour, and declared 2021 as the Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. | Español |  Français

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GENEVA, 26 July 2019 (ILO News)* – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, and has asked the International Labour Organization to take the lead in its implementation.

29/07/2019

World Health Organization Launches New Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic

Human Wrongs Watch

Progress being made in fight against tobacco, but increased action needed to help people quit deadly products

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WHO/S. Volkov TOBACCO – Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. Thanks to WHO and partners, tobacco control measures, such as graphic warnings on cigarette packs, advertising bans and smoke-free laws, protect two-thirds of the world’s population.

Geneva/Rio de Janeiro, 26 July 2019 (WHO)*  — Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people today living in countries that have introduced smoking bans, graphic warnings on packaging and other effective tobacco control measures – four times more people than a decade ago.
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