Archive for April, 2020

30/04/2020

Corona-Fakes – Beware the Quarantine Scams

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

28 April  2020 (Wall Street International)* — Whenever there is confusion and panic as with the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be those trying to profit from it. Sadly, the division in many countries has only be emphasized by COVID-19, so it has been easier for fraudsters to exploit all the confusion out there. Hence, in these times of uncertainty, we connect constantly to our social networks, mainly to watch how this disease evolves and while looking for correct and accurate information, we can be dangerously exposed to fake news.

Stay cautious and do not let the bad guys control your mind with the powers of the Dark WebStay cautious and do not let the bad guys control your mind with the powers of the Dark Web | Image from Wall Street International.
30/04/2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Casts Harsh Light on Our Data and Privacy Online

(UN News)* — A third of all nations lack laws to protect their citizen’s online data and privacy, despite an 11 per cent uptick in the global adoption of data protection and privacy legislation since 2015, the United Nations’ trade, investment and development body (UNCTAD) said on Wednesday [29 April 2020].

Unsplash/Markus Spiske | Code displayed on a computer monitor

Reporting the results of a fresh survey on the adoption of cyberlaws around the world, UNCTAD said that the vulnerability is even more stark among least developing countries, amounting to 43 per cent.

The share is highest in Europe at 96 per cent, followed by 69 per cent in the Americas, 57 per cent in Asia and the Pacific, and 50 per cent in Africa.

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30/04/2020

International Jazz Day: The Virtues of Jazz as a Force for Peace, Unity, Dialogue and Enhanced Cooperation among People, as Well as an Educational Tool

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World-famous jazz trumpeter and composer, Wynton Marsalis, and renowned jazz bassist, Christian McBride, perform at the inaugural International Jazz Day Concert at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
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30/04/2020

COVID-19: Act Now to Avert ‘Hunger Catastrophe’ for Millions Missing Out on School Meals

Human Wrongs Watch

© UNICEF/Kaliyev | A 9-year-old girl eats lunch at a primary school in Turkestan city, Kazakhstan.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) fear these young lives will suffer devastating nutritional and health consequences as a result of the crisis.

“For millions of children around the world, the meal they get at school is the only meal they get in a day. Without it, they go hungry, they risk falling sick, dropping out of school and losing their best chance of escaping poverty”, said David Beasley, the WFP Executive Director.

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30/04/2020

As Job Losses Escalate, Nearly Half of Global Workforce at Risk of Losing Livelihoods – International Labour Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

The latest ILO data on the labour market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the devastating effect on workers in the informal economy and on hundreds of millions of enterprises worldwide.

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GENEVA, 29 April 2020 (ILO)* – The continued sharp decline in working hours globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak  means that 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy – that is nearly half of the global workforce – stand in immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed, warns the International Labour Organization.

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29/04/2020

COVID-19: New UNDP Data Dashboards Reveal Huge Disparities among Countries in Ability to Cope and Recover

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Community workers promote coronavirus prevention awareness and distribute hygiene packages among poor urban households in Bangladesh / Photo: UNDP Bangladesh/Fahad Kaize.

New York (UNDP)* – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today [29 April 2020] released two new data dashboards that highlight the huge disparities in countries’ abilities to cope with and recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

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29/04/2020

While the World Focuses on COVID-19, Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar Are Being Killed

Human Wrongs Watch

29 April 2020 (IWGIA)*As large parts of the world’s population are sitting at home in self- and authority-imposed isolation watching the development of the major public health crisis, governments in some countries are taking advantage of the situation and moving on with their repressive agendas cracking down on opposition groups , silencing human rights defenders and independent media, and subjecting entire ethnic groups to brutal military campaigns.

29/04/2020

India and China Ranked World’s Biggest Military Spenders Trailing US

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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) – China and India, which went to war back in 1962 largely over a disputed Himalayan border– and continue a longstanding battle for military supremacy in Asia– have set a new record in arms spending.

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Credit: SIPRI

For the first time, the world’s two most populous nations, accounting for a total of over 2.7 billion people, are now among the top three military spenders, ranking behind the United States.

In its latest report on global military expenditures, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says the five largest spenders in 2019, accounting for 62 per cent of expenditures, were the United States, China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia, in descending order.

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29/04/2020

The Devastating Impact of Floods in India — and What Can Be Done

Human Wrongs Watch

27 April 2020 (UN Environment)* — The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the vulnerability of our global systems when it comes to  environmental, health and economic issues. As the crisis continues, there is an increasing recognition of how multiple economic, social and institutional drivers exacerbate environment risks, including global heating, resilience and human health.

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India is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with hydrological (water-related) disasters being among the most frequent and having high mortality and damage costs. Nature-based solutions offer some of the best ways to mitigate the impacts of flooding.

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29/04/2020

Australia Should Prioritize Human Rights as Asia Battles Covid-19

Human Wrongs Watch

Authoritarian-leaning countries in southeast Asia are using the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext to further repress human rights, which the Australian government cannot afford to ignore.

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