Archive for May 17th, 2020

17/05/2020

Venezuela: An Invasion in the Midst of a Pandemic

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | JUST – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In the midst of a massive global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of people and wrecked economies all over the world leaving millions jobless, some terrorists and mercenaries allegedly backed by certain governments had on 3rd May 2020 attempted to invade the independent, sovereign state of Venezuela.

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Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

Organised and trained in neighbouring Colombia, they had landed on the coast of Macuto close to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

The invasion was foiled by the Venezuelan military and police with the support of the people. Several of the invaders were killed and a couple captured.

The captured, both Americans, confessed on Venezuelan TV, that their aim was not only the overthrow of the legally constituted government but also the assassination of the president, Nicholas Maduro.

Though the invasion has been thwarted, the captured Americans made it clear that the ouster of the Maduro government was an on-going operation.

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17/05/2020

How Do Buddhists Handle Coronavirus? The Answer Is Not Just Meditation

1024px-Phra_Buddha_Jinaraj_-_PhitsanulokStatue of Buddha in Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, Phitsanulok, Thailand | JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) | CC BY-SA 3.0

15 May 2020 — Millions of Buddhists seeking protection and healing from the novel coronavirus are turning to traditional religious rituals.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, the Dalai Lama, other senior monks and Buddhist organizations in Asia and worldwide have emphasized that this pandemic calls for meditation, compassion, generosity and gratitude.

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17/05/2020

COVID-19 Measures Likely to Lead to an Increase in Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking in Longer Term – UNODC

Human Wrongs Watch

Vienna (Austria) (UNODC)* – COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions are not stopping the movement of people fleeing conflict, human rights abuses, violence and dangerous living conditions, while the economic consequences of the pandemic are likely to lead to an increase in smuggling of migrants and trafficking in person flows from the most affected countries to more affluent destinations, according to a report launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on 14 May 2020.

Photo: © UNODC

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17/05/2020

Modern Slavery in Asia Pacific Fuelled by Widespread Poverty, Migration and Weak Governance – Part 1

Human Wrongs Watch

The Asia Pacific region has one of the highest number of people in modern slavery, but the growing awareness of modern slavery in the region has led to the implementation of legislations to combat it. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that about 152 million children, aged between 5 and 17, were subject to child labour in 2016, out of which 62 million were in Asia and the Pacific. This is the first of a 2-part series on trafficking and modern slavery in the region.

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