Archive for May 30th, 2020

30/05/2020

Four Ways to Re-Imagine a Better City

Paris during the Corona Virus Shutdown. © Jérémie Jung / Greenpeace
Due to the coronavirus shutdown, Paris’s public squares, roads and streets are almost deserted. © Jérémie Jung / Greenpeace

For the last three months I’ve watched time passing through my window. In country after country, city after city, we have felt the fear and pain of loss, we’ve honoured the work of health professionals and frontline workers, we’ve joined in solidarity with our neighbours.

Being forced apart has brought us closer together.

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30/05/2020

Winter Threatens Venezuelans Unprepared for the Cold

Human Wrongs Watch

By Stephanie Rabi Misle in Santiago, Chile, and Emily Álvarez in Lima, Peru*

As chilly weather steals over South America, vulnerable Venezuelan refugees and migrants brace for added hardship.   |  Español   |  Français

5ecfe5c03The upcoming Southern Hemisphere winter will be the first truly cold weather the Díaz family has ever experienced. © UNHCR/Hugo Fuentes

30/05/2020

US: Provide Reparations for 1921 ‘Tulsa Race Massacre’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

State, City Should Compensate Survivors, Descendants; Adopt Broad PlanReverend Robert Turner of the historic Mount Vernon African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, damaged in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.Reverend Robert Turner of the historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, damaged in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, leads a reconciliatory pilgrimage of sorts from Mount Vernon AME to Tulsa City Hall every Wednesday, demanding “reparations now.” © 2019 Ian Maule/Tulsa W

Washington, DC  – State and local authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma should provide reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when a white mob killed several hundred black people and destroyed a prosperous black neighborhood, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today [29 May 2020].

30/05/2020

More ‘Can and Must Be Done’ to Eradicate Caste-Based Discrimination in Nepal

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday [29 May 2020] stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall sustainable development vision of leaving no one behind.

World Bank/Peter Kapuscinski | People walk down a street of shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. (file)
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“It is distressing that caste-based prejudices remain deeply entrenched in our world in the 21st century, and I am filled with sadness for these two young people who held high hopes of building a life together despite the obstacles presented by their accident of birth” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, referring to the couple at the centre of the tragedy.
30/05/2020

A Matter of Life and Death for Yemen’s Women and Girls as Funding Dries Up

Human Wrongs Watch

Hajjah, Yemen, 29 May 2020 (UNFPA)* In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive health care in 140 out of 180 health facilities. Now only 40 health facilities across the country are providing these services.

30/05/2020

Lives in Education – Human History as Cultural History

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

29 May 2020 (Wall Street International)*   — We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.
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We need to reform our teaching of history
We need to reform our teaching of history | Image from Wall Street International.
30/05/2020

Nine Things You Need to Know about Periods and the Pandemic

30/05/2020

What COVID-19 Means for Ecotourism

Human Wrongs Watch

Interview with Johannes Refisch, United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership Programme, Programme Manager and Coordinator

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Photo by Unsplash/ David Clode

29 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — For decades, ecotourism has helped to conserve nature and protect endangered species. COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of ecotourism sites has had an indelible impact on wildlife and the communities that protect it.

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