Archive for June 5th, 2020

05/06/2020

Migrant Women Exploited by Those They Trust

Human Wrongs Watch

NEW YORK, Jun 4 2020 (IPS)* – Maliha Masud (25), was promised an affluent life and opportunities for higher education. A bright student studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she wanted to complete her studies and become someone her parents would be proud of. She was promised an opportunity to get her Master’s degree from a good university in the United States but, two years later, was left battered and wounded at the doorstep of a shelter.

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Credit: Unsplash / Gabriel Benois

Maliha was 20 years old when she married an immigrant living in the United States, who was completing his Master’s at a renowned university. A marriage arranged by a “reputable marriage medium,” she was promised the freedom to study and work after the nuptials.

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05/06/2020

Protect the Environment, Prevent Pandemics, ‘Nature Is Sending Us a Clear Message’

Human Wrongs Watch

5 June 2020 (UN News)* — On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life.

Unsplash/Habib Dadkhah | A woman poses in a field in Ardabil, Iran.
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“At least 70 per cent of emerging infectious diseases” such as COVID-19, are crossing from the wild, to people, and “transformative actions are urgently required to protect environment and human rights”.
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This was the message from David Boyd, the independent UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, ahead of this year’s Day.
05/06/2020

‘Earth School’ Gives Students in Lockdown a Closeup Look at Nature

5 June 2020 (UN Environment)* — “I have never seen anything quite like this,” says Kathleen Usher, a Canadian elementary school teacher as she clicks through the website of Earth School.

4_(1)The portal, which the UN Environment Programme, and TED-Ed launched together with a wide array of partners as a response to COVID-19 on 22 April, features 30 kid-friendly primers on a range of environmental issues, from the origins of water to the life cycle of a t-shirt.

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05/06/2020

The Art of Nature’s Revival

Human Wrongs Watch

Talented artists from across Europe put their art to the service of the environment in a competition held for World Environment Day

BoarfishPhoto by Kari Prestgaard

4 June 2020 (UN Environment)* — Srečko was a young stork that – like hundreds of others – spread its wings and set off to migrate from Slovenia to the warmer African climate a couple of winters ago. Sadly, his journey ended too early.

The bird, whose name ironically means ‘lucky,’ got entangled in one of the five trillion plastic bags our world uses each year, and he passed away en route.

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05/06/2020

India Must Urgently Follow Supreme Court Orders to Protect 100 Million Migrant Workers: UN Independent Human Rights Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The Indian Government must urgently comply with a Supreme Court order to ensure the wellbeing of more than 100 million migrant workers, after coronavirus measures left them jobless, forcing them to travel long distances home, UN independent human rights experts said on Thursday [4 June 2020].

World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Migrant workers in India cook a meal.
“We are appalled at the disregard shown by the Indian Government towards internal migrant laborers, especially those who belong to marginalized minorities and lower castes”, said the Special Rapporteurs on the right to housing, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, and on extreme poverty, Olivier De Schutter.
05/06/2020

Philippines: Campaign to Eradicate Illegal Drugs Seen as ‘Permission to Kill’ – UN Human Rights Office

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — A campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines that began in 2016 has led to the killing of at least 8,600 people but the real figure could be three times that number, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Thursday [4 June 2020].

Danilo Pinzon/World Bank | Housing in Tondo, Manila, Philippines. (file)

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In a report citing “near-impunity” for the killings, which have continued along with other alleged abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN office noted that the High Commissioner for Human Rights stood ready to assist “credible efforts towards accountability”, both nationally and internationally

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