Archive for June 26th, 2020

26/06/2020

Forced Labor Persists in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Fields

26/06/2020

US Sanctions against the International Criminal Court’ Staff a ‘Direct Attack’ on Judicial Independence

©UNICEF/Marko Kokic | Many schools in Afghanistan have suffered the effects of long-term conflict.

Washington announced this month that it would launch an economic and legal offensive against ICC officials investigating alleged war crimes committed by all sides in the conflict in Afghanistan, including US troops.

“The implementation of such policies by the US has the sole aim of exerting pressure on an institution whose role is to seek justice against crimes of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression”, saidDiego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, speaking on behalf of the 34 experts.

read more »

26/06/2020

The Best Law Capital Can Buy

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jun 25 2020 (IPS)* – Katharina Pistor’s recent book, The Code of Capital: How the law creates wealth and inequality shows how law has been crucial to the creation of capital, and how capital continues to survive, evolve and enhance its ability to ‘make money’, or secure wealth legally, i.e., through the law.

Legal coding makes capital
In her magnum opus, the Columbia Law School professor explains how legal systems create capital and how law enables wealth creation through what she terms ‘legal coding’.

Notions of property and property rights have changed over the ages, reflecting and redefining social and economic relations more generally.

Pistor sees ‘legal coding’ — e.g., via collateral, trust, corporate governance, bankruptcy, contracts and other property laws — as means for assets to become capital, creating wealth for their holders. When “coded in law”, even “dirt” can become a valuable asset, capable of enriching its owners.

read more »

26/06/2020

Extraordinary ‘Mega-Flash’ Lightening Strikes Cover Several Hundred Kilometres, Smashing Records

New records for extreme lightning bursts, or ‘megaflashes’, during 2019, have been made official, more than doubling the size and duration of the previous record flashes, the UN’s weather agency, WMO, announced on Thursday [25 June 2020]. *

WMO/Boris Baran | A lightning storm as seen from Istria, Croatia.
Closing the windows and covering your pet’s ears probably wouldn’t have made much difference to anyone stuck in the middle of the flash that developed continuously over northern Argentina on 4 March 2019, lasting a whopping 16.73 seconds.
26/06/2020

Internet and New Digital Tools Are Being Manipulated as Never Before to Track People, Warns UN Human Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

Unsplash/Ian Usher | A drone flies over Mount Tamalpais in the United States.
Amid global protests against systemic racism, corruption and economic woes exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also expressed concern about the use of non-lethal weapons against demonstrators.
26/06/2020

Coronavirus Casts ‘Huge Shadow’ over Afghan Life as Multi-Dimensional Crisis Continues

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health emergency, but a multi-dimensional crisis for Afghanistan, dealing its people a painful blow just as Kabul and the Taliban prepare for peace talks in Qatar, the top UN official in the country says.

World Bank/Ghullam Abbas Farzami | Child farmers help to level fields in Balkh Province, Afghanistan.

Deborah Lyons, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told the Security Council on Thursday [25 June 2020] that the novel coronavirus outbreak is casting “a huge shadow” over Afghan daily life.

read more »

26/06/2020

Speak Out against Torture, an ‘Abhorrent Denial of Human Dignity’, Urges UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Torture is an “egregious abuse of human rights”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday [26 June 2020], the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture.

UN Women/Ryan Brown | After surviving military enslavement in Guatemala, Maria Ba Caal received help through an emergency grant from the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
Although international law “unequivocally prohibits torture in all instances”, the UN chief pointed out that it nevertheless continues in many countries, “even those where it is criminalized”.
26/06/2020

Torture Seeks to Annihilate the Victim’s Personality and Denies the Inherent Dignity of the Human Being – Int’l Day

abstract painting
Artwork by a victim of torture supported by the UN Torture Fund (Atelier peinture de Claire Harel, Association Mana, France)
.
26 June 2020 (United Nations)* — Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, torture persist in all regions of the world.
Concerns about protecting national security and borders are increasingly used to allow torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment. Its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual; and can be transmitted through generations and lead to cycles of violence.
%d bloggers like this: