Archive for July 2nd, 2020

02/07/2020

Are We Going from San Francisco?

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 30 2020 (IPS)* – Seventy-five years ago, on 26 June 1945, before the Japanese surrender ending the Second World War, fifty nations gathered at San Francisco’s Opera House to sign the United Nations (UN) Charter.

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Nations pledged “to practice tolerance and live together in peace …, and to ensure … that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples”.

They sought “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, … and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to … promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom”.

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02/07/2020

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Practices that Harm Girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York (UNFPA)*Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities. And without urgent action, the situation is likely to worsen.
02/07/2020

Uganda Opens Border to Thousands Fleeing Congo Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Duniya Aslam Khan in Zombo district, Uganda*

She is sick, she is frail and separated from her family. Emmanuelle Ochaya, 56, has been sleeping in a scanty makeshift hut, in the middle of a forest on cold, bare ground for almost one month. The nighttime temperature here drops to 10°C and her only belongings are the clothes she is wearing.

5efcadfa4Emmanuelle, 56, from DRC sits outside the shelter where she slept for over a month after fleeing deadly violence in Ituri province in late May. © UNHCR/Rocco Nuri

02/07/2020

A Teenager from Côte d’Ivoire Explains at UN Human Rights Council Why Protecting the Environment Matters So Much

(UN News)* — At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday [1 July 2020], a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much.

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UNHRC Video Screenshot | Junior, a teenage youth activist from Côte d’Ivoire, speaks via videolink to the UN Human Rights Council about protecting the environment.
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The rare and refreshing intervention came from 14-year-old activist Junior, who spoke out against alleged industrial pollution, including from the cocoa production sector, in his home town of San-Pédro, in the West African State.

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02/07/2020

Deadly Rainbow: Will 5G Precipitate the Extinction of All Life on Earth?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

2 July 2020 — In his recently revised and updated book The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life, scientist Arthur Firstenberg has made both science and history comprehensible by explaining the importance and significance to life on Earth of a vital consideration that has long been ‘invisible’: electricity.

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Robert J. Burrowes,

Indeed, as Firstenberg makes clear, if we want to understand life on Earth, we cannot do so without understanding the role that electricity plays in making life possible, healing it and, if abused, threatening us all.

Firstenberg’s book is unusual on at least two counts. Based on decades of scientific research, he carefully explains each point in language accessible to the non-scientist while documenting his case with exceptional clarity and detail complemented by a 138-page bibliography.

If you want to really understand this issue, and what is at stake, you will be doing yourself a favor by reading this book.

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02/07/2020

Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence Contribute to Nuclear Risk – SIPRI

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02/07/2020

The Chinese Communist Party Celebrates 99 Years of Existence

Human Wrongs Watch

Its goal is to build a “moderately prosperous society” for 1.4 billion people in this Asian nation.

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The Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, Dec. 2019.

The Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, Dec. 2019. | Photo: EFE

02/07/2020

Stalled Security Council Resolution Adopted, Backing UN’s Global Humanitarian Ceasefire Call

(UN News)*— The Security Council on Wednesday [1 July 2020] echoed the Secretary-General’s call for a worldwide ceasefire, to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. The UN chief welcomed the long-awaited move, calling for countries to “redouble their efforts for peace”.

OCHA/Steve Hafez | A widow holds her grandson in a displaced persons camp in northern Idleb Governorate, Syria.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2532 (2020) on Wednesday [1 July 2020], the 15-member peace and security body demanded “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations, on its agenda.”
02/07/2020

Bonbon Honey Is Creating a Buzz in Haiti

Human Wrongs Watch

Haitian beekeepers are working hard to keep up with demand during the COVID-19 outbreak

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In Bonbon, Haiti, Hilarion Célestin and a group of local beekeepers are seeing a spike in demand for their honey during this pandemic, as it is a product used in traditional medicine. ©FAO/Josué Saint Charles

(FAO)* — The commune of Bonbon lies at the most western tip of the island of Haiti. It shares its name with the traditional Haitian sweet, ‘bonbon’, a cake made with dark sugarcane syrup and sweet spices. And thanks to 44-year-old Hilarion Célestin and a group of local beekeepers, the area is now well-known for another kind of sweet too: honey.

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