Archive for August 10th, 2020

10/08/2020

Real Life Migrant Workers Star in Short Films about Modern Slavery at Sea

Journey of a migrant fisher - behind the scenes
Journey of a migrant fisher – behind the scenes. Filmed on location in Yilan, Taiwan. © Teng Kuei Lu

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10/08/2020

Bangladesh: Striking before Disaster Does

Human Wrongs Watch

8 August 2020 (FAO)* — “Wherever you look, there is water. You see people wading through knee-deep floods in search of shelter, carrying small livestock in their arms to find some place for them to feed – but often there is none,” says Robert Simpson, head of FAO’s office in Bangladesh.

medium_ab1c7bea10d62313d80448b4412e5b96Rafting to fetch drinking water in Shakrahati village. ©FAO/Fahad Abdullah

He is describing the floods that have recently ravaged a third of the country – the worst in ten years. Such events can leave farming families’ lives and livelihoods in tatters, with hard-to-replace assets washed away or destroyed and their animals hungry and sick.

But even when flooding takes place at this magnitude, it is possible to help people prepare and withstand the water’s onslaught.

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10/08/2020

How to Respond to Rising Trends of Racism and Intolerance

Human Wrongs Watch

By Blerim Mustafa*

The necessity of a people-centered approach to security

The rising trends of racism and intolerance The rising trends of racism and intolerance | Image from Wall Street International.

10 August 2020 (Wall Street International)*  .. The Russian poet Boris Pasternak once said: “We have learned that we are guests of existence, travelers between two stations. We must discover security within ourselves.”

The search for security remains the overarching aim for many societies worldwide in today’s volatile era. Who wants to live in an Orwellian society guided by insecurity and social disorder or in a world order as described in Thomas Hobbes’ book Leviathan?

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10/08/2020

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Human Wrongs Watch

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STOCKHOLM / ROME, Aug 10 2020 (IPS)* – COVID-19 has become a scourge affecting all levels of human society – morals, behaviour, human interaction, economy and politics. The pandemic has wrecked havoc on our way of being and its impact will remain huge and all-encompassing.

It is not only affecting our globally shared existence, it is also changing what has been called ”the little life”, i.e. our own way of thinking and being, our personal life situation and the one of those close to us; people we love and depend upon – our friends and family.

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10/08/2020

‘Young People Have a Major Role to Play in Ridding the World of Nuclear Weapons’

Human Wrongs Watch

10 August 2020 (UN News)* — Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN’s top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.

Hiroshima City | The UN Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu (centre) meets young people in Japan at an event focused on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the establishment of the UN.
10/08/2020

International Youth Day

PHOTO:UN Women/Amanda Voisard | Young people led millions around the world in marches demanding action on climate change days before the UN Climate Action Summit (23 September 2019). UN Women/Amanda Voisard

International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. The commemoration will take the form of a podcast-style discussion that is hosted by youth for youth, together with independently organized commemorations around the world that recognize the importance of youth participation in political, economic and social life and processes.

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10/08/2020

COVID-19: Lift Sanctions ‘Bringing Suffering and Death’, Urge UN Independent Human Rights Experts

(UN News)* — A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on countries to lift – or at the very least, ease – sanctions to allow affected nations and communities access to vital supplies to fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.
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© UNICEF | A boy stands in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Ahvaz, Iran. The country is among those being subjected to international sanctions, despite the ravages of COVID-19

 

People in countries under sanctions cannot protect themselves against the disease or get life-saving treatment if they fall ill because humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions are not working, the experts said in a news release on Friday [7 August 2020].

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