Archive for September 12th, 2020

12/09/2020

Switzerland: Draft Anti-Terrorism Law Sets ‘Dangerous Precedent’, Human Rights Experts Warn

(UN News)* — A proposed new anti-terrorism law in Switzerland could set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, a group of five independent UN human rights experts warned on Friday [11 September 2020]. 

Unsplash/Claudio Schwarz | The Swiss parliament building in the capital, Bern.
The draft legislation, currently before the Swiss Parliament, expands the definition of terrorism and no longer requires the prospect of any crime at all, they said, in a plea for a last-minute reversal by legislators.

‘Expansive’ definition of terrorism 

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12/09/2020

Revealed: How Rogue Employment Agencies Are Exploiting the COVID Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Victoria Noble*

Scams and exploitation from UK employment agencies have increased by two thirds during lockdown, yet the government is failing to take action.
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9 September 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Employment agencies operate at the heart of almost every key worker profession, employing around one million workers in the UK. It has long been an industry rife with exploitation, including recruitment scams, non-payment and even modern slavery.

But according to SAFERjobs, a charity that assists flexible economy workers, the spike in unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is being capitalised on by criminals.

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12/09/2020

Fuel Not Fire: From Burning Crop Waste to Bioenergy


Human Wrongs Watch

Finding sustainable uses for crop waste in India and worldwide

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Many farmers feel they have no option but to burn their crop residues to dispose of them, but innovative solutions can turn them into sustainable energy for communities. ©CIAT/Neil Palmer

7 September 2020 (FAO)* — The problem? Burning crop residues. Although it causes a variety of health issues and significantly raises levels of pollution, it is a common practice in India and many other countries around the world. The solution? Turn the crop residues into something useful, such as bioenergy.

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12/09/2020

New Fires at Greek Island Refugee Camp Destroy Last Remaining Shelters

© UNICEF/Ron Haviv VII Photo | Children skip rope outside the Reception and Identification Centre in Moria in Lesvos, on December 15, 2018.

In an alert on Friday, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that people of all ages have been left homeless in Lesbos after further fires on Wednesday and Thursday.

Why they started has not been determined.

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12/09/2020

The Data Behind the Blinking Lights of Climate Breakdown

Human Wrongs Watch

10 September 2020 (UN Environment)* — Some of the worst wildfires in California in living memory; exceptional and prolonged heat in Siberia; walls of seawater as Hurricane Laura lashes Louisiana; unprecedented rates of glacier melt and sea-ice loss… these are some of the blinking lights of the climate crisis.

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Photo: Reuters

Beyond headline-grabbing climate events, however, lie other indicators that our climate is changing more rapidly.

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12/09/2020

United in Science Report: ‘If Things Would Remain as They Are, We Would Go Up 3 to 5 Degrees above the Pre-Industrial Level’ – UN Chief

11 September 2020 (WMO)*United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched the high-level multi-agency United in Science report on 9 September with yet another appeal for urgent climate action to “ensure a liveable planet for this and future generations.” 
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