Archive for March 29th, 2021

29/03/2021

100 Million Dead Sharks – It’s Not All about Shark Fin Soup

29/03/2021

From the Heart: Thailand’s ‘Guardians of the Forest’ Speak Up, Vow Return to Their Ancestral Home

“We want Thai society to understand that our people have lived in the forest for countless generations. We are not intruders. We are guardians of the forest.” 

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Prasert Pukad, a representative of the indigenous Karen community gives an interview in Bangkok. © Songwut Jullanan/ Greenpeace

Such was the message that Prasert Pukad, Gip Tonnampetch and Phanomphon Wanakhunsiri gave during a protest at the Government House in Bangkok.

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29/03/2021

From the Field: Preparing for Disaster in Nepal

27 March 2021 (UN News)*The UN  is scaling up its efforts to help Nepal, which faces numerous natural threats, to become more resilient, minimize human casualties and preserve livelihoods.
 
UNDP Nepal | Nepal has promoted farming which helps to reduce the impact of natural disasters.
 
Floods, landslides and wildfires are regularly occurring threats in Nepal, and the climate crisis is making such extreme weather events more frequent, and unpredictable. 
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Working closely with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Nepalese Government is ensuring that the voices of marginalized groups, such as women, people with disabilities, and indigenous communities, are heard and taken into consideration in their plans, which include early warning systems, off-grids clean energy solutions, and reforestation.

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29/03/2021

Motherhood on the Brink: Pregnant Women in Yemen under Famine and Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

CRATER, Yemen, 25 March 2021 (UNFPA)* — “It was the morning of a normal working day before fighting escalated close to the hospital. I heard a mother screaming at the gate,” midwife Shrook Khalid Saeed told UNFPA this week at the Al Shaab Hospital in the district of Crater, in Yemen.

Midwife Shrook Khalid Saeed tells UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem about a harrowing delivery. © UNFPA Yemen

By the time she arrived at the entrance to the hospital, hostilities in the area had flared and a gunfight had broken out.

“Bullets were coming from all the corners of the street,” she recounted.

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29/03/2021

Myanmar: Top UN Officials Condemn Military’s ‘Shameful, Cowardly’ Attacks on Peaceful Protesters

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Two senior UN officials denounced on Sunday [28 March 2021], “systematic” attacks on peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar and flagged that the international community has a responsibility to protect the people from atrocities.

Unsplash/Zinko Hein | People across ethnic and religious divides hold vigil in Yangon, Myanmar.

Following another day of widespread bloodshed by the Myanmar military, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, strongly condemned the Myanmar military’s widespread, lethal, increasingly systematic attacks against peaceful protesters, as well as other serious violations of human rights since it seized power on 1 February.

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29/03/2021

The World’s Largest Democracy? Criminalisation of Indigenous Peoples’ Defenders in India

26 March 2021 (IWGIA)* — Liberalisation of the Indian economy began in 1991. One of the priority objectives was to exploit the natural resources located on Indigenous territories. Anyone calling for respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, implementation of environmental safeguards or exercise of their right to freedom of association and assembly was therefore viewed as suspicious.

The world knows little of the political situation in India. With a conservative regime that considers social protest to be seditious, the Indian state is persecuting Indigenous Peoples and human rights defenders. Tribal communities are the silent victims of growth in the Indian economy. The cases of defender Soni Sori and Jesuit priest Stan Swamy.

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29/03/2021

Plastic Pollution Threatens the Mekong, a Wildlife Wonderland

Human Wrongs Watch

27 March 2021 (UNEP)* — Hidden in and around the muddy depths of the Mekong River is a wondrous animal world.

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Reuters/Chor Sokunthea / 25 Mar 2021

Here you can find catfish that weigh up to 300 kilograms and measure almost the length of a car. You might come across a dolphin that is known to communicate with humans to coordinate fishing expeditions.

Or you could stumble upon something completely unknown: between 1997 and 2014, over 2,000 new species were discovered in the Lower Mekong Basin.

But this critical ecosystem is under immense strain from climate change, toxic farm runoff and scientists suspect, a rising tide of plastic pollution.

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