Archive for April 1st, 2021

01/04/2021

Conserving Tigers, Elephants and Bison, One LPG Stove at a Time

Human Wrongs Watch

HYDERABAD, India, Apr 1 2021 (IPS)* – As the sun sets over the canopy of Albizia amara trees, a thin blanket of fog begins to descend over the forests of the Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies roughly 150 km south of the Indian city of Bangalore.
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Two elephants cross a stream in Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to a number of conservation projects run by various government agencies, non-government organisations and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the wildlife population is thriving again. The forest is now home to an estimated 500 elephants and several other big game animals, including bison and tigers. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS

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01/04/2021

Indonesia: UN Experts Denounce Mega Tourism Project that ‘Tramples on Human Rights’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — UN rights experts, on 31 March 2021, raised alarm over forced evictions of locals and indigenous peoples, and threats against human rights defenders, to make way for a $3 billion tourism project on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Unsplash/Atilla Taskiran | A $3 billion tourism project is set to go ahead on Lombok island in Indonesia.

In a joint statement led by Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, the experts highlighted expulsions of local communities and destruction of houses, fields, water sources, cultural and religious sites, as the Indonesian Government and the country’s Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) “groomed Mandalika to become a ‘New Bali’.”

“Credible sources have found that the local residents were subjected to threats and intimidations and forcibly evicted from their land without compensation. Despite these findings, the ITDC has not sought to pay compensation or settle the land disputes”, the experts said.

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01/04/2021

Many Countries Spending More on Debt Services than on Education, Health and Social Protection Combined

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Around one in eight nations spends more on debt than on social services, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched on Thursday [1 April 2021], calling for debt service relief and restructuring to enable countries to bounce back from the pandemic.

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© UNICEF/Ricardo Franco | Families affected by Cyclone Eloise queue for food at a relocation centre in Beira, Mozambique.
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