Archive for May 10th, 2021

10/05/2021

Middle East/North Africa: End Violent Punishment of Children

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Human Rights Watch Introduces Country Index Based on Laws, Policies

Beirut  – Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should outlaw the violent discipline of children, Human Rights Watch said today [10 May 2021], introducing an index categorizing countries in the region based on their laws and policies.

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10/05/2021

This Secretive Industry Is Putting Sea Creatures at Risk

Image from Greenpeace International.

The deep sea mining industry is planning to send monster machines to plunder the seabed and extract polymetallic nodules – potato-sized lumps of rocks loaded with metals and minerals. Deep sea mining isn’t happening yet, but the kinds of metals this industry is targeting are used in phones, laptops and batteries.

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10/05/2021

Sakina’s Story: From Teenage Widow to Confident Working Mother

10 May 2021 (IOM)* — Gender inequality is magnified in situations of conflict. Women are disproportionately disadvantaged in terms of personal safety, access to employment, resources and basic services in fragile, conflict-ridden environments. They are most affected by poverty and the value of the support they provide at home is mostly rendered invisible.

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Photo: IOM Afghanistan

In a society like Afghanistan, traditional norms often make it difficult for women to access employment, get a loan or start a business. Yet, when women are given an opportunity, they make significant contributions to the growth and development of their families and their communities at large.

Sakina was born in a small village in Helmand in 1995. She was 5 years old when her family fled Afghanistan in 2000 and migrated to Pakistan.

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10/05/2021

From the Non-Aligned Movement to Active Non-Alignment

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

8 May 2021 (Wall Street International)* — This paper is not going to be academic or conceptual, but a long article. I thought that my best contribution would be to give a testimony I have lived through of the triple process of decolonisation, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77, in which I actively participated.
Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., was the location of the conference in 1944
Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., was the location of the conference in 1944 | Image from Wall Street International.

I believe that I am one of the few survivors left from the Bandung Conference (1955) and that communicating my experience of the process of the creation and development of the Third World, its vision and values, may be the most useful thing I can do.

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