Archive for June 24th, 2021


‘Despite the Absolute Prohibition of Torture Under International Law, Torture Persist in All Regions of the World’

children's artwork and pot

Blue Bird, in Ukraine, conducts art therapy sessions. Left: The ‘floss of unity,’ made by children of survivors as a symbol of togetherness. Right: Into this pot, participants can place symbols of qualities that they want to see in themselves. PHOTO:UN/Sergii Kharenko

24 June 2021 (United Nations)* — Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being.

Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, torture persist in all regions of the world. Concerns about protecting national security and borders are increasingly used to allow torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment.

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Greece: Pushbacks and Violence against Refugees and Migrants Are ‘de facto’ Border Policy


“My Life Is Not Your Porn”

By Human Rights Watch*

Digital Sex Crimes in South Korea


This report, based on interviews with survivors and experts, and a survey, documents the spread and impact in South Korea of what are referred to there as “digital sex crimes.”

Digital sex crimes are crimes involving non-consensual intimate images.

These crimes are a form of gender-based violence, using digital images that are captured non-consensually and sometimes shared, captured with consent but shared non-consensually, or sometimes faked.

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Global Nuclear Arsenals Grow as States Continue to Modernize

(Stockholm) — The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on 14 June 2021 launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2021, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. A key finding is that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads in 2020, more have been deployed with operational forces.


Why War?

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

A new freely downloadable book


John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the reasons why the institution of war continues to threaten human civilization and the biosphere, and the steps that might be taken to rid the world of war.

The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

Albert Einstein’s letter to Sigmund Freud

“Why War?”, the title of this book, was also the title of a famous letter written to Sigmund Freud by Albert Einstein.

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