Archive for December 2nd, 2022

02/12/2022

‘Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Reverberates to this Day, Just as Modern-Day Enslavement Is Growing’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade “reverberates to this day”, just as modern-day enslavement is growing, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.

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Children in Burkina Faso engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in artisanal gold mining and quarrying.
© UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt | Children in Burkina Faso engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in artisanal gold mining and quarrying.

In a message ahead of commemorations for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, on 2 December, Mr. Guterres said that societies remain scarred by the historical suffering of enslaved Africans, and are unable to offer everyone the same development opportunities.

The UN chief also urged action to identify and recommit to eradicating all forms of contemporary slavery, from people trafficking to sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage and the use of children in armed conflict.

02/12/2022

This Planet Is Drying Up. And these Are the Consequences

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 1 2022 (IPS)* – Drought is one of the ‘most destructive’ natural disasters in terms of the loss of life, arising from impacts, such as wide-scale crop failure, wildfires and water stress.

By 2050, droughts may affect an estimated three-quarters of the world’s population. Credit: Miriet Abrego / IPS

In other words, droughts are one of the “most feared natural phenomena in the world;” they devastate farmland, destroy livelihoods and cause untold suffering, as reported by the world’s top specialised bodies: the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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