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12/01/2022

Libya: Hundreds Detained in Renewed Crackdown on Migrants and Refugees

10 January 2022 (NRC)* — The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are alarmed by the detention of more than 600 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in front of the former Community Day Centre in Tripoli early this morning.E4JkEeUXoAMuVnU
Image from NRC.

The centre used to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers before it was permanently closed in December.

Dax Roque, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Libya Country Director, said:

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11/01/2022

The Pentagon and CIA Have Shaped Thousands of Hollywood Movies into Super Effective Propaganda

Human Wrongs Watch

By David Swanson| World Beyond War – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Propaganda is most impactful when people don’t think it’s propaganda, and most decisive when it’s censorship you never knew happened. When we imagine that the U.S. military only occasionally and slightly influences U.S. movies, we are extremely badly deceived.

The actual impact is on thousands of movies made, and thousands of others never made. And television shows of every variety.

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11/01/2022

Preserve Right of Asylum, United Nations Refugee Agency Urges EU Council Presidencies

(UN News)* — Amid record global displacement, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Monday [10 January 2022] urged European countries to prioritize the better protection of people fleeing war, conflict and persecution.

© UNHCR/Kate Thompson-Gorry \ A 23-year-old Afghan refugee has stitched over 700 protective masks during the COVID-19 crisis to help support his new community in France.

UNHCR made the appeal in recommendations to France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), and the Czech Republic, which assumes the presidency in July.

11/01/2022

Rights Experts Condemn ‘Unrelenting Human Rights Violations’ at Guantánamo Bay

10 January 2022 (UN News)* — A group of independent human rights experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council has condemned the continued operation of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba as a site of “unparalleled notoriety” and “a stain on the US Government’s commitment to the rule of law”.
US Army/Kevin Cowan | Camp X-Ray was a part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and has not been used since April 2002.
The detention camp, sited within a US naval base on the island, was set up in 2002 to house prisoners captured in Afghanistan, and at its peak housed some 780 people, most of whom were detained without trial.
09/01/2022

Population Ageing: An Inescapable Future

Human Wrongs Watch

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Governments and the public need to recognize, understand and respond to the ageing of human populations in the 21st century, which is the inescapable demographic future of nations worldwide. Credit: Maricel Sequeira/IPS

PORTLAND, USA, Jan 5 2022 (IPS)* – The ageing of human populations is an inescapable demographic future. That evolving and universal future is increasingly challenging governments and the public, who are by and large ill prepared for that certain future.

Whereas the 20th century was one of record setting rapid population growth with world population nearly quadrupling, the 21st century is one of unprecedented population ageing with its economic, social and political consequences reverberating across countries worldwide.

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09/01/2022

20 Years of US Torture – and Counting

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Global Costs of Unlawful Detention and Interrogation Post-9/11

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New York, 9 January 2022 – Twenty years after Guantánamo Bay detention operations commenced on January 11, 2002, a new report assesses the massive costs of US unlawful transfers, secret detention, and torture after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

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07/01/2022

Too Harmful: The March of Salt and Plastics on World Soils

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jan 6 2022 (IPS)* – There are more under-reported consequences of human activities unmatching the rhythm of Mother Nature. Such is the case, among many others, of the growing salinisation and ‘plastification’ of the world’s soils.

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In fact, currently it is estimated that there are more than 833 million hectares of salt-affected soils around the globe (8.7% of the planet). This implies the loss of soil’s capacity to grow food and also increasing impacts on water and the ability to filter pollution.

Soil salinisation and sodification are major soil degradation processes threatening ecosystems and are recognised as being among the most important problems at a global level for agricultural production, food security and sustainability in arid and semi-arid regions, says the UN on occasion of the 2021 World Soil Day.

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07/01/2022

Global Food Prices Rose ‘Sharply’ during 2021 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The UN’s benchmark food and commodity prices index rose sharply on average through 2021, compared with the previous year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAOinformed on Thursday [6 January 2022].

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© WFP/Fredrik Lerneryd | A rwandese farmer holds a handful of beans after the harvest.
The agency’s Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in international prices, averaged 125.7 points – a 28.1 per cent increase over 2020.

FAO Senior Economist Abdolreza Abbassian explained that, normally, high prices are expected to ease as production increases to match demand.

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07/01/2022

55 Journalists Killed in 2021, Impunity ‘Alarmingly Widespread’ – UNESCO

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*— Fifty-five journalists and media professionals were killed last year, latest UN data showed on Thursday [6 January 2022], with nearly nine in 10 killings since 2006 still unresolved.

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©UNESCO/ Enos Teche | Journalists covering a terrorist attack in Kenya.
Impunity is “alarmingly widespread”, said the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Once again in 2021, far too many journalists paid the ultimate price to bring truth to light”, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

05/01/2022

How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Warm the Planet?

Human Wrongs Watch

5 January 2022 (UNEP)* — Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – the atmospheric gases responsible for causing global warming and climatic changeare critical to understanding and addressing the climate crisis. Despite an initial dip in global GHG emissions due to COVID-19, the United Nations Environment Programme’s latest Emissions Gap Report (EGR) estimates that emissions rebounded to near-2019 levels in 2021.

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