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15/01/2022

Fully Ready to Kill, Shockingly Unprepared to Save Lives

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jan 14 2022 (IPS)* – While absolutely ready to kill, with the biggest military powers spending in 2020 nearly two trillion US dollars on weapons, the world is shockingly unprepared to save the lives of millions of unarmed, innocent civilian victims of wars… and other man-made catastrophes.

Credit: Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID

The military spending data come from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which also reports that global nuclear arsenals grow as states continue to modernise, thus sharply increasing the dangers of an unimaginable number of victims of the most devastating death machinery.

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15/01/2022

UK Borders Bill Increases Risks of Discrimination, Human Rights Violations

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — A new bill being debated by lawmakers in the United Kingdom increases the risk of discrimination and “serious human rights violations” and breaches the country’s obligations under international law, five independent UN human rights experts on 14 January 2022 said.

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UNICEF/Geai | A boy walks through a migrant camp in Calais, northern France, hoping to enter the United Kingdom. (file)
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If adopted, the Nationality and Borders Bill would “seriously undermine the protection of the human rights of trafficked persons, including children; increase risks of exploitation faced by all migrants and asylum seekers; and lead to serious human rights violations”, Siobhán Mullally, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, said in a statement.
14/01/2022

Kenyan Domestic Workers’ Doomed Voyages to the Gulf

Human Wrongs Watch

Trafficked, kept prisoner in Saudi Arabia Wanjiku Njoki was lucky to escape unharmed. She has since found work serving tea for a government parastatal. Credit: Joyce Chimbi/IPS

And this fear is all too familiar for 28-year-old Wanjiku Njoki. The young woman’s whose search for greener pastures in the Gulf landed her in the hands of a physically, mentally, and verbally abusive employer.

In 2018, she travelled to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

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13/01/2022

Disparities in the Arab Region: Hunger Doubles, Indebtedness Triggers, Recovery Uneven

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jan 12 2022 (IPS)* – The panorama is bleak: hunger in the Arab region continues to rise, with more than 90% increase since 2000, while indebtedness is growing, and the economic recovery is tenuous and uneven.

Tents and makeshift shelters at an IDP camp in Yemen. Credit: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi

The 2021 Near East and North Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition shows that the number of hungry people in the region reached 69 million people in 2020, “triggered by protracted crises, social unrests and exposure to multiple shocks and stresses such as conflicts, poverty, inequality, climate change, scarce natural resources and the economic repercussions associated with the recent COVID-19 pandemic.”

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12/01/2022

‘Prompt, Independent, Impartial Investigations’ Needed in Kazakhstan: UN Human Rights

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — As the death toll from the recent unrest in Kazakhstan mounts to 164, the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday [11 January 2022] requested “prompt, independent, impartial investigations” into the killings, and whether “unnecessary and disproportionate use of force was made by security forces”.

© Unsplash/Alexander Serzhantov | A view of Almaty in Kazakhstan.

Close to 10,000 people are now estimated to be held in detention following the riots.

“We understand that the Ministry of Interior has announced that some 9,900 people are in detention as of the 11th of January. Now, this is clearly a huge number,” said OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell, briefing reporters at the United Nations in Geneva (UNOG).

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12/01/2022

The Straw that Broke Kazakhstan’s Back

Human Wrongs Watch

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ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Jan 12 2022 (IPS)* – The most violent protests of the past 30 years have erupted across Kazakhstan — exposing decades of inequality, injustice, and corruption. The protests of an unprecedented scale have rocked cities across Kazakhstan for days, as the population grew increasingly dissatisfied with the country’s leadership.

View of downtown Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. Credit: World Bank/Shynar Jetpissova

The government initially tried a carrot-and-stick approach to the unrest, but later was pushed to call a state of emergency and ultimately to request military help from former Soviet allies.

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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

Afghanistan: United Nations Launches Largest Single Country Aid Appeal Ever

(UN News)* — The UN and partners launched a more than $5 billion funding appeal for Afghanistan on Tuesday [11 January 2022], in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there, which have left 22 million in need of assistance inside the country, and 5.7 million people requiring help beyond its borders.

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© UNHCR/Andrew McConnell | Displaced families collect water during a harsh winter in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Speaking in Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that $4.4 billion was needed for the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan alone, “to pay direct” to health workers and others, not the de facto authorities.
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.

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