Archive for ‘Middle East’

07/12/2021

All Humans Are Born Equal in Rights? That’s Still Far from Being True

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 6 2021 (IPS) – ”All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” These words are a sound introduction to the transcendental issue of human rights and equalities, as stated by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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The Declaration proclaims the “inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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03/12/2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Lands: Stolen Fair and Square

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mark P. Fancher | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, in which exceptionalism and selective amnesia are celebrated. The sick fairy tale obscures the violent foundations of a settler colonial nation.

United American Indians of New England | Photo: Facebook

Tomorrow, in homes across the country, millions of people will cluster around dinner tables and say an obligatory prayer of thanks that they were born free and white in America. They will then stuff their faces with piles of bland food and wash it all down with too much beer and occasional shots of whiskey.

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02/12/2021

Women and Girls at High Risk of Being Pushed into Modern Slavery

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Women and children are at high risk of being pushed into contemporary forms of slavery, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday [1 December 2021].

In an alert to coincide with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December, they warned that global challenges such as COVID-19, climate change and armed conflict have amplified existing vulnerabilities.
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According to figures released by UNICEF and ILO in June, almost 80 million children aged 5 to 17, are subjected to hazardous work which is classified as a contemporary form of slavery.
02/12/2021

Call It ‘Old’, ‘Contemporary’, ‘Modern’ or Whatever: It Is Slavery

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 1 2021 (IPS)* – No matter what it is called — it is the abhorrent daily life of a billion enslaved humans.  The real number of “modern” slaves is understandably unknown. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

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Teenage girls harvest tomatoes on a farm in the state of Sinaloa, in northern Mexico. Credit: Courtesy of Sinaloa Institute for Adult Education

Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking, it says.

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01/12/2021

The True Cost of Black Friday

Advertising Hack on Black Friday in Bogotá. © Nathalia Angarita / Greenpeace
On the eve of Black Friday, Greenpeace Colombia volunteers hacked advertisements with the message: “The best deal is to save the planet.” Greenpeace Colombia’s action was carried out within the framework of the Our New City campaign, which seeks to promote a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. © Nathalia Angarita / Greenpeace

Big brands sit back and wait for consumers to think they are making a smart decision just because the price is low, forgetting that the lower the discount, the lower price put on the planet. 

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01/12/2021

Let’s Get Money Out of Politics

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why COP26 Failed Future Generations

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In discussing the threat of catastrophic climate change, we need to be aware of the contrast between the short-term future and the long-term future.

Unless we take immediate and drastic action, we risk passing environmental tipping points, beyond which uncontrollable feedback loops will take over, making human efforts useless.

However, it is difficult to mobilize the political will needed for immediate and drastic action, because the worst effects of catastrophic climate change lie in the very distant future.

What will happen if we fail to act decisively and immediately on the issue of climate?

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01/12/2021

Israel-Palestine: Risk of ‘Deadly Escalation’ in Violence, without Decisive Action

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — With violence continuing daily throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process urged the Security Council  on Tuesday [30 November 2021] to adopt a more coordinated approach to the region.

© UNRWA/Mohamed Hinnawi | A child flies a kite on a street in the Gaza Strip where an Israeli airstrike took place.
Tor Wennesland told Council Members that “recent developments on the ground are worrying”, pointing out the situation in the West Bank and Gaza and the challenges faced by the Palestinian Authority.
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30/11/2021

Destitute and Desperate Asylum Seekers and Migrants

Human Wrongs Watch

*Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

It was with deep sadness that on Wed 23 Nov 2021 the world watched in horror the news that 27 people had drowned in the English Channel when their flimsy dinghy overturned in the sea in an attempted crossing from Calais to Dover.

At least 27 migrants drowned crossing the English Channel from France. ABC

I am sorry and I ask the forgiveness of migrants and refugees who have been forced to flee their lands and seek a place of refuge in any country who would give them a place to lay their heads. I send my condolences to the families at the loss of their beloved ones in a cold watery tragedy far away from their homes.

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30/11/2021

World ‘Dangerously Unprepared’ for Future Pandemics Unless Leaders Tackle Inequalities

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Unless leaders tackle stark inequalities, the world could face 7.7 million AIDS-related deaths over the next 10 years, the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) warned on Monday [29 November 2021] in a new report.

UNAIDS | Fanaye Hailu says her daughter Betty was born HIV-free and is now eight years old and suggests that every mother, every pregnant woman must get tested for HIV which can save the lives of the mother and her baby. Photo: UNAIDS

In an urgent call to action ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the agency focused on ending the disease as a public health threat by 2030, said that if transformative measures are not taken, the world will stay trapped in the COVID-19 crisis and remain dangerously unprepared for all future pandemics.

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30/11/2021

UN Chief Calls for Nuclear Weapons-Free Middle East  

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* – The UN Secretary-General on Monday [29 November 2021] called on all Middle East States to transform the vision of a region with no nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, into a working reality.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debeb | Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Antonio Guterres was speaking in New York at the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Since 1967, five such zones have been established around the world: Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central Asia. They include 60 per cent of all UN Member States and cover almost all of the Southern Hemisphere.

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