Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

14/11/2019

Child Labour and Human Trafficking Remain Important Concerns in Global Supply Chains

Human Wrongs Watch

New information on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains is revealed in a report compiled by the ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF – members of the Alliance 8.7 partnership on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. (*)

14/11/2019

We Need Biodiversity-Based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.Through biodiversity and the living functions of the biosphere, the Earth regulates temperature and climate, and has created the conditions for our species to evolve.

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14/11/2019

Revealed: Danger and Squalor for Cleaners Who Remove Human Waste by Hand

Human Wrongs Watch

The plight of sanitation workers in the developing world should be addressed urgently, the UN said on Thursday [14 November 2019], warning that their rights, health and dignity are at risk. *

WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo | A latrine emptier stands inside a pit in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead of World Toilet Day next Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that while the workforce performs an essential public service, their own health is compromised and they are often shunned.

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14/11/2019

Cascading Disasters Are Causing Extreme Weather to Pack an Even Bigger Punch

Human Wrongs Watch

12 November 2019 (UN Environment)*In November 2007, strong winds and heavy rain from Cyclone Sidr tore through the southern coast of Bangladesh. Soon, the coastal districts became a wasteland. Houses destroyed, tin shacks flattened and schools blown away. However, the destruction wrought by the deadly cyclone was only the beginning.

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As the aftermath saw water and sanitation infrastructures heavily damaged and human waste left untreated, an outbreak of waterborne diseases added to the struggle of the recovery effort.

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12/11/2019

Pneumonia, a Preventable Disease – Kills More Children than any Other Infection: 1 Child Every 39 Seconds

LONDON/NEW YORK/BARCELONA, November 12, 2019 (UNICEF)* Pneumonia claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five last year, or one child every 39 seconds, according to a new analysis.

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© UNICEF/UN0280720/Hashimi AFP-Services | Omid, ten months malnourished child suffering from pneumonia is treated in Mofleh Pediatric Hospital in the province of Herat province, west of Afghanistan on January 29, 2019.

Most deaths occurred among children under the age of two, and almost 153,000 within the first month of life. [1]

Sounding the alarm about this forgotten epidemic, six leading health and children’s organisations are today launching an appeal for global action. [2]

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12/11/2019

Ending Violence, Exploitation, Ecological Destruction and War: Creating a Culture of Peace

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 11 November 2019The date 11 November is well known and commemorated in many parts of the world because it marks the Armistice ending World War I – ‘the Great War’ – in 1918.

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Robert J. Burrowes,

In the evocative words used by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., an atheist humanist, in his novel Breakfast of Champions, the day is remembered thus:

‘When I was a boy … all the people of all the nations which fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was at that minute in nineteen-hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another.

I have talked to old men who were on battlefields at that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.’

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12/11/2019

Call to Action as Thousands Breathe New Life to the Cairo Promise at the International Conference on Population and Development in Nairobi

Human Wrongs Watch

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 2019 (IPS)* Every day 830 women die while giving life. At least 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage with 11,000 girls undergoing female genital mutilation.

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Gender equality and women empowerment at the heart of ICPD25. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPS

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12/11/2019

25 Years on from Landmark Conference, “The World Is Still a Difficult, and Often Dangerous, Place for Hundreds of Millions of Women and Girls”

The UN Deputy Secretary-General has called for gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights to be integrated at the heart of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future for all. *

UNEP/Georgina Jane Smith | UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (right) meets local school children at the Food4Education innovative partnership in Nairobi, Kenya.

Amina Mohammed was speaking on Monday [11 November 2019] in Nairobi, where countries are meeting this week to mark 25 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

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11/11/2019

Seven Things You Should Know about the Crisis in Somalia

11 November 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*Somalia caught the world’s attention in 2011 when a famine killed over a quarter of a million people. The country has been struggling with extreme weather changes, violence and disease for nearly 30 years and is increasingly subject to severe climate shocks that are worsening a prolonged humanitarian crisis. Here are seven things you should know about the crisis in Somalia:
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Photo: Ingrid Prestetun/NRC

10/11/2019

Severe Impact of Successive Storms, Cyclones and Heavy Rains in 2019 – WHO Ups Disease Surveillance, Provides Critical Supplies to Hard-Hit Populations across Africa and Eastern Mediterranean

8 November 2019 (WHO)*The impact of successive storms, cyclones and heavy rains has been severe in 2019, and in the wake of heavy flooding, WHO is upping disease surveillance actions and providing critical supplies to hard-hit populations across Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Continuing rainfall hit most parts of Yemen

Credit: EPA (photo posted ere from WHO).

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