Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

28/04/2017

Chernobyl 31 Years On

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations on 26 April 2017 commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

A helicopter approaches the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to check the damage to the nuclear reactor. April 1986. UN Photo/IAEA

Underscoring the need to strengthen international cooperation to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the disaster, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in December last year in which it designated 26 April as the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.

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26/04/2017

Indigenous Peoples Are ‘Moral Compass of Humanity’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers on 25 April 2017 told the UN General Assembly at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world.

 

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President Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia, addresses the General Assembly high-level event to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

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25/04/2017

Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal* 

ROME, Apr 25 2017 (IPS) – It all happened on the very same day—4 April. That day, indigenous peoples were simultaneously characterised as fundamental allies in the world’s war on hunger and poverty, while being declared as collective victims of a “tsunami” of imprisonments in Australia. See what happened.

Credit: FAO

Credit: FAO

 

Australia must reduce the “astounding” rates of imprisonment for indigenous peoples and step up the fight against racism, on 4 April warned Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

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25/04/2017

Trump’s First 100 Days: a Serious Cause for Concern

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martin Khor*

PENANG, Malasya, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) This week, Donald Trump will mark his first hundred days as US President.  It’s time to assess his impact on the world, especially the developing countries.

With one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases becoming a disbeliever that climate change is man-made and could devastate the Earth, and no longer committing to take action domestically and helping others to do so, other countries may be tempted or encouraged to do likewise. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

With one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases becoming a disbeliever that climate change is man-made and could devastate the Earth, and no longer committing to take action domestically and helping others to do so, other countries may be tempted or encouraged to do likewise. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

It’s too early to form firm conclusions.  But much of what we have seen so far is of serious concern.

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25/04/2017

Reducing Urban Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

24 April 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service –  To reduce direct violence in cities we have to move from urban violence culture to an urban peace culture and from urban structural violence to a structure of peace.  

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Madrid. © José María Cuéllar (Flickr)

The center of a city should not be a place of shame reeking of the Inquisition. And urbanization should not be justified as modern, seeing smaller town and villages, less violent, as traditional.

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25/04/2017

‘Indigenous Peoples Continue to Suffer from Poverty, Discrimination and Poor Health Care’

Human Wrongs Watch

Speaking at the opening of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, senior UN officials on 24 April 2017 underscored the need to do more to ensure that indigenous peoples are able to benefit from global development agenda, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ceremonial opening of the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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24/04/2017

Building Resilient Rural Livelihoods, Key to Helping Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) People in Yemen are currently suffering from the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
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Al Hudaydah, Yemen. Dairy cattle seek shade. Credit: FAO/Chedly Kayouli

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More than 17 million people around Yemen’s rugged landscape are acutely food insecure, and the figure is likely to increase as the ongoing conflict continues to erode the ability to grow, import, distribute and pay for food.
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More than 7 million people are on the verge of famine, while the rest are marginally meeting the minimum day-to-day nutritional needs thanks to external humanitarian and livelihoods support. Large-scale famine is a real risk that will cast an awful shadow for generations to come.

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23/04/2017

Why Are Women More Impacted by Climate Change?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ghalia Fayad*

Greenpeace* – Women are more likely to feel the impacts of climate change. This is a fact.

Ghalia Fayad, Arab World Programme Leader Greenpeace Mediterranean, aboard the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, during The Sun Unites Us tour promoting solar power in the Arab world.  © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / Greenpeace

Ghalia Fayad, speaking on board the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior. 4 November, 2016

As a woman and environmental activist living in the Arab World, I often find myself focused on peace building, development, corruption and human security. I’ve realised that we won’t succeed in making a positive change on any of these issues if we don’t prioritise women. 

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23/04/2017

Fragility of States, Institutions and Societies, Key Trigger Common to Conflicts – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

21 April 2017 – Noting that a key trigger common to nearly all conflicts is the element of fragility –fragility of States, of institutions, or of societies– UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for increasing investments in preventative measures that address the problem of fragility before it turns into conflict.

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A boy pulls a wheelchair along a debris strewn street in Al-Mashatiyeh neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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20/04/2017

Spiritual Voices Amid the Chaos

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sayde Tawk

Wall Street International* – There is a considerable difference between an institutional religion and a genuine spirituality, where the former is based on rigid rules and rituals while the latter succumbs to the harmonious rhythm of life.

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 Image reproduced  from Wall Street International

Today’s world either blurs this sharp difference or disregards the two aspects altogether.

In the current vacuum of superficiality, people believing in themselves enough to deny the importance of spirituality in this transient life we live are void of the very essence of existence and trapped in trivial materialism that can only bring sorrow to those with deeper insights.

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