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28/04/2017

UN Encourages Girls and Women to Learn Coding, Robotics

Human Wrongs Watch

United Nations agencies on 27 April 2017 introduced thousands of girls and women to careers in coding and robotics as part of its annual ‘International Girls in ICT Day’ celebrations around the world, meant to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in the field of information and communications technology.

Women learning to code at a technology centre in Herat, western Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Fraidoon Poya

Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao said he hopes that the Day, marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April, “will continue to introduce more girls to ICTs and to the real opportunities that exist for them in this innovative and expanding field.”

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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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27/04/2017

IPS Journalists Who Perished in the Line of Duty

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 2017 (IPS) – In the politically-risky world of professional journalism, news reporters are fast becoming an endangered species.

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Richard de Zoysa

The numbers are staggering: some 1,236 journalists have been killed since 1992, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

In 2016 alone, 48 journalists were killed worldwide – and in the first few months in 2017 there have been 8 deaths.

The “deadliest countries” for journalists include Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and Mexico, where international news organizations took the heaviest toll.

But Inter Press Service (IPS) was not spared the agony either.

The news agency, which has relentlessly covered the developing world for over 53 years, has suffered both under repressive authoritative regimes and also in war-ravaged countries where IPS journalists have either been detained, tortured or beaten to death in the line of duty in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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27/04/2017

Worrying about Fake News Has Become All the Rage

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ROME, Apr 26 2017 (IPS) – Rogue interests, perhaps even foreign, are said to be trying to interfere with the electoral process in the U.S. and European Union members. Senior government officials glibly endorse what they themselves call “alternative facts” and even openly describe the media as their enemy.

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Farhana Haque Rahman

Social media platforms, seen as the primary distribution vector for this plague, are under pressure to police their content.

However, the history of journalism is full of stories of distortions, many of them in prestigious publications. Benjamin Franklin once produced – in wartime – a fake newspaper to distribute a fake story.

At root, the current fake-news epidemic is a symptom of growing distrust in media.

It also reflects a widespread contempt for expertise, which poses a special challenge for organizations like IPS, where for decades we have sought to chronicle the complex and often slow-moving travails of development in the global South.

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27/04/2017

48 Countries Offer Just Half of Funds Needed to Rescue Two-Thirds of Yemenis

Human Wrongs Watch

With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community on 25 April 2017 raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”

A young boy runs with his tyre past buildings damaged by airstrikes in Sa’ada Old Town, Yemen. Up until August 2015, this area was the home of Sa’ada’s oldest market with thousands of people selling vegetables, spices and fabrics in stores and street stalls. Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA

The aim was to bridge a funding gap in the 2017 humanitarian appeal of $2.1 billion. Prior to the conference, only about 15 per cent had been met*.

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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

The Negative Effects of Social Media

Human Wrongs Watch

By Nila Eslit*

Wall Street International – In my previous article (Impact of social media), I wrote about how social media has brought people together and enhanced businesses in the world. But, just like any other new developments, social media has also its own downsides. And, we need to look into them before they get into us.

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Social media addicted | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International

The glaring negative effects of social media

It is true that social media has made life easier for humanity. But, it also makes many of us alone.

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25/04/2017

Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies?

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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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