Archive for ‘The Peoples’


‘Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Reverberates to this Day, Just as Modern-Day Enslavement Is Growing’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade “reverberates to this day”, just as modern-day enslavement is growing, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.

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Children in Burkina Faso engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in artisanal gold mining and quarrying.
© UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt | Children in Burkina Faso engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in artisanal gold mining and quarrying.

In a message ahead of commemorations for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, on 2 December, Mr. Guterres said that societies remain scarred by the historical suffering of enslaved Africans, and are unable to offer everyone the same development opportunities.

The UN chief also urged action to identify and recommit to eradicating all forms of contemporary slavery, from people trafficking to sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage and the use of children in armed conflict.


This Planet Is Drying Up. And these Are the Consequences

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 1 2022 (IPS)* – Drought is one of the ‘most destructive’ natural disasters in terms of the loss of life, arising from impacts, such as wide-scale crop failure, wildfires and water stress.

By 2050, droughts may affect an estimated three-quarters of the world’s population. Credit: Miriet Abrego / IPS

In other words, droughts are one of the “most feared natural phenomena in the world;” they devastate farmland, destroy livelihoods and cause untold suffering, as reported by the world’s top specialised bodies: the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).


UK Overseas Aid Still Invested in Fossil Fuels – Two Years after Climate Pledge

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dimitris Dimitriadis, Frankie Vetch, Martin Williams*

Revealed: Records show the FCDO’s British International Investment fund has continued to back major polluters.

British International Investment has promised to fight climate change. | REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

24 November 2022 (openDemocracy)* — A fund set up using British overseas aid cash still holds at least 20 investments in fossil fuel companies, two years after it pledged to stop backing dirty energy.

Records analysed by openDemocracy reveal the investments by British International Investment (BII) – which is wholly owned by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – are worth tens of millions of pounds.


Sanctions: Another Form of War on Designated Enemies

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathleen Malley-Morrison | MAPA – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Hundreds protest against sanctions in Zimbabwe. Photo: AP News

18 Nov 2022 – The Charter of the United Nations (UN), established in San Francisco in 1945, begins with noble goals, including saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and reaffirming faith in fundamental human rights. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), proclaimed in Paris in 1945, noted that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind,” and affirmed that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

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‘We cannot give up’ on the millions suffering in drought-stricken Horn of Africa, urges WFP official

(UN News)*Millions of people in the Horn of Africa – a region at the intersection of some of the worst impacts of climate change, recurring humanitarian crises and insecurity – are facing the driest conditions in four decades along with extreme food shortages.
The top UN World Food Programme (WFP) official in the region, Michael Dunford, is warning that the situation there is likely to get worse before it improves.

Women carry food from a WFP distribution site in Marsabit County in northern Kenya.
© WFP | Women carry food from a WFP distribution site in Marsabit County in northern Kenya.

In an interview with UN News, Mr. Dunford said: “Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the worst of this crisis. If you think 2022 is bad, beware of what is coming in 2023. What that means, is that we need to continue to engage. We cannot give up on the needs of the population in the Horn.”

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict nearing ‘boiling point’, UN envoy warns

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(By UN News)* — Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians “is again reaching a boiling point”, the UN Middle East envoy told the Security Council on Monday [], warning of escalating violence amid a stalled peace process.

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Palestinian women walk by Israel's barrier near Ramallah in the West Bank.
IRIN/Shabtai Gold | Palestinian women walk by Israel’s barrier near Ramallah in the West Bank.

Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland called for stronger international commitment towards the two-State solution and outlined potential ways to move forward.

He reported that high levels of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel in recent months has resulted in grave suffering. This included attacks against civilians from both sides, increased use of arms, and settler-related violence.


Black ‘Fraud-Days’ and the Shocking Cost of Staying Fashionable

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Nov 25 2022 (IPS)* – Please take a quick look at this short report before rushing to shop on a Black Friday, Christmas sales and all those long chains of big discounts and wholesales, most of them are fake, as often denounced by consumers organisations that report that the business usually inflates prices before launching such deals.
It takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans, equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years. Credit: pexels

Around 7,500 litres of water are used to make a single pair of jeans, equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over seven years. Credit: pexels

Just a couple of figures to start with: the fashion industry is responsible for more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

Consequently, it is widely believed that this business is the second major producer of greenhouse gases, just after the other industries using fossil fuels.

And it is a big business, which is estimated as valued at upward of 3 trillion dollars.

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Nearly 40 Million Children Susceptible to Measles Due to COVID-19 Disruptions

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Nearly 40 million children are at risk of getting measles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a joint report published on Wednesday [].

A young girl receives her measles vaccination in Lebanon.
© UNICEF/Fouad Choufany | A young girl receives her measles vaccination in Lebanon.

Pandemic-related disruptions caused 25 million boys and girls to miss their first dose of the measles vaccine last year, while another 14.7 million did not get the second dose.

The record decline in measles vaccination coverage represents a significant setback in global progress to combat the disease.

Pandemic paradox

“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General.

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Violence, Conflict and Unrest Robs Nearly 580 Children of Their Lives in the Middle East and North Africa since Start of Year

AMMAN, 18 November 2022 (UNICEF)* November 20th marks World Children’s Day, the annual commemoration of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which provides a universal set of standards to be adhered to by all countries – including the principle of non-discrimination; the best interests of the child as a primary consideration in all actions concerning children; the child’s right to express his or her views freely; and, critically, the child’s inherent right to life.


UNICEF/UN0519152/Hayyan | Yemen is one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises – and children are being robbed of their futures.

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Open Veins of Africa Bleeding Heavily

Human Wrongs Watch


DAKAR and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 2022 (IPS)* – The ongoing plunder of Africa’s natural resources drained by capital flight is holding it back yet again. More African nations face protracted recessions amid mounting debt distress, rubbing salt into deep wounds from the past.

With much less foreign exchange, tax revenue, and policy space to face external shocks, many African governments believe they have little choice but to spend less, or borrow more in foreign currencies.

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Most Africans are struggling to cope with food and energy crises, inflation, higher interest rates, adverse climate events, less health and social provisioning. Unrest is mounting due to deteriorating conditions despite some commodity price increases.

Economic haemorrhage
After ‘lost decades’ from the late 1970s, Africa became one of the world’s fastest growing regions early in the 21st century. Debt relief, a commodity boom and other factors seemed to support the deceptive ‘Africa rising’ narrative.

But instead of long overdue economic transformation, Africa has seen joblessgrowth, rising economic inequalities and more resource transfers abroad. Capital flight – involving looted resources laundered via foreign banks – has been bleeding the continent.

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