Archive for ‘The Peoples’

31/05/2020

Albania: How a Lagoon Became a Frontline Defence against Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

28 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, families and businesses around the Adriatic Sea were faced with a serious threat.  One of the countries hardest-hit by coastal erosion in Europe, almost a third of Albania’s 427km coastline is being eroded by violent waves. And the challenge is accelerating at an alarming speed due to climate-induced storm surges and rising sea levels.

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Photo by UNEP / Lisa Murray

“One time I was driving my children to school when the sea came in front of me and flooded the car,” explains Pati. “If the coast is not protected, then God save us.”

In Lezha District, where Pati’s business operates, nuclear bunkers built in the 70s during Albania’s communist era are now lost under the sea, the barely perceptible roofs only just emerging above water.

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31/05/2020

We Need a Response to Covid-19 Crafted alongside Indigenous Peoples

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alex McAnarney and Viviana Krsticevic*

Ensuring the health of humanity and the planet requires a consolidated effort that acknowledges and incorporates the vision of those who have protected nature for so long. | Español

Lucas Silva/DPA/PA Images

27 May 2020 (openDemocracy)* — The onslaught of diseases like smallpox, and influenza brought by the European powers of the 15th century, combined with slavery and genocide, decimated indigenous populations throughout the Americas. Today, there are an estimated 826 indigenous groups in the region, with a total population of 45 million people.

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30/05/2020

Four Ways to Re-Imagine a Better City

Paris during the Corona Virus Shutdown. © Jérémie Jung / Greenpeace
Due to the coronavirus shutdown, Paris’s public squares, roads and streets are almost deserted. © Jérémie Jung / Greenpeace

For the last three months I’ve watched time passing through my window. In country after country, city after city, we have felt the fear and pain of loss, we’ve honoured the work of health professionals and frontline workers, we’ve joined in solidarity with our neighbours.

Being forced apart has brought us closer together.

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30/05/2020

Winter Threatens Venezuelans Unprepared for the Cold

Human Wrongs Watch

By Stephanie Rabi Misle in Santiago, Chile, and Emily Álvarez in Lima, Peru*

As chilly weather steals over South America, vulnerable Venezuelan refugees and migrants brace for added hardship.   |  Español   |  Français

5ecfe5c03The upcoming Southern Hemisphere winter will be the first truly cold weather the Díaz family has ever experienced. © UNHCR/Hugo Fuentes

30/05/2020

US: Provide Reparations for 1921 ‘Tulsa Race Massacre’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

State, City Should Compensate Survivors, Descendants; Adopt Broad Plan

Washington, DC  – State and local authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma should provide reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when a white mob killed several hundred black people and destroyed a prosperous black neighborhood, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today [29 May 2020].

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30/05/2020

More ‘Can and Must Be Done’ to Eradicate Caste-Based Discrimination in Nepal

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday [29 May 2020] stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall sustainable development vision of leaving no one behind.

World Bank/Peter Kapuscinski | People walk down a street of shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. (file)
“It is distressing that caste-based prejudices remain deeply entrenched in our world in the 21st century, and I am filled with sadness for these two young people who held high hopes of building a life together despite the obstacles presented by their accident of birth” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, referring to the couple at the centre of the tragedy.
30/05/2020

A Matter of Life and Death for Yemen’s Women and Girls as Funding Dries Up

Human Wrongs Watch

Hajjah, Yemen, 29 May 2020 (UNFPA)* In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive health care in 140 out of 180 health facilities. Now only 40 health facilities across the country are providing these services.

30/05/2020

Lives in Education – Human History as Cultural History

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

29 May 2020 (Wall Street International)*   — We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.
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We need to reform our teaching of history
We need to reform our teaching of history | Image from Wall Street International.
30/05/2020

Nine Things You Need to Know about Periods and the Pandemic

30/05/2020

What COVID-19 Means for Ecotourism

Human Wrongs Watch

Interview with Johannes Refisch, United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership Programme, Programme Manager and Coordinator

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Photo by Unsplash/ David Clode

29 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — For decades, ecotourism has helped to conserve nature and protect endangered species. COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of ecotourism sites has had an indelible impact on wildlife and the communities that protect it.

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