Archive for ‘War Lords’

07/12/2021

All Humans Are Born Equal in Rights? That’s Still Far from Being True

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 6 2021 (IPS) – ”All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” These words are a sound introduction to the transcendental issue of human rights and equalities, as stated by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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The Declaration proclaims the “inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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07/12/2021

Myanmar: UN Deplores Conviction and Sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The UN’s top human rights official on Monday [6 December 2021] condemned the imprisonment of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi by a military-controlled court, and called for her release. She also faces additional charges of corruption and electoral fraud.

ICJ/Frank van Beek | Aung San Suu Kyi appears at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 10 December 2019.
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The development follows media reports that a military vehicle slammed into demonstrators in the city of Yangon over the weekend, leaving an unknown number injured and at least five dead.
03/12/2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Lands: Stolen Fair and Square

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mark P. Fancher | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, in which exceptionalism and selective amnesia are celebrated. The sick fairy tale obscures the violent foundations of a settler colonial nation.

United American Indians of New England | Photo: Facebook

Tomorrow, in homes across the country, millions of people will cluster around dinner tables and say an obligatory prayer of thanks that they were born free and white in America. They will then stuff their faces with piles of bland food and wash it all down with too much beer and occasional shots of whiskey.

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03/12/2021

New Mechanism Needed to Deal with ‘Unprecedented’ Displacement in Mexico and Central America

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Lack of opportunities, gangs, organized crime, the ravages of the pandemic and climate change, have triggered the displacement of nearly one million people in Mexico and Central America in recent years.

UNICEF/César Amador | Asylum seekers, including children, at the Matamoros camp awaiting their US immigration hearings in Mexico

To deal with the problem more effectively, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees called on Thursday [2 December 2021] for a new mechanism that could operate across the whole region, to deal with what is now an unprecedented displacement crisis.

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03/12/2021

Violence in Cameroon, Impacting over 700,000 Children Shut Out of School 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Over 700,000 children have been impacted by school closures due to often brutal violence in Cameroon, according to an analysis released by the UN humanitarian arm, OCHA, on Thursday [2 December 2021].

© Education Cannot Wait/Daniel Beloumou | Kidnappings and harassment of students and teachers are forcing schools to close in Cameroon.

Two out of three schools are closed in the North-West and South-West regions of the country. On 24 November, four children and one teacher were killed in an attack in Ekondo Titi, in the South-West.
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A recent lockdown imposed by a non-State armed group, from 15 September to 2 October, limited access to basic services including health and education.
02/12/2021

Women and Girls at High Risk of Being Pushed into Modern Slavery

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Women and children are at high risk of being pushed into contemporary forms of slavery, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday [1 December 2021].

In an alert to coincide with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December, they warned that global challenges such as COVID-19, climate change and armed conflict have amplified existing vulnerabilities.
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According to figures released by UNICEF and ILO in June, almost 80 million children aged 5 to 17, are subjected to hazardous work which is classified as a contemporary form of slavery.
02/12/2021

Call It ‘Old’, ‘Contemporary’, ‘Modern’ or Whatever: It Is Slavery

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 1 2021 (IPS)* – No matter what it is called — it is the abhorrent daily life of a billion enslaved humans.  The real number of “modern” slaves is understandably unknown. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

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Teenage girls harvest tomatoes on a farm in the state of Sinaloa, in northern Mexico. Credit: Courtesy of Sinaloa Institute for Adult Education

Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking, it says.

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01/12/2021

Let’s Get Money Out of Politics

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why COP26 Failed Future Generations

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In discussing the threat of catastrophic climate change, we need to be aware of the contrast between the short-term future and the long-term future.

Unless we take immediate and drastic action, we risk passing environmental tipping points, beyond which uncontrollable feedback loops will take over, making human efforts useless.

However, it is difficult to mobilize the political will needed for immediate and drastic action, because the worst effects of catastrophic climate change lie in the very distant future.

What will happen if we fail to act decisively and immediately on the issue of climate?

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01/12/2021

Series of Appalling Deadly Attacks on Displaced People in DR Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The UN refugee Agency, UNHCR, is “appalled by a series of deadly attacks” on displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the agency’s spokesperson told journalists on Tuesday [30 November 2021] in Geneva.

© UNHCR/John Wessels | Families shelter at a church that is being used as a temporary site for internally displaced people in Ituri, Democratic of the Congo.
01/12/2021

Israel-Palestine: Risk of ‘Deadly Escalation’ in Violence, without Decisive Action

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — With violence continuing daily throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process urged the Security Council  on Tuesday [30 November 2021] to adopt a more coordinated approach to the region.

© UNRWA/Mohamed Hinnawi | A child flies a kite on a street in the Gaza Strip where an Israeli airstrike took place.
Tor Wennesland told Council Members that “recent developments on the ground are worrying”, pointing out the situation in the West Bank and Gaza and the challenges faced by the Palestinian Authority.
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