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Three books, three authors in Andina Simón Bolivar University, Ecuador

Photo report by Walker Vizcarra A moving experience took place in the presentation of books by three authors: Tony Robinson, Dario Ergas and Pía Figueroa.  The books were presented by three young readers and the presentations were accompanied by music and theatrical readings that created a very intimate, poetic and heart-felt atmosphere. The event ended with a local drink, "canelazo" that allowed time for i ...

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#YouthPolicyMatters: Stepping Up Global Debate on Youth Policies

  Human Wrongs Watch 23 October 2014 (UNESCO) — From 28 to 30 October 2014, the first Global Forum on Youth Policies is organized with the aim of advancing the debate on youth policy development and its full and effective implementation at all levels. Hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan, by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, the Forum is co-convened by the Office of UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Y ...

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Right to Online Privacy at Risk as Governments Engage in Mass Surveillance – Counter-terrorism Expert

  Human Wrongs Watch States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said on 23 October 2014 as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy.   “States need to squarely confront the fact that mass surveillance programmes effectively do away with the right to ...

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The Growing Menace of Desertification to World’s Agriculture, Eco-systems

  Human Wrongs Watch The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency on 22 October 2014 warned, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.   Recent successes show that problems related to desertification and land degradatio ...

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Primary Emphasis Must Be to Halt Spread of Ebola in West Africa — UN

Human Wrongs Watch As the international community mobilizes on all fronts to combat the unfolding Ebola outbreak, the primary emphasis must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries, United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) experts on 23 October 2014 said. Source: UNICEF, WHO Reporting on the outcome of the third m ...

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Europe Is Positioning Itself Outside World Arena

Human Wrongs Watch By Roberto Savio* Rome, 22 October 2014 — The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs.     During the Commission presided over by José Manuel Barroso (2004-2014), Europe has become m ...

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Is It Possible to Eradicate Poverty Amid ‘Pronounced Increases’ in Global Inequality?

Human Wrongs Watch Amid pronounced increases in global inequality, the United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014 with calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its forms.     “Entrenched poverty and prejudice, and vast gulfs between wealth and destitution, can undermine the fabric of societies and lead to instability,” Secretary-G ...

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Australia: Gough Whitlam dies at age 98

Dalit human rights fighter, India, Ravi Shankar writes... “In a rapid programme of reform it called “the program”, the Whitlam government created Australia’s national health insurance scheme, Medibank; abolished university fees; introduced state aid to independent schools and needs-based school funding; returned traditional lands in the Northern Territory to the Gurindji people; drafted (although did not en ...

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‘There Is a Clear Connection between Torture, Ill-treatment and Corruption’ – UN Rights Expert

Human Wrongs Watch The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is “as great as it ever has been,” a United Nations human rights expert on 21 October 2014 said as he urged Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses. A mother and her children at a detention centre in Greece. ...

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‘Clock Is Ticking’ for War-Ravaged Gaza; Promises on Rebuilding Must ‘Quickly Materialize’

  Human Wrongs Watch On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 October 2014 told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches. “Nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed in Gaz ...

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