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Asia-Pacific ‘Better Poised to Respond to Natural Disasters’

  Human Wrongs Watch 30 October 2014 – Marking a milestone towards better disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific, a United Nations-backed group of experts agreed this week on core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics.   The Expert Group on Disaster-related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific met for the first time from 27 to 29 October in Sendai, ...

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UN Human Rights Expert Urges Reversal of UK Decision to Halt Mediterranean Migrant Rescues

  Human Wrongs Watch The United Nations human rights expert on migrants on 30 October 2014urged British authorities to reconsider a decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saying allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status “is appalling.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said in ...

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‘Brothel Closures in Indonesian Cities Could Put Sex Workers in Danger’

  Human Wrongs Watch Surabaya, 30 October 2014 (IRIN)* – Brothel closures in Indonesian cities could put sex workers in danger and hamper HIV prevention efforts, say health experts and outreach workers.   In 2013 Surabaya’s firebrand mayor closed two of the city’s six red light districts, and in June 2014 she shut down Dolly, one of the largest sex work complexes in Southeast Asia. But while she i ...

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Muhammad, Where Are You?

  Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery*, TRANSCEND Media Service 25/10/14 It sounds like a joke. But it isn’t. About a month ago, on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the government statistical office published a set of interesting items about the population of the state. It is intended as a gift for the citizens. The population is growing, it is getting richer and it is satisfied. **Children returning home ...

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Israelis Picking Palestinian Olives

  Human Wrongs Watch Jerusalem, 28 October 2014 (IRIN)* — It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat.  During the autumn olive harvest, Palestinian villagers are especially nervous about visits from Israelis: Last year the UN recorded 38,532 trees destroyed or dam ...

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In Gaza, justice delayed is justice denied

Ahmad Abu Raida (Photo courtesy of DCI-Palestine) Israeli army investigators have not even contacted the teenage victim of one of the few alleged war crimes it says it is probing. More than two months after Israel’s assault on Gaza began, victims of the air, land, and sea invasion continue to have no recourse against their occupiers. It’s been nearly two months since 17-year-old Ahmad Abu Raida says he was ...

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OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links

By Alicia Ely Yamin  Lecturer on Global Health and Policy Director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, and Chair of the Center for Economic and Social Rights. CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27 2014 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of t ...

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Remember, it’s a pro-Hong Kong Movement

A staunch supporter of western democracy, Apple Daily, today, 28 October, 2014, heralded the disturbing news that, according to its way of seeing China affairs, the future of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme is ‘in peril’, not looking promising, as Beijing has considered the Occupy movement as “a contradiction between ourselves and the enemy” and would be reviewing all economic policies involving ...

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Violence Against Children: UN Gets it Wrong

The United Nations has just issued a report, ‘Why Children’s Protection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/publications_final/why_childrens_protection_from_violence_should_be_at_the_heart_of_%20the_post_2015_development_agenda.pdf This is a worthy ideal.  Unfortunately, the UN Report does not identify the fund ...

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Dilma wins the most disputed elections in Brazil

Dilma Rousseff was re-elected as President in the most fiercely fought contest in Brazilian history.  The President-elect who managed to unite the support of social movements, parties of the left, ex-militants, academics and celebrities, is the first woman to be elected to office until 2018. The election has divided the country and although there was little difference between the candidates there was a clea ...

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