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Published on November 17th, 2014 | by admin

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Peace And Equality Weekly Report – Nov 17th, 2014

Pic: Raghu Rai

 

Victory for Bhopal gas leak survivors as government promises additional compensation: Amnesty International on Friday said the Central government has agreed to increase the compensation for Bhopal gas tragedy victims and promised to revise the numbers of deaths and injuries. The government decision came following hunger strike by five women on November 10. The five, along with 200 survivors and activists, were called to a meeting with Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar. The minister agreed, in writing, to revise figures the government was using in the compensation claim, and promised to do so before the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster on December 2, the statement said. Read more at thehindu.com


 

India among the worst for modern day slavery Global Slavery Index: India’s modern slavery challenges are immense. Across India’s population of over 1.2 billion people, all forms of modern slavery, including inter-generational bonded labour, trafficking for sexual exploitation, and forced marriage, exist. Evidence suggests that members of lower castes and tribes, religious minorities, and migrant workers are disproportionately affected by modern slavery. Modern slavery occurs in brick kilns, carpet weaving, embroidery and other textile manufacturing, forced prostitution, agriculture, domestic servitude, mining, and organised begging rings. Bonded labour is particularly prevalent throughout India, with families enslaved for generations. Read more at globalslaveryindex.org


 

Most wanted environmental crime fugitives – Interpol seeks your help: An INTERPOL operation targeting fugitives wanted for environmental crimes is calling on the public worldwide to help locate them and bring them to justice. Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Terra was launched by the world police body on 6 October, focusing on 139 fugitives wanted by 36 member countries for crimes including illegal fishing, wildlife trafficking, illegal trade and disposal of waste, illegal logging and trading in illicit ivory. It is the first INTERPOL fugitive operation targeting individuals specifically wanted for crimes concerning the environment. INTERPOL is now asking for the public’s assistance in providing additional information that could help track down nine Infra Terra suspects whose cases were selected during the initial phase of the operation. Such cases include Feisal Mohamed Ali, alleged to be the ringleader of an ivory smuggling ring in Kenya. Read more at interpol.int


 

Kill switches and GPS locators – How lenders can stop your car remotely: The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start. The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender. Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March. “I felt absolutely helpless,” said Ms. Bolender, a single mother who stopped working to care for her daughter. Read more at nytimes.com


 

Obama slams Myanmar over rights abuses: “In addition to restrictions on freedom of the press, we continue to see violations of basic human rights and abuses in the country’s ethnic areas, including reports of extrajudicial killings, rape and forced labor.” He added that the government of Myanmar was responsible for ensuring the “safety and well-being of all people in the country.” “Progress has not come as fast as many had hoped when the transition began four years ago. In some areas there has been a slowdown in reforms, and even some steps backward,” the US president said, in reference to the change in the political leadership of the country back in 2011. Read more at presstv.ir


 

Outrage in Mexico over missing students broadens into fury at corruption, inequality: On the day that pipe-wielding rioters set fire to a government accounting office and ransacked the state congress building, Felipe de la Cruz stepped to the microphone in the floodlit plaza of his missing son’s school. The protests about his son and dozens of others abducted by police had been building for weeks. The next morning, caravans of buses would drive out of these wooded hills to spread their defiant message to far corners of Mexico, as protesters in different states blocked highways, seized town squares, closed airports, and burned cars and buildings. Read more at washingtonpost.com


 

“There is No Freedom Here” Silencing Dissent in the United Arab Emirates: Scores of activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been harassed, arrested and in some cases tortured in custody according to a new report by Amnesty International that sheds light on the repressive tactics widely used by the government to silence its critics. “There is No Freedom Here:” Silencing Dissent in the UAE lifts the lid on the climate of fear that has taken hold in the country since 2011, with the authorities going to extreme lengths to stamp out any sign of dissent, criticism or calls for reform in the wake of the mass popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Those targeted include lawyers, university professors, students and civil society activists, some of whom are linked to the Reform and Social Guidance Association, a peaceful grassroots organization that the government claims has links to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. The clampdown has also targeted their family members. Read more at amnestyusa.org


 

Syria’s bucket children desperate for aid: As the siege of Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, enters its third year, swarms of children armed with buckets can be intermittently seen scavenging the streets and bombed-out buildings in between rounds of fighting. They roam around on empty stomachs, hoping to find scraps of food and clean water. Some of them walk up to 15km a day for a single meal, feasting on anything from vegetable broth to stale bread made from animal feed. Limited supplies of food have reached the markets since the siege of Eastern Ghouta began in October 2012, and this does not include fresh milk and meat. The increasingly scarce supply of staples such as bread and rice has created a black market for the coveted goods, with some shops raising their prices by 600 percent. Read more at aljazeera.com


 

‘I’m Going to Live’: American jurno Ashoka Mukpo on What It’s Like to Have Ebola: I’m dreaming that I’m back in Liberia. In the dream, I’m walking around with my camera looking for people I know. But the streets are eerily deserted, and I can’t find anyone. I wake up in a dark room. I wonder if that’s what it would feel like to be dead — alone and confused. The beep of the EKG and throb from my neck where medical personnel inserted the IV remind me I’m not dead. I’m at the Nebraska Medical Center; it’s mid October and nine days ago, I was diagnosed with Ebola. It’s starting to look fairly certain that I will live. Read more at news.vice.com


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