UN approves Chile's Bachelet as new human rights chief UNITED NATIONS — Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's unanimous approval as the next U.N. human rights chief on Friday sparked a sharp exchange between the United States and several key opponents over rights abuses — a foretaste of some of the issues Bachelet will confront. With a bang of his gavel, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak gave official approval by acclamation to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' selection of Bachelet. Diplomats from the U.N.'s 193 member states burst into applause. "Deeply humbled and honored to announce my acceptance as the @UN's new High Commissioner for Human Rights. I thank Secretary General @antonioguterres and the General Assembly for entrusting me this important task," Bachelet tweeted shortly after the assembly's approval. Guterres then touted Bachelet's qualifications: the first female president of Chile, first head of the gender … [Read more...] about UN approves Chile’s Bachelet as new human rights chief
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By Sara Mojtehedzadeh Work and Wealth Reporter Sun., July 29, 2018 For two decades, a workers’ compensation board policy made it impossible for Ontario miners exposed to aluminum dust to make claims for neurological disorders because the science did not support a connection between the two. Now, documents obtained through a freedom of information request show the board ordered a review of the topic and created a so-called “negative entitlement” policy after an independent workers’ compensation tribunal ruled in favour of an aluminum-exposed electrical worker’s neurotoxic disability claim. The board’s ensuing protocol, instituted months later in 1997, closed the door on further claims of the same nature even though existing research was in fact inconclusive. “There was nothing definitive one way or the other. It was kind of left as a big question mark,” said Dr. Abraham Reinhartz of the evidence at the time. … [Read more...] about For 20 years, Ontario miners sickened by toxic aluminum dust couldn’t file compensation claims. Why?
The 160-page report entitled “They gave them long swords” documented how the Myanmar authorities committed mass killings, rape and arson attacks against Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine’s Maungdaw township between October and November 2016. “When the international community failed to effectively respond to these attacks, Myanmar authorities made preparations to commit another attack that extended through all three townships of Rakhine – Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung,” the group’s statement read. The latest chapter in the Rohingya crisis took place in August last year, when its resistance fighters launched a series of attacks on Myanmar security outposts. This prompted a harsh response and a concerted “clearance operation”, that killed scores of civilians and displaced some 700,000 people. The report found at least 27 Myanmar Army battalions, comprising up to 11,000 soldiers, along with three combat police battalions, … [Read more...] about Rights report calls for criminal investigation into Rohingya genocide
Indonesia currently holds the world’s highest growing rate of new, young smokers. If its commitments to curb cigarette consumption remains low, in the next decade we will have the world’s largest population of smokers. *** Anindita Sitepu is a health psychologist with a master degree from Leiden University and Fadjar Wibowo is a global health physician with a master’s degree from the Karolinska Institute. Both work for the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI). Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post. … [Read more...] about Controlling tobacco: Case of children’s human rights
GAZA CITY — Raed Jadallah belonged to an exclusive club — a small band of surfers who escaped the claustrophobia of blockaded Gaza by riding the waves of the Mediterranean. Now he's immobile, a metal fixation device clamped to his left leg after an Israeli bullet fractured his femur in two places. The 25-year-old plasterer from a seaside refugee camp said he doesn't know when he'll be able to walk again, let alone surf. "Sea and surfing are everything to me," he said on Wednesday, a day after being discharged from the hospital, his lower body covered by a blanket as he rested on a sofa at his home. Jadallah is among 1,297 Palestinians shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers, including snipers, during the past two weeks of mass protests on the Gaza-Israel border, according to a computerized count by the Gaza Health Ministry. An additional 1,554 Gaza residents have been treated for tear gas inhalation or injuries by rubber-coated steel pellets. An AP look at Gaza's health system … [Read more...] about Gaza’s hospitals taxed by wounded from Israeli fire