60th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights: the farce continues

first_img The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has lost all credibility since Libya was appointed to chair it last year. Reporters Without Borders has launched a media campaign to expose this farce. RSF_en News March 15, 2004 – Updated on January 25, 2016 60th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights: the farce continues Organisation The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, which has lost all credibility since Libya was appointed to chair it last year, will hold its 60th session in Geneva from 15 March to 23 April.Twenty-five of its 53 member-countries have not even ratified all the conventions and agreements it is called on to enforce. It’s rather like asking thieves to sit in judgment over criminals.Reporters Without Borders has launched a media campaign to expose this farce. Worst offenders are Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba and Zimbabwe, says the organisation.Cuba and China are two biggest prisons in the world for journalists, Saudi Arabia is under severe censorship and the Zimbabwean government is doing all it can to stamp out the independent press. Yet all of them are members of the UN Human Rights Commission. They are the most striking examples of the absurd system where countries are both accusers and accused.Reporters Without Borders last year sent recommendations for an urgent and radical reform of the Commission to the United Nations and to several countries, suggesting that only states that had ratified all the international human rights treaties and conventions be allowed to sit on the Commission. It also called for the dropping of “no action” motions, which block any discussion of countries that extensively violate human rights.The 25 countries that have not ratified all human rights agreements are:Bahrain, Bhutan, China, Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United States, Zimbabwe. Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Rodents on the run from derelict sites

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRodents on the run from derelict sitesBy admin – March 1, 2011 939 Advertisement THE sight of rodents scurrying past long-standing derelict sites is terrifying people, according to election candidate Cllr Joe Leddin, responding to a complaint from a young Limerick woman who had such an experience on the Ballinacurra road. It is claimed that rats and rodents are terrifying people, especially our senior citizens who walk in the area of the former Moloney Garage site.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This week, the Limerick Post received a call from a young woman who said she is now terrified to be anywhere near the site.“I was wheeling my child in her buggy and two rats ran across my path – it was obvious they were coming from the site, which attracts lots of illegal dumping – it’s a disgrace that this is being allowed fester so close to where people are living and walking”.Cllr Joe Leddin, who has requested an immediate inspection of a number of the city’s most offensive derelict sites and properties from City Hall’s Planning Department, said that on his election canvass throughout the city he has received numerous complaints from people and the business sector who are living close to derelict sites.“They have outlined to me their concerns with the continued deterioration of these sites. All kind of rubbish is being dumped illegally, and as a result, increases anti-social behaviour.“There are also serious health and safety concerns surrounding the proposed Opera Centre – many of the buildings involved are over 100 years and in a poor physical state”.Pointing out that the issue is of a more serious nature than many people perceive, he also referred to the many unoccupied derelict houses and sites scattered in Hyde Road, Quins Cottages, Janesboro and Prospect, that are causing huge concern for locals.“Urgent action, such as compulsory purchase orders by the city council are now required, and while there may be difficulties pertaining to title deeds with certain houses, the major strategic sites on main artery roads into the city can’t be left unattended – either the owners or the city council must carry out appropriate works to clean and secure these sites”. Print Linkedin Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleOutlaw Concy hot on trail of RubberbanditsNext articleRugby fans to benefit from ticket price reduction admin Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Check Out These Swankified & Thrillifying #WickedDubs from Fans!

first_img Wicked Wicked celebrates its 12th anniversary on Broadway on October 30, and we asked you to join us in celebrating the only way we know how: lip-syncing to the score (with Krysta Rodriguez!). Watching your DubSmash videos—from “Popular” to “Defying Gravity” and beyond—was the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our favorites from fans! One of our best dubsmash moments. @broadwaycom @DaisyLap #WickedDubs pic.twitter.com/nzFbOrvN6r— Chloe (@ChloeBarr0w) October 22, 2015 View Commentscenter_img Related Shows from $95.00last_img

‘Rely on God’: A prescription for India’s poor in pandemic

first_imgWith scant supplies and underpaid staff, one of India’s poorest states is scrambling to prevent a “blast” in coronavirus cases that medics say could cripple its precarious health system.The pandemic has already overwhelmed the medical network in the eastern state of Bihar, which has recorded more than 62,000 infections and nearly 350 deaths.But locals fear the worst is yet to come. Topics : “We got frightened and … our family members started crying out of helplessness. [Then] hospital authorities called us and – admitted him,” his brother-in-law Manoj Kumar said by phone from his village in Madhubani town.But it was too late.”We were told that he was severely breathless overnight and other patients tried to call the doctor for him but nobody came. Finally he fell from his bed and died due to a lack of oxygen,” Kumar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Health experts say the death toll is set to rise, especially as annual floods complicate efforts to enforce social distancing and strain resources.”The floods have decreased mobility. People can’t leave … testing teams are also unable to reach these areas,” said S.R. Jha, a doctor in impoverished Araria district.”The cases will spike a lot more. There will be a kind of blast.”Neither the state’s health secretary and health minister nor the federal health ministry responded to repeated phone calls, text messages and emails over a week seeking their comment.’Missed the boat’India’s coronavirus outbreak is the third worst in the world behind the United States and Brazil, with more than 1.9 million confirmed cases and about 40,700 deaths, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.The virus travelled from crowded cities to rural hinterland as millions of workers returned home under a strict lockdown, with Bihar receiving one of the largest migrant influxes.Bihar lacks good hospitals, with facilities outside Patna woefully short on resources, doctors and medical experts say.In Darbhanga district – which bore the brunt of floods – a coronavirus patient even staged a protest inside a local hospital, claiming medical negligence.”No doctor has come to see me for 10 days. The situation is so bad the oxygen cylinder that they gave me ran out of gas … I asked them for a replacement, but there’s no response,” Shailendra Sinha told local media.Medical observers say the government failed to prepare.Sunil Kumar, Bihar secretary of the Indian Medical Association that represents 325,000 doctors, said more than 40% of state healthcare posts were vacant. This, he said, despite doctors’ requests to the government to fill the openings.”The government missed the boat on preparation and planning and now you can see the fallout,” said Kumar.Officials had no response after a week of requests for comment. Yet Kumar said medics’ pay was pitiful and that staff lacked basic kit such as protective suits, masks and gloves.”How can you expect medical staff to work for 8,000 or 10,000 rupees ($133) in COVID-19 wards in such conditions – only to risk their lives?,” he said.The state government says it will give health workers an “encouragement incentive” worth a month’s salary.’Rely on god’Home to 120 million people, Bihar is testing about 38,000 samples a day – compared to some 100,000 in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.Kumar said the virus was spreading undetected, with few people wearing masks or keeping a safe distance, despite a lockdown until Aug 16.State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says the virus is “definitely a threat to Bihar” given it has the top population density in the country – three times the national average.Bihar’s principal health secretary, Pratyaya Amrit was not available for comment, but has told local media that his top priority was to ramp up testing to 50,000 a day.He has vowed to make changes, including increasing the number of beds with oxygen support, ambulance services, round-the-clock availability of doctors and nurses and filling vacancies by appointing 1,000 specialist doctors.Dr. Shakeel, who goes by one name and heads the People’s Health Movement in Bihar, a network of medical and civil society organizations, said private hospitals were out of reach for most people since they could charge up to 15,000 rupees a day – in a state where the daily per capita income is $1.50.Instead, ordinary people would have to make do with local “hospitals that are dirty, where beds are very few and any treatment for (the) coronavirus is not even available,” said Jha, the doctor from Araria.”The poor … they have to rely on God.”center_img Fuelling their anxiety – a slew of media reports and images of people struggling to access healthcare, including coronavirus patients languishing on oxygen support in hospital corridors.The list of patient complaints – worse outside the capital city of Patna – is long: too few beds, faulty oxygen cylinders, no doctors, zero tests and a dearth of effective medicine.When village pharmacist Om Prakash Gupta became breathless last week, he waded through swirling flood waters to reach a local, district hospital only to wait hours for a coronavirus test – and a whole day for oxygen support.The 42-year-old tested positive, and got a bed after his family faced initial apathy from hospital staff, threats from doctors and rejection from politicians.last_img read more