Friday, 22 January 2010

Study Points to Disease as Main Killer in Darfur

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 22:15 PDT

With violence in Darfur in an extended lull, a new study assessing dozens of mortality estimates for the six years of fighting there has concluded that about 300,000 people died, but that disease, rather than violence, killed at least 80 percent of them…

The new study was done by researchers at the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, paid for by the State Department and the British Department for International Development, and published Friday by the medical journal The Lancet.

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UN sends a strong message to U.S. about the state of its indigenous people

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Human Rights,Humanitarian work,Indigenous Peoples — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:43 PDT

The United Nation’s first report on The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples [.pdf], released on January 14, 2010, contains figures and an assessment that are both shocking and illuminating, even to those who are familiar with indigenous rights issues. The report evaluates the state of indigenous populations in specific countries and situations, in both the developed and developing world.

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What We Owe Haiti

Filed under: Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:43 PDT

Beneath the rubble of crumbled buildings in Port-au-Prince lies a disconcerting reality. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, owes large sums of money to wealthy countries and international financial institutions.

This past June, debt relief advocates cheered when two-thirds of Haiti’s external debt was canceled. However, Haiti still owes $641 million, much of it to the International Monetary Fund and Inter-American Development Bank.

And the debt burden keeps growing. As I write, the International Monetary Fund has just announced an emergency $100 million loan to Haiti to aid in recovery. While Haiti clearly needs urgent assistance, it should come in the form of grants, not loans.

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Cambodia: Rights Defenders Under Fire

Filed under: Cambodia,Environment,Human Rights,Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:06 PDT

NEW YORK – Cambodia’s respect for basic rights dramatically deteriorated in 2009 as the government misused the judiciary to silence government critics, attacked human rights defenders, tightened restrictions on press freedom, and abandoned its international obligations to protect refugees, Human Rights Watch said today in its new World Report 2010.

The 612-page World Report 2010, the organization’s 20th annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizes major human rights trends in more than 90 nations and territories worldwide…

“Cambodians who speak out to defend their homes, their jobs, and their rights face threats, jail, and physical attacks,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The only way that the Cambodian government will end its assault on civil society is if influential governments and donors demand real change and put the pressure on.”

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