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Amnesty International. Very important!
So today I went to the Amnesty International meeting after school and I would like to inform some of you on what is going on in the world. Some of you may already know, or like me, you've heard about it but don't know the detailes. Therefore, let me enlighten you.
Basically there is a whole genocide going on, over 70,000 people have died in western Sudan alone. 1.8 million people have been driven from their homes out of which 200,000 have sought refuge in Chad. Another 800,000 are beyond the reach of any humanitarian agencies. There is constant violence against women such as gang rape and sexual slavery and there are restrictions on freedom of expression.
In 2001 the Coca-Cola company was sued by the International Labor Rights Fund and the United States Steelworkes union on behalf on SINALTRIAL, which the major union representing Coca-Cola in Colombia. The lawsuit charges indicate that Coca-Cola bottlers in Colombia :contracted with or otherwise directed parliamentary security forces that utilized extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced union trade leaders."
Coca-Cola has also been overexploiting and polluting water sources in India, Mexico, Ghana, and elsewhere. They have also been benefiting from hazardous child labor in sugar cane fields in El Salvador, using aggressive marketing to children of nutritionally damaging products, upholding anti-worker policies in Turkey, Indonesia, and wordwide, giving exuecutives millions of dollars in stocks and bonuses while laying off thousands of employees, have a history of racial discrimination, have been accused of fradulaebt business practices, and have avoided taxes and plotting corporal welfare schemes.
(information obtained from Human Rights Watch).
Over 1.3 million children are being trafficked every year but experts believe it has doubled. Young women are being tricked into the sec industry away from their homelands while some countries act mainly as transit countries and others recieve victims for sexual exploitation. Last but not least, children are being sexually abused and pornographically exploited.
International Weapons Trade
There are around 639 million small arms and light weapons in thw world. Eight million are produced each year. The arms industry operates without regulation making it easy for such weapos to fuel violent conflict, state repression, crime, and domestic abuse. The industry also suffers from wide spread corruption and bribes and profits on making machines made to kill. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council - USA, UK, France, Russia, and China- profit most. Together they are responsible for 88% of conventional arms exports.
Minority Human Rights
Women are still victims of pervasive discrimination which denies them of full political and economic equality. Tehy are also victims of domestc violence in which immigrant women are most vulnerable because they are not aware of the legal actions they can take. The Declaration on the Elimination of Viloence Against Women states that "violence against women means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such actsm coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occuring in public or in private life." (Article 1) The declaration goes on to say that the states have an obligation to "excercise due diligence to prevent, investigate, and, in accordance with national legislation, punish acts of violence against women whether those acts are perpetrated by the state or by private persons." (Article 4-C)
Around the world the human rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people are being violated. Many who speak up for their rights are persecuted with impunity, meaning they are imprisoned.
A scary number of people in the United States are subject to racial profiling. Approximately 32 million people report that they have already been victims to racial profiling. Victims include Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Arab Americans, Iranian Americans, American Muslims, many immigrants and visitors, and under some circumstances white Americans.
Criminal acts against women are common. 531 women were killed between January and October 2005 which was more than the previous year. The government has done nothing to investigate any cases.Oh yeah, and the givernment is just corrupt period as is the case in many Latin American countries.
Oil exploration and extraction is fueling armed conflict. Human rights abuses have occured such as through the use of security forces to protect oil company staff and assets, violent repression of protestm and forcible displacement of large populations of local people. Examples include Sudan, Nigeria, and Colombia. In Indonesia the company has been accused of human rights abuses through their contract with the Indonesian military to provide security for a natural gas project. ExxonMobil's Standards of Business Conduct make no mention of human rights.
Religious rights are being abused all over the world. One example is Tibet where the Chinese government, a proclaimed atheist government, took over in 1950 over with no legal basis. Anyone caught practicing their faith, whatever it may be, is immidiately persecuted.
Nepal continues to hand over refugees to China. By the 17-Point Agreement in 1951 China promised to no interfere with Tibet's existing form of government. It hasn't happened.
There is much more. These are just a few examples.