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#Chain 43 – A ray of light? Amnesty’s wish for better human rights in North Korea

Source language English 

With the announcement of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s death, comes the opportunity for improving North Korea’s diabolic human rights record say Amnesty International.

Just as his father before him, Kim Jong-il left millions of his people living in extreme poverty without adequate access to food & healthcare and even worse imprisoned many in brutal camps.

Amnesty International hopes that the new government “will step away from the horrific, failed policies of the past.”

However, recent reports suggest that officials threatening the succession of Kim Jong-un, may well have been executed or sent to political prison camps so that the new rule can intensify repression in order to crush any possibility of dissent.

Amnesty has often reported on the atrocious human rights record of North Korea recounting stories of people surviving by eating tree bark & grass and even more unimaginable using unsterilized needles and undertaking major surgery without anesthesia.

“The people of North Korea should not have to suffer even more deprivation now because of political uncertainty.”

If North Korea is to become a strong and prosperous nation, as authorities have suggested, then they need in the words of Amnesty International “to ensure the new leadership adopt a human rights agenda and stop the repression that characterized the Kim Jong-il era.”

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#Chain 42 – Gespaltene Gesellschaft

Language source German

Die Kluft zwischen Arm und Reich ist in Deutschland zuletzt besonders stark gewachsen. Darauf muss die Politik reagieren.

Die Nachricht ist alarmierend. Die Einkommen drifteten zuletzt in einem Tempo auseinander wie in kaum einem anderen Industrieland. Das zeigt eine Studie der OECD. Danach tut sich in der deutschen Gesellschaft ein immer größerer Spalt auf. Das ist ein beunruhigender Trend, den die Politik nicht hinnehmen darf.

Zuletzt  hatten die obersten zehn Prozent in der Einkommenshierarchie hierzulande achtmal so viel Geld zur Verfügung wie die untersten zehn Prozent.

In der OECD-Studie fallen zwei Ursachen besonders auf: Erstens der technische Fortschritt. Computer und andere Maschinen machen einfache Arbeit leichter ersetzbar.

Zweitens haben sich die Arbeitsplätze selbst verändert: Es gibt mehr Teilzeitstellen, besonders in den Dienstleistungsbranchen, besonders häufig besetzt von Frauen und besonders oft schlecht bezahlt.

Dennoch ist Ungleichheit kein Schicksal, dem die Politik ohnmächtig gegenübersteht. Der Staat hat viele Hebel, um ihr entgegenzuwirken. Das einfachste, aber sehr wirksame Mittel sind Steuern. Zuletzt wurden gerade die Steuern für Besserverdiener gesenkt, es wäre durchaus möglich und richtig, das wieder ein Stück weit zurückzunehmen.

Dennoch, der zuletzt beobachtete Trend darf sich nicht ungebremst fortsetzen. Vor allem die skandinavischen Länder zeigen außerdem, dass ein stärkerer sozialer Ausgleich immer noch möglich ist. Deutschland war lange Zeit ein Land, das ebenfalls dafür stand. Diesen Sonderstatus hat es inzwischen verloren. Nun sollte es aufpassen, dass es nicht auf einen Platz am anderen Ende des Spektrums rutscht.

Die Zeit 12. Dezember 2011

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# Chain 39 – Homelessness a crime in Hungary!

Source language English & following on from Chain #6 – SDF

Budapest-According to an article recently published on the BBC online edition , a new regulation has been passed making it illegal to be homeless in Hungary!

Widely condemned by charities, and causing quite a stir with online petitions popping up all over the net, the new law is said to carry a fine of around $600 or imprisonment.

And, on what grounds exactly? Budapest cannot cope with the vast numbers of homeless sleeping on the streets.

With hostels lacking sufficient places there are said to be around 10,000 forced to camp outdoors in the Hungarian capital.

Deputy Head of Hungarian Maltese Charity Service said there were no other grounds for this law other than that of the public being fed up with seeing the homeless on their streets.

Budapest’s capacity to cope with this situation may well be stretched to the limits, but surely this depth of poverty needs to be cured not penalized.

If these people could waste $600 on a fine it’s safe to assume that they would prefer to spend it on a bed & a warm meal!

Say no! Sign the online petition today!

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#Chain 36 Threat to withdraw aid and still “No Rainbow over Nigeria”

Article source English – adapted from many online sources

Back in November it was reported that The Nigerian Senate had passed a bill banning same-sex marriages & calling for sentences of up to 14 years for anybody convicted of homosexuality and 10 years for anybody “aiding and abetting” same sex unions.

Despite Britain threatening to stop aid to the country, backed by Mr Cameron, the bill will go to the nation’s House of Representatives to be signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.In most countries within Africa homosexuality was made illegal on the remnants of sodomy laws introduced during colonial eras and spurned on by cultural beliefs.Certain leaders within Africa have referred to homosexuality as a type of “madness” and in turn have threatened young people, taking this path, with severe punishment.With human rights issues having a long way to go in Africa, groups supporting gay and lesbian rights believe this bill will escalate the already growing violence against people because of their sexual orientation.December 8, it was reported that Mr Gay Namibia had been physically assaulted and left in hospital for twenty-four hours after being beaten with a bottle – Out-Right Namibia (ORN) said it “strongly condemns the homophobic attack.”

It goes without saying that with the backing of the law people will feel justified into carrying out such bloody minded homophobic attacks.

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#Chain 27 – Are you a translator willing to give time to help causes?

After a coming together of heads – both from the point of view of the founders and the collaborators – we have decided to use the Great Translation Chain number 27 to employ the benevolent  services of more translators.

The aim is to have the following short message translated into as many languages as possible in order to increase the amount of translators with the same language combinations, thus taking the pressure of some of our collaborators who  are so loyal that they translate almost every cause posted! Continue reading