16 November 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Yemen: Aden Electricity, Water Cuts Threaten Rights
Human Rights Watch, 16 Nov 2023

The Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) are failing to fulfil Aden residents’ right to electricity and water, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the start of the conflict in Yemen, the residents of Aden, the largest city in southern Yemen and the provisional capital of the Yemeni government since 2015, have experienced frequent and increasingly common restrictions on, and shutoffs of, water and electricity.


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Worsening warming is hurting people in all regions, US climate assessment shows
AP News, 15 Nov 2023

The National Climate Assessment, which comes out every four to five years, was released Tuesday with details that bring climate change’s impacts down to a local level. Unveiling the report at the White House, President Joe Biden blasted Republican legislators and his predecessor for disputing global warming.


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Global Plastics Treaty: A Lifeline for Africa
Greenpeace News, 15 Nov 2023

Plastics have infiltrated our lives, our streets, body organs, food, soil, ecosystems, and our waterways. This crisis, driven by the relentless pursuit of profit by major oil companies and their counterparts, spares no corner of the globe. Africa, though responsible for just 5% of plastic production and 4% of consumption globally, bears the brunt of this crisis through transboundary transfer of plastic waste and what can only be aptly described as ‘waste colonialism.’


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First Person: UNICEF chief in Gaza visit, bears witness to grave violations against children
UN News, 15 Nov 2023

Catherine Russell visited Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis in the south of the besieged enclave on Wednesday. The parties to the conflict are committing grave violations against children; these include killing, maiming, abductions, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the denial of humanitarian access – all of which UNICEF condemns..


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Activists slam India’s first ever GPS tracker for Kashmiri suspect
Al Jazeera, 13 Nov 2023

Indian activists have slammed the authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir for putting a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracker on the body of a man facing “terrorism” charges – the first such use of electronic monitoring reported in the South Asian country.


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EU Foreign Ministers Should Urge UAE Rights Progress Ahead of COP28
Human Rights Watch, 10 Nov 2023

Last month, the European Council proclaimed itself as “the global leader in climate action”. The November 13 EU Foreign Ministers meeting with COP28 President Sultan Al-Jaber of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the global climate conference is set to begin later this month, is the first real test of that claim.


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