Trump’s election threatens human rights around the world

Since President Wilson carried his Fourteen Points to the 1919 Versailles conference, the United States has been the world’s foremost promoter of human rights and democracy. However, now that Mr. Trump is the president of the United States, the country appears to walk away from that role. It is told that when Trump was asked about “I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don’t know what we are doing and we can’t see straight in our own country.” It’s true the U.S. human rights record is far from perfect, and presidential preaching — from Wilson to Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush — often has been bluntly rejected. But American pressure has also played in bringing freedom in countries, rescuing countless political prisoners and restraining abuses by autocrats like Mr. Sissi. Even powerful adversaries, such as Mr. Putin and China’s Xi Jinping, have been discomfited by U.S. human rights criticism and sanctions, including those under the Magnitsky Act, which mandated travel bans and asset freezes for Russian officials linked to such crimes as the killing in prison of a dissident lawyer.

 

Trump being elected as president of the United States is a shocking news all across the world. I personally think that this is a sad news to many countries such as Mexico. Mexicans have been immigrating to the United States in order to earn money for one’s family. I believe that the United States will become somewhat conservative in the future and I believe that this is not a good news for the immigrants who are in United States or planning to move to the US.

In Afghanistan, Women’s Rights Still Struggle to Take Root

This article shows the reality of women’s rights in Afghanistan. This November, Afghan women and men on Facebook joined the Unite to End Violence Against Women. This is a big problem in the Afghanistan because they are not getting enough respect from others. Earlier this month, two female public figures debated on the anti-harassment law and the cleric shocked many netizens by calling them “rationally paralyzed” with “defective brains”. The men supported his claim by stating Islamic religious texts. It was very sympathetic because those women couldn’t reply back with supportive evidences. Even though women rights is the rising topic of Afghanistan, it is not proceeding well. Education and institutions are fighting and supporting for women’s rights but it is still unstable.

I was really interested because I am currently reading a book about Afghanistan, The Kite Runner and the book had lots of information about women rights. The book was written long time ago, so I thought the environment for women would have improved a lot. However, unlike my expectation, Afghanistan women were still suffering. I wish the institutions and campaigns to act more strongly and actually bring a positive change to Afghanistan women’s rights.

 

https://globalvoices.org/2016/11/27/in-afghanistan-womens-rights-still-struggle-to-take-root/

Racism and Discrimination

These days, there were many issues about discrimination of the CEO from abercrombie. The CEO has a strong asian discrimination so he made the clothes of Abercrombie that looks good only on American. Usually, Americans have long legs and arms but short upper part of the body,  but asians have short legs and arms, and long upper body part. So the clothes from the Abercrombie has long arms and legs clothes, but short upper body part of clothes. With the issues, asians showed many complains about how the CEO discriminate against the countries.

However, after Abercrombie came into Asia, unlike what the CEO of Abercrombie had expected, Asians loved the clothes that Abercrombie. Even though the price of the clothes were really expansive, Asians loved the clothes and CEO made huge benefits from Asia. So from the time, Abercrombie CEO changed his mind and began to export to Asia. Like this, unlike what CEO had expected, it can make huge benefits, therefore, if CEO didn’t have racism about Asians, it may be better to the Asians.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/news/abercrombie-fitch-model-tells-of-racism-sexual-harassment-and-discrimination-at-store-10175646.html

 

UN slams N. Korean human rights violations

The mass amount of human rights violations occurring in North Korea has finally surfaced on the UN conference. The annual resolution by the Third Committee emphasized on the amount and measures of human rights violations that are taking place in North Korea. From women’s rights to restrictions on freedom of thought and belief, the range of human rights violations in North Korea is broad.

The UN Secretary Council and International Criminal Court (ICC) have taken measures to stop the human rights violations in North Korea. The resolution demands the Pyongyang rulers to “extend their full cooperation to the Special Rapporteur, including by granting him full, free and unimpeded access to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.

Although such actions have been taken, will North Korea stop wth its violation of human rights? Even though it is my greatest desire for the end of human rights violation, due to N. Korean’s strength in governing with terror, I don’t believe that the terrible act will come to stop at once. However, I believe that this topic coming up in international discussions and international communities taking action to prevent the violation of human rights, are first steps to preventing human rights violations in N. Korea from happening.

For more information, visit:
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/197_218787.html

Kyrgyzstan Ups Fight Against Child Marriage

In the article, “Kyrgyzstan Ups Fight Against Child Marriage,” the children from Kyrgyzstan is still getting force to get married. Although forcing children to get married became illegal in Kyrgyzstan, the forced marriage is still going on. Around 12 percent of girls marry before age 18 and about one percent are married before age 15. Most of the girls are getting married due to religious ceremonies. Also, Abduction for forced marriage is still going on which is also known as the bride kidnapping. This puts both women and girls in danger. Nearly 12,000 women and girls are getting kidnapped annually. These marriages make both women and girls vulnerable of being isolated and being domestically violent. Therefore, the government should make sure the changes help protect domestic violence survivors by supporting essential services, like shelters, that allow women to escape abuse.

I personally think that the women and girls forced marriage should stop immediately. The government should quickly have a solution for this problem because the number of women and girls getting kidnapped is ridiculous. The girls and women should also get rights on whether they choose to marry or not. The choice of the marriage should not depend on religion or society but according to one’s will. 

For more information: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/21/kyrgyzstan-ups-fight-against-child-marriage

Philippines President says he gives zero tolerance towards human rights

Mr. Duerte, the new Philippines President believes that in order to secure order in the society, he needs to get rid of any people who is an alarming threat to the future generation of his country. For the first 100 days of Mr. Duerte’s presidency, he has killed over 3500 criminals-mostly drug dealers and users. However, innocent civilians and many bystanders have been brutally murdered during the process, but the president has dismissed his reckless killings. Also, he does not seem to care anything about protecting human rights. His actions have sparked a controversy in United Nations  and other international communities, believing that it is a threat to world peace. According to an interview, he will continue to combat on drug criminals, saying that ” You destroy my country, I will kill you.” He thinks the only way to strike fear to his enemies is killing them. His other policies reflect his dictatorship style such as ending defense treaty with U.S. Many critics and human rights associated committees are worried about future of Philippines and democratic ideals in the world.

For more information: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-doesnt-give-a-s-about-human-rights-war-on-drugs-civilians-a7365156.html

Labor Rights in Gold Mines

There are several gold mines around the world, including Philipines. They are small mines, and involves many child laborers. Even though they are risking their lives, their works are not guaranteed safety. They have direct contact mercury, which may lead to various symptoms such as mercury poisoning. The water they dive into are also contaminated with mercury, and also contaminates the local river.

I did not know any of these situations in Philipines. I did not know that gold was present in Philipine, even that it was their major source of income in Philipine. While gold is a major source of income for Philipinos, it is surprising that they are not guaranteed for their safety in their works. These gold mines are usually very small, and thus are not under any regulation. They should definately be under control for child’s labor rights, and also for their safety. It does not only neccesiate regulations from government, but also companies which sources gold from artisanal mines.

 

 

For more informations, check: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/25/regulate-small-gold-mines-too

 

China: Fake Election – Abusing Rights of Election

Abusing human rights does not have to be deadly issues. China is in chaos due to the fact that Chinese government having a fake election. Zhang Shangen, 73, a candidate in local elections in Beijing got distraction from the government. When Shangen has a campaign, the government sent the police officers and distract his campaign. This is abusing a right of freedom to collect the information. Not only that, the government did not open any candidates debates, which democratic countries normally had before an election, social media wars, or town hall-style forums. The government claims that China is a democratic country, however, they do not open the way to get elected. So the candidates are claiming that the Chinese government saying ridiculous claim, “China is a democratic country, but we are going to choose the candidates.” Actually, people can participate in the election as a candidate, but the candidates cannot advertise themselves. The government choose the candidate that they like, and decide rather distract them or not. So if the candidate is not liked by the government, they cannot use any social media(Chinese social media is completely controlled by the government) to advertise themselves.

In my opinion, it is hilarious that the Chinese government claiming that China is a democratic country. It can be a radical expression, it looks same with North Korea. North Korea’s full name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. They are also claiming that they are democratic, but actually, it is a dictatorship. Limiting the information of candidate and advertisement of the candidate, it is same with dictatorship. They seem like they are giving the choice, but they are not. This happening should change as soon as possible if China wants to get recognized as a democratic country

More Information: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/world/asia/beijing-china-local-elections.html

Kazakhstan: Workers’ Rights Violated, Restricted

Despite the fact that Kazakhstan is trying to cultivate an image of a regional power and bring itself  into the international spotlight, they are not treated as respectively. Not only that, the situation seems to be getting worse. Last June, Kazakhstan won a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, which is a one of the major involvement with the foreign investment in the oil industry and other fields. However, this did not went as fluent as they have been planned. Rather, this has imposed more burden to the people in Kazakhstan. Shortly, their right was abused and workers were violated and restricted. Foreman threatened workers in Kazakhstan by saying “don’t join that trade union, or you’ll have problems. We can fire you, or find something against you,”

Although I did not know much about Kazakhstan before, I felt that it is not right to be stay in that situation after I read this article. I think there is a necessity to protect the worker who are being violated and restricted from their works and right. Also, I think such threatens should be now prohibited.

Source:

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/23/kazakhstan-workers-rights-violated-restricted

 

Egyptian Rights Group Is Told Its Bank Account Is Blocked

An Egyptian human rights group that treats torture victims was prevented on Thursday from accessing its funds and was told that its account had been blocked. The lawyer said that an employee was not allowed to cash a check for the center and was told by a bank manager that the central bank had ordered its account suspended until it registered as a nongovernmental organization with the Social Solidarity Ministry. The Nadeem Center says it is registered as a clinic with the Health Ministry and does not need to register as an nongovernmental organization. The Egyptian authorities deny allegations by human rights groups and activists that security forces round up people and torture them in secret detention centers. Amnesty International condemned the move against Nadeem, saying the group provides hundreds of torture victims with vital services, including counseling and legal assistance. The government had already ordered the closing of the center in February without providing an official reason. Health Ministry officials at the time said that it had committed unspecified violations. Research and advocacy director of Amnesty said that freezing Nadeem’s financial assets, the authorities are preventing the center from carrying out their crucial work to provide care to survivors of horrific violence. The center challenged the order in court and it is still operating.

This article is talking about an Egyptian human rights group has been treated wrong by the Egyptian authorities. It is hard to agree or understand the Egyptian authorities. I hope the Egyptian human rights group get treated better and have a good result for them in the court

To see more information

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/world/middleeast/egypt-human-rights.html?_r=0.