SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 94 - July 20, 2012

Issue 94 - July 20, 2012

New report: Genetic engineering is dangerous for health and the environment

A new study entitled “GMO myths and truths” challenges the conventional wisdom that “critics of genetically engineered food are anti-science”, reported Earth Open Source. The study produced by Dr Michael Antoniou, Dr John Fagan and Claire Robinson presents a large body of peer-reviewed scientific and other authoritative evidence of hazards to health and the environment posed by genetically engineered crops and organisms.
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Women’s rights: ¿Towards a Beijing+20 conference?

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) suggests that a discussion about the implications of the proposed UN Fifth World Conference on Women in 2015, and 20 years after the last one in Beijing, is urgently needed among feminists and women’s rights activists from all regions of the world.
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Greater efforts needed to improve women’s rights in Iraq

As the Security Council is discussing the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq this month, concerns remain regarding political consolidation and reconciliation efforts. Women’s rights remain at risk, and their voices are still not adequately heard in the political realm. The issue was debated in the panel discussion held in New York on 9 July 2012 by Hana Edwar, Founder and Secretary-General, Iraqi Al-Amal Association and Ms. Raz Rasool, Founder, Kurdistan Business Women Association.
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Malaysian government urged to counter excessive ingestion of unhealthy food

Visitors at the Penang Hospital learn about good eating habits when they stroll through the healthy lifestyle exhibition organized by the Consumers Association of Penang. The event is aimed to raise awareness on the consumption of foods rich in sugar, fat, salt and chemicals that led to obesity among Malaysians. Some worrying trends: Malaysians are the eight highest sugar users in the world, they are getting used to keep awake till late and meat is fast becoming a staple food.
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Peru: Urgent action to protect human rights of protesters

The International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), transmitted on a communication to the Government of Peru to request urgent action to protect the human rights of people protesting the Conga gold mine after five people lost their lives in the week of July 3, on a wave of “disproportionate police repression”.
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