Social Watch E-Newsletter - Issue 243 - February 1, 2016

Issue 243 - February 1, 2016

Thailand: Child support expanded, now needs to be enhanced


The Thai government announced, mid-2015, a policy on child support providing grants for poor families. A monthly allowance of 400 baht per child will be given to children born between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security anticipates that about 135,768 new-born babies will be covered once the program is completed. Civil society wants social security to be recognised as a right and warns that the complexities of poverty and inequality in a changing society need to be better understood. Read more


Is business action on climate change believable?

"Healthy scepticism" characterised a debate with business leaders convened by the Guardian on the role of corporations in climate change. While there was general agreement on the importance of more companies changing direction, and of forming partnerships of forward-thinking companies, it was considered as equally important to hold to account companies who made commitments they did not keep, and to “call out” companies who made no commitments. By John Probert Read more

Owners, executives and managers of some prominent companies actively participated in the human rights violations committed against workers during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship, according to the report “Business responsibility in crimes against humanity: The repression of workers during state terrorism.” The report, laying out evidence of such violations, was recently released by Argentine human rights organization the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS, according to its acronym in Spanish), the Area of Economy and Technology of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Argentina), and the Truth and Justice Program and Human Rights Secretariat – both of which belong to the Argentine Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Read more



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