Facebook is among a number of companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military, which is accused of genocide. A list of 49 companies, compiled by the pressure group Burma Campaign UK, reveals the global breadth of international organisations that have continued to provide arms, infrastructure, technology, engineering and expertise to the Burmese military, or supported projects that have been accused of causing environmental destruction, such as hydroelectric dams and jade mines. Burma Campaign UK said Facebook was on the “dirty list” because it had “consistently allowed its platform to be used to incite hatred and violence [against] minorities in Burma, in particular the Rohingya Muslim minority and Muslims in general”. Facebook has also come under fire elsewhere for … [Read more...] about Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights ‘dirty list’
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10 December 2018 Human Rights Why is it so easy for governments to ignore this much-feted document? TJ Coles analyzes the British case. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is 70 this year. It consists of 30 articles guaranteeing everything from the rights to life and freedom from enslavement and torture, to the rights to housing, decent work and freedom of expression. As I document in my new book, Human Wrongs, successive British governments have violated every article of the UDHR domestically: not to mention abroad. Not only that, but since 2000, the UK has been condemned on multiple occasions by the United Nations – the very agency that adopted the UDHR. Concerns about the British state’s treatment of poor people, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and women have been raised by various UN agencies and rapporteurs. Other concerns raised by the UN include Britain’s standards on freedom of expression (particularly the right to protest), … [Read more...] about Paper promises: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
A UN report on the shocking levels of child poverty in the UK is the tip of the iceberg. Since 2000, when UNICEF raised concerns over the state of British children, UN agencies have condemned British governments multiple times. They have found that social policies violate the rights of women, disabled people and those needing legal assistance. This year, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the treaties supposedly designed to prevent these social crimes, turns 70. The individual articles of the Declaration are supposed to safeguard everything from the right to life and freedom of expression, to civil and economic rights, such as the right to decent work and pay, education and housing. Also on rt.com Britain's enemy is not Russia but its own ruling class, UN report confirms As I document in my book Human Wrongs, the Declaration is a rather odd document. It was drafted by lawyers and championed by politicians on the winning side of the Second World War. The … [Read more...] about Declaration of Human Rights is 70 this year, and Britain has violated every single article
Almost a quarter of people in the UK are living in poverty. This is a jaw-dropping figure which should shock us all but it is the findings of a recent UN report which is deeply critical of the UK Government. The author of the report said UK ministers are living in a “state of denial” over the extreme poverty existing around the country. The UN Rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, also said he was surprised that UK ministers were “happy” with the way in which their welfare policies were playing out. Alston visited areas across the UK, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, during his investigation. He reported on the effects of the UK Government’s failing efforts to tackle poverty, the impact of austerity measures, welfare cuts, Universal Credit, and Brexit. I raised the report’s findings in Prime Minister’s Questions this week but Theresa May’s dismissive “head in the sand” response was shameful. The UK … [Read more...] about It’s time to build a welfare system of dignity and fairness
In August, the UN issued a report that accused Myanmar’s military of “genocidal intent.” Minutes after the release of the report, Facebook announced that it had discovered a covert campaign, orchestrated by Myanmar’s military, which sought to stoke fears about the Rohingya minority and undermine Myanmar’s civilian government. Facebook banned 20 accounts associated with the military and removed another 12 accounts and 46 pages for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour.” It was an unprecedented move by a social media company, and it prompted praise from human rights activists and proponents of transparency. But buried in the UN’s full report were other damning indictments of Facebook. The company failed to provide the UN Fact Finding Mission with “country-specific data” about hate speech on the platform and, with embarrassing irony, took weeks to respond to the UN’s request to remove Facebook posts that targeted a human … [Read more...] about How can social media companies support civil society?