Bangladesh: Tanneries Harm Workers, Poison Communities | Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch interviewed children, some .. [read more] as young as 11, working in tanneries. They were engaged in hazardous work, such as soaking hides in chemicals, cutting tanned hides with razorblades, and operating dangerous tanning machinery. Women and girls said that they are paid comparatively less than men and that, in addition to their own work, they must also perform tasks normally performed by men. The wastewater that pours off tannery floors and into Hazaribaghs open gutters and eventually Dhakas main river contains, among other substances, animal flesh, sulfuric acid, chromium, and lead. The government estimates that about 21,000 cubic meters of untreated effluent is released each day in Hazaribagh. Government officials and tannery industry representatives told Human Rights Watch that no Hazaribagh tannery has an effluent treatment plant to treat its waste, which can have many thousands of times the legally permitted concentrations of pollutants. Since 2001 the government has ignored a ruling from the High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court ordering the government to ensure that the Hazaribagh tanneries install adequate waste treatment systems.
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Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban receives human rights Politkovskaya Award — RT News

On one hand, they recently withdrew the government recommendation for the use of HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, pending an investigation into the unusually high number of reported side effects. On the other hand, they are faced with a current epidemic of over 10,000 cases of rubella, German measles. The SaneVax team would like to thank Japanese health authorities for acting promptly and responsibly in both instances.] Editorial: More information needed to help individuals decide on vaccinations ByThe Asahi Shimbun,July 2013 My government cares about vaccine safety. Does yours? Two separate topics concerning vaccination to prevent infectious diseases are in the news. An epidemic of rubella, also known as German measles, has broken out in Japan, with the number of cases exceeding 10,000 and still rising. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has issued warnings and is urging people to receive a vaccination. The other topic concerns cervical cancer.
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Uzbekistan, China to strengthen cooperation in human rights sphere
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The group RAW (Reach All Women) in War said Yousafzai had been chosen for the Anna Politkovskaya Award afor her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,a for giving a voice to many women and girls and for promoting female education. The 16-year-old was presented with the award in London on Friday, nearly seven years after the Russian investigative journalist was shot dead in the elevator of her apartment building on Oct 7, 2006. Malala said she hoped she could be as courageous as Politkovskaya Awas. aI am extremely proud to have been chosen to receive an award, which bears her name and hope that I may be as brave as she was,a AFP cites her as saying. “I greatly admire Anna’s dedication to truth, to equality, and to humanity,” Malala added. The award was presented by Nicholas Winton, now 104, who was dubbed the aBritish Schindlera for his role in saving the lives of more than 600 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. Malala is among the favorites for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced on October 11.
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