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UN Human Rights Council members on March 26, 2015, took an important step in global efforts to protect privacy on the internet, as well as more broadly, Human Rights Watch said today. The council unanimously agreed to appoint a new UN special rapporteur, or expert, on the right to privacy.
“How privacy is protected online is one of the most pressing issues of our time,” said Eileen Donahoe, director of global affairs at Human Rights Watch. “Our hope is that the Human Rights Council resolution marks the beginning of a serious global reckoning with mass surveillance and its effects.”
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It’s true that in the last few years there has been an enormous decline on all fronts and in all areas. The world, Europe and Spain undoubtedly suffer its effects. Our political leaders have surrendered to the rules of the markets and obediently subject our society to “austericide.” It is irrelevant that their formulas don’t work and that there’s no end in sight to their budget cuts. Spaniards are now “cheaper” than a majority of the rest of Europeans. With the worsening of our standard of living we are also (paradoxically) more submissive, accepting whatever they impose. But not all of us, because a new type of citizen power is emerging that is so strong that it provokes much fear among members of the “establishment.” Perfectly aware of what this means, they are attempting to stop this trend by any and all means at their disposal.
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The planet is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless we dramatically improve the management of this precious resource. This is the unavoidable conclusion reached in the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report, which was launched on 20 March in New Delhi (India), in time for World Water Day (22 March).
"World Water Day reminds us of the importance of having access to a sufficient amount of safe water for a healthy and happy life. This is essentially our human right to water. But how many people can enjoy such right? How many women and girls can dispose of such a “luxury”? Is this a problem of availability of the resource or a political matter?" asked Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO Assistant Director General for the Natural Sciences.
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Due to democratic advances the now common goal of sexual equality is no longer disputed, rather it is the ways through which to achieve it that are discussed. At this time, equality appears as the impossible, a utopian idea of a common measure between the two sexes. The debate on parity of recent years pertains to this discussion. Before even discussing the meaning of parity, we must note that the problem of sexual equality remains unelaborated. In two registers, an anachronistic naivety about equality hinders the thinking of the “politics of the sexes”. In the first instance, it is a matter of negating sexual inequality, or affirming the naturalness of progress towards equality. The belief in spontaneous and continued progress towards sexual equality within a democratic context challenges all realistic observations and results in a reticence in the demand for a law to create equality, as if the question of the sexes were escaping the well known rule: there is no equality without constraint, it is always produced.
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L’histoire du concept de tolérance, comme celui de laïcité, est intimement liée au concept de religion. Les trois traités modernes désormais classiques sur le sujet en apportent la preuve : d’une part, l’Essai sur la tolérance de Locke (1677) consacré aux fondements de la liberté religieuse, d’autre part, le Traité sur la tolérance (1763) de Voltaire, plaidoyer pour la tolérance écrit en défense de Jean Calas, huguenot exécuté après avoir été accusé à tort d’avoir assassiné son fils qui voulait se convertir au catholicisme. Enfin, l’oeuvre de Lessing intitulée Nathan le Sage (1778) qui est moins connue, bien que son influence historique soit comparable, si ce n’est plus grande, que celle des deux autres ouvrages mentionnés.
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A l'occasion d'un débat au Conseil de sécurité sur les enfants dans les conflits armés, le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a déclaré mercredi que, pour les enfants, l'année 2014 semble avoir été une des pires jamais enregistrées dans les régions touchées par des conflits.
« Dans les zones de guerre du monde entier, les enfants sont de plus en plus menacés », a dit M. Ban dans un discours devant les membres du Conseil de sécurité.
On estime que 230 millions d'enfants vivent dans des pays et des régions où des combats entre groupes armés font rage. Près de 15 millions d'entre eux ont été directement touchés par la violence.
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