Programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel could all escape liability for unlawful deaths and injuries caused by fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 38-page report, “Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots,” details significant hurdles to assigning personal accountability for the actions of fully autonomous weapons under both criminal and civil law. It also elaborates on the consequences of failing to assign legal responsibility.
Seeds are one of the irreplaceable pillars of food production. Millions of families and farming communities have worked to create hundreds of crops and thousands of varieties of these crops. But seeds have also been the basis of productive, social and cultural processes that have given rural people the resolute ability to maintain some degree of autonomy and to refuse to be completely controlled by big business and big money. From the point of view of corporate interests that are striving
to take control of land, farming, food and the huge market that these factors represent, this independence is an obstacle.
In the mass migratory phenomena which take place throughout the world (migrations within a country, or a region, or internationally), the construction of an ethnicisation and a racialisation promoting the dominant interests can be seen. For these are, in general, Southern or Third world populations, as well as migrants who are naturalised and tribalised. ‘The nation is ours, what is yours is ethnicity; we are globalising, whilst you are fragmenting ; our way is democracy, yours violence.’
Cuando callamos en lugar de alzar nuestra voz, en un gran clamor popular frente a las inmensas injusticias, frente a los desmanes de los grandes grupos de poder, frente a las disparidades crecientes que llevan a vivir –y morir- a tantos seres humanos en medio de precariedades sin fin, en la pobreza extrema… estamos cometiendo un delito de silencio, siendo cómplices –“silencio cómplice”, como lo ha definido lúcidamente el Papa Francisco- de inhumanas vejaciones que atentan contra todos los valores éticos y, sobre todo, su fundamento: la igual dignidad.
No se puede alegar inadvertencia… porque ahora sabemos lo que acontece en todo el mundo. Ahora el prójimo no es necesariamente próximo. Ahora es imperativo alzar la voz, exigir… porque, por fin, “los pueblos” –como se inicia la Carta de las Naciones Unidas- tenemos la posibilidad progresiva de expresarnos libremente.
The United Nations human rights office said today that it is increasingly worried that the dire situation in parts of the east of Ukraine is likely to deteriorate further due to breaches of the ceasefire and violations of the Minsk Agreement.
“Civilians continue to suffer seriously as a result of the protracted conflict,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva today.
According to reports, fighting has intensified, especially in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport and near the village of Shyrokine in the Donetsk region, where heavy weapons, including mortars, artillery and tanks are reportedly extensively used – running counter to the Minsk Accords.