Human Rights

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2014
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Human Rights, International

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Features, Human Rights, International

by Jamison Maeda

From before recorded history, numerous wars have been fought over gold. More recently, due to the invention of the internal combustion engine, oil became the world’s most valued commodity. But because of the exponential growth of the human population, the next battle for control may be over something that at one point many of us took for granted, water.

From space, the Earth is sapphire blue because it’s covered in water. However, only 3% is fresh water. Governments and multinational corporations are scrambling to control access to drinkable water. But ordinary people continue the fight for their rights and against water privatisation.
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Human Rights, International

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by Jamison Maeda

The United Nations has responded to pleas for assistance regarding the thousands of people in Detroit, Michigan whose water has been shut off.

A statement from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights. Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying…when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections. The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected. 
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International, Worker's Rights

by Jamison Maeda

Summer has arrived, and people across the globe are beginning their holidays on sunny beaches and in exotic locales. Except for one rather surprising group.

Nearly half of American workers receive no paid vacation or paid holidays whatsoever. That’s almost 60 million workers. American employers are not required by law to pay workers for time not worked. These benefits are solely provided at the employer’s discretion. Even the average amount of paid vacation and paid bank holidays that some workers do receive wouldn’t meet the minimums required by law in other developed countries. And those American workers who are offered paid time off are frequently too overworked to use it. Over 40% of workers surveyed said they were unable to take the time off they’re entitled to because of heavy workloads.
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