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Human Rights Observatory
Friday, August 23, 2019
How did you first become aware of the problem in Kabwe? We learned about it from an environmental group several years ago but became interested in doing our own research after seeing a young person from Kabwe speak at a United Nations event. Lead is in the soil and dust, and children in Kabwe have some of the most severe cases of lead poisoning in the world. About a third of Kabwe includes lead-contaminated neighborhoods that are home to roughly 76,000 people. How do you know that Kabwe has one of the most severe contamination levels in the world? Human Rights Watch isn’t a scientific group, but… (Full Story)
Friday, August 23, 2019
Expand Three girls play the game isolo on the ground in the lead-affected township of Waya in Kabwe. Soil is the main source of lead exposure in Kabwe. © 2018 Zama Neff/Human Rights Watch (Johannesburg) – Lead exposure around a former lead and zinc mine in Zambia is having disastrous effects on children’s health, Human Rights Watch said today. The Zambian government should promptly clean up the contamination and ensure proper treatment for all who need it. August 23, 2019 Report “We Have to Be Worried” The Impact of Lead Contamination on Children’s Rights in Kabwe, Zambia Download the… (Full Story)
Friday, August 23, 2019
Summary More than one third of the population of Kabwe, Zambia— over 76,000 people—live in lead-contaminated townships. Studies estimate that half of the children in these areas have elevated blood lead levels that warrant medical treatment. Launch Map Expand Share 201908_Zambia_Map01 2019 Human Rights Watch Kabwe, the capital of Zambia’s Central Province, was home to a lead mine from 1904-1994. During that period, smelter fumes covered much of the surrounding soil with lead dust. The mine, which opened while Zambia was a British colony, was owned and operated by British companies… (Full Story)
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NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that Gabon’s High Authority for Communication (HAC) has banned Radio France Internationale correspondent Yves-Laurent Goma from practicing journalism for two months for violating a taboo about referring to President Ali Bongo’s health.The country’s media regulator, the HAC has repeatedly imposed summary sanctions on journalists for broaching the subject of the president’s health, which has been off limits ever since he suffered (Full Story)
Friday, August 23, 2019
A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is “deeply concerned” that, although the overall armed conflict has waned, there has been little progress in adhering to the peace agreement that guided the country thus far. (Full Story)
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Friday, August 23, 2019
Expand Papuan activists shout slogans during a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 22, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Dita Alangkara Indigenous Papuans angered by decades of racism rallied in 30 cities across Indonesia, including Jakarta, this week, after video circulated of Indonesian militias racially abusing Papuan students. Rioting Papuans burned down a local parliament building in Manokwari and a prison in Sorong, West Papua province, on Monday, as video of the events spread. On Thursday the government shut down the internet in Papua. The videos show Indonesian police… (Full Story)
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