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China Having Bullying Issues

Huang Tanghong, a young high schooler was beaten up by three bullies at his school in southeastern China's Fujian Province, who had routinely abused him in the past few years according to his relatives. Liu Lizhu, his mother, was not aware her 15-year-old son had been bullied at school until he ended up in hospital with a ruptured spleen. Huang's experience received much public attention after his angry cousin took to social media to call for justice, posting graphic images of Huang's spleen and stitches.

China Having Bullying Issues

Huang Tanghong, a young high schooler was beaten up by three bullies at his school in southeastern China's Fujian Province, who had routinely abused him in the past few years according to his relatives. Liu Lizhu, his mother, was not aware her 15-year-old son had been bullied at school until he ended up in hospital with a ruptured spleen. Huang's experience received much public attention after his angry cousin took to social media to call for justice, posting graphic images of Huang's spleen and stitches.

ISIS Kills Activists

Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hamadi were found with their throats slashed in a house in the province of Sanliurfa in Turkey on Friday. They worked for a media group called Eye on Homeland, which produces news on various topics from around Syria, including reporting out of ISIS strongholds. Qader was one of the founding members of the group known as "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently". They have been one of the groups at the front of documenting ISIS' horrible acts in Raqqa, Syria.

Environmental Protection Leads to Human Rights

When you think about it, many countries have serious environmental issues just like i mentioned in my post earlier this week. Now when you truly think about it, saving the environment is much more than simply just saving the environment. By the environmental problems rising being solved, many people can go back to showering without worrying about lead poisoning, or even breathing air outside of their homes without the need of a mask so that their lungs don't become damaged. Simple parts of life are unavailable to so many people just because of the environment being neglected.

Our Environment Needs Us

Over the past century, the average annual temperature on earth has increased, the oceans have warmed, snow and ice caps have diminished, and sea levels have risen. Climate change is being felt in countries throughout the world, from low-lying countries such as Bangladesh and the Maldives to mountain tops. These changes in the climate are imposing an increasing burden on governments, especially in countries with limited resources.

Brazil's Prison Situation

Brazil’s prisons are a human-rights disaster. Detainees—even those who have not been convicted of a crime—are held in overcrowded, violent, and disease-ridden cells. Overcrowding in the prisons of the northeastern state of Pernambuco is especially dire. The prisons hold more than three times as many inmates as their official capacity in conditions that are dangerous, unhealthy, and inhumane. During visits to Pernambuco’s prisons in 2015, a researcher from Human Rights Watch reported a cell without beds, in which 37 men slept just on sheets on the floor.

Somaliland's Disability Care Centers

In Somaliland, the care centers are horrible. They have to do something about it. In an article I read this week they spoke about how the patients are mistreated. People who are there because their families can no longer care for them are neglected. Families are paying for them to get care and treated better but they are only treated worse. The people in these centers are being chained to their beds so that they cannot move. Then they also force them to take unrelated medications like in the case of a person that the reporter interviewed for this article.

Report on Armed Conflict

The report below is based on Human Rights Watch interviews with more than 120 people, including 19 children, ages 10 to 17. They speak about the horrible armed groups both government and non-governmental that have used schools as a place for a battleground. No matter where the fighting is, it ruins lives of innocent civilians that want nothing but to go on with their normal lives. Armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past two decades has resulted in the deaths of an estimated five million people to violence, fighting, hunger, and disease.

Children Mining Gold in the Phillipines

In the Philippines, children dive underwater, swim down a wooden shaft barely wider than their shoulders, and mine for gold – all while breathing through a narrow tube. Underwater mining – called compressor mining – is not seen anywhere outside the Philippines, but other forms of mining involving children on these islands are more familiar. Boys lowered 75 feet into mine pits, and small children, even 8, 9, or 10-years-old, handling poisonous mercury to separate the gold from the ore.

Military Aid given to Child Soldier Users

This week, President Barack Obama announced that four countries that use child soldiers — the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan – will continue to receive United States military assistance. The decision is disappointing, particularly since Obama has a powerful tool at his disposal – the Child Soldiers Prevention Act – that allows him to withhold US military aid until governments end their exploitation of children in war.

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