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The effects of the weapons used in Gaza

White phosphorus: A destructive chemical weapon, harming beyond the battlefield. Pollutes air, soil, water, harming life and violating international law. White phosphorus is a chemical weapon [1] of war and is designed to inflict harm and destruction. Unfortunately, its impact goes beyond the immediate targets on the battlefield. When white phosphorus is deployed, it releases toxic substances into the air, soil, and water, leaving behind a trail of environmental destruction. [2]

One of the most alarming consequences is the contamination of soil. White phosphorus can persist in the ground, making it infertile and unsuitable for agriculture. This not only affects the livelihoods of those in conflict zones but also has long-term consequences for the ecosystems that support diverse forms of life.

Furthermore, when white phosphorus comes into contact with water sources, it leads to water pollution. The release of this chemical weapon can contaminate rivers and lakes, harming aquatic life and disrupting the delicate balance of ecosystems. The long-lasting environmental damage caused by white phosphorus affects not only the current generation but poses challenges for future generations as well.

According to The 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [3] its prohibited to use incendiary weapons like white phosphorus against civilians. Unfortunately, it has been used against civilian in the Gaza Strip on 10th of October of 2023. We, as responsible global citizens, should condemn the use of white phosphorus as a weapon of war.

Another huge hazard is the release of asbestos in war inflicted areas. Asbestos is relatively safe when trapped in cement in building however poses a hazard when the building is destroyed such as demolition of buildings in Gaza. The consequences are alarming, as millions of tons of highly hazardous, asbestos-contaminated rubble are left in the wake of such destruction, presenting a long-term health threat. According to WHO expose leads to breathing difficulties and lung cancer.[4] Not only does it harm humans but animals too. Cats, dogs, and other animals can develop asbestos related illness where treatment option is limited and survival is low. [5]

Shortly, the devastating impact of white phosphorus extends far beyond the conflict area, leaving an lasting mark on both the environment and human lives. Additionally, the release of asbestos in conflict areas, poses an ongoing health threat for both humans and animals.

BY AYNUR BALKAS

 

References
[1] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/white-phosphorus
[2] https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tfacts103.pdf
[4] https://geneva-s3.unoda.org/static-unoda-site/pages/templates/the-convention-on-certain-conventional-weapons/PROTOCOL%2BIII.pdf
[4] https://www.preventionweb.net/blog/rebuilding-ukraine-imminent-risks-asbestos
[5] https://iris.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665/107335/9789289013581-eng.pdf?sequence=1

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BlogExecutive Committee

Let’s meet in the program where we introduce our human rights activities

 

10 December is Human Rights Day and we look forward to welcoming you to the HRS Launch Programme on Zoom. Dear friends,
10 December is International Human Rights Day, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the UN Convention on Human Rights.
Let’s make use of this important day and make it more meaningful at a time when we are experiencing all kinds of rights violations.
As Human Rights Solidarity, which has been working in this field for 4 years, we will make a Zoom programme addressing the UK.
We will talk about what we have done so far, our goals for tomorrow, and what we can do together.
We sincerely believe that you will not leave us alone, in advance
nice we welcome you.

ZOOM LINK: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/4392126770?pwd=ZkMrOE5TMGFOTmJaQnJjenBieTExZz09#success

ZOOM LİNKİ: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/4392126770?pwd=ZkMrOE5TMGFOTmJaQnJjenBieTExZz09#success

 

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Executive CommitteeImmigration CommitteeProjects

‘Breakfast, Walk and Learn History’ project brought 20 young people together

GLA funded ‘Breakfast, Walk, Learn British History’ project begins with twenty youths exploring human rights, art, and critical thinking experiences. The ‘Breakfast, Walk, Learn British History’ project, which we have realised with the funding provided by the Greater London Authority, has started. 20 young people met at the HRS Office on 28 October and started the programme with a great breakfast. The young people had the opportunity to get to know each other during breakfast and had useful discussions at the seminar on human rights. Afterwards, the young people visited the National Portrait Gallery, where they had the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation about art.

The seminar in the office focused on open dialogue, critical thinking and new perspectives – no fixed truths were preached. The participants examined constructive approaches to conflict resolution and the need to develop both intellect and moral character. Themes of developing wisdom, preserving dignity, finding common humanity and creatively applying enduring principles recurred. Freedom of expression was analysed in depth, both as a fundamental right and subject to reasonable limits to protect other rights.
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Hoops for Hope: Empowering Immigrant Youth Through Basketball’ Project Form

Register Form (#4)

‘'Hoops for Hope: Empowering Immigrant Youth Through Basketball' Project Form 

 

To register for the project, please provide the following details:

By filling out this registration form, you can secure your place in our basketball course. This course will improve your physical and mental health, as well as provide opportunities to make friends and interact more with the local community.

For further information, please contact main office or

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Join us! Here are the HRS volunteer programs

Volunteer at Human Rights Solidarity for hands-on experience in human rights advocacy, research, partnerships, leadership, and community engagement, enhancing employability. As a volunteer at Human Rights Solidarity, you will be immersed in a world of human rights advocacy and learning, gaining experience in research analytical skills, stakeholder engagement and partnerships, presentation skills, events coordination, and leadership positions.

 We have a range of volunteer opportunities from Research Analysts to Partnerships Volunteers to Group Leaders for our various immigrant integration programmes. Each of these experiences will equip you with valuable skills to carry you through your future careers and lives, opening your eyes to the world of human rights and public sector work.

 These roles are perfect for any young people with a desire to create a difference, help a local community, increase their employability in the human rights and government sphere, and a passion for human rights, community engagement, and policy change.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

 RESEARCH ANALYST

 As a Research Analyst you will be apart of a team investigating human rights violations in a specific geographical region or a specified topic by the team leader (e.g. women’s rights, trafficking, food and water scarcity etc.). Research methods may include podcast style interviews with experts and text-based analysis. Your will collate your research into a report to be published and on occasion submitted to European Parliament. This is a perfect role for anyone looking to enhance their research and report writing abilities and gain experience in the public sector.

 PARTNERSHIPS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

 As a Partnerships and Events Coordinator, you will engage in the creation of projects in collaboration with other NGOs and organizations to increase our impact and ability to spread awareness of human rights violations. You may be responsible for working with a team of volunteers to plan events on specific topics of human rights work, contacting speakers, organizations, and participants. This is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about events or partnerships work in the public sector and with a love for project design and management.

 INTEGRATION GROUP LEADER

 As an integration group leader, you will lead one of a selection of immigrant integration programmes we host at HRS. This may be researching and presenting at bi-weekly Know Your Rights events for young asylum seekers and immigrants, leading groups on our Breakfast, Walk, and British History and Culture tours around London, or training young athletes in Basketball on the weekends. This is a great opportunity with a passion for ameliorating society for those less fortunate.

 Join us today and become a part of the HRS family! 

Become a hero

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Council to EuropeExecutive CommitteeReportsUnited Nations

Our report on human rights violations in Afghanistan

We present our report on ‘The Humanitarian Crisis Emerging for Afghanistan and Afghan Refugees’ to UN and Council of Europe. “The Humanitarian Crisis Emerging for Afghanistan and Afghan Refugees” is a comprehensive and deeply impactful report that examines the intricate layers of the humanitarian crisis stemming from the prolonged conflict in Afghanistan and the subsequent displacement of Afghan refugees.

This meticulously crafted report not only presents a comprehensive analysis of the evolving situation but also adds a compelling human element through an insightful interview with a former female prosecutor who fled Afghanistan. By shedding light on the multifaceted issues at hand, this report aims to contribute to a better understanding of the situation and facilitate informed decision-making by governments, international organizations, and civil society.

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Form ‘Breakfast, Walk and Learn British History’ Project

Register Form

‘Breakfast, Walk and Learn British History’ Project Form 

By filling out this registration form, you can secure your spot and join us in the journey of discovery, connection, and learning about British history. We look forward to welcoming you to our warm and inclusive community!

For further information, please contact main office or

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Articles & StatementsExecutive Committee

Our podcast channel on Spotify is now open

Our podcasts, where we will announce human rights violations and developments in the world and publish important interviews, have started. Human Rights Solidarity (HRS), global human rights bulletins deliver concise and informative updates on human rights issues from around the world.

In each episode, we shed light on the violations of human rights and freedoms throughout the world, and we endeavour to convey the most up-to-date developments. We also plan to make interviews with experts, activists, and individuals at the forefront of human rights advocacy.

Our aim is to raise awareness, inspire action, and empower listeners to make a positive impact in the field of human rights.

Tune in to stay informed and engaged with the ongoing fight for human rights.

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European ParliamentExecutive CommitteeReports

We proposed some important amendments to the EP’s Turkiye report

 

We are delightful to share our amendment proposals to European Parliament draft report on the 2022 Commission Report on Turkiye. We would like to share our amendment proposals to your comprehensive and well-designed draft report on the 2022 Commission Report on Turkiye {2022/2205(INI)}. We hope to make contribution to the work of the European Parliament which makes invaluable contributions to the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

HRS accredited to European Parliament
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HRS accredited to European Parliament

Human Rights Solidariy’s (HRS) accreditation application to the European Parliament (EP) was accepted after an assessment by the organisation’s units. One of the good news this month came from the European Parliament (EP). The accreditation request made by HRS in May was granted by the EP authorities. HRS management appointed Burak Keskin, a young lawyer from Belgium, as its representative to the EP.

With this appointment, we aim to make valuable contributions to the European legislative power on human rights issues. Mr Keskin will both follow the developments in the EP and work on HRS’s demands and reports.

If you have a project or issue that you would like to be raised at the EP, please do not hesitate to contact us.