Human Rights

Violence in Myanmar Exposed By Satellite Images

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 28, 2007   View Article

Satellite images of eastern Myanmar (Burma) seem to corroborate reports of human-rights violations in the troubled Southeast Asian country, an international team of experts announced today.

A detailed analysis of images spanning several years pinpoints locations where villages have been burned, settlements have been relocated, and military forces have expanded their camps.

Europe’s Largest Minority Gaining Recognition, Expert Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 4, 2007   View Article

Awareness of the centuries of discrimination against the Roma—the ethnic group often mistakenly called Gypsies—is on the rise in Eastern Europe, according to a leading scholar.

The people’s plight has been one of neglect and discrimination since arriving in Eastern Europe in the 1300s, said Carol Silverman, an anthropologist at the University of Oregon in Eugene who studies the Roma.

“Blood Diamonds” and How to Avoid Buying Illicit Gems

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 8, 2006   View Article

Growing awareness that a diamond’s luster may hide an illicit past is adding another “C”—conflict—into the lexicon of gem buyers already accustomed to gauging color, cut, clarity, and carat.

“Conflict diamonds,” also known as blood diamonds, are those sold to fund armed conflict and civil war. Human rights organizations link more than four million deaths and millions more displaced people to the trade in conflict diamonds.

Hurricanes, Politics, Blowing Florida’s Laborers Away?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 15, 2006   View Article

Florida farmers are concerned that millions of pounds of fruit and vegetables may go unpicked next harvest season because U.S. immigration politics are keeping laborers from their fields.

And if hurricanes wallop the Sunshine State like they did the past two years, the problem could become even worse.

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