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Nestle. The Company That Owns Our Water

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Nestle are a company based in Switerlazand and are one of the biggest household and commercial brands in the world. They are currently the leading supplier of the world’s bottled water, including such brands as Perrier and San Pellegrin.

Nestle have never been known the have a reputation of an ethical brands and yet have still survived the long string of attack boycotts that they company cant seem to shake.The recent media scrutiny of Nestle is directed on the processes Nestle use to obtain water for its products. He stands accused of privatising the worlds water and selling it back to us.

According to UN Water, water scarcity already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world's population, live in areas of physical water scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation.

On 28 July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights.

 

Water needs to be Sufficient, Safe, Physically Accessible and affordable.

Currently there is draft in California and there has been major pressure from the community as Nestle have been using local aquifers to draw water from which is, destroying the surrounding environment, restricted the amount of sufficient water to the population, they are also not paying the commercial rate, effectively stealing from the people directly, bottling up the theft, and putting it on the shelf.

In a video in 2013 the chairman of Nestle, Peter Rabeck-Letmathe, can be seen to say that he believes that water should be treated like any other product on the market. This statement caused an uproar and he has released a video in response, available though Nestlé’s website contradicting this.

The Chairman from nestle apparently believes that everyone should have access to water but argues it should only for drinking or sanitation needs. Nestle were known to be involved with lobbying activates against the water act. I understand the need for lobbying activates but should there not be a ban on certain companies lobbying particular things?

http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/human_right_to_water.shtml

Court corruption

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The courts are a mechanism for justice and it is every human has right to fair trial, but how can a trail be fair if the so-called ‘intendant’ experts are being influenced through money? Where are the regulations in the industry? Could this be a sign of internal governance gap right in the very own heart of the government?

 

 

In June 2014 BBC Panorama produced a documentary where the reporter tells independent experts, who handle evidence in court, that they are guilty of a crime, and this expert are happy to breach personal obligational duties. The courts use thousands of independent experts each year. The UK is proud is of parliament sovereignty, but with the courts being so corrupt, is it something we should be proud of?

 

 

An expert can be anyone with knowledge or experience of a particular field or discipline beyond that to be expected of a layman.

The primary duty of an expert witness is to the court – to be truthful as to fact, thorough in technical reasoning, honest as to opinion and complete in coverage of relevant matters.

 

In 2012 channel 4 revealed stories where in family courts, the expertise used were unqualified and resulted in children being taken away from their parents under false advice. Since then the courts have put a restriction on how much and when expert opinion is given by court, but how much can it be trusted and who should be in charge of regulation the system?

 

http://www.ukregisterofexpertwitnesses.co.uk/AboutExpertWitnesses.cfm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2hRbvZQELc 

Election Time

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 A central mechanism to out put orientation legitimacy, and is through free and general elections.

The general election in the UK are coming up and making a vote is a big an important decision. It helps to contribute in how the country is ruled and it can be a confusing with so many different policies all promising prosperity to different subcultures using a range of instruments, so I though I would do a little bit of research behind some of the manifestos and see what connects with businesses and human rights. Two interesting thing I found were:

I noticed that The Guardian reported in 2013 that David Cameron’s election advisor was a lobbyist, Lynton Crosby, who lobbies for tobacco, oil and gas companies. In 2015 it is apparent that extractive industries, such as oil and gas cause more damage than any other industries.

 

With David Cameron and the lobbyist for smoking, something which we all know, are made to kill you quicker, keep you addicted and to keep you a loyal customer and extractive industries in each other pockets, David Cameron has lost my vote in the Election.

As more and more corporations are integrated into the state, they hold too much power and there are too many financial transactions between politicians and corporations. The goal of most businesses and corporations is profit maximisation therefore why do we have so much trust in them to support needs of the people? Or should we not have restrictions on which type of companies should be allowed to participate in lobbying?

Labour pledges to repeal the Lobbying act if it wins power in order to drive transparency. In 2014 the Lobbying act was introduced, which prevents that non-politicians from speaking up big issues of the day, which is far from input orientated (for the people) legitimacy, an important component for democracy.  Labour also wants put a cap on the amount that individuals can donate to parties. The party claims to protect many human rights issues that are in the rise in the UK, such as discrimination and domestic abuse.

I am unsure who to vote for still and there are many more factors to consider, there is a decrease in voting and this is mostly due to distrust in the political and judiciary system but I believe that if you don’t vote at all, then we lose our voice and our say completely. It is our lack of input, which is keeping corruption in the system.

 

Conservatives of injustice

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It's amazing what goes ignored.

It's been building up to the elections in the UK, so I've done a little bit of research and found this little gem, further strengthening my adamancy that it is time for a change in how we are governed as a nation.

In Oct 2014 The Guardian reported that a document was found tin the manifesto that sets out the plan of;  "promised to “restore sovereignty to Westminster” through a parliamentary override that would prevent politically unacceptable Strasbourg rulings being enforced in UK law. The far-reaching changes would enable a future Tory government to limit human rights to only the “most serious cases”, deport more “terrorists and serious foreign criminals” and defy policies such as the ECHR’s requirement that some prisoners be given a vote."

What on Earth gives one party the right to undo years of progress with a single step? and why are these people still allowed to have power within the political system???

It's an outrage, countries are constantly and have historically been at war to fight for them and now people are actively voting to cancel them out.

What is wrong with people!!!! 

In America there are aim to give dolphins rights.....why do we not share the same passion for each others life.

We are all capable of so much more if we help each other, and help ourselves by getting rid of such out-dated people from our government.

Wake up to your true oppressors. 

Fight for positive change

 

 

 

 

time://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/03/conservatives-ignore-european-court-human-rights-rulings

Help Each Other

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Although the UK is known for having a wealthy population, we have a surplus of food, surplus of houses and many jobs to be filled and money to be made, we still have being sleeping rough in the street.

There has been a raise of people having to sleep rough in the UK, each person has a different case and story, but we are all the same, we are all human and we all deserve our basic rights.

People have begin to switch off, apparently studies show that when looking at objects, the medial prefrontal cortex doesnt lit up, and the same happened when they saw pictures of heavy marginalized groups like substance dependent or homeless people.

We shouldn't look down or dehumanise anyone. There is a theory that there are eight stages of genocide are classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial.

It seems to me that you could find the first 4 stages of genocide very similar with the situation of those who have to sleep rough on the street.

 

"A person who is homeless may be facing violations of the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to education, the right to liberty and security of the person, the right to privacy, the right to social security, the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to vote and many more." (Human Rights, 2009)

 

For years human rights have been in place but for change to really happen, we as humans, the only people truly in control of our actions, need to stand up for the rights for all. All though you may be sat cosy right now, one day you could end up a victim and you would hope that people would help you stand up for your basic human rights.

 

If you can help then do so,

isn't that one of the traits that make us human? 

 

 

 

This year OpSafe Brighton and Brighton in Need have joined up to host the March for the Homeless, Brighton edition.

The objectives for the march are as follows:

To call upon the Government to eradicate Homelessness by 2020 
To raise awareness and have a positive impact on the way that rough sleepers are viewed by society
To call upon all organisations, charities, agencies and volunteers to work together - because together we can do more.

For more info please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1374281526231227/ 

I will be joining and I hope to see you there.

 

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/rights-and-freedoms/projects/housing-homelessness-and-human-rights

Awareness

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This week I asked some friends some blind questions to see what they thought about the link between human rights and businesses.

All the people were aged 20-25 all female with different backgrounds.

The summary of the meeting shows that parts of the general population do not have a clue what there human rights are, who can violate them or who how to claim for human rights violations.

Although people are subject to discrimination in the work place, most people just brush it off and carry on.

People should be aware of their human rights and more should be done so that people can act on violations.

The history of human rights enforcement is usually down to people standing up for their rights, Ghandi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, although the act is in place, without a greater awareness of human rights then things go unnoticed. There is a duty upon all of us to protect and respect each other and that can only start if we are all educated and aware enough to do so.

 

Below is a summary of the discussion in bullet points:

 

What do you think your human rights are?

 

 

  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Free speech
  • Clothing
  • Toilet breaks
  • Food breaks

 

 

Do you think your human rights have ever been violated in the workplace?

 

Cheryl: felt that she unfairly dismissed (no fair trial)

Discrimination

Did nothing about it

 

Who do you think can get in trouble for violating human rights?

 

ANYONE

 

Do you think anyone should be able to taken to court?

 

EVERYONE SHOULD GET IN TROUBLE

 

Do you think that business should be able to get in trouble?

For example HSBC

If there is evidence then, yes.

The people should have to go trial.

 

 

 

 

IBM & The Holocaust

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David Black wrote a book entitled IBM and the Holocaust.

What this book has discovered is that IBM where in charge of supplying the Nazi Army with the tools need to classify who in the area are of jewish decent, where they lived, and what trade they worked with.

Without these machines mass extermination would not have been so easy, a perfect example of how business can effect our human rights.

IBM deny any such involvement and documents which David Black discovered show the emails between IBM and those in control of the concentration camps, saying that they have relabelled the machine and distributed them in order to hide the true reason they were leased in the first place.

The Nazis' didn't buy the machines that help cross tabulate information in order to find and exterminate enemies of the army but they were leased so IBM knew exactly where the machines where the entire time.

Although the corporation as they stand know are not responsible for the actions that company had previously been involved in, they should at least stop denying thier involvement and apologise, they didn't protect human lives, they didn't respect lives, really they should try and seek a remedy for their actions.

The Nature of Human Rights

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What is a right?

Hoffman, D & Rowe, J. (2013) refer to a right as meaning one of the following;

(a) a claim to something. (that somebody else has a duty to provide)

an owners right to (claim) to return of their property if stolen, or a prisoners right to claim food whilst incarcerated. 

(b) a freedom to do something

the freedom to engage in work 

(c) The power to do something

The judges power to strike down subordinate legislation that is inconsistent to HRA 1998

(d) an immunity from something

No one should be subject to torture of slavery 


Who do human rights seek to protect?


Human rights are there to protect everybody, regardless of nationality or citizenship.

 

What is the European Convention on Human Rights?

The Council of Europe was founded to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, and to ensure that the  atrocities and cruelties committed during the WW2 would
never be repeated.

What does the HMRA actually do?

Anyone who feels that one or more of their rights has been breached by a public authority can
raise the matter in an appropriate court or tribunal. If they are unhappy with the court’s decision and have pursued the issue as far as it can go in the UK, they may take their
complaint to the European Court of Human Rights.

So from an extremely brief overview we can see that human rights are made in order to protect and respect each other equally, however whilst business can be at the forefront of violation human rights abuses or advocating for them, a business can not be bought before the ECHR as a business is not a real person. The only people that can be sued for human rights abuses are the state. 

 

 

 

Loobying. Is it right?

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Lobbying can be defined as:

"in a professional capacity, attempting to influence, or advising those who wish to influence, the United Kingdom Government, Parliament, the devolved legislatures or administrations, regional or local government or other public bodies on any matter within their competence." (UKPAC, 2012)

 

Lobbying can serve a very good role in the UK society and allow those who may not be usually be heard, however I believe there should be more transparency about those who pay and get paid to involve themselves in lobby activities.

 

Back in 1995 David Tredinnick, MP for Bosworth, was suspended for 20 sitting days and Graham Riddick, MP for Colne Valley, for 10 days, for being prepared to take payments for parliamentary questions from a Sunday Times reporter posing as a businessman.(The Independent, 1995)

 

In 2014 it was revealed by an undercover investigation conducted by The Telegraph and the BBC’s Panorama programme last year disclosed that Patrick Mercer, tabled five questions to government ministers and put down a parliamentary motion after being paid £4,000 as part of a contract he believed would earn him £24,000 a year.

 

Scharf, F advocates a theory of democracy that is input and output orientated legitimacy

Input is translated as laws "by the people" (What do people want and feel is just) and output is "for the people" (Laws made to protect the people) When people are allow to influence people with money, the people involved may not have the nations best interests involved and completely contradicts the concept of democracy in the UK.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/cashforquestions-mps-suspended-by-commons-1616440.html

Bank or Drug lord?

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HSBC were recently fined 1.9bn for money laundering for Mexican drugs lords and terriosts.

Forty seven thousand people died at the hands of drug traffickers while HSBC was taking their money. 

Stuart McWilliam, of Global Witness said: “It is outrageous that despite the size of the fine HSBC received for money laundering, they still managed to increase underlying profits and hand their executives multi-million pound bonuses. "

While people are being stripped of their lives those who were involved haven't seen any direct punishment, and why not?

It makes no sense that somebody caught with the intent to supply drugs in the UK can face an unlimited fine and up to life imprisonment while bankers are allowed to continue life as normal.

I find it disgusting mainly because it gives banker incentives to keep doing it, they make a profit and face no real punishment for any wrong doings, some may even call that an incentive.

HSBC have apologised for thier actions but I don't think sorry can quite cut it.

How far will it have to go before people stop doing business with these currport bankers?

 

More should be done by the government to make people aware that they are trusting and giving money to well known public criminals.

 

http://www.globalwitness.org/library/outrage-vast-hsbc-profits-and-bonuses-despite-role-drug-money-laundering

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Help Each Other

Although the UK is known for having a wealthy population, we have a surplus of food, surplus of houses and many jobs to be filled and money to be made, we still have being sleeping rough in the street.

There has been a raise of people having to sleep rough in the UK, each person has a different case and story, but we are all the same, we are all human and we all deserve our basic rights.

People have begin to switch off, apparently studies show that when looking at objects, the medial prefrontal cortex doesnt lit up, and the same happened when they saw pictures of heavy marginalized groups like substance dependent or homeless people.

We shouldn't look down or dehumanise anyone. There is a theory that there are eight stages of genocide are classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial.

It seems to me that you could find the first 4 stages of genocide very similar with the situation of those who have to sleep rough on the street.

 

"A person who is homeless may be facing violations of the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to education, the right to liberty and security of the person, the right to privacy, the right to social security, the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to vote and many more." (Human Rights, 2009)

 

For years human rights have been in place but for change to really happen, we as humans, the only people truly in control of our actions, need to stand up for the rights for all. All though you may be sat cosy right now, one day you could end up a victim and you would hope that people would help you stand up for your basic human rights.

 

If you can help then do so,

isn't that one of the traits that make us human? 

 

 

 

This year OpSafe Brighton and Brighton in Need have joined up to host the March for the Homeless, Brighton edition.

The objectives for the march are as follows:

To call upon the Government to eradicate Homelessness by 2020 
To raise awareness and have a positive impact on the way that rough sleepers are viewed by society
To call upon all organisations, charities, agencies and volunteers to work together - because together we can do more.

For more info please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1374281526231227/ 

I will be joining and I hope to see you there.

 

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/rights-and-freedoms/projects/housing-homelessness-and-human-rights