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Law Protecting Morocco Child Maids Takes Effect

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A long-awaited law aimed at protecting thousands of young girls working as housemaids in Morocco took effect on Tuesday, the country’s first such legislation.

The law sets a minimum age of 18 for household work, in a bid to end the exploitation and abuse of young girls working for unscrupulous employers.

Passed in 2016 following years of debate, it imposes financial penalties on employers failing to provide contracts, a minimum wage, a weekly day off and annual holidays.

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The government at the time hailed the law as major progress.

However, human rights say it does not go far enough, allowing 16-17 year-olds to work as domestic helpers for a further five years until October 2023.

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Thousands of young girls in the North African kingdom are employed as maids, often facing abuse from their employers.

The Moroccan Collective for Eradicating the Exploitation of “Little Maids”, as the young housemaids are known, said the new law fails to provide means to reintegrate them into society.

There are no official figures on the number of minors employed as domestic maids in Morocco, who often hail from impoverished rural backgrounds.

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A 2010 study commissioned by NGOs found that between 66 000 and 80 000 girls under 15 years old were working as maids in Morocco.

 

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Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

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Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

A push to launch a high-level study of potentially risky technological fixes to curb climate change was abandoned at a UN Environmental conference in Nairobi late last week.  Countries, including the United states, had raised objections.

Switzerland’s Environmental Ambassador Franz Xavier Perrez, said that was a huge disappointment.  His country had proposed the UN assessment with the backing of eleven other governments.

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“Geo-engineering” technologies are gaining prominence, and they aim to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, or block some of the Sun’s warmth to cool the earth.

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Supporters say these technologies could help fend off some of the worst impact of runaway climate change, including worsening storms and heatwaves.  Opponents, on the other hand, argue the emerging technologies pose huge potential risks to people and nature and could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

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Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

Tanzanian government is optimistic that the implementation of Stiegler’s Gorge hydro-electric power station would produce thousands of jobs.  It is also expected to generate more than two thousand mega-watts.

Energy Minister, Dr. Medard Kalemani, told the parliamentary committee on energy and minerals that five thousand Tanzanians would be employed as temporary workers, and four hundred others would be employed under permanent contracts.

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Kalemani said the implementation of the project would not only uplift the livelihoods of Mloka villagers in Rufiji district in cost region, and of Kisaki villagers in Morogoro region, it would also enable the supply of electricity to 37 villages in Kibiti and Chalinze.  He said twelve villages will be connected to electricity under Tanzania Rural Energy Agency program.

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African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

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African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, Justice Sylvain Ore, has said the pan African organ, based in Arusha, has doubled its judicial productivity, and is optimistic it will even do better this year.

Commenting on the on-going reforms at the African Union, initiated under the guidance of the immediate past chairperson, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Justice Ore wanted the court to be a model for internal reforms and an efficiency icon for the rest of the institutions and citizens of the continent.

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The African court was established by the African Charter and began operations in two thousand six in Addis Ababa.  It moved to its permanent seat in Arusha a year later.  It has finalized 48 cases with a hundred thirty-five cases pending.

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So far, 30 countries have ratified the protocol establishing the court, but only nine countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Tunisia, and hosts Tanzania—have made the declaration to allow individuals and NGOs to access the court directly.

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