China's human rights record under the spotlight

Human Rights Council

The situation of human rights in China was put under scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. The 47-member Council conducted the second Universal Periodic Review or UPR for the country. A Chinese delegation of more than 40 members participated in the review where diplomats expressed their opinions about human rights in the most populous nation in the world. During the debate China also reported on the 42 recommendations that the country accepted at the first UPR.

Bangladeshi worker (© Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Are conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry improving?

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight story commercial building collapsed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 people. Gilbert Houngbo, the ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations sat down with Patrick Moser to discuss what has been done in the six months since the tragedy to improve conditions in the South Asian country's ready-made garment (RMG) industry.

Outdoor air pollution causes cancer deaths, says WHO cancer agency

A biker with a mask in China

Major studies that have been conducted around the world show that the air that people breathe is polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances. That was revealed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Geneva on Thursday. The IARC, a specialized agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), has been meeting in the French city of Lyons for the past few days. According to the agency’s projections, the number of cancer cases worldwide is expected to reach 25 million over the next 20 years.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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