Trials and other legal proceedings, including legislative sessions, may be closed to news media. The closing of legislatures involves broadcasting media for the most part, while the closure of trials and other proceedings may involve all media. Fair hearing may not be given to cases where the procedure is not open to public scrutiny. Secret trials are usually political, but other hearings which may set a precedent in the interpretation of the law may be closed and the issue may not be recognized as such until a precedent is set, usually in favour of the authorities. Corruption may continue and government control may be strengthened because of public ignorance and apathy.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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