In 2016, an article was added to the French Code of Public health. The article states that advertisements which include photoshopped images of models must be captioned “Retouched Photograph” so that viewers are not misled to believe that such bodies can naturally be obtained. This regulation came as a response to the report that 30 or 40 thousand people in France currently suffer from Anorexia, a body-image related mental illness. As of October 1st, 2017, the regulation is being enforced.
This is not the only French effort aiming to reduce body-image issues. Since 2016, models have been required to submit medical documents to ensure that their general health and body mass index are below a certain level. Similar laws have been made in Israel in 2012 and in Australia in 2014. In Brazil, attention was brought to the subject in 2010 but no regulations have since been passed.
Recent News Recap – Wells Fargo
The City of Philadelphia has recently filed its lawsuit against Wells Fargo, stating that this bank has once again violated a Fair Housing Act through the use of predatory lending practices that targeted minority mortgage borrowers. Wells Fargo denies the allegations, stating that its practices are always fair and that any claims within the lawsuit are unsubstantiated. This lawsuit was filed last May within the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and it’s the latest in a number of problems for this large bank, which still reels itself from the unique scandal last year that involved a few of its bankers opening fake accounts in the names of real customers.
The city argues that Wells Fargo Bank, based in San Francisco, guided black and Hispanic borrowers to riskier loans with high interest rates though they should’ve been credit-qualified into lower-interest and lower-risk mortgages. Philadelphia also states that the bank has made it far more difficult for such borrowers to refinance any mortgages later on, forcing a higher percentage of these to foreclose. The city had investigated this claim for 12 months before filing its complaint.
By reviewing all data from loans over another 10-year period through Wells Fargo, the city’s authorities thus determined that black borrowers are likelier to receive a higher interest loan than white borrowers will ever be, and Hispanics are 1.7 times likelier to receive these riskier mortgage loans. All borrowers reviewed by the city obtained FICO scores of 660 and higher. White borrowers that had similar credit scores earned lower interest-mortgage loans than most other minority borrowers ever did.
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The career of Thor Halvorssen has taken many different directions over the last few years after the founder and leader of the Human Rights Foundation set out to create a series of events that would make a positive change on the human rights community. Halvorssen has been a dedicated human rights activist throughout his life after being personally affected by the imprisonment of his own father during his time as the diplomatic drug czar of Venezuela; despite his father’s protected status as a diplomat he was tortured by law enforcement officials who he had discovered were playing a key part in protecting members of the drug trade in South America.
The first events Halvorssen took part in as a human rights activist were dedicated to securing the freedom of his own father from imprisonment and were created as a part of a campaign Halvorssen headed along with officials from Amnesty International. Since this first event, Thor has also set out to take part in many different forms of protest and campaign for many different groups and a series of events developed by his own Human Rights Foundation such as the Oslo Freedom Forum.
The Oslo Freedom Forum was first held in 1009 and has been a major part of the calendar for human rights activists, celebrities, journalists, and politicians to attend on a personal and political level. Although Halvorssen is not interested in pushing forward his own political agenda he is concerned with making sure the activists and community leaders he represents have access to people from across the world who can play a key role with the advancement of individual campaigns. The success of the Oslo Freedom Forum has seen the event expand across a range of cities to include the San Francisco Freedom Forum and a further event focused on college campuses that aims to raise awareness of the problems facing groups around the world when people are trapped under restrictive regimes.