Archive for January 3rd, 2018

03/01/2018

‘Early Action Key to Mitigate Impacts from Potentially Destructive La Niña and Its Counterpart, El Niño’

Human Wrongs Watch

2 January 2018 – La Niña is expected to impact weather around the world in 2018, a United Nations relief official said, urging governments and the international community to act early to mitigate the impacts from this potentially destructive weather pattern and its counterpart, El Niño.

Most of the reefs in the Seychelles have died due to El Niño, bleaching, fishing and the rising temperature of the seawater. Photo: Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

“We know that the earlier we’re able to put in place a response, the more efficient and effective that response can be,” Greg Puley, Chief of Policy Advice and Planning Section, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told UN News.

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03/01/2018

“We had to bury so many people in the desert. As I was digging the holes, I planned for mine as well.”

Human Wrongs Watch

Nigerian Ernest’s story is part of the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) series: “i am a migrant“.*

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Ernest. Photo credit: IOM/Monica Chiriac | 1,848 kms from home #iamamigrant

“The route from Nigeria to Libya was terrible. The driver told us that the road wasn’t good so we had to wait. We were stranded in the desert for three weeks, with no food, water or shade. We were 30 when we left, but only five survived. Some were drinking their pee in order to survive. We had to bury so many people. As I was digging their holes, I was planning for mine as well.

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03/01/2018

‘Rights to Freedom of Expression, Peaceful Assembly Severely Restricted in Saudi Arabia’ – UN Rights Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

United Nations human rights experts deplored Saudi Arabia’s continued use of counter-terrorism and security-related laws against human rights defenders and urged the release of all those detained for peacefully exercising their rights.

Independent Expert on Human Rights Michel Forst. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré

“The rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are severely restricted in Saudi Arabia,” the group said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday [2 January 2018].

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03/01/2018

US Wants to Cut Aid to UN Refugee Agency to Force Palestine into Talks with Israel

Human Wrongs Watch

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President Donald Trump appears to be on course to punish the United Nations after most UN member states refused to endorse the US President’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
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