Archive for June 7th, 2018

07/06/2018

‘We Must Tackle the Root Causes of Child Labour’ — ILO Director-General

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ILO Director-General Guy Ryder highlighted the importance of addressing the root causes of child labour, including in unpaid family work in agriculture. He spoke at a panel on child labour held on the sidelines of the International Labour Conference.

Photo: ILO.

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GENEVA, 4 June 2018 (ILO)*  – ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called for urgent action to tackle the economic root causes of child labour, pointing out that attention needs to be paid not only to global supply chains, but also to unpaid family work in agriculture.
07/06/2018

Hunger Surges amid Deadly Conflicts and Adverse Climate Shocks in Many Countries — FAO

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Despite ample food supplies, persistent conflicts and adverse climate shocks are taking a toll on global food security, according to a new report launched on 7 June 2018 by the United Nation’s agriculture agency.

FAO/Giulio Napolitano | Herders take their animals to drink water in Niger, which FAO says is among the countries currently in need of external food assistance.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) new Crop Prospects and Food Situation reveals that since its last report in March, the number of countries requiring external food assistance has jumped by two, namely Cabo Verde and Senegal, to 39.
07/06/2018

Nameless and Un-Mourned: Identifying Migrant Bodies in the Mediterranean

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By Ottavia Ampuero Villagran*

Refugees’ life jackets in Parliament Square, London. Howard Lake/Flickr. CC (by-sa)

Have you ever stopped to consider what happens to the bodies of undocumented migrants when they die trying to reach the shores of Europe? Who they are, who mourns their loss, where and how they are buried?

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07/06/2018

46 Migrants Drown on Yemen’s Shores, 16 Still Missing

Yemen, 6 June 2018 (IOM)* – Tragedy struck migrants trying to cross from the Horn of Africa to find employment in Yemen and the Gulf, when their vessel capsized in high waves as it approached its destination in the early hours of 6 June.

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IOM Yemen staff assist a migrant who survived drowning. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency staff were on the scene providing assistance to the traumatized survivors. IOM staff reported that 46 migrants had drowned, 37 men and 9 women. A further 16 remain missing, presumed dead.

At least 100 migrants crammed onto a smuggler’s boat that left the port of Bossaso, Somalia on 5 June.

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07/06/2018

Bangladesh ‘Drug-Offender’ Killings Must Stop — UN Human Rights Chief

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The alleged extra-judicial killing of suspected drug offenders must be “immediately halted” and their perpetrators brought to justice, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 6 June 2018 said.

Amid reports that 130 people have been shot dead by security services across the country since the “zero-tolerance” policy began on 15 May, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rightssaid that he was “gravely concerned” that “such a large number of people” have been killed.

In his appeal to the government of Bangladesh, Zeid described official declarations that none of the victims was innocent as “dangerous… and indicative of a total disregard for the rule of law”.

Everyone has the right to life, the High Commissioner continued in his statement, and people “do not lose their human rights, because they sell drugs”. In addition to those allegedly killed in the anti-narcotics drive, 13,000 people have also been reportedly arrested.

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