Archive for June 23rd, 2018

23/06/2018

There’s a “Catastrophic Climate Gap” Between Commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement and the Emissions Reductions Required to Avoid the Worst Consequences of Global Warming — UNEP Report

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To prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we need to act now.

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22 June 2018 (UN Environment)* — There is a “catastrophic climate gap” between the commitments that countries have made under the Paris Climate Agreementand the emissions reductions required to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, according to UN Environment’s Emissions Gap Report 2017.

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23/06/2018

What the Attack on Hodeidah Means for Yemen’s Children: 8 Things You Need to Know

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Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

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22 June 2018 (UNICEF)* — More than 22 million Yemenis – that’s three-quarters of the population – need humanitarian assistance and protection. More than 11 million of them are children. The conflict has made Yemen a living hell for its children.

The attack on the Red Sea port city Hodeidah endangers the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the city.

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23/06/2018

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 40,944 in 2018; Deaths: 960

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Geneva, 22 June 2018 (IOM)*   IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 40,944 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 171 days of 2018. That total compares to 84,675 at this time last year, and over 215,997 at this time in 2016.

In other words: Mediterranean arrivals at this point in 2018 are running at significantly below half of last year’s total to date, and some 19 per cent of 2016’s volume at this same point during that year.

Deaths, too, are much lower than at comparable periods of the past two years. In 2017 IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reported 2,133 deaths through 21 June; at this point in 2016 the figure was 2,911 – or over three times 2018’s estimated total of 960.

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23/06/2018

Migrant Returns from Yemen Postponed as Displacement Increases due to Hudaydah Offensive

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Sana’a, 22 June 2018 (IOM)* – Due to the ongoing offensive, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been forced to postpone its voluntary humanitarian return assistance to migrants stranded in Hudaydah until further notice.

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Migrants stranded in Hudaydah are forced to wait for the resumption of IOM’s return assistance. Photo: IOM

The same military operations have, so far, caused 5,775 Yemenis to flee their homes in the Hudaydah area since it began last Wednesday (13/06) – this figure is set to increase over the coming days.

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23/06/2018

Invisible Women, Invisible Problems

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23 June 2018 (UN)*Although accurate information is limited, it has been estimated that there are some 258 million widows around the world, with over 115 million of them living in deep poverty. Data on women’s status are often not disaggregated by marital status, so at every level of gender statistics, from national to global, widows are not visible.

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Hawa, 23, was pregnant when her husband was killed in the fighting in CAR. The rest of her family either died or disappeared. She fled and crossed into Cameroon. “When I arrived I didn’t have anyone,” she said. She received counseling and livelihood training from UN Women at the Safe Centre in the camp. “They sensitized and trained me on how to do a business plan at the camp.” Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

Yet we know that many elderly widows face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, based on their gender, age, rural location or disability. Others are still young when they lose their husbands, perhaps as a result of conflict or because they were married as children to a much older man.

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23/06/2018

Hungary’s Laws on Helping Vulnerable Foreigners Are ‘Blatantly Xenophobic’ — UN Human Rights Chief

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Hungarian legislation that criminalizes anyone who supports asylum seekers and other vulnerable individuals is “blatantly xenophobic”, “shameful” and “disgraceful”, the UN human rights chief on 21 June 2018 said.

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UNHCR/Béla Szandelszky | Asylum seekers rest in their room in the Debrecen Reception Centre, Hungary. (file)
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Commenting on the Hungarian Parliament’s decision to vote in Government proposals on 20 June 2018, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein described it as “an attack on fundamental human rights and freedoms”, as it “makes illegal the act of helping those who may be in dire need”.

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23/06/2018

Stigmatized, Shunned and Shamed, International Widows’ Day Draws Attention to Their Unique Needs

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The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a “long-term struggle” for basic needs, human rights and dignity, according to UN Women, in a message to mark International Widows’ Day, on 23 June 2018.

UN Women/Ryan Brown | A 38-year-old widow who lost her husband in the Central African Republic war escaped to the Ngam refugee site in the Adamawa region of Cameroon with her five children; one of whom recently died.
On its website dedicated to the Day, the United Nations calls the abuse of widows and their children “one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today.”

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23/06/2018

Women’s Rights Face Global Pushback from Conservativism, Fundamentalism – Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice

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Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel on 22 June 2018 warned.

UN Women/Bruno Spada | Women in Brazil march for women’s rights.
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Alarming pushbackshave been progressing across regions of the globe”, through what the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice described as “alliance of conservative political ideologies and religious fundamentalisms,” in its report to the Human Rights Councilin Geneva.

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23/06/2018

Human Rights Chief Calls for International Probe on Venezuela, Following ‘Shocking Accounts of Extrajudicial Killings’

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In Venezuela, “credible, shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings” and impunity for perpetrators, indicate that the rule of law “is virtually absent”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on 22 June 2018 said, in a call for an international inquiry into the alleged violations.

UNHCR/Reynesson Damasceno | More than one million Venezuelans have left their country fleeing political violence, crime and widespread shortages. Many, like this family, are seeking shelter at Simon Bolivar Square in Boa Vista, Roraima, northern Brazil.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s appeal to the UN Human Rights Council to mount a high-level investigation, follows the publication of a new report by his office into the Latin American country, detailing serious abuse allegations.
23/06/2018

US Migrant Children Policy Reversal, Still ‘Fails’ Thousands of Detained Youngsters: 11 UN Human Rights Experts

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The United States government decision to end its border policy of forcibly separating migrant children from their parents, does not help thousands of youngsters already in detention, who should be released and reunited with their families, a group of UN human rights experts on 22 June 2018 said.

UNHCR/Markel Redondo | Eduardo, 31, with his daughter Sara at his house in Chiapas, Mexico. Eduardo together with his wife and four daughters, escaped increasing gang violence from El Salvador and have been recognized as refugees in Mexico.
The group of 11 independent Special Rapporteurs, and other experts, insist that the detention of the migrant children – “most” of whom are asylum-seekers from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – inside the US, “severely hampers their development and in some cases, may amount to torture”.

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