Archive for August 7th, 2018

07/08/2018

Key Brazilian Border Crossing for Venezuela Refugees Reopens as Asylum Numbers Pass Last Year’s Total

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 117,000 Venezuelans have claimed asylum already this year — more than for the whole of 2017 — the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on 7 August said, after welcoming a decision by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court to reverse the closure of the country’s border with its northern neighbour.

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UNHCR/Reynesson Damasceno Venezuelans wait outside the Federal Police office in the Brazilian border city of Pacaraima. In August 2018, Brazilian Federal courts temporarily halted, then resumed, admission of Venezuelans seeking asylum or special permits to stay in the country.

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“UNHCR welcomes last night’s decision of the Court to overturn a decision by a Federal Judge in Roraima border state, to suspend admission of Venezuelans to the country and close the border,” said the agency’s spokesperson William Spindler.

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07/08/2018

Human Rights Experts Call for Greater Protection of Indigenous People During Migration

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7 August 2018 – Governments are being urged to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are recognized, whether they are living on their traditional lands or forced to move elsewhere.

SGP-GEF-UNDP Peru/Enrique Castro-Mendívil | Indigenous men and women of Nuñoa in Puno, Peru, spin and weave garments based on the fiber of the alpacas.
The appeal has been made by a group of independent experts, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, who are calling on States to act now to protect these communities during migration.
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Globally, there are approximately 370 million indigenous people, meaning those who are descendants of the original inhabitants of a geographical region or country, according to UN estimates.

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07/08/2018

‘Indigenous Women Are on the Move Too, Often Fleeing Violence, Environmental Disasters and Land Encroachments’

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7 August 2018 (UN Women)*At a time of unprecedented human mobility, indigenous women are on the move too, often fleeing violence, environmental disasters and land encroachments that have eaten into their sources of food, water and way of life.

An indigenous woman paints a mural in her community in Guatemala. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown 

The positive economic spin-offs of migration don’t always reach them. Theirs is a move also for justice, as they mobilize to make their voices heard, demand punishment for perpetrators and reparations to restore their dignity.

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07/08/2018

Exile Wreaks Havoc on Eefugees’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

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SANLIURFA, Turkey, 6 August 2018 (UNFPA)*Refugee women and girls face extraordinary hardships. They endure grave risks and often brutal violence, and many are thrust into poverty. But they can also face another, more intimate, hardship, one that is seldom discussed – the effects of exile on their sexual and reproductive health.  

Dr. Hadel Bakjaje says certain vaginal infections "can become chronic and can cause miscarriages and early births." © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet
Dr. Hadel Bakjaje says certain vaginal infections “can become chronic and can cause miscarriages and early births.” © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet

Some 475,000 Syrian refugees have sought safety in the desert city of Sanliurfa, Turkey, an hour’s drive from the Syrian border.

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07/08/2018

Latin America and the Caribbean Hop into Electric Mobility

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7 August 2018 (UN Environment)* Air pollution kills nearly 7 million people every year around the world. The situation could worsen in the coming years in Latin America and the Caribbean, where transport – a rapidly growing sector – is the main source of greenhouse emissions.Transantiago Chile

Transantiago | Photo from UN Environment

The region’s vehicle fleet is expanding faster than any other in ​​the world and could triple over the next 25 years. This would result in a collapse of the cities’ road infrastructures and in a proportional increase of pollutants.

To avoid this dramatic scenario, several countries in the region are implementing innovative laws and projects to promote electric mobility and introducing clean vehicles into their public transport.

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07/08/2018

USD 45 Million Needed for 2018-2020 Migrant Response in Horn of Africa, Yemen – IOM

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Nairobi (IOM)* – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and its partners launched, on 6 August, a Regional Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) for the Horn of Africa and Yemen through which they are appealing to the international community for USD 45 million. The plan details support to migrants on the move in the Horn of Africa and Yemen from 2018 to 2020.

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Ethiopian migrants in Obock, Djibouti, walk to a shaded area to await smugglers to bring them to Yemen. Photo: Olivia Headon/IOM 2018

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07/08/2018

UN Provides Lifeline to Gaza Lifeguards, in Bid to Keep Workers from Debtors’ Prison

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6 August 2018 — If Bilal Bashir, a Palestinian fisherman and lifeguard living on the coast of the Gaza Strip, does not get work over the summer months, he risks being sent to debtors’ prison.

UNDP | A young man working as a lifeguard helps a child out of the water on a Gaza beach.
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That’s the harsh reality facing many in the enclave, which is blockaded by Israel, as unemployment rates reach as high as 60 per cent, but the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Assistance to the Palestinian People initiative, is creating jobs as part of an overall effort to relieve the intense pressure on workers and their families during the summer period.
07/08/2018

UN Targets Half a Million Yemenis in Battle-Scarred Hudaydah with Cholera Vaccine – UNICEF

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6 August 2018 – Over a year after cholera broke out in Yemen, killing more than 2,000 people, the disease is back and spreading fast in the Houthi-held port city of Hudaydah; a target of continued air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition to regain control of the city.

UNICEF/Sadeq Al-Wesabi | On 7 May 2018 in Aden, Yemen, a boy is vaccinated against cholera. UNICEF and WHO, in partnership with Yemen’s Ministry of Health, began another oral vaccination campaign the following August.
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To mitigate the risks, on Saturday, the Ministry of Health and the UN launched a week-long cholera oral vaccination campaign, targeting the most vulnerable 500,000 women, children and men in and around the city.
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Other mitigating measures implemented by humanitarian organisations include the continued provision of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
07/08/2018

‘The Uranium Bomb Detonated over Hiroshima Razed and Burnt 70 Per Cent of All Buildings, Caused an Estimated 140,000 Deaths by the End of 1945’

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By ICANInternational Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons*

The two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of people, and their effects are still being felt today.
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Image from ICAN

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The uranium bomb detonated over Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 had an explosive yield equal to 15,000 tonnes of TNT.
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It razed and burnt around 70 per cent of all buildings and caused an estimated 140,000 deaths by the end of 1945, along with increased rates of cancer and chronic disease among the survivors.
07/08/2018

As Hiroshima Observes 73rd Anniversary of Atomic Bombing, ‘Tensions between Nuclear-Armed States Are Rising and Nuclear Arsenals Are Being Modernized’

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The world needs the continued moral leadership of the people of Hiroshima, the top United Nations disarmament official on 6 August 2018 said, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing that devastated the city while lamenting that after decades of momentum towards a nuclear-free world, “progress has stalled.”

UN Photo/Yoshito Matsushige | Injured civilians, having escaped the raging inferno, gathered on a pavement west of Miyuki-bashi in Hiroshima, Japan, about 11 a.m. on 6 August 1945.
“Tensions between nuclear-armed States are rising. Nuclear arsenals are being modernized and, in some cases, expanded,” said Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, speaking on behalf of Secretary-General António Guterresat the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.
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