Archive for January 25th, 2019

25/01/2019

Alarm over Violent Attacks on Lawmakers, Opposition in Malawi, ahead of Elections

Human Wrongs Watch

In Malawi, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, voiced alarm on Friday [25 January 2019 ]over increasing, horrific violence there, linked to upcoming elections.

WFP/Badre Bahaji | Jiran crossed a WFP-donated bridge to deliver her first-born child at Lugola health centre in Chikulo, Malawi. (file)
The victims have included politicians, male and female party activists and persons with albinism – the condition where those affected are born with lighter skin, hair and eye colour.
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In one recent incident in the north of the country, a 55-year-old man with albinism was repeatedly stabbed in front of his child, before his arms were amputated by his attackers.

UN spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva that Member of Parliament, Bon Kalindo, was also set upon after being arrested for allegedly insulting the President.

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25/01/2019

Increased Number of Nigerian Migrants Fall Victim to Sex Trafficking, Exploitation in Mali

Bamako, 25 January 2019 (IOM)*  – Every year, thousands of Nigerian women receive false promises. If they leave their country, they are told, they will find a good job, maybe as a waitress or a hairdresser. There they can earn enough money to begin a new life.

Instead, many are caught in vicious cycles of sexual exploitation and servitude.

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Chance, a Nigerian VoT who returned from Mali in 2018, speaks about her experience to IOM staff. Photo: IOM

‘Chance’, a young Nigerian, learned all this the hard way. Just over a year ago she was approached by neighbours who persuaded her to quit school and leave Nigeria for new work opportunities.

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25/01/2019

Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers

Human Wrongs Watch

(Brussels) – European Union policies contribute to a cycle of extreme abuse against migrants in Libya, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today [21 January 2019]. The EU and Italy’s support for the Libyan Coast Guard contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya.

European Union policies contribute to a cycle of extreme abuse against migrants in Libya. The EU and Italy’s support for the Libyan Coast Guard contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya. 

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25/01/2019

‘Education Transforms Lives, Yet at Least 262 Million Children, Adolescents and Youth Are Out of School, Most of Them Girls’

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UNICEF/Pirozzi | Eight-year old attends the second grade in the Guinea-Bissau village of Ponta Nova.
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“Education transforms lives”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, recounting his personal story of teaching in “the slums of Lisbon” where he saw first-hand that “education is an engine for poverty eradication and a force for peace”.
25/01/2019

‘Forgotten Crisis’ in Cameroon, with Attacks on the Rise, More than 4 Millions Humans in Need of ‘Lifesaving Assistance’

Around 4.3 million Cameroonians, mostly women and children, are now in need of lifesaving assistance, the UN announced on Thursday [24 January 2019], presenting it’s 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the West African country, in coordination with the Government and aid partners.
UNHCR/Catianne Tijerina | Central African mothers and children queue for food at the Timangolo refugee centre in Cameroon.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon, Ms. Allegra Baiocchi, and Cameroon’s Civil Protection Director, Ms. Yap Mariatou, warned at the launch in Geneva, that the was a drastic increase in humanitarian need across the country.

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25/01/2019

50 Million Tonnes of Electronic Waste Thrown Away Each Year, Posing Serious Threat to the Environment and Human Health Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

Around 50 million tonnes of electronic waste, or e-waste, is being thrown away each year, according to a new joint United Nations report – which exceeds the combined weight of all the commercial airliners ever made, or alternatively, enough Eiffel Towers to fill the whole of Manhattan.

Source: ITU | The Global E-wasteMonitor 2017.
To highlight the rising challenge posed by mountains of discarded electronics worldwide, seven UN entities came together to launch the report at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday [24 January 2019], in a bid to offer some solutions to a behemoth-sized problem that is making the world sicker and adding to environmental degradation.
25/01/2019

Electronic Devices Outnumber Humans and Trigger a Surge in E-Waste

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 2019 (IPS)* The widespread innovations in modern digital technology have a devastating downside to it: the accumulation of over 50 million tonnes of electronics waste (e-waste) globally every year.

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Photo from IPS.

And that’s greater in weight than all of the world’s commercial airliners ever made, or enough Eiffel Towers to fill the borough of Manhattan in New York city, warns a new report released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 24.

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