Archive for April 2nd, 2019


Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania Seek Solutions to Irregular Migration on Southern Route

Dar es Salaam, 2 April 2019 (IOM)*  – Irregular migration from the East and Horn of Africa to southern Africa, presents countries along this route with a new challenge: how to manage these flows while ensuring that the human rights of migrants are respected and protected.  


South Africa is the destination for many irregular migrants using the Southern Route. Photo: IOM

The ‘Southern Route’ – as this migration route is known – is used by scores of irregular migrants journeying southward in the hope of reaching South Africa.

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Acute Hunger Affects over 100 Million People Worldwide – Global Report on Food Crises

Human Wrongs Watch

2 April 2019, Brussels (FAO)*  —  report presented today jointly by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017.

Photo: ©FAO/Stefanie Glinski

Nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger are concentrated in just 8 countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

‘100 Million People Are Pushed into Extreme Poverty Each Year Because of Out-of-Pocket Spending on Health’

Human Wrongs Watch

By World Health Organization*

‘Millions more are forced to choose between health care and daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home’.


Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.*

It includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care—and is best based on a strong primary health care system.

Over the past decade, countries in the WHO Western Pacific Region have made significant health gains and increased commitments to advance UHC.

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‘Every War Is a War against Children’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

We, in the United States, have yet to realize both the futility and immense consequences of war even as we develop, store, sell, and use hideous weapons. The number of children killed is rising.


Kathy Kelly

At 9:30 in the morning of March 26, the entrance to a rural hospital in northwest Yemen, supported by Save the Children, was teeming as patients waited to be seen and employees arrived at work.

Suddenly, missiles from an airstrike hit the hospital, killing seven people, four of them children.

Jason Lee of Save the Children, told The New York Times that the Saudi-led coalition, now in its fifth year of waging war in Yemen, knew the coordinates of the hospital and should have been able to avoid the strike. He called what happened “a gross violation of humanitarian law.”

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Warning: A Sixth Mass Species Extinction Is on the Cards

1 April 2019 (UN Environment)* — When an entrepreneur designs, makes and markets handbags made of donkey skin, and they become hugely popular, that’s good for business and employment, right? But if the donkey leather is sourced from developing countries with weak environmental laws, what is the socio-economic and environmental impact?


Photo by Pxhere | Photo from UN Environment.


Brunei’s Islam and US Christian Radicals: Not a Good Day for LGBT Human Rights


‘Four Demographic “Mega-Trends” Shaping the World: Population Growth, Population Ageing, International Migration, and Urbanization’

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations is highlighting the important role that population trends play in promoting sustainable development, during the annual Commission on Population and Development, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday [1 April 2019].

Dominic Chavez/World Bank | A view of the city of Bogotá, Colombia.| Photo from UN News.

This year’s Commission is also an opportunity to take stock and review progress made since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place 25 years ago in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

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