Archive for May 4th, 2019

04/05/2019

Are Migrant Workers Humans or Commodities?

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNITED NATIONS, May 1 2019 (IPS)* The United Nations has estimated a hefty $466 billion as remittances from migrant workers worldwide in 2017—and perhaps even higher last year.
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Photo from IPS.

These remittances, primarily from the US, Western Europe and Gulf nations, go largely to low and middle-income countries, “helping to lift millions of families out of poverty,” says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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04/05/2019

More than 10 Million North Koreans Facing ‘Severe Food Shortages’ after Worst Harvest in 10 Years

Human Wrongs Watch

More than 10 million North Koreans are suffering “severe food shortages” after the worst harvest in a decade, according to a United Nations food security assessment released on Friday [3 May 2019].

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Dry conditions in Unpa County, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo from FAO.

04/05/2019

Faces and Voices of Conflict

3 May 2019 — “The militia forbade me to cry otherwise they would behead me” – the sombre words of a ten-year-old girl caught up in the years’ long conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one story which features in a new UN photo exhibition in the United States, called Caught in Conflict.
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Vincent Tremeau | A ten-year old orphan, formerly enrolled in an armed militia, has now been reunited with her uncle. (18 October 2018)
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The exhibition which is taking place at Photoville, in Los Angeles, considers the responses of innocent women and children to the conflicts they have unwittingly become part of, suggesting that they suffer in ways that men do not.
04/05/2019

Migrants, Asylum Seekers Detained in Hungary ‘Deliberately Deprived of Food’ – UN Human Rights Office

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday [3 May 2019] it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being “deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards”.

UNHCR/Mark Henley | Hungary’s strengthened razor wire border fence along an old railway line, to block the path of refugees and migrants. File photo, September 2015.

OHCHR Spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, told reporters in Geneva that under existing laws in Hungary, migrants and asylum seekers who are undocumented, are immediately detained in transit zones during the asylum procedure, or until they can be sent back to their country of origin.

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04/05/2019

A Series of Killings in Cyprus Targeting Young Migrant Women and Girls

Nicosia, 4 May 2019 (IOM)*The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is deeply saddened by the recent news regarding a series of killings in Cyprus targeting young migrant women and girls and regrets the terrible loss of life. 

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Migrants, particularly migrant women, often find themselves in situations of vulnerability.

These shocking revelations highlight the need for strengthened capacity to provide protection and support to migrants and victims of violence, as well as strategies to combat the exploitation of migrant workers.

Further cooperative efforts are also needed to enhance inclusion and promote integration of migrants into local society and to enable receiving communities to harness the positive contributions that migrants make.

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