Archive for June 14th, 2019

14/06/2019

Lebanon – Many Refugee Children Must Work to Feed Their Families

14/06/2019

“In Limbo” – Poor identification of Missing Leaves Bereaved Families of Mediterranean Migrants

Human Wrongs Watch

Berlin, 14 June 2019 (IOM)*  – A new briefing from IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) shows that thousands of people lost in the Central Mediterranean crossing have not been identified. 

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Migrants on an inflatable raft in the Channel of Sicily. © Francesco Malavolta/IOM 2015

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14/06/2019

Asia-Pacific Region Falters on UN Development Goals

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 14 2019 (IPS)* UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a Chatham House meeting in London last week that the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of the legacies of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “spawned tremendous progress” in the battle against poverty worldwide.

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She pointed out that the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day was reduced from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015 — “the largest decline of its kind in human history”.

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14/06/2019

Second Ebola Death Confirmed in Uganda – World Health Organization Mulls Global Emergency Call

Together with Uganda, UN humanitarian agencies are racing to contain deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) there, after the announcement that it has claimed a second victim.

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Finnish Red Cross/Maria Santto | Rinsing Ebola protective gear in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo (31 May 2019).

The development, which is likely linked to the ongoing outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), comes ahead of a key meeting on Friday [14 June 2019] at the World Health Organization (WHO), to decide whether to announce an international public health emergency.

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14/06/2019

One Brick at a Time

Human Wrongs Watch

13 June 2019 (UN Environment)*The brick-clay industry employs around 10 million people in India. The industry also burns around 35–40million tonnes of coal per year, emitting carbon dioxide and sulfur, contributing to air pollution.

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According to India’s Central Pollution Control Board, India produces over 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste daily, much of which ends up in landfills.

Ultimately, 40 per cent of this waste finds its way into river and drainage systems, oceans, the soil and fragile ecosystems. Some of it is ingested by animals, causing environmental harm.

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14/06/2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Key Facts

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14/06/2019

Sexual Abuse, Rape of Elderly Likely to ‘Grow Dramatically’ – UN Independent Human Rights Expert

As the world prepares to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2019, the UN independent human rights expert mandated with defending the rights of older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, has stressed that they are often victims of sexual abuse and rape, although it remains rarely detected, reported or exposed. 

WHO/Yoshi Shimizu | An elderly patient receives rehabilitation care in Japan.
“The sexual abuse and rape of older persons is a subject rarely discussed, but nevertheless is a reality,” said Ms. Kornfeld-Matte, in a statement issued on Thursday [13 June 2019], calling on everyone to “be more attentive and report suspected cases of abuse of older people”.
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