Archive for July 4th, 2019

04/07/2019

Just 10 Per Cent of Workers Receive Nearly Half of Global Pay

Human Wrongs Watch

An ILO assessment gives the first global estimates of the distribution of labour income, and shows that pay inequality remains pervasive in the world of work. The findings are drawn from a new database which includes national, regional and global data.

© Robert Scoble (photo from ILO).

GENEVA, 4 July 2019 (ILO)* – Ten per cent of workers receive 48.9 per cent of total global pay, while the lowest-paid 50 per cent of workers receive just 6.4 per cent, a new ILO dataset reveals. What’s more, the lowest 20 per cent of income earners – around 650 million workers – earn less than 1 per cent of global labour income, a figure that has hardly changed in 13 years.

04/07/2019

More Than a Million People to Be Vaccinated in Phase 2 of a Huge Cholera Vaccination Campaign in DR Congo

MBUJI-MAYI / GENEVA, 3 July 2019 (WHO)*  — Phase 2 of the biggest ever oral vaccination campaign against cholera is scheduled to take place from 3-8 July 2019 in 15 health districts in the four central provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Kasaï, Kasaï Oriental, Lomami et Sankuru.

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A local official receives a dose of oral cholera vaccine in Tshilenge, July 2019 | WHO

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04/07/2019

Kyrgyzstan Ends Statelessness in Historic First

Kyrgyzstan. Portrait of Nazgul Avaz, 22, a formerly stateless young woman who is now working in a cafe

Previously stateless, Nazgul Avaz Kyzy, 22, is now a full citizen of Kyrgyzstan and able to work legally at a local café. © UNHCR/Chris de Bode

 

In a ceremony this morning in the capital, Bishkek, 50 previously stateless people, including 15 children, were issued with birth certificates and passports, making them citizens. They are the last known stateless people in Kyrgyzstan and will now have the same rights as any other citizen.

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04/07/2019

Libya Tragedy: Why Lock Up Migrants in the First Place?

Human Wrongs Watch

11191157906_1b1f85975a_z-629x353African migrants in Libya. Libya is one of the main departure points for African migrants, fleeing poverty and war, to try to reach Italy by boat. Some 3,800 migrants and refugees are held in government-run detention centres in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya in what human rights groups and the U.N. say are often inhuman conditions. A military strike on a detention centre for migrants in Libya claimed dozens of lives on Tuesday. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS.

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04/07/2019

US Pays $775 a Head Per Day to Keep Children in Cages as House Approves Additional $4.5bn

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By Danica Jorden (openDemocracy)*

A few Democratic Party lawmakers and presidential hopefuls attempted to visit a privately-run immigration detention camp for children on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The site in Homestead, Florida is but one on a list of overcrowded and dangerously unhealthy facilities around the country. After each official failed to gain entry, they took the opportunity to interview protestors calling for the camp’s closure. |  Español

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Overcrowding of families observed by OIG on June 11, 2019, at Border Patrol’s Weslaco, TX, Station. Faces were digitally obscured by OIG. | Source | Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General |Public Domain | This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.

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04/07/2019

Migrants Preparing to Return Home, Among Casualties of Libyan Detention Centre Airstrike

Human Wrongs Watch

Tripoli, 4 July 2019 (IOM)*  – An airstrike on Tajoura detention centre in Libya late Tuesday [2July 2019] night killed at least 44 migrants and injured more than 130 others including some registered with IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme, several of whom were scheduled to return home in the coming days.

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IOM medical staff assist survivors of Tuesday night’s Tajoura detention centre bombing. Photo: IOM

“Innocent lives were lost in the attack on Tuesday night, and immediate action is needed from all sides,” said IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi.

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04/07/2019

‘Restrictions, Unmet Promises, Unbridled Violence in Sudan, a ‘Recipe for Disaster’ – UN Human Rights Chief

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After nationwide protests across Sudan on Sunday, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday [3 July 2019] called on Sudanese authorities to lift restrictions on the internet and launch independent investigations into all acts of violence against demonstrators, and allegations of excessive force, including attacks on hospitals.

UN Sudan/Ayman Suliman | Protesters demonstrate outside the Sudanese Armed Forces headquarters in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. (11 April 2019)
04/07/2019

“Grievous Human Rights Violations” Continue against Myanmar Civilians, Independent Rights Expert Warns Human Rights Council

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3 July 2019 — Marginalized communities in Myanmar still face “grievous human rights violations” at the hands of security forces, a UN-appointed independent expert said this week, while repeating her call for an international and independent probe into the 2017 exodus from Rakhine state. 

© UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo | Bangladesh. Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to safety in Cox’s Bazar.
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