Archive for December 26th, 2019

26/12/2019

UN Chief Stresses Need for Independent, ‘Impartial Investigation’ into Saudi Journalist Khashoggi’s Death

As Saudi Arabia handed death sentences to five people and sent three others to jail for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the United Nations Secretary-General continued to stress the need for “an independent and impartial investigation”. (*).

UN Photo/Cia Pak | The United Nations General Assembly and Secretariat buildings at UN headquarters.

At a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday [24 December 2019], UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, in response to a question, told journalists that an investigation was necessary “to ensure full examination of and accountability for human rights violations committed in the case”.

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26/12/2019

FROM THE FIELD: Preventing Ethiopia’s Trash from Going to Waste

24 December 2019 — The rehabilitation of a dumpsite in Ethiopia in which 116 people died following a landslide two years ago, has made the area safer for people working there thanks to support from the UN human settlements agency UN-Habitat. (*).
UN-Habitat/Felix Vollmann | Construction workers build abion structures at the Koshe landfill in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A total of 162 gabions were built to stabilize the site and control erosion to prevent further landslides.
Hundreds of people have typically collected waste for a living on the site in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, but it has always been a dangerous occupation due to the threat of trash piles collapsing and the intense heat given off by decomposing rubbish.
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