Archive for March 30th, 2020

30/03/2020

Portugal Grants Citizens’ Rights to Migrants During Pandemic

“It is a duty of a society of solidarity in times of crisis to ensure that migrant citizens have access to health and social security,” the Minister of Internal Affairs said.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa's socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies. | Photo: EFE (Photo from teleSUR’s article).

29 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — The current socialist government in Portugal decided to grant citizenship rights to all migrants and asylum seekers with pending residency applications from Monday until July 1 at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s authorities announced Saturday [28 March 2020].

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30/03/2020

Slums, Camps, Terrorism: Experts Worry about Coronavirus Hitting South Asia

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS)* – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population

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30/03/2020

A Battle Plan for Ensuring Global Food Supplies During the COVID-19 Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

FAO’s Chief Economist maps the ways the world can mitigate shocks to agriculture and food systems (*).

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Photo: ©FAO/Ariel Sophia Bardi

Global food supply chains are complex and include these kale farmers in Uganda.
30/03/2020

First Person: False Promises in Mauritania

Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.
© Sibylle Desjardins / IOM | Mouna went to a Gulf country with the help of a recruitment agency, she was lied to, and trafficked.
28 March 2020 (UN News)*Mauritania, where the job market has been tight in recent years, has seen many people fall prey to the patter of so-called hiring agents, who sell false promises of lucrative job opportunities abroad, and charge a hefty price for their services.

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30/03/2020

Syrian Refugees Aid Vulnerable Swiss amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tim Gaynor and Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin – UNHCR- UN Refugee Agency*

As the elderly and unwell self-isolate, a network of Syrians provides a vital bridge to the outside world for Swiss in greatest need. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Shadi Shhadeh holds up a flyer offering the support of Syrian refugees to shop for COVID-19 most vulnerable in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. © UNHCR/Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin

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30/03/2020

USA: Immediately Revoke COVID-19 Suspension of Environmental Protections

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