Archive for July 11th, 2020

11/07/2020

Beware the ‘Hunger’ to Access Indigenous Peoples’ Land and Resources for Post-COVID-19 Recovery

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 9 2020 (IPS)* – When governments and states begin their recovery journey from the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there might be a heightened threat to indigenous peoples, their land and resources.

8029710681_c2779a7a51_cA dated photo of indigenous women in Chiquimula in Guatemala making rope out of maguey (Agave americana) fibre. Experts say there is concern about whether there will be the protection and respect of indigenous peoples’ right to land and national resources as there will be huge interest in those resources during the post-COVID-19 recovery. Credit: Danilo Valladares/IPS

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11/07/2020

Putting the Brakes on COVID-19: Safeguarding the Health and Rights of Women and Girls

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 11 July 2020 (UNFPA)* Officially, the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 12 million people and left more than half a million dead. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater. Health systems have been overwhelmed. Economies have been shuttered. And women and girls have been disproportionately affected, with sexual and reproductive health services being curtailed and gender-based violence on the rise.

11/07/2020

World Population Day: ‘No Time to Waste’ in Empowering Women

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere, “but it does not affect everyone equally”, the UN chief said in his message for World Population Day, on 11 July 2020.

“It is deepening existing inequalities and vulnerabilities, particularly for women and girls”, said Secretary-General António Guterres. (*).

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UN News/ Assumpta Massoi | Self-help group in Tanzania, Zanzibar, to empower women.
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“With many countries on lockdown and health systems struggling to cope, sexual and reproductive health services are being sidelined and gender-based violence is on the rise”.
11/07/2020

Lebanon ‘Fast Spiralling Out of Control’ Leaving Many Destitute and Facing Starvation, Warns UN Human Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Sounding the alarm over the crippling impact of “growing economic shocks, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic” in Lebanon, the UN human rights chief called on Friday [10 July 2020] for a unified response by politicians and the people to overcome the worsening socio-economic crisis there.

UNICEFF | Children enjoy a play area in Hermel, Lebanon.
“Many have lost jobs, seen their life-savings evaporate before their eyes and lost their homes”, underscored High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urging the Government, political parties and the financial sector, to work together to protect the poorest and most defenceless.

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11/07/2020

Wildlife Trafficking Crime Threatening Environment and Human Health

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* – The COVID-19 pandemic shows how wildlife crime is a threat not only to the environment but to human health, according to a new UN report issued on 10 July 2020.

UNEP/Natalia Mroz | Rescued orphan elephants at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.
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The World Wildlife Crime Report 2020 outlines how trafficking in some wild species, which are then butchered and sold illegally, can increase the transmission of diseases that spread from animals to humans.

Zoonotic diseases represent up to 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases and include the new coronavirus that caused the global pandemic.

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