Archive for January 13th, 2021

13/01/2021

EU: Respect Rights Amid Pandemic, Economic Downturn

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By Human Rights Watch*

Tackle Inequality, Abuses against Migrants, Autocratic Backsliding

(Brussels) – The Covid-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the lives and rights of people across the European Union, Human Rights Watch on 13 January 2021 said in its World Report 2021 

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13/01/2021

India: Growing Crackdown on Activists, Critics

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By Human Rights Watch*

Attacks on Muslims, Marginalized Groups; Abuses Persist in Kashmir

(New York) – The Indian government increasingly harassed, detained, and prosecuted activists, journalists, and others critical of the government or its policies, Human Rights Watch o 11 January 2021 said in its World Report 2021.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government brought politically motivated cases, including under broadly worded sedition and counterterrorism laws, against human rights defenders, student activists, academics, opposition members, and other critics.

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13/01/2021

Small Towns Are Bigger than We Think

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Innovative FAO study maps urban-rural catchment areas and points to ways to optimize policy and planning coordination for agriculture, services and agri-food systems

Source: ©FAO

 

Southern Africa’s rural-urban pattern.

ROME, 12 January 2021 (FAO)* Fewer than one percent of the global population live in truly remote hinterlands, sharpening the need for better understanding of how urban forms impact food systems as well as social and economic development, according to ground-breaking new research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the University of Twente.

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13/01/2021

Learning From Indigenous Peoples: My Morocco Diary

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BONN, Jan 11 2021 (IPS)* – Once a year, on 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated, celebrating their unique culture and knowledge. This is done mostly from a distance, from our homes in (nominally) developed countries. But are we as developed as we pretend to be? On this question, I reflected for a while, still remembering a special and personal experience of having spent several days with an indigenous Berber family in Morocco.

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Credit: Heike Kuhn

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13/01/2021

UN Refugee Agency Calls on European Union for ‘New Chapter for Refugee Protection’ across Europe and Beyond

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(UN News)* — As Portugal assumes the presidency of the European Union (EU), to be followed by Slovenia later this year, the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday [12 January 2021] called on them to lead the effort to forge a better protection system for those seeking refuge across the continent and beyond.

© UNHCR/José Ventura | A UNHCR staffer welcomes resettled refugees originally from Syria and South Sudan at Lisbon airport in Portugal. (file)

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, UNHCR’s Representative for EU Affairs, also called for reform to be central during negotiations over a new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, and highlighted the importance of “an EU that saves lives, protects refugees in Europe and globally, and finds solutions to end forced displacement and build resilient societies is needed more than ever”.  

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13/01/2021

Humanitarians Seek $1.3 Billion to Help Millions of People in Need of Life-Saving Assistance in War-Weary Afghanistan

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12 January 2021 (UN News)*The UN and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are seeking $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people in need of life-saving assistance as a result of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and the added impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

OCHA Afghanistan/Fariba Housaini | A woman walks in front of tents at an internally displaced persons (IDP) site in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.
The number of people targeted for assistance is over a six-fold increase compared to four years ago, when 2.3 million people were targeted for assistance, according to Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. 

The situation of children is particularly worrying.

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