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31/07/2021

Unchecked Spyware Industry Enables Abuses

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Governments Should Halt Trade in Surveillance Technology

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(New York) – Recent reports that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used for surveillance of dozens of journalists, human rights activists, and others demonstrate the urgent need for governments to suspend the trade in surveillance technology until rights-protecting regulatory frameworks are in place, Human Rights Watch on 30 July 2021 said.

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31/07/2021

Floods Bring New Misery for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Camps

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hannah Macdonald and Ehsanul Hoque in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh*

Thousands of people have been made homeless by flooding after monsoon rains inundated refugee sites in southern Bangladesh.   |  Español   |  Français

Bangladesh. Deadly floods and landslides hit Rohingya camps

Refugee volunteers are working day and night in heavy rain to rescue refugees stranded due to severe flooding in the camps. © UNHCR/BDRCS

30 July 2021  (UNHCR)* — Heavy monsoon rains had been falling incessantly for days when Meher Khatun, 60, noticed water starting to come into the bamboo and tarpaulin shelter she shares with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchild in a refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District.

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31/07/2021

When Branded as a Born Criminal: The Plight of India’s De-Notified Tribes

Human Wrongs Watch

NEW DELHI, India, Jul 30 2021 (IPS)* – Branded as being born ‘criminal’ 150 years ago under British colonial rule, De-Notified Tribes (DNTs) continue to bear the brunt of the various laws that stigmatised them since 1871.

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A girl from the Nat community performing – Credit: Department for Social Justice

Dakxin Chhara, the award-winning filmmaker and DNT activist, shared how the DNT community in India continues living an abysmal existence because of a centuries-old criminality stigma.

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31/07/2021

Sink or Swim: Can Island States Survive the Climate Crisis?

31 July 2021 (UN News)*Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possible extinction. We take a look at some of the many challenges they face, and how they could be overcome.
© UNICEF/Vlad Sokhin | With most of its land only a few feet above sea level, Kiribati is seeing growing damage from storms and flooding.
Low emissions, but high exposure

The 38 member states and 22 associate members that the UN has designated as Small Island Developing States  or SIDS are caught in a cruel paradox: they are collectively responsible for less than one per cent of global carbon emissions, but they are suffering severely from the effects of climate change, to the extent that they could become uninhabitable.

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31/07/2021

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan in the First Half of 2021 Reached Record Levels, with a Particularly Sharp Increase in Killings and Injuries since May

KABUL  – Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 reached record levels, including a particularly sharp increase in killings and injuries since May when international military forces began their withdrawal and the fighting intensified following the Taliban’s offensive.

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In a new report issued on 26 July 2021, the United Nations warns that without a significant de-escalation in violence Afghanistan is on course for 2021 to witness the highest ever number of documented civilian casualties in a single year since UNAMA records began.

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31/07/2021

Six Months after Coup, Myanmar’s Political, Rights and Aid Crisis Is Worsening

30 July 2021 (UN News)* — It’s been six months since the military coup in Myanmar where there’s grave concern over the widening impact of the deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis affecting the country’s people.

Unsplash/Matteo Massimi | People praying in the grounds of a temple in Yangon, Myanmar, the country’s largest city.
 

Speaking to UN News, the organisation’s top aid official in Myanmar, Acting Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator Ramanathan Balakrishnan, described how people have been severely impacted across the country since the junta’s power grab on 1 February.

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31/07/2021

100,000 Children in Tigray at Risk of Death from Malnutrition: UNICEF 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — More than 100,000 children in Tigray, Ethiopia, could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a tenfold jump over average annual levels, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday 30 July 2021.

© UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene | A child is screened for malnutrition at a health centre in Tigray, Ethiopia.

The development comes as UNICEF announced that it had recently reached areas of Tigray that were previously inaccessible owing to insecurity linked to nearly nine months of conflict between Government forces and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or TPLF.

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado told a UN briefing in Geneva that humanitarians’ worst fears about the health and wellbeing of children have been realized.

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30/07/2021

South Africa: The Long Walk to Freedom and a Short Walk to Nowhere

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Values Espoused by Madiba[1] Are Burnt in the Civil Unrest

The cold, wintry South African weather experienced last week was the background setting for the serious, nationwide riots, in the midst of the Third Wave of SARS Cov-2 pandemic, with the Delta variant[2], wreaking havoc amongst the large unvaccinated population of South Africa.

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30/07/2021

The Latest on the Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Human Wrongs Watch

By Laetitia Bader, and Amy Braunschweiger*

Tigrayans who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region stand on a hilltop overlooking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, November 26, 2020Tigrayans who fled the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region stand on a hilltop overlooking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, November 26, 2020 © 2020 Nariman El-Mofty/AP Images

30 July 2021 (Human Rights Watch)* — Fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is entering its ninth month, and it may intensify after leaders in several of Ethiopia’s regions as well as its capital, Addis Ababa, called on residents, including youth, to mobilize against the Tigray fighters.

30/07/2021

Greece: Stop Denying Refugee Children an Education

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Ensure All Asylum-Seeking Children Are Enrolled in Coming School Year

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Parwana Amiri, 17, lives in the Ritsona camp, near Athens. She has helped organize informal classes for asylum-seeking children in the camp, whose access to public schools was severely limited by local authorities during the 2020-21 school year. © 2021 Human Rights Watch. ©

(Athens) – The Greek government should urgently reform discriminatory policies so that children seeking asylum can go to school when the new year begins on September 13, 2021, Human Rights Watch on 29 July 2021 said.

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