Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

03/06/2020

Greece Must Ensure Safety Net and Integration Opportunities for Refugees – UN Refugee Agency

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.   |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

A seven-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker pictured at the Fylakio reception and identification centre near the Greek-Turkish border, February 14 2020. A seven-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker pictured at the Fylakio reception and identification centre near the Greek-Turkish border, February 14 2020.  © UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

2 June 2020 (UNHCR)* — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned over government-arranged exit of some 9,000 recognized refugees from Greece’s reception system which began yesterday (1 June).

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03/06/2020

Boys’ Drawings Expose Greece’s Broken Detention System

Ibrahim, a 14-year-old boy from Somalia, was detained by Greek police for almost three months at a detention center in Amygdaleza, a police-run detention facility on the outskirts of Athens, which houses adults but has a dedicated section for unaccompanied migrant children.

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03/06/2020

Corona: The Impossible Choice

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By Hilde F. Johnson*

If the poorest countries are not provided with more assistance, their leaders will be forced to put the economy first

While Western countries are about to come out of the woods, many poor countries are in the middle of the Corona crisis
While Western countries are about to come out of the woods, many poor countries are in the middle of the Corona crisis | Image from Wall Street International.
2 June 2020 (Wall Street International)* — While Western countries are about to come out of the woods, many poor countries are in the middle of the Corona crisis.

Many of them have had to make an impossible choice: closing down their economy to prevent the spread of the disease or risk a health disaster, while lacking essential health services to handle it. Whether they choose one or the other the poorest will bear the brunt of the crisis.

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03/06/2020

Our Disaster

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By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why the United States bears responsibility for Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

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Kathy Kelly

An entire generation of Yemeni children has suffered the traumas of war, many of them orphaned, maimed, malnourished, or displaced.

The United Nations reports a death toll of 100,000 people in that nation’s ongoing war, with an additional 131,000 people dying from hunger, disease, and a lack of medical care.

report from Save the Children, issued in November 2018, estimated at least 85,000 children had died from extreme hunger since the war began in 2015.

Since then, 3.65 million people have been internally displaced and the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded has infected 2.26 million and cost nearly 4,000 lives.

Attacks on hospitals and clinics have led to the closure of more than half of Yemen’s prewar facilities.

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03/06/2020

Yemen: ‘Hanging On by a Thread,’ with Four People Out of Every Five, 24 Million People in All, Needing Lifesaving Aid – UN Chief

(UN News)* — More than five years of conflict have left Yemenis “hanging on by a thread, their economy in tatters” and their institutions “facing near-collapse”, the UN chief told a virtual pledging conference on Tuesday [2 June 2020], calling for a demonstration of solidarity with some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

IOM | A displaced family in Marib, Yemen, carries a winter aid package back to their shelter.
“Four people out of every five, 24 million people in all, need lifesaving aid in what remains the world’s largest humanitarian crisis”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
02/06/2020

As the Pandemic Continues to Accelerate, So Does the Deforestation of the Amazon

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As Covid-19 accelerates in Latin America, now the global epicentre of the pandemic, the fierce extractivism agenda doesn’t stop. Português, Español

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1 June 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Latin America is facing the worst health crisis in its recent history, the consequences of which cannot yet be measured or imagined.

Beyond the human cost, the countries of the region are dealing with economic, migratory and political crises, particularly in Brazil, where the government of Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized internationally for its denialist behaviour in the face of the Covid-19, pandemic, which according to official figures of May 26th, has already caused more than 25,500 deaths.

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02/06/2020

IACHR Warns Ecuador on COVID-19 in Amazon’s Indigenous Nations

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At least 180 cases were confirmed among Amazon’s Indigenous peoples in Ecuador, while seven deaths were reported.

Waorani family at home, Nemonpare, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon.

Waorani family at home, Nemonpare, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon. | Photo: Amazon Frontlines / Nico Kingman

1 June 2020 (teleSUR)* — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concerns Saturday about the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths among Amazon’s Indigenous people in Ecuador.

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01/06/2020

In the West: Propaganda, Hysteria and Truly Foul Breath!

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By Andre Vltchek | New Eastern Outlook – TRANSCEND Media Service*

If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be laughable: the political brigands in US and Europe are fuming, spitting and rolling their eyes upwards towards the ceiling. They are pointing fingers in all directions, shouting incoherently “China!”, “Russia!”, “Venezuela and Cuba!”, “Iran!”; “You, You, YOU!”.

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China and Russia are quietly building a new world, which includes brand new infrastructure, factories and entire neighborhoods for the people. Hospitals are being constructed, and so are universities, parks, concert halls and public transportation networks.

Both countries are doing all this quickly and noiselessly, and with great determination. And despite sanctions and embargos, they never shout back at the salivating, angry mouths of the Western gurus of brainwashing.

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01/06/2020

What Is Biodiversity? Why Does It Matter to Us?

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1 June 2020 (World Environment Day Global)* — Biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth, including the 8 million plant and animal species on the planet, the ecosystems that house them, and the genetic diversity among them.

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Biodiversity is a complex, interdependent web, in which each member plays an important role, drawing and contributing in ways that may not even be visible to the eye.

The abundant foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the weather that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.

Why Biodiversity Matters

Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life on land and below water.

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01/06/2020

Two-Thirds of Tropical Forests ‘Under Threat in Next Decade’

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SÃO PAULO (SciDev.Net)* —  Tropical forests can develop resistance to a warmer climate, but 71 per cent will come under threat in the next decade if global average temperatures reach two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a new study warns.

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Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sabah, Borneo. Copyright: Dr. Lindsay F. Banin

Forest-dependent communities and the global climate will be affected if tropical forests are further degraded, experts say.
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