Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

26/02/2021

Millions of Yemenis Facing ‘Death Sentence’ in the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

25 February 2021 (UN News)*Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the situation for the millions of affected people is deteriorating, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
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YPN for UNOCHA | An internally displaced family living in an IDP site in Al-Dhale’e Governorate, Yemen.
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The grim outlook for Yemen – ongoing conflict, economic collapse and major cuts in donor support for emergency aid – has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a significant drop in the amount of money sent home by the Yemeni diaspora, as global work opportunities dry up.
25/02/2021

Digital Labour Increased Five-Fold in Last Decade, with Challenges Relating to Working Conditions, the Regularity of Work and Income, the Lack of Access to Social Protection…

Human Wrongs Watch

Rapid growth of digital economy calls for coherent policy response. The growth of digital labour platforms is presenting opportunities and challenges for workers and businesses and a need for international policy dialogue.

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GENEVA, 24 February 2021 (ILO)* – Digital labour platforms have increased five-fold worldwide in the last decade according to the ILO’s latest World Employment and Social Outlook 2021 report.

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25/02/2021

Amid Conflict, Displacement, Pandemic, Syrian Girls See a Future in… Robots

 
Bana, 12, enjoys learning about robotics at a women’s and girls’ safe space in northwest Syria. Image courtesy of Ihsan Relief and Development

“Like all girls in Syria, I live a difficult childhood,” she told facilitators at the women’s and girls’ safe space where she receives support and services. She is a dedicated student, but since the outbreak of COVID-19, her school has often been closed.

“When I can attend school, I behave politely and work hard,” she described. 

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25/02/2021

Human Rights Experts ‘Appalled’ by Deportation of Migrants to Myanmar, in Defiance of Court Order

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Independent UN human rights experts castigated Malaysia on Wednesday [24 February 2021] over its decision to deport more than1,000 detained migrants back to crisis-ridden Myanmar – despite a court order to suspend their return, pending a judicial review. 

Unsplash/Alex Hudson | A food market in Kelantan, Malaysia.
 
Malaysian immigration authorities returned 1,086 migrants, including unaccompanied minors and toddlers as young as three, the UN experts said in a statement on Wednesday. 

In defiance of the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s order, the Malaysian authorities “breached the principle of non-refoulement, a rule of jus cogens, which absolutely prohibits the collective deportation of migrants without an objective risk assessment being conducted in each individual case”, they said.

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24/02/2021

World Risks ‘Collapse of Everything’ without Strong Climate Action, Attenborough Warns Security Council

(UN News)*More collective action is needed to address the risks climate change poses to global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told a high-level Security Council debate on Tuesday [23 February 2021], as renowned natural historian David Attenborough warned countries that the planet faces total ‘collapse’.
CIFOR/Axel Fassio | Young girls carry water from a source near Yangambi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Climate shocks such as record high temperatures and a “new normal” of wildfires, floods and droughts, are not only damaging the natural environment, said UN chief António Guterres, but also threatening political, economic and social stability.
“The science is clear: we need to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century,” the Secretary-General said.
24/02/2021

Battered by Climate Shocks and Bruised by Economic Crisis Millions More in Central America Face Hunger

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WFP/Oscar Duarte, women cooking free meals for the children of the community named Guililandia, who were affected by the Hurricane. Part of the rice she has served to the children was WFP rice.
WFP/Oscar Duarte, women cooking free meals for the children of the community named Guililandia, who were affected by the Hurricane. Part of the rice she has served to the children was WFP rice.

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24/02/2021

Myanmar: Stop Harassment and Intimidation of Workers, the International Labour Organization Urges Military

Human Wrongs Watch

24 February 2021 (UN News)*The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has called on the military in Myanmar to end harassment and intimidation of workers, and ensure that they can exercise their rights to freedom of expression, in a climate free of violence and fear.

Unsplash/Alexander Schimmeck | The street leading to the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. (file photo)
 
In a statement on Tuesday [23 February 2021], the agency said it received allegations that police and military are conducting door to door searches for trade unionists at their dormitories and hostels in the Hlaingtharyar industrial township, in the country’s largest city, Yangon.

It is alleged that the acts of harassment and intimidation “largely targeted” young female workers working in the private sector industries of Yangon, who are living far away from their families in the rural areas, ILO said. 

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23/02/2021

‘As Temperatures Rise and Climate Change Impacts Intensify, Nations Must “Urgently” Step Up Action to Adapt to the New Climate Reality or Face Serious Costs, Damages and Losses’

Human Wrongs Watch

Implementation of nature-based solutions has been growing. But there is an urgent need to gather more evidence on the outcomes of adaption projects worldwide. As temperatures rise and climate change impacts intensify, nations must urgently step up action to adapt to the new climate reality or face serious costs, damages and losses, the 2020 edition of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Adaptation Gap Report finds.*  

cover_test_0Image from UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2020 / 14 Jan 2021

(UNEP)* — Implementation of nature-based solutions has been growing worldwide for the past two decades. Since 2006, multilateral funds serving the Paris Agreement have backed around 400 adaptation projects in developing countries, half of which started after 2015. The majority focus on agriculture and water, with drought, rainfall variability, flooding and coastal impacts.

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23/02/2021

Despite Being the Least Responsible for Climate Change, ‘People in Low-Income Countries Are Four times More Likely to Be Displaced by Extreme Weather Compared to People in Rich Countries’

IRIN/Jacob Zocherman | The most vulnerable people in the world, like these displaced persons in South Sudan, are more likely to suffer from the effects of climate change.
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The UN is warning that much more needs to be done to anticipate, and plan for, the extreme weather events that put millions in need of urgent assistance.

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23/02/2021

2021: Critical Year to ‘Reset Our Relationship with Nature’

Human Wrongs Watch

CIFOR/Tri Saputro | A farmer harvests rice in Bantaeng, Indonesia.
Painting a picture of the turmoil wreaked by COVID-19, whereby millions are being pushed into poverty, inequalities are growing among people and countries, and “a triple environmental emergency” of climate disruption, biodiversity decline and a pollution epidemic that is “cutting short some nine million lives a year”, UN Secretary-General António  Guterres upheld in his video message that now is “a critical year to reset our relationship with nature.”
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