Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

17/11/2022

Invest More in Africa’s Sahel, or Risk Decades of Armed Conflict and Displacement

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Without urgent investment in climate mitigation and adaptation, countries in the Sahel risk decades of armed conflict and displacement, exacerbated by rising temperatures, scarcity of resources and food insecurity, the UN has warned in a report published on Wednesday [].

A displaced family walks through Ouallam camp in Niger.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | A displaced family walks through Ouallam camp in Niger.

Moving from Reaction to Action: Anticipating Vulnerability Hotspots in the Sahel, says that, left unchecked, the climate emergency will further imperil Sahelian communities as devastating floods, droughts and heatwaves decimate access to water, food and livelihoods, and amplify the risk of conflict.

 

This will ultimately force more people to flee their homes. 

16/11/2022

What Is Missing from the Climate Debate

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By Dr. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Photo credit: Narender9 – CC BY-SA 3.0

7 Nov 2022 – “The destabilisation of the Earth’s climate systems is the consequence of violating the ecological processes and cycles of the earth, violating the Rights of the Earth, Rights of Indigenous People, and the Rights of Future Generations.

Fossil fuels have driven how we grow our food and produce our clothing over the past century. Energy slaves have been used to displace the creative work of farmers who care for the land and craftspeople in creating beauty and culture.

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14/11/2022

Killer Robots: Negotiate Treaty in New Forum

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By Human Rights Watch*

Delaying Needed Law Endangers Civilians, Generates Insecurity

  • Governments should move the discussions of a treaty on autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots,” away from meetings of an existing weapons treaty, where they are stalled.
  • Such weapons systems operate without meaningful human control, delegating life-and-death decisions to machines. Several countries are investing in the technology to develop them.

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14/11/2022

Children of African Descent ‘Not Considered Children at All’, Human Rights Experts

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(UN News)* — In a report issued on Tuesday [], UN human rights experts outline how discrimination affects black boys and girls worldwide to the extent that they are not considered children, even in the eyes of the law.

Children wait to enter their classroom at a school in Burkina Faso.
© UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau | Children wait to enter their classroom at a school in Burkina Faso.

They said unresolved legacies of trade and trafficking in enslaved Africans, as well as colonialism, post-colonial apartheid and segregation, continue to harm these children today.

The report by the Working Group on people of African descent highlights discrimination in areas that include the administration of justice, law enforcement, education, and health. It has been presented to the UN General Assembly in New York. 

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12/11/2022

Global Food Imports Costs on Track to Reach All-Time High

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(UN News)* — Food import costs globally are projected to reach nearly $2 trillion this year, or higher than previously expected, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report published on Friday []

Conflict, rapid population growth and a heavy reliance on food imports pose serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa.
FAO/Ami Vitale | Conflict, rapid population growth and a heavy reliance on food imports pose serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa.

The new forecast of $1.94 trillion would represent an all-time high and a 10 per cent increase over the record level of 2021.
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However, the pace of increase is expected to slow down in response to higher food prices and the depreciation of currencies against the United States dollar, according to the latest Food Outlook report.

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08/11/2022

Like Racism and Sexism, ‘Povertyism’ Should Be Illegal: UN Human Rights Expert

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(UN News)* — Although the global cost-of-living crisis will be an obstacle to eradicating poverty by 2030, countries can still make significant progress towards this Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), UN-appointed human rights expert Olivier de Schutter has said. 

the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter during his visit to Lebanon from 1-12 Novemeber 2021.
Marwan Tahtah | the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter during his visit to Lebanon from 1-12 Novemeber 2021.

He believes the world also can move forward in stamping out negative attitudes towards the millions of people worldwide who are struggling just to get by.

“People are stereotyped and discriminated against purely because they are poor. This is frankly sickening and a stain on our society,” he told the General Assembly recently.

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07/11/2022

Nothing to Eat or Drink, Nowhere to Sleep

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Rapid Assistance Critical to Families’ Survival as They Face Displacement in Somalia.

Mogadishu, 28 October 2022 (IOM)* – As Somalia experiences its worst drought in four decades, more than 1.1 million people have already been forced to pack their belongings and move to other areas of the country to escape thirst and hunger. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners are reaching those newly displaced with essential support to help them make it through one of the toughest experiences of their lives.

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07/11/2022

Eight Warmest Years on Record Witness Upsurge in Climate Change Impacts

Sea level rise accelerates, European glacier melt shatters records, extreme weather causes devastation

Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt 6 November (WMO)* – The past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record, fuelled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat.

Extreme heatwaves, drought and devastating flooding have affected millions and cost billions this year, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022 report.

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05/11/2022

Resurgence of Ethnic Clashes in Sudan’s Blue Nile Region Triggers Death and Destruction

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(UN News)* — The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide expressed grave concern on Thursday [] over a reported resurgence of ethnic clashes in the Blue Nile region of Sudan.  

Soldiers are more numerous than civilians in the Blue Nile state. (file)
IRIN/Maryline Dumas | Soldiers are more numerous than civilians in the Blue Nile state. (file)

According to the UN, inter-communal clashes that have flared up several times since July have caused at least 359 fatalities, injured 469 people, displaced more than 97,000, and triggered extensive property damage.  

“The clashes between the ethnic communities are rooted in long standing issues over land ownership and ethnic representation”, Alice Wairimu Nderitu said in a statement. 

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05/11/2022

Sweden: Step Up efforts to Fight Systemic Racism, Urge UN Human Rights Experts 

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(UN News)* — Sweden should step up efforts to fight systemic racism and focus on strategies to restore trust between police and minority groups, said a UN Human Rights Council-appointed group of independent experts on advancing racial justice and equality, on Friday [].

Street traffic in Stockholm, Sweden.
Unsplash/Tamara Menzi | Street traffic in Stockholm, Sweden.

While visiting the country from 31 October to 4 November, the members of the International Expert Mechanism gathered information on the existing legislative and regulatory measures for tackling racial discrimination.

“The collection, publication and analysis of data disaggregated by race or ethnic origin in all aspects of life, especially regarding interactions with law enforcement and the criminal justice system, is an essential element for designing and assessing responses to systemic racism”, said Chair, Yvonne Mokgoro.

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