Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

27/11/2020

Millions of New Poor Are on the Way – Who Cares?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

25 November 2020 (Wall Street International)* — The recent meeting of the G20 – scheduled to take place in Riyadh but held virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic – has been an eloquent example of how the world is drifting, in a crisis of leadership. It was, in a sense, a showcase.
Millions of new poor
Millions of new poor | Image from Wall Street International.

Everybody had to accept the view that the host of the meeting, the ailing King Salman of Saudi Arabia, was accompanied on TV screens by his apparent heir, Prince Mohamed bin Salman, who is clearly the mastermind of the brutal assassination, dismembering and disappearance of the body of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

27/11/2020

Crop Certification: Going Green Unlocks Global Markets for Farmers

26 November 2020 (UNEP)* — Over the last 30 years, more and more tea, coffee and cocoa farmers have embraced towards climate-smart and sustainable practices by adopting “certification standards” that help to maintain soil quality, increase productivity and reduce costs. The standards also assure buyers of agricultural commodities that the products in their supply chains are environmentally sustainable.

RA_Cert_1_resized_Photo_by_Rainforest_AlliancePhoto by Rainforest Alliance / 26 Nov 2020

In July 2020, a milestone was reached when United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) partner, the Rainforest Alliance, published its new unified standard (certification programme) for production systems that conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The standard applies to over 5 million hectares of tropical farmland, impacting the livelihoods of over 2 million farming families.

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27/11/2020

How to Overcome Water Challenges in Agriculture

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 26 November 2020 (FAO)*More than three billion people live in agricultural areas with high to very high levels of water shortages and scarcity, and almost half of them face severe constraints. Furthermore, available freshwater resources per person have declined by more than 20 percent over the past two decades globally, underscoring the importance of producing more with less, especially in the agriculture sector, the world’s largest user of water.

Photo: ©FAO/Karel Prinsloo

Building a water reservoir in Somalia.

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26/11/2020

Q&A: Mro Indigenous Community Plea for Halt of Construction of 5-Star Hotel

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 2020 (IPS)* – The construction of a five-star hotel in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, could lead to the forced eviction of the Mro indigenous community from their ancestral lands and destroy “the social, economic, traditional and cultural fabric of the community”, warns Amnesty International.

Indegenous Life Of Bangladesh.

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26/11/2020

Epistemic Violence against Indigenous Peoples

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By Silvel Elías*

25 November 2020 (IWGIA)*Injustice regarding the validity of ancestral knowledge has been one of the many racist practices established by the colony. For five centuries, a systematic attack has persisted, in a bid to bring an end to the creation, conservation and transmission of the knowledge of native peoples.

The world of the Q’eqchí. Photo: AEPDI – Q’eqchi Ombudsman Office

 In recent decades, religious fundamentalism has rebooted this symbolic violence to divide Indigenous communities and benefit from the installation of extractive projects and large-scale agricultural monocultures.

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26/11/2020

As Refugee Numbers Surge, Ethiopians Seek word of Loved Ones

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By Charles Emptaz in Hamdayet, Sudan*

26 November 2020 (UNHCR)* –Over 40,000 Ethiopians have fled the Tigray crisis into eastern Sudan, with no sign of a let-up in new arrivals. Many anxiously hope to be reunited with their families.

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An Ethiopian refugee holds a child in a shelter at the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan’s eastern Gedaref province. © UNHCR/Ebrahim Hamid

Lezabu is frantic with worry. The single mother-of-three has not seen two of her daughters since she fled the crisis in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region and crossed into eastern Sudan.

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26/11/2020

Ethiopian Refugee Numbers in Sudan Cross the 40,000 Mark

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s [24 November 2020] press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

24 November 2020  (UNHCR)* –The number of Ethiopian refugees streaming into eastern Sudan has now surpassed 40,000 since the crisis began, with more than 5,000 women, children and men fleeing the ongoing fighting in the Tigray region over the weekend.

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26/11/2020

Q&A: Conflict in Ethiopia and International Law

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By Human Rights Watch*

On November 4, 2020, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appeared on state television and acknowledged that he ordered the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) to commence operations against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in response to what he described as attacks by TPLF forces on Ethiopian military bases and federal forces in the regional capital of Mekelle, and at other camps in the Tigray region.

26/11/2020

UN Report Finds Gaza Suffered $16.7 Billion Loss from Siege and Occupation

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(By UN News)* — Israel’s military operations and prolonged closure of Gaza, has caused economic damage of $16.7 billion between 2007 and 2018, driving the poverty rate up almost fourfold compared to what it might have otherwise been, the UN trade and development agency UNCTAD said in a report published on Wednesday [25 November 2020].

UNRWA/Khalil Adwan | Families in Gaza receive food baskets through the UNRWA home delivery programme.

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Gaza’s economy was on the verge of collapse, notes the report for the UN General Assembly, entitled “Economic costs of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people: The Gaza Strip under closure and restrictions”.

25/11/2020

A Child Infected with HIV Every 100 Seconds – UNICEF

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25 November 2020 (UN News)*Approximately once every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was infected with HIV last year, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported, calling on governments to “protect, sustain and accelerate” efforts to combat childhood HIV.

UNICEF/Frank Dejongh | An HIV-positive woman receives medication for her three-day-old baby at a hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Critical HIV services in many countries have been disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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