Archive for ‘War Lords’

18/06/2021

UN Chief Urges Debt Relief Extension for More than 100 Middle-Income Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday [17 June 2021].

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© ILO | Workers in a garment factory in Bangladesh.

Addressing a high-level meeting on these nations, which account for more than half of the UN’s 193 Member States, he underlined the need for financing to help them recover in the wake of the global crisis.

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18/06/2021

‘Every Year, More People Die as a Result of Suicide than HIV, Malaria or Breast Cancer ̶or War and Homicide’

Human Wrongs Watch

WHO guidance to help the world reach the target of reducing suicide rate by 1/3 by 2030

(WHO)*Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to WHO’s latest estimates, published on 17 June 2021 in “Suicide worldwide in 2019”.

Every year, more people die as a result of suicide than HIV, malaria or breast cancer  ̶  or war and homicide.

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18/06/2021

‘Bring Crimes of Sexual Violence in Conflict Out of ‘the Shadows’, Punish Perpetrators’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on 17 June 2021 in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

© UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau | Conflict and displacement place women and girls at increased risk of gender-based violence.

Already a “cruel tactic of war, torture, terror and repression”, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed to the turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that “has made it even more difficult to hold perpetrators of sexual violence to account”.

“Even as we respond to the pandemic, we must investigate every case, and maintain essential services for every survivor”, he said.

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17/06/2021

‘It is shameful and tragic that EU countries can’t agree on something as fundamental as saving lives at sea’

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By Human Rights Watch*

EU: Protect Lives on Central Mediterranean Route: 20-Point Action Plan to Protect People at Sea and on the Move

Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021
Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021. © AP Photo/Bruno Thevenin

(Milan) – European Union governments have a collective responsibility to protect the lives and rights of people on the move along the central Mediterranean route, Human Rights Watch on 16 June 2021 said.

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17/06/2021

Q&A: ‘Why Do People Have to Die Before a Famine Is Declared?’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ljubica Vujadinovic*

16 June 2021 (WFP)* — Famine — driven by conflict and fueled by climate shocks and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — could soon become a reality for millions of people. Below, the World Food Programme’s acting director of nutrition, Allison Oman Lawi, explains what famine is — and spells out the urgent need for action to avert it.
A child in Hajjah is diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition. Photo: WFP/Issa Al-Ragh
Yemen: A child at a WFP-supported clinic in Hajjah is diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition. Photo: WFP/Issa Al-Ragh

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16/06/2021

11 Reasons Why Migrant Workers’ Remittances Are Important

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©IFAD/GMB Akash

15 June 2021 (IFAD)* — Every year, on 16 June, the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed to raise further awareness on the abnegation and sacrifice of migrant workers, who support their families and communities of origin through the money they send back home, particularly in these times of crisis.

This year, the IDFR lauds the human spirit and resilience of over 200 million migrants who defied predictions of the pandemic and continued to send money home to their countries of origin.

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16/06/2021

Individual Migrant Workers’ Remittances May Be of ‘Relatively Small Value,’ But Collectively They Are Three Times Greater than Global Official Development Aid

People at both sides of an opened teller window

Over 200 million migrant workers sent US$554 billion back to their families in remittance-reliant countries in 2019. PHOTO:© IFAD

16 June 2021 (United Nations)* — The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and is observed on 16 June. The IDFR recognizes more than 200 million migrant workers, women and men, who send money home to over 800 million family members.

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14/06/2021

Violence Against Older Persons Is on the Rise

Left: A market vendor sells produce at Victoria Market in Port Victoria, Seychelles. Right: 64 years old, Christine Banlog, has been a market woman for 22 years. She is widowed, and raising her three grandchildren in Nyalla, Cameroon. PHOTO:UN Women/Ryan Brown
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(United Nations)* — Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older persons are at a significantly higher risk of mortality and severe disease following infection, with those over 80 years old dying at five times the average rate.
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An estimated 66% of people aged 70 and over have at least one underlying condition, placing them at increased risk of severe impact from COVID-19.
14/06/2021

How Can We Eliminate Child Labour in Cotton Production?

(FAO)* — Cotton is one of the most common fabrics in the world, from its origins in ancient India to the modern garments many of us wear today. This durable, versatile and naturally organic fabric is made from the white, fluffy fibres around the seeds of cotton plants.
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Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics around the world, but, in some countries, child labour is common in its production. ©FAO/Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak

However, the backstory of cotton is more complicated. Its production is heavily dependent on natural resources and labour; and unfortunately, child labour is often a part of this.

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14/06/2021

Child Labour Rises to 160 Million, with Millions More at Risk Due to the Impacts of COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn nine million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

GENEVA, 12 June 2021 (ILO)* – The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years – with millions more at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF.

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