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News in Brief 31 October 2019

  • Severe food insecurity alert for 45 million people across Southern Africa
  • Rights experts call for release of Palestinian hunger striker
  • New WHO report targets leading causes of urban deaths
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Governments cannot stay silent on human rights abuses: UN rights expert

UN human rights expert Agnès Callamard has been involved in some of the most talked-about stories of the past year..

Shortly after she called on the Maltese authorities to do more to find those responsible for the death of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Conor Lennon from UN News asked her if she was surprised that the investigation into the death of Ms. Galizia has not made more progress.

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‘In international law you need two to tango’: senior official explains workings of UN world court

The International Court of Justice is an integral part of the United Nations.

Conor Lennon from UN News caught up with Philippe Gautier, the newly appointed Registrar of the ICJ, and started by asking him to explain the role the ICJ plays on the world stage.

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Contemporary slavery often 'invisible and clandestine': UN rights expert

As the first human rights issue to provoke wide international, slavery is perpetuated by traditional practices such as child and forced marriage, and by the fact that almost half the countries in the world have yet to criminalize it.

According to the latest UN figures, 40 million people were living in a state of modern slavery in 2016. One in four children are in forced labour, and about 98 per cent of women who are in forced labour have also been subjected to sexual exploitation.

Deeply rooted in fear, with victims often “not realizing” they’re enslaved, it becomes "invisible", and "clandestine”, leaving victims unprotected, said Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, who sat down with UN News's Ana Carmo to talk through its causes and consequences.

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News in Brief 30 October 2019

 

  • UN chief voices ‘serious concern’ over Guinea-Bissau political crisis
  • IOM suspends South Sudan Ebola screening, after death of volunteers
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    Negative racial stereotyping of people of African descent has ‘systemic impact’

 

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The future of the planet ‘clearly in our hands’: top climate change scientist

There are clear benefits to keeping the earth’s temperature below two degrees; and the “choices we make now will be critical for the future of our oceans and cryosphere”.

That’s the message from Anjal Prakash, Coordinating Lead Author of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC report, on the havoc being unleashed on the earth’s oceans and ice caps. He spoke to UN News’s Sachin Gaur.

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News in Brief 29 October 2019

  • India should ‘unlock’ freedom curbs in disputed Kashmir, urges UN human rights chief
  • UN confirms delivery of food aid to more than 300,000 vulnerable Syrians in troubled northeast
  • El Salvador’s ‘double burden’ of malnutrition and obesity is equivalent to 10% of GDP – WFP report
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News in Brief 28 October 2019

  • Syria envoy urges prisoner release as Constitutional Committee prepares to start work in Geneva
  • ‘Multi-generational tragedy’ in Israel and Palestine demands political will for two-State solution
  • Egypt must end repression of protesters and rights defenders, UN experts decry
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News in Brief 25 October 2019

  • More than 140,000 displaced in northeast Nigeria   
  • UN rights chief orders probe into rights abuses in Chile   
  • New findings on treating malignant lung disease   
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PODCAST: Rebuilding lives after terror in Cameroon

A group of survivors devastated by terrorism in the Lake Chad region of Africa, are taking small steps towards building new lives and livelihoods. In Cameroon alone, there are some 250,000 internally-displaced and around 100,000 refugees, forced to flee their homes due to a brutal insurgency which was originally led by Boko Haram.

In this special edition of our Lid is On Podcast, Daniel Dickinson reports from Maroua in the Far North region of the country.

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