News in Brief

News in Brief 30 December 2020

  • WHO urges greater COVID-19 surveillance
  • Blackwater pardons an “affront to justice” – UN experts
  • Refugee evacuations ‘crucial lifeline’
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News in Brief 29 December 2020

  • US sanctions slowing Syria rebuilding: UN independent expert
  • Netherlands violates nationality rights: UN rights committee
  • Security Council condemns blue helmet killings in CAR
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2'21"

News in Brief 28 December 2020

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrant lives at ‘immediate risk’, warn UN agencies 
  • UN peacekeepers patrol polling stations during CAR elections 
  • World must prepare for the next pandemic, UN urges  
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2'30"

News in Brief 23 December 2020

  • Fears grow over pre-election violence close to Central African Republic capital 
  • Press freedom more important than ever, says UN body, condemns killing of 59 media workers 
  • Rights expert: Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court of appeals’ must consider minority rights  
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3'21"

News in Brief 22 December 2020

  • Tigray: Hundreds of civilians reported killed in artillery strikes 
  • Urgent appeal launched for Tigray emergency  
  • World will soon lose coral reefs without emission cuts, UN report warns 
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3'19"

News in Brief 21 December 2020

  • Voters in Central African Republic will have their say 
  • Unitaid welcomes Norway’s $40 million donation for COVID-19 treatments, tests 
  • UNESCO still awaiting Azerbaijan’s response over Nagorno-Karabakh mission 
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News in Brief 18 December 2020

  • $254 million appeal launched for Mozambicans fleeing violent extremists in north 
  • Vulnerable migrants still dying in their thousands on perilous journeys 
  • UN rights office warns over arrest of demonstrators in Thailand on treason laws 
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3'21"

News in Brief 17 December 2020

  • COVID: end of year celebrations and ski advice from WHO
  • Under 40s urged to make extra effort for vulnerable in Western Pacific
  • UN Children’s Fund supports emergency food aid for hungry kids over holidays
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News in Brief 16 December 2020

  • Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions across Horn of Africa 
  • Independent expert decries shrinking space for China’s human rights lawyers  
  • Bangladesh cartoonist must be released on medical grounds, urge rights experts 
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3'35"

News in Brief 15 December 2020

  • Rights chief Bachelet condemns deaths of 255 people in Colombia massacres 
  • Four children among victims of shipwreck carrying Venezuelans to Caribbean 
  • UN refugee agency condemns deadly attack on Niger town 
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