News in Brief

News in Brief 8 May 2020

  • Syria is a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored, says UN human rights chief
  • Conflict and floods force tens of thousands to flee in Somalia, amid COVID-19 threat
  • Virus hunters continue search for animal link to COVID-19 infections in people
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3'28"

News in Brief 7 May 2020

  • Poverty likely to rise by nearly 60% for workers in informal economy
  • UN launches $6.7 billion humanitarian appeal to stem COVID
  • World tourism likely to plummet by up to 80 per cent, warns UN agency
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2'29"

News in Brief 6 May 2020

  • Thousands stranded in Andaman Sea blocked from port, agencies warn
  • Coronavirus measures expose human trafficking victims to more abuse
  • Action needed to halt ‘drive-through’ child abuse spawned by COVID-19 restrictions
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4'13"

News in Brief 5 May 2020

  • Alert over rapid spread of COVID-19 in Latin American prisons: OHCHR
  • Eight in 10 Afghans could be infected by new coronavirus, officials warn
  • Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as COVID hits: WFP
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3'32"

News in Brief 4 May 2020

  • None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID
  • Air bridge operation gets underway for ‘most fragile’ countries
  • Welcome for Sudan’s decision to ban female genital mutilation
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3'47"

News in Brief 1 May 2020

  • Vaccine bottlenecks from COVID lockdown leave children’s lives at stake
  • Refugee agency helpline overwhelmed as COVID-19 impacts hit
  • IOM helps migrants caught up in truck tragedy, return home
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3'46"

News in Brief 30 April 2020

  • Disabilities are no reason to deny people their rights during COVID: Bachelet
  • Cuba sanctions is obstructing aid response to coronavirus, say rights experts
  • Greta Thunberg adds voice to child rights driven coronavirus campaign
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2'47"

News in Brief 29 April 2020

  • Myanmar: possible war crimes and crimes against humanity
  • Cybercrime and online fraud, heighten privacy and data threats amid pandemic
  • Rights experts appeal for Lao victims of dam disaster who lost everything
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3'31"

News in Brief 28 April 2020

  • Sudan at ‘tipping point’ amid sanctions as pandemic approaches 
  • WFP plea to keep borders open as Horn of Africa faces doubling in food insecurity
  • UN’s new COVID-19-busting taskforce gears up to boost frontline supplies
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3'47"

News in Brief 27 April 2020

  • ‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive measures affects most vulnerable
  • Yemen needs cooperation between parties more than ever, says UN negotiator
  • Immunization week focuses on 20 million children who lack lifesaving vaccines
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