UN agencies rushing to provide life-saving assistance in Yemen’s Hodeidah
United Nations relief agencies and partners have stepped up efforts to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of vulnerable families in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, where fighting has escalated.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), agencies have pre-positioned some 63,000 metric tons of food, tens of thousands of emergency kits, nutrition supplies, water and fuel.
Medical teams have been dispatched and humanitarian service points have also been established.
Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, told UN News that humanitarian workers on the ground were offloading relief material in the midst of shelling and bombardment.
“We know how important it is to keep our operations going. You know, humanitarians are committed to staying in areas where people need us, staying and delivering. That’s the motto that we use.”
UN rights chief calls for international inquiry into rights abuses in Kashmir
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for an international commission of inquiry to look into alleged rights violations and abuses in Kashmir.
His call comes as a new report, released by his Office, OHCHR, on Thursday details violations and abuses on both sides of the so-called Line of Control between India and Pakistan, and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces.
According to the report — the first ever compiled by the UN on the rights situation in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir — seven decades of conflict in the region has “claimed or ruined numerous lives” and continues to inflict “untold” suffering.
“The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues, to this day, to inflict untold suffering.”
Two out of three children live in countries where fathers don’t get paternity leave — UNICEF
A new analysis published on Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has found that almost two thirds of the world’s children under the age of 1 — nearly 90 million — live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave.
Ninety-two countries do not have national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies, including India and Nigeria, both of which have booming infant populations.
That’s in contrast to some other high-population countries with young demographics, such as Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which do have national paid paternity leave policies – albeit offering relatively short-term entitlements.
The UN agency is calling on all Governments to implement national “family-friendly policies” that support early childhood development — including paid paternity leave.