This is the news in brief from the United Nations.
People with HIV at higher risk of losing jobs – UN report
A new study launched by the International Labour Organization, ILO, shows that people living with HIV struggle to keep their jobs and continue to face discrimination when seeking employment.
The report shows that a large proportion of people living with HIV are unemployed, ranging from 7 per cent of those surveyed in Uganda to 61 per cent in Honduras. Young people living with HIV, are suffering an especially high rate of unemployment.
Co-written with the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the report was introduced during the biennial International AIDS Conference “AIDS 2018”, which has been taking place this week; the largest conference on any global health or development issue in the world.
Here’s UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.
“Another key finding is that many people continue to lose their jobs in part or fully, as a result of their HIV status. Many people are hesitant to disclose their HIV status to employers or even co-workers and HIV-related discrimination remains a major cause for not receiving job promotion.”
DR Congo: UN Mission faces growing expectations as resources continue to shrink
More than 18,000 candidates are expected to run for 715 seats for the upcoming legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Special Representative, Leila Zerrougui, told the Security Council on Thursday.
Ms. Zerrougui said she was heartened by the significant progress made, but remained concerned by the poor implementation of confidence-building measures. Violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms continue to impact negatively on the democratic space, she said.
“Conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place, and without progress on these fronts, the credibility and inclusivity of upcoming elections may be at risk,” she warned.
Turning to the security environment, especially the East and in the Kasais, she expressed concern that UN peacekeepers have been increasingly targeted, and that in the months ahead, the UN Mission, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, will operate in an increasingly tense environment, faced with high expectations but fewer resources.
Forced eviction in Kenya’s Kibera settlement ‘a gross violation’ of human rights
A group of UN human rights experts on Thursday condemned the forced evictions of residents from Kenya’s largest slum, in southwest Nairobi.
Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, said that the evictions of slum residents in Kibera started on Monday, without adequate notice, and with no arrangements for resettlement and compensation in place.
The demolition has already left about 2,000 children out of school and would leave more than 30,000 people homeless.
“Forced evictions constitute a gross violation of human rights, as they affect the human rights to adequate housing, food, water, health, education and work,” said Ms. Farha.
The UN experts further urged the Kenyan authorities to “halt all ongoing demolitions and destruction” of people’s homes in Kibera and to guarantee their rights to adequate housing and to education.
Matt Wells, United Nations.