Tripoli clashes intensifying, warns UN migration agency, amid rising safety fears
The “dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation” in Tripoli has highlighted that much more needs to be done to protect all non-combatants caught up in the battle for the Libyan capital, as the number of victims rises, the UN said on Tuesday.
In an update to journalists in Geneva, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that 66,000 people have now fled Tripoli to cities along the coast and towards the Nafusa Mountains since clashes erupted between the internationally recognized Government and eastern forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar last month.
Here’s Safa Msehli, spokesperson for the (IOM) Libya.
“As it stands, the clashes are definitely intensifying and we have not noticed a lot of differences since the beginning of armed conflict on 4 April.”
Ms. Msehli also expressed concern for more than 3,000 migrants still being held in 11 official detention centres in and around the capital.
They include children and pregnant women, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, which urged the international community to come forward with “offers of evacuation, humanitarian corridors, whatever it takes to get people out of harm’s way”.
According to latest UN figures from 5 April until 9 May, the fighting has claimed 454 lives and wounded more than 2,150.
The healthy lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia: WHO
Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said on Tuesday.
In recommendations designed to counter an expected tripling in the number of people with the illness by 2050, the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines are aimed at medical professionals, governments and carers.
Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year.
According to WHO’s Dr Neerja Chowdhary, other lifestyle choices that people can take to reduce the risk of dementia include controlling their weight, eating healthily and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
“As next steps, what we urge countries to do - is to include dementia risk reduction in their policies and plans, to have programmes for training of healthcare providers, so that they can provide these recommendations and interventions to people they see in their clinics. And also, as we've noted in these guidelines, there is still more research that needs to be done. And we urge governments to invest in more research not only for dementia cures, but also for prevention and risk reduction and better treatment of people with dementia.”
Last year, WHO provided support to countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Qatar, Slovenia and Sri Lanka to develop a comprehensive, multi-sectoral public health response to dementia.
UN human rights office calls for transparent probe into death of detainee in Lebanon
The death of a detainee who was allegedly tortured while he was being held by Lebanese authorities should be investigated thoroughly and independently, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Tuesday.
Michelle Bachelet’s appeal concerns 44-year-old Hassan Toufic Dika from Lebanon, who died last weekend, after being originally arrested in November 2018.
In a statement, she said that legal procedures appear to have been flouted from the time of Mr. Dika’s arrest by Lebanese security officers, until his death on Saturday.
His case highlighted “a number of very serious failings in Lebanon’s legal and prison systems”, the High Commissioner said.
Here’s UN human rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville:
“The country appears to be trying to deal with the issue of torture. We don't believe it's widespread, but everything that you can think of that could have gone wrong seems to have gone wrong in this case. So, we really want Lebanese authorities to step up and make sure their laws and systems start to function in the way they themselves appear to want them to function in terms of what they've set up, but clearly something is not filtering down to the operatives dealing with cases such as this.”
UN human rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville, ending that report.
Daniel Johnson, UN News.