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Nicaragua ‘crisis’ still major concern amid rights abuse allegations: Bachelet
Nicaragua’s human rights crisis can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday, also expressing concern about allegations of torture and murder of protesters involved in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations.
In her address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said that abuses have continued against activists who opposed social security reforms in the Central American state.
Last year, the High Commissioner’s Office highlighted reports of repression against protesters and “a climate of fear” that left hundreds dead and thousands injured.
Presenting an update on the situation, Ms. Bachelet told Member States that the number of rights violations had fallen since February, when both sides met to resolve their differences.
But she appealed for authorities to investigate reports of the murder and torture of some demonstrators who had taken part in the 2018 protests.
In addition, the UN rights chief also noted reduced space for freedom of expression and assembly, with some leading human rights groups having their legal registration cancelled, after being accused of supporting the protest.
Monsoon rains and landslides cause 'worst impact of year' on Rohingya refugees
Heavy rains causing flooding and landslides have had the most severe impact of the year so far on the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, the UN said on Tuesday.
The World Food Programme, or WFP, warned that thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar have been seriously affected by the monsoon, including host communities.
Spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said that WFP is ready to distribute hot meals and emergency food rations:
“This week the impact of heavy monsoon rains in Cox’s Bazar is the most severe of this year, impacting the host community as well as the camps, with flooding and landslides. 4,500 people in the Cox’s Bazar camp have been affected this week alone. I was talking with my colleague s, they will try to assess tomorrow the impact of that rain, and we hope not to receive some bad news tomorrow.”
In July, WFP supported more than 11,000 refugees after similar torrential downpours - a significant increase compared with 12 months ago.
Since August 2017, Bangladesh has experienced a massive influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and discrimination in Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar.
Hundreds of Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda, says UN Refugee Agency
A deal has been reached to evacuate hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers out of Libyan detention centres, where brutal conditions persist for migrants.
Under the joint agreement signed on Tuesday between the UN refugee agency, or UNHCR, Rwanda and the African Union, the detainees will be transferred to Rwanda where they will receive protection.
Some “may benefit from resettlement to third countries”; others will be helped to return to their home countries if it is safe to do so. Flights are set to begin in the coming weeks.
Around 500 men, women and children, mainly from the Horn of Africa, are set to leave following the agreement.
Speaking in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said the evacuations would be a lifeline for those trapped in Libya, and that evacuees would receive ongoing support after their arrival.
Although UNHCR has already moved well over 4,000 refugees from Libya to other countries since 2017, it’s estimated some 4,700 people are still being held in detention centres, which have become notorious for alleged rights abuses.
The agency is calling for solidarity from countries everywhere and urging the international community to contribute resources to support the implementation of the agreement.
Sam Pauly, UN News.