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UN refugee chief impressed with Brazil’s ‘exemplary’ response to plight of fleeing Venezuelans

While praising the “efficient, coordinated, humane and innovative response” by Brazil on behalf of fleeing Venezuelans, the UN refugee chief has said that the sheer number of those on the run is proving to be a major challenge, calling for greater international support.

Murder of Brazilian indigenous leader a ‘worrying symptom’ of land invasion

In the wake of the murder of indigenous leader Emrya Wajãpi in Brazil, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called on the country’s authorities to “react quickly and decisively” to protect the rights of indigenous peoples on their lands.

News in Brief 24 May 2019

  • $7 million funding appeal to help most vulnerable children in Afghanistan
  • UN health agency applauds Brazilian compensation bid from tobacco giants
  • Myanmar refugees face even greater water shortages in Bangladesh camps
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: hate speech, dementia, Libya and Yemen, human rights in Brazil and Lebanon

This Tuesday, we cover: the UN chief in New Zealand’s Christchurch calls for end to hate speech; how a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia; updates on fighting in Libya and Yemen; the human rights of detainees in Lebanon and people affected by leprosy in Brazil.

News in Brief 30 January 2019

  • Probe call for Brazil dam collapse
  • ‘World’s deadliest sea crossing’ claimed six lives a day in 2018: UN refugee agency
  • 30 dead and 100 migrants missing in Djibouti boat tragedy
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Guterres says UN stands ready to support Brazil’s search and rescue effort in wake of tragic dam collapse

Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday that the United Nations stands ready to support the Brazilian authorities in the search and emergency relief efforts following the deadly dam collapse and mudslides in vast South American country’s south-eastern region.

‘Old forms of intolerance are being rekindled,’ unilateralism re-emerging, Brazil warns at UN Assembly

The first Head of State to address the seventy-third general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Michel Temer, President of Brazil, denounced the rising tide of isolationism, intolerance and unilateralism that was challenging international order.

Key Brazilian border crossing for Venezuela refugees reopens as asylum numbers pass last year's total

Some 117,000 Venezuelans have claimed asylum already this year — more than for the whole of 2017 — the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, after welcoming a decision by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court to reverse the closure of the country’s border with its northern neighbour.

‘Economy is society’s servant, not its master,’ say UN rights experts, urging Brazil to put human rights before austerity

Marginalized groups suffer unduly harsh consequences due to Brazil’s economic policies of austerity, prompting United Nations rights experts to urge the Government to instead prioritize human rights.

News in Brief 03 August 2018

  • Fresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk of new cholera epidemic
  • Conflict in new Ebola outbreak zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO
  • Brazil urged to refocus economic policies to avoid ‘harsh consequences’ on most vulnerable
  • UN refugee agency beefs up assistance to nearly 1 million displaced in Ethiopia
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