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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Climate change scare for business, COVID’s $2.4 trillion tourism hit and Tigray alert

In this week’s show, the worrying rise of internet blackouts to stifle dissent and why going green is a matter of survival for small firms. Also, the pandemic’s $2.4 trillion hit to global tourism, what new migrant worker numbers tell us about the world economy - and an alert over the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

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Belarus: UN rights chief condemns violence against protesters, calls for grievances to be heard

The flow of free information is “crucial” in a democratic society, the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday, spotlighting the landlocked eastern European nation of Belarus, “especially in a context of crisis and social unrest”.

Belarus: UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’

The UN Secretary-General has appealed for restraint in Belarus, where ongoing clashes between police and demonstrators continue following disputed elections held on Sunday.

Independent rights experts call on India to remedy ‘alarming’ situation in Jammu and Kashmir

UN-appointed independent human rights experts have called for urgent action in India’s Jammu and Kashmir, amid concerns of ongoing abuses against civilians there.

Rights experts urge Nigeria to free humanist detained for blasphemy

Nigerian authorities must immediately release prominent humanist and rights defender Mubarak Bala, who has been detained for more than two months without charge on accusations of blasphemy, a group of independent UN human rights experts said on Friday.

News in Brief 13 July 2020

  • Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears
  • Alarming global food security outlook reveals even more going hungry
  • Freedom of expression has worsened during pandemic, says independent rights expert
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News in Brief 3 June 2020

  • People on the move need protection during pandemic: Guterres
  • Khartoum massacre victims, await justice in Sudan
  • Bachelet alarmed by free speech clampdown in Asia
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Asian countries urged to honour right to freedom of expression, over pandemic fear

A dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region have seen an alarming clampdown on freedom of expression during the COVID-19 crisis, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday.

‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights report

Describing the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters journalists last week as a “particularly outrageous” example of judicial harassment against the media there, “vague and over-broad” laws have made it impossible for the press to do its job in the country, without fear or favour, a new United Nations report has found.

Worsening human rights 'cyclical': UN Belarus expert

Human rights in Belarus are not improving, but rather “going from worse to worse.”

That’s the view of Miklos Harazti, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, who has been accused by the government there of ignoring positive developments and barred from entering the country.

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