health

Poland ‘slammed the door shut’ on legal and safe abortions: Human rights experts

A group of UN independent human rights experts have denounced a court ruling in Poland that bans abortions on the grounds of fatal or severe foetal impairment, effectively “slamming the door shut” on safe and legal pregnancy terminations.  

News in Brief 27 October 2020

  • Yemen’s children in desperate need: new food security assessment  
  • Health centres hit amid ongoing fighting in southern Afghanistan 
  • Open science up for all, urge UN agency chiefs, in call for common good 
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‘Very tough’ months ahead in COVID battle, WHO helping scale up dwindling oxygen supplies

Facing another critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told reporters on Friday that a “very tough” few months lie ahead with too many nations seeing an exponential increase in cases. 

News in Brief 22 October 2020

  • Pandemic highlights education as ‘public good and essential public service’ 
  • UN experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests 
  • WHO and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted COVID information 
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News in Brief 16 October 2020

  • COVID-19: ‘little or no’ benefit from remdesivir: WHO 
  • An ‘airlift of hope’ for Yemen, UN envoy tells Security Council 
  • Bolivia: UN rights chief Bachelet renews call for free and fair elections  
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News in Brief 15 October 2020

  • Rape is monstrous but death penalty not the answer: UN rights chief 
  • Billions can’t wash hands properly, one billion at immediate COVID risk 
  • Rights experts urge UAE to halt repatriation of Yemeni nationals 
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News in Brief 14 October 2020

  • Afghanistan: aid teams deployed to assess impact of fighting 
  • Progress in tackling tuberculosis at risk from COVID crisis 
  • Talks begin to resolve disputed Lebanon-Israel maritime border 
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News in Brief 13 October 2020

  • COVID impacting health, food and work
  • Digital economy shift 
  • Cash boost for refugees in Iran
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News in Brief 9 October 2020

  • UN’s WFP wins Nobel Peace Prize 
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: UN rights chief calls for urgent ceasefire  
  • Pandemic has changed online shopping forever: UN-backed survey 
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News in Brief 6 October 2020

  • Starvation being used as a method of warfare in South Sudan: UN panel 
  • Yemen: IOM warns disaster looms in Marib, as humanitarian needs grow 
  • Countries across Europe reporting rising levels of ‘COVID-19 fatigue’ 
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