human rights

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines ‘war on drugs’

The 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday with measures taken to address worrying developments in Eritrea, Syria and the Philippines, along with other issues of global concern, such as violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: #GlobalGoals progress, essential meds, updates from Cox’s Bazar, Sudan and DR Congo

This Tuesday’s UN top stories are: high-level discussions on the progress made towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; falling behind on universal education dream; the UN list of essential medicines updated; life-threatening floods in Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; and human rights in Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

News in Brief 2 July 2019

  • DRC: UN food agency triples aid in strife-hit Ituri province
  • Zika transmission low, but travellers should be vigilant, says WHO
  • Eritrea rights violations persist, Human Rights Council hears
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News in Brief 1 July 2019

  • Heat stress spike predicted to cost global economy $2,400 billion a year
  • 1.4 million refugees set to need urgent resettlement in 2020: UNHCR
  • Belarus: UN human rights experts denounce execution
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‘So freeing’ to come out as ‘a lesbian and a feminist’

Back in 1976 Linda Tyson came out as “a lesbian and a feminist”, she told UN News on the sidelines of the 2019 New York City LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] Pride March on Fifth Avenue, long before the UN-GLOBE joined the World Pride parade.

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News in Brief 27 June 2019

  • After Rio Grande drownings, UNICEF chief highlights ‘dire’ detention centres on US-Mexico border
  • UN panel appeals to Mexico to release two men held in arbitrary detention for years
  • Hundreds of millions of people no longer at risk of blindness infection trachoma: WHO
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News in Brief 26 June 2019

  • Tragic image of drowned father and child in Rio Grande spurs migration debate 
  • UN should lead criminal investigation into Khashoggi killing, says rights investigator 
  • Two-thirds of global drug deaths now from opioids: UN drugs report 
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance

This Tuesday, we cover: a key fundraising conference for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA); a new UN report on families in 2019-2020; a call by an independent human rights expert to ban surveillance technology; 20,000 migrants rescued in the Sahara; and malnutrition in India.

World faces ‘climate apartheid’ risk, 120 more million in poverty: UN expert

Climate change “threatens to undo the last 50 years” of development, global health and poverty reduction, a United Nations expert said on Tuesday, citing the risk of a new era of “climate apartheid” where the rich buy their way out of rising heat and hunger.

News in Brief 21 June 2019

  • UN food agency begins partial pull-out of aid to opposition-held Yemen capital
  • Central African Republic food crisis should be wake-up call to global community
  • DPRK at crossroads as UN independent investigator sees no improvement in people’s rights
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