human rights

News in Brief 27 May 2020

  • ‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief
  • COVID-19: temporary halt announced on use of key anti-viral hydroxychloroquine
  • Rights experts appeal over abortion obstacles linked to COVID measures in US states
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Just hoping coronavirus will bypass Africa, would be a deadly mistake: Bachelet

Tens of millions of people in Africa could become destitute as a result of COVID-19 and its catastrophic impact on fragile economies and health systems across the continent, human rights chiefs from the United Nations and the African Commission warned on Wednesday. 

News in Brief 19 May 2020

  • Syria’s warring parties agree to resume talks in Geneva, says UN envoy
  • Bachelet leads appeal for help for South Sudan survivors of sexual violence
  • China urged to lift charges against Tibetan minority human rights defender
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Deadly gas leak in India, grim wake-up call for global chemical industry: UN rights expert

Last week’s deadly toxic gas leak at a Korean-owned polymer plant in south-eastern India, is a grim wake up call for the chemical industry to acknowledge and fulfil its responsibility to respect human rights, the UN independent expert who monitors the issue, said on Thursday.

News in Brief 14 May 2020

  • UN leads call to protect most vulnerable, from COVID mental health crisis
  • Presidents and Prime Ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’
  • Chemical industry must step up, to prevent more Bhopal-like disasters: UN expert
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News in Brief 8 May 2020

  • Syria is a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored, says UN human rights chief
  • Conflict and floods force tens of thousands to flee in Somalia, amid COVID-19 threat
  • Virus hunters continue search for animal link to COVID-19 infections in people
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News in Brief 6 May 2020

  • Thousands stranded in Andaman Sea blocked from port, agencies warn
  • Coronavirus measures expose human trafficking victims to more abuse
  • Action needed to halt ‘drive-through’ child abuse spawned by COVID-19 restrictions
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News in Brief 30 April 2020

  • Disabilities are no reason to deny people their rights during COVID: Bachelet
  • Cuba sanctions is obstructing aid response to coronavirus, say rights experts
  • Greta Thunberg adds voice to child rights driven coronavirus campaign
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News in Brief 29 April 2020

  • Myanmar: possible war crimes and crimes against humanity
  • Cybercrime and online fraud, heighten privacy and data threats amid pandemic
  • Rights experts appeal for Lao victims of dam disaster who lost everything
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News in Brief 28 April 2020

  • Sudan at ‘tipping point’ amid sanctions as pandemic approaches 
  • WFP plea to keep borders open as Horn of Africa faces doubling in food insecurity
  • UN’s new COVID-19-busting taskforce gears up to boost frontline supplies
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