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Friday’s Daily Brief:  Yemen exclusive, India rights, Chile, Ebola updates

Our top stories for Friday include an exclusive UN News interview with Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths; India’s new “discriminatory” citizenship law; a milestone smallpox eradication anniversary; helicopters deployed in DR Congo Ebola fight; Mediterranean migrant latest, and Chile’s deadly protests: UN report finds clear pattern of repression.

New citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’: UN human rights office

A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.” 

News in Brief 13 December 2019

  • Air bridge vaccination operation begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo 
  • India’s citizenship act ‘fundamentally discriminatory’, says UN rights office 
  • 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication marked on Friday 
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Monday’s Daily Brief: US formally announces climate accord withdrawal, young foreigners stranded in Syria, India toxic smog crisis, Ebola worker death shows frontline risks

A recap of stories this Monday: UN reaction to US Paris Agreement withdrawal; UNICEF urges repatriation of children stranded in Syria; Public health emergency in India’s New Delhi; Ebola health worker death in DR Congo shows deadly risks; Guinea Bissau crisis, Security Council update; UNEP campaign targets ocean microplastics.

News in Brief 4 November 2019

  • India’s New Delhi choking on record levels of smog
  • UNICEF urges governments to repatriate children stranded in Syria 
  • Council deeply concerned over political developments unfolding in Guinea-Bissau 
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News in Brief 29 October 2019

  • India should ‘unlock’ freedom curbs in disputed Kashmir, urges UN human rights chief
  • UN confirms delivery of food aid to more than 300,000 vulnerable Syrians in troubled northeast
  • El Salvador’s ‘double burden’ of malnutrition and obesity is equivalent to 10% of GDP – WFP report
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India should ‘unlock’ freedom curbs in disputed Kashmir, urges UN human rights chief

The people of Indian-administered Kashmir continue to be deprived of numerous basic freedoms, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday, before urging the Indian authorities “to unlock the situation”.

At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world ‘Buddha, not war’

In his address to the UN General Assembly’s general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world’s largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards “peace, development and progress in the world”.

Delhi Declaration: Countries agree to make ‘land degradation neutrality’ by 2030, a national target for action

A major UN conference on fighting desertification agreed on Friday to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving “land degradation neutrality” (LDN), a national target for action.

Kashmir communications shutdown a ‘collective punishment’ that must be reversed, say UN experts

End the crackdown on freedom of expression, was the strong call to the Government by India from five United Nations independent rights expert on Thursday.