News in Brief 21 September 2020

  • UN’s Yemen negotiator calls for ‘courage’ to end fighting 
  • Spain ‘did not ensure that Down’s child’s school needs were met’, says UN panel  
  • UN’s ‘Global Conversation’ shows that people want the basics to tackle COVID 
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Spain violated inclusive education right of child with disabilities, independent committee finds

Spain violated the right to inclusive education of a child with disabilities, an independent UN human rights committee has found, calling on the country to end any educational segregation of students with disabilities in both special education and mainstream schools.

Dozens of migrants dead and missing, adds to mounting toll off Spanish coast

A group of migrant boats stranded at sea, was rescued off the Spanish coast on Thursday, and at least 25 people are believed to be dead or missing, including a pregnant woman, the UN Refugee Agency, UNCHR, has reported.

Now is the time for cooperative leadership, not nationalist rhetoric, Spain’s Prime Minister says at UN

The world is facing enormous global challenges, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Prime Minister of Spain, told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, underscoring that these times “do not need nationalist or non-inclusive rhetoric.”

Proposal for Spain to reckon with its past during Franco era, welcomed by UN rights experts

A group of UN human rights experts has welcomed the announcement earlier this month by the Spanish Minister of Justice that the Government is paving the way for a Truth Commission to investigate violations that occurred during the civil war and the era of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco that followed.

Spain’s decision to take in stranded boat welcomed by UN Refugee Agency

Spain’s reported announcement that it will allow a boat to dock carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees that was originally turned away from Italy is a “generous display of solidarity”, the UN Refugee Agency said on Monday.   UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley spoke with Daniel Johnson.

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Paris summit explores solutions to migrant crisis

The challenge for political leaders attending a summit on migration hosted by France on Monday will be to give people options other than having to trust smugglers, the UN has said.

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Spain's eviction violated family's human rights, say UN experts

By evicting a family with young children from a rented room – without providing alternative housing – Spain violated the right to housing, according to a group of United Nations human rights experts.

Challenges of decommissioning nuclear plants under spotlight

The challenges of decommissioning nuclear power plants and rehabilitating  contaminated sites has come under the spotlight at a UN meeting in Madrid, Spain this week.

Some 600 nuclear plants have been built around the world during the last 60 years.

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Meeting Queen Sofia, Ban praises contributions of Spain, King Juan Carlos to UN’s work

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Spain’s Queen Sofia today highlighted the continued need for girls’ education, addressing the livelihood challenges faced by today’s youth and continuing to combat intolerance, while the United Nations chief also recognized the contributions rendered by King Juan Carlos during his reign.