Pacific 

Afghanistan: 500,000 jobs lost since Taliban takeover

In a warning that the economy has been “paralyzed” since the de facto authorities took control last August, ILO said that there have been huge losses in jobs and working hours. There have been huge losses in jobs and working hours in #Afghanistan since the change in administration with #womenworkers especially hard hit. ➡️May reach 900,000 by mid-2022 ➡️Women’s employment levels decreased 16% in the 3rd quarter 2021https://t.co/MSxoK0TgfS — ILOAsiaPacific (@ILOAsiaPacific) January 19, 2022 Women have been hit especially hard. By the middle of this year, it’s expected that job…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

153 children rescued from slavery in Ghana

– Advertisement – A total of 153 children trafficked into forced labour and domestic servitude in Ghana have been rescued. The victims comprise of 106 boys and 47 girls, between the ages of six and 17 from 12 out of the 16 regions of Ghana. This brings to over 1,700 the total number of children rescued by Challenging Heights, an NGO in fishing communities in Ghana since its establishment in 2003. The data from Challenging Heights also showed that out of 10 children on the Volta lake, six of them…

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Pacific 

Tonga volcano eruption: At least 3 dead, amid severe destruction

Islands covered in ash, dozens of homes destroyed According to a Tongan Government press release on Tuesday, the three fatalities are a British national, and two Tongan nationals. The UN World Health Organization, WHO, has reported that many people are still missing, whilst around 90 people headed to safety in evacuation centres on the island of Eua, and many others fled to the homes of friends and family. On the main island of Tongatapu, around 100 houses have been damaged, and 50 completely destroyed, according to the UN humanitarian coordination…

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Pacific 

Tonga: The UN stands ready to provide support after volcano eruption and tsunami

Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possible extinction. We take a look at some of the many challenges they face, and how they could be overcome. Source UN News

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Pacific 

Horrors of Hiroshima, a reminder nuclear weapons remain global threat

Those first nuclear weapons deployed by the United States, indiscriminately killed tens of thousands of non-combatants but also left indelible scars for the immediate survivors, that they, their children and grandchildren still carry today. “The Red Cross hospital was full of dead bodies. The death of a human is a solemn and sad thing, but I didn’t have the time to think about it because I had to collect their bones and dispose of their bodies”, a then 25-year-old woman said in a recorded testimony, 1.5 km from Hiroshima’s ground…

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Europe 

UK Borders Bill increases risks of discrimination, human rights violations

If adopted, the Nationality and Borders Bill would “seriously undermine the protection of the human rights of trafficked persons, including children; increase risks of exploitation faced by all migrants and asylum seekers; and lead to serious human rights violations”, Siobhán Mullally, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, said in a statement. “The bill fails to acknowledge the Government’s obligation to ensure protection for migrant and asylum-seeking children, and greatly increases risks of Statelessness, in violation of international law”, she added. Dangers within Seeking and enjoying asylum is a…

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Pacific 

UN chief: ‘We are in a race against time to help the Afghan people’

Just two days ago, the United Nations launched its largest-ever humanitarian appeal for a single country, requiring more than $5 billion this year. Speaking to journalists in New York, the UN chief said the scale of the appeal “reflects the scale of the despair.” “Babies being sold to feed their siblings. Freezing health facilities overflowing with malnourished children. People burning their possessions to keep warm. Livelihoods across the country have been lost.” Currently, more than half the population of Afghanistan depends on life-saving assistance. Without a more concerted effort from the international community, Mr. Guterres argued, “virtually every…

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Pacific 

Experts urge Iran to halt imminent execution of juvenile offender

Mr. Shahbazi, now 20, was 17 when he was arrested for fatally stabbing a classmate during a fight involving four people.    He was scheduled to be executed on 5 January, which was temporarily halted.  Uphold international law  The experts said the court had relied in part on confessions reportedly obtained under torture and ill treatment when Mr. Shahbazi was interrogated by police for 11 days.   During this time, he was also denied access to a lawyer and his family.  “We urge the Iranian authorities to immediately and permanently…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Doctors in a tussle over efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines

– – Two groups of medical doctors working in Ghana are at loggerheads over the efficacy of Covid -19 vaccines being administered in the country. On January 10, the first group petitioned President Akufo-Addo to stop the mandatory covid-19 vaccination in the country due to potential dangers. According to the concerned doctors, the vaccines do not prevent infection or spread, adding that “recent studies show that the vaccinated are becoming more relevant in the spread of COVID-19.” “Many studies show outbreaks within fully vaccinated populations. Other studies show vaccinated populations as…

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Pacific 

‘Prompt, independent, impartial investigations’ needed in Kazakhstan: UN rights office

Close to 10,000 people are now estimated to be held in detention following the riots. “We understand that the Ministry of Interior has announced that some 9,900 people are in detention as of the 11th of January. Now, this is clearly a huge number,” said OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell, briefing reporters at the United Nations in Geneva (UNOG). “Under international law, people have the right to protest peacefully and the right to express their opinions. And they shouldn’t be detained simply for expressing their opinions”, Ms. Throssell added. “All those…

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