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Human rights must be at heart of solution to Sri Lanka crisis : A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Media Services Pvt. Ltd “Since the start of the crisis, the UN has tracked over 1000 protests. Initially these were peaceful, driven by citizen participation, and characterized by calls for a change of the government: they were joined by political parties, trade unions, student unions, clergy and other interest groups. But as the shortage of gas and fuel became more prominent, we started witnessing violent clashes. Some 60 houses were torched, around eight people killed, and several more injured.  The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the…

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WHO ‘concerned’ over COVID-19 outbreak in DPR Korea, reiterates full support

In a statement, WHO took note of the “deaths and large number of people with fever” as reported by the official news agency KCNA, for DPRK – commonly known as North Korea – but said they are still awaiting information from the International Health Regulations national focal point, concerning the extent and severity of the first officially recorded outbreak. “We stand committed to assist our member country, as needed, by providing technical support to scale up testing, strengthen case management, implement situation-specific public health and social measures, and provide essential…

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Afghanistan: Nearly 20 million going hungry

The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis for the country also revealed a pocket of “catastrophic” levels of food insecurity in the northeast, affecting thousands.  Record levels of hunger persist in #Afghanistan as lingering drought and the deep economic crisis continue to threaten lives and livelihoods. Humanitarian assistance averted a catastrophe in the harsh winter months, and remains a lifeline. https://t.co/zd7Jrivoaq — World Food Programme (@WFP) May 9, 2022 The analysis was conducted in January and February by partners who include the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),…

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On a mission to cut Papua New Guinea’s high levels of sexual violence

“Most of the survivors of gender-based violence that we see in the clinic are young adults,” says Primrose, Youth Coordinator for the Family Health Association (FHA) in East New Britain province. She has just stepped off stage after delivering a presentation to senior students of Kokopo Secondary School as part of FHA’s school outreach programme, in which she told students that they can reach out to the FHA if they need help, and that violence is never the survivor’s fault. Primrose and her team of peer educators are hoping to…

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Afghanistan: Taliban orders women to stay home; cover up in public

According to information received by UNAMA, this is a formal directive rather than a recommendation, any violations of which will lead to the punishment of male relatives. UNAMA is deeply concerned with today’s announcement by the Taliban that all women must cover their faces in public, should only leave their homes in cases of necessity, & that violations will lead to the punishment of their male relatives. Full statement: https://t.co/D7XEsmv1te pic.twitter.com/Iw35PbDju5 — UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) May 7, 2022 “This decision contradicts numerous assurances regarding respect for and protection of all…

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Deadly mosque explosion ‘another painful blow to the people of Afghanistan’

The blast at the Khalifa Sahib mosque, located in the Darulaman area in the west of the city, is the latest in a series of attacks on civilian targets in the capital and provinces.  The explosion tore through the mosque, damaging the roof, which caved in on worshippers, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) in the country said, citing initial reports.  Casualties likely higher  Local hospitals reported far higher casualty figures, with dozens said to be killed and injured, including many children.   A hospital ran by the non-governmental organization…

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UN rights office calls for Singapore stay of execution for Malaysia nationals 

The execution of Nagaenthran Dharmalingam and Datchinamurthy Kataiah is imminent, the UN rights office said in a statement, before pointing to an apparently “alarming acceleration in execution notices” in Singapore, since the start of the year.  OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said that Mr. Dharmalingam was arrested in 2009 and convicted of drug trafficking.   His family was told just last week that he was due to be executed this Wednesday.  Multiple appeals claiming that he had an intellectual disability were dismissed and requests for clemency denied, Ms. Shamdasani explained.   The second prisoner…

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Volunteers demonstrate compassion of Ramadan in Indonesia: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

As Indonesia celebrates Ramadan, Ms Julliand and Toily Kurbanov, Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers explain* why volunteerism encapsulates the generosity and compassion of the Muslim holy month. Valerie Julliand, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia., by UN Indonesia “When a 7.5 magnitude earthquake tore through Palu, Central Sulawesi, in September 2018, two memories surfaced for Moh. Tofan Saputra. He recalled seeing footage of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami on television, which killed close to 230,000 people. He also remembered how as a junior high-school student, flood waters had inundated…

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First Person: Torres Strait Islanders fight the loss of their ancestral home

The Torres Strait Islands, an autonomous part of Australia, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis, and extreme weather, including storms, rising sea levels and erosion, are a major threat to the indigenous people, who have inhabited the islands for some 70,000 years. With the case ongoing, Mr. Molby and his fellow activists have been recognized as human rights leaders for their efforts to draw attention to the plight of their community. “I come from Masig island, in the central part of the Torres Strait, which is…

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First Person: Torres Strait Islanders fight the loss of their ancestral home

The Torres Strait Islands, an autonomous part of Australia, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis, and extreme weather, including storms, rising sea levels and erosion, are a major threat to the indigenous people, who have inhabited the islands for some 70,000 years. With the case ongoing, Mr. Molby and his fellow activists have been recognized as human rights leaders for their efforts to draw attention to the plight of their community. “I come from Masig island, in the central part of the Torres Strait, which is…

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