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UN rights expert urges Governments to save lives by lifting all economic sanctions amid...

GENEVA (3 April 2020) – A UN human rights expert today called for the lifting of all  unilateral sanctions that obstruct the...

IOM Raises Concern Over Increasing COVID-19 Cases Recorded in Greece Mainland Refugee and Migrant...

Athens, April 2, 2020 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is concerned that twenty-three migrants have tested positive for COVID-19 in...

Coronavirus measures may have already averted up to 120,000 deaths across Europe

Strong social distancing measures to slow and suppress the spread of COVID-19 across Europe are estimated to have averted thousands of deaths.

Climate-related disasters increase risks of conflict in vulnerable countries

Photo: InsideClimate News April 2, 2020 - Researchers have found strong evidence that the risk for armed conflict...

UN calls for $2.5 trillion coronavirus crisis package for developing countries

March 30, 2020 - With two-thirds of the world’s population living in developing countries (excluding China) facing unprecedented economic damage from the...

Granting Government in Hungary Unlimited Powers Under New COVID-19 Law is Disturbing Development

March 30, 2020 - Following the decision by the Hungarian parliament to pass a new law that will allow the government to...

COVID-19: Health care heroes need protection – UN expert

GENEVA (27 March 2020) – States and businesses must urgently step up their efforts to ensure that health care workers fighting the...

MSF to Pharma: No patents or profiteering on coronavirus drugs, tests, and vaccines in...

NEW YORK/GENEVA, MARCH 27, 2020 -The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today called for no patents or...

“Unacceptable” – UN expert urges better protection of older persons facing the highest risk...

GENEVA (27 March 2020) – Society has a duty to exercise solidarity and better protect older persons who are bearing the lion’s...

Urgent action needed to prevent COVID-19 “rampaging through places of detention” – Bachelet

GENEVA (25 March 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on governments to take urgent action to...

Amidst Covid-19 Spread, IMF and World Bank Signal Debt Relief for Poor Countries

Washington, DC, March 24, 2020 -  On Monday the heads of the IMF and World Bank stated support for debt relief for...

It’s dismaying to witness the President of the U.S. adopting alternative names for the...

GENEVA, March 23, 2020 – Governments must ensure that their response to the COVID-19 pandemic does not contribute to xenophobia and racial discrimination,...

Israeli-made nightmare scenario: COVID-19 in Gaza

March 23, 2020 - The spread of COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip will be a massive disaster, resulting entirely from the unique...

The Elders call for global resolve and solidarity in fight against COVID-19

March 18, 2020 - The Elders today call on global leaders and citizens alike to root their response to the Covid-19 pandemic...

MSF: Support urgently needed across Europe to protect medical staff from coronavirus

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, MARCH, 16 2020—As the number of people with the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, continues to rise rapidly across Europe—now the...

COVID-19: States should not abuse emergency measures to suppress human rights – UN experts

GENEVA (16 March 2020) – UN human rights experts* today urged States to avoid overreach of security measures in their response to...

Sassoli: Europe united in face of common challenge of COVID-19

March 13, 2020 - Statement of European Parliament President David Sassoli on COVID-19 response “Not since the end of...

Five things you should know now about the COVID-19 pandemic

1) What’s the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic? Before Wednesday’s WHO announcement, the COVID-19 outbreak was described by the UN...

Iran: UN expert alarmed by detention conditions in the wake of recent protests

GENEVA (9 March 2020) – Individuals detained in Iranian detention facilities are suffering from serious human rights violations and the situation of...

Rainy season threatens huge cholera spike in Yemen as conflict hampers efforts to address...

March 9, 2020 - Yemen is suffering a forgotten cholera crisis, Oxfam said today, as it warned the number of people there...