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Yemen: At least three children among more than 60 killed as airstrikes down internet across the country

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Jan. 21, 2022)—At least three children and more than 60 adults are reported to have been killed and at least 100 others injured in a series of airstrikes today in Yemen, Save the Children said, but the true number is feared to be higher. The children were reportedly playing on a nearby football field when missiles struck […]

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Civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen in startling escalation as global leaders turn attention to other crises

New York, NY, 20th January 2021– The IRC highlights today appalling figures showing rising attacks on civilians in Yemen.  Alongside the danger represented by the drone attack in Abu Dhabi, there is growing evidence that Yemen’s deadly war needs international attention now. Data from the Yemen Data Project reveals that in the two months following […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban attempting to steadily erase women and girls from public life – UN experts

GENEVA (17 January 2022) – Taliban leaders in Afghanistan are institutionalizing large scale and systematic gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls, a group of UN human rights experts* said today. The experts reiterated their alarm expressed since August 2021 at a series of restrictive measures that have been introduced since the Taliban’s takeover […]

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Poland: After acquitting rainbow halo women, authorities must end their witch-hunt against activists

January 12, 2022 – Responding to the dismissal of the appeal against the acquittal of three women human rights activists in Poland on absurd charges of “offending religious beliefs” for distributing posters of the Virgin Mary with a halo in the rainbow colours of the LGBTI pride flag, Catrinel Motoc, Senior Campaigner in Amnesty International’s […]

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Kazakhstan: UN experts condemn lethal force against protesters, misuse of term ‘terrorists’

GENEVA, January 11, 2022 – UN human rights experts* today called on the Kazakhstan authorities and security forces to halt their unrestrained use of force, including lethal force, against protesters and ensure that an independent and human-rights based investigations of State use of force against protesters is undertaken. The experts said they were profoundly concerned […]

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Kazakhstan unrest: Bachelet urges peaceful resolution of grievances

GENEVA (6 January 2022) – Amid alarming reports of deadly violence in Kazakhstan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday urged all, including security forces, protesters and others, to refrain from violence and to seek a peaceful resolution of grievances. A police spokesperson in the main city, Almaty, said that security forces […]

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Afghanistan: UN experts call for immediate action to stop escalating humanitarian catastrophe

GENEVA (23 December 2021) – UN human rights experts* today called on the international community to take urgent steps to clear the way for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan in order to prevent an impending humanitarian catastrophe from unfolding there this winter.  The call came one day after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2615, which […]

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In an historic vote, Italy to ban all fur farming and shut down all mink farms within six months

ROME, December 21, 2021—The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate today voted to approve a modified version of an amendment to the budget law which will see the country’s 10 remaining mink fur farms closed within six months and a permanent ban on fur farming throughout Italy.   The vote follows discussions with animal protection organisation Humane Society […]

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WMO recognizes new Arctic temperature record of 38⁰C

GENEVA, December 14, 2021 (WMO) – A temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on 20 June 2020 has been recognized as a new Arctic temperature record by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The temperature, more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic, was measured at a meteorological observing station during an exceptional […]

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Mexico: Detention and torture of human rights defender highlights criminalization of legitimate protest, UN Committee finds

GENEVA, December 14, 2021 — The UN Committee against Torture has called on Mexico to stop criminalizing legitimate human rights work, after deciding on the case of a human rights defender targeted for his campaigning, resulting in his being detained and tortured for five years for a crime he did not commit. In a decision […]

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More than half a billion people pushed or pushed further into extreme poverty due to health care costs

DUBAI/GENEVA/WASHINGTON DC — 12 December 2021 — New evidence compiled by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage. The organizations also reveal that more than half a billion people are being pushed into extreme poverty because […]