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UN experts alarmed by Israel High Court ruling on Masafer Yatta and risk of imminent forcible transfer of Palestinians

GENEVA, May 16, 2022 – UN human rights experts* urgently called on Israel and the international community to stop the forced evictions, arbitrary displacement and forcible transfer of Palestinian communities from Masafer Yatta in the occupied West Bank.   “Following the judgement of the Israeli High Court of Justice earlier this month, around 1,200 Palestinian residents […]

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Forcibly displaced LGBT persons face major challenges in search of safe haven

GENEVA (May 16, 2022) – On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a group of UN and regional human rights experts urged governments to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse (LGBT) persons fleeing persecution are protected against violence and treated with dignity. The experts issued the following […]

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How to avoid eating the world: From degrowth to a sustainable food system transformation

May 16, 2022 – Proponents of degrowth have long argued that economic growth is detrimental to the environment. Now scientists show that concerning the food sector, curbing growth alone would not make our food system sustainable – but changing what we eat and putting a price on carbon would. In a first, a group led […]

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New Report Finds Blood Pressure Drugs Can Cost Up to 40 Times More in Regions with the Most Strokes and Heart Attacks

May 12, 2022 (New York, NY)—A new report released today by Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shows that excessive and inequitable hypertension medication pricing hinders efforts to control high blood pressure in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). High blood pressure, known as hypertension, is the world’s leading cause of death, […]

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IOM Report: Needs Growing for Over 8 Million Internally Displaced in Ukraine

Geneva, May 10, 2022 – The number of people internally displaced by the war in Ukraine has surpassed the 8 million mark, according to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) latest report. This represents a 24 per cent increase when compared to the first internal displacement figures published on 16 March. Conducted between 29 April and […]

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Religious leaders, UNEP appeal for climate-responsible finance as a moral imperative towards children

Geneva/Nairobi/New York, May 9, 2022 – The World Council of Churches (WCC), United Nations Environment Programme, Muslim Council of Elders, and NY Board of Rabbis have signed a landmark joint appeal, “Climate-Responsible Finance – A moral imperative and responsibility to all children and the living world“. “Let us come together and influence how money is invested in […]

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WMO update: 50:50 chance of global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5°C threshold in next five years

Geneva, 10 May 2022 (WMO) – There is a 50:50 chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5 °C above the pre-industrial level for at least one of the next five years – and the likelihood is increasing with time, according to a new climate update issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). There is a […]

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More difficult than expected for glaciers to recover from climate warming

A team of scientists from Stockholm University and University of California Irvine investigated whether the Petermann Ice Shelf in northern Greenland could recover from a future breakup due to climate change. They used a sophisticated computer model to simulate the potential recovery of the ice shelf. “Even if Earth’s climate stopped warming, it would be […]

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Russia: Respect the Rights of Prisoners of War

Berlin, April 28, 2022 – Russian authorities should stop broadcasting programs featuring images of and interviews with captured Ukrainian soldiers that expose them to public curiosity, Human Rights Watch said today. Such treatment of prisoners of war, or POWs, violates protections under the Geneva Conventions intended to ensure dignified treatment of captured combatants on all sides. “Russian […]

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War in Ukraine: FAO renews appeal to bolster agriculture and provide urgent support to vulnerable rural households

Rome – Some $115.4 million are urgently needed to prevent a further deterioration of the food insecurity situation and worsening of the disruption of food supply chains in Ukraine. There is urgency to support Ukrainian farmers in planting vegetables and potatoes during this spring season, and farmers should be allowed and supported to go to […]

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No rain and no resources; millions of families across the Horn of Africa pushed closer to catastrophe each day

NAIROBI – Desperately needed rains across the Horn of Africa have so far failed to materialise, almost a month into the current rainy season, and if these conditions continue, along with stagnant and even decreasing humanitarian aid, the number of hungry people due to drought could spiral from the currently estimated 14 million to 20 million […]

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IRC condemns attack on schools in Kabul, which killed children and injured many

Kabul, Afghanistan – The International Rescue Committee (IRC) condemns the senseless bombing of schools in Kabul, where scores have been injured and children are among those who have lost their lives.  Vicki Aken, IRC Afghanistan Director, said, “The IRC is stunned and appalled at this needless act of violence that has shaken Kabul today. Our […]

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Guterres appeals for urgent humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has again called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine to allow delivery of life-saving aid as well as evacuations, his spokesperson said on Monday. The appeal followed attacks on cities across the country– most recently Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv – which resulted in numerous civilian casualties and destruction. Mr. […]

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EU Commissioner for Human Rights – United Kingdom government’s intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal

Strasbourg, 14 April 2022 – “Today’s announcement by the UK government of its intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal”, said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Not only does such externalisation raise questions about the protection of the human rights of the people involved. It also indicates that […]