Humanitarian Crisis Grips Ethiopia’s Restive Tigray Region

GENEVA – United Nations aid agencies report Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is in a worsening humanitarian crisis, as fighting intensifies and thousands continue to flee to neighboring countries. Protection of Ethiopian civilians and Eritrean refugees is a major concern, with human rights monitors warning the weeklong fighting between Ethiopian federal forces and Tigray regional security forces could spin out of control. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says humanitarian aid to more than 2 million people in the region has been disrupted. It says security concerns are…

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Not Immune: Children in Conflict October 2020 | Save the Children

Conflict threatens global health security as children miss out on life-saving vaccines: report Save the Children calls on world leaders to deliver global ceasefire to help fight spread of COVID-19 Melbourne, 12 November – As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, a new report by Save the Children shows that millions of children trapped in war zones are already missing out on life-saving vaccinations. Not Immune: Children in Conflict shines a spotlight on the harrowing impact of war on the immunisation of children over the past decade and calls for…

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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (4 Nov – 11 Nov 2020)

REGIONAL NORTH-EAST NIGERIA AND BURKINA FASO EDGING CLOSER TO FAMINE North-east Nigeria and Burkina Faso are among the world’s hunger hotspots with the highest risk. Vulnerable communities could slip into famine within months if conditions deteriorate any further, FAO and WFP warned. In Burkina Faso, 3.3 million people are in the emergency phase of food security, almost three times the number of 2019. In Nigeria 8.7 million were projected to face acute food insecurity in July-August 2020. Across the region, food insecurity has increased dramatically due to deteriorating conflict, displacement…

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UN Rights Chief Urges Halt to Ethiopia Violence, Dialogue to Restore Peace

GENEVA – Ethiopia’s stability is on the line as the recent outburst of fierce fighting in the country’s Tigray and Oromia regions risks getting out of hand. U.N. rights chief Michelle Bachelet called Saturday for a de-escalation of violence and for grievances in these separate but equally destructive conflicts to be settled peacefully. Heavy clashes broke out Wednesday in the northern region of Tigray between federal and regional troops, prompting declaration of a six-month state of emergency. The Ethiopian government announced it had deployed federal troops in response to an…

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Rights Groups Question ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Figure’s Prospect for Fair Trial

WASHINGTON – As Paul Rusesabagina, the man depicted as a Rwandan genocide hero in the Oscar-nominated film “Hotel Rwanda” awaits trial in Kigali, rights groups and supporters are questioning the circumstances of his detention and the fairness of the legal process. After arriving in Dubai on August 26, Rusesabagina boarded a private plane and was flown to Rwanda, where he was arrested on charges of sponsoring rebel groups and terrorism-related offenses. Rusesabagina said in interviews after his detention that he was invited by a friend to visit Burundi and speak…

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Over 100 Arrive In Sudan As Voluntary Humanitarian Return Flights Resume

Over 100 Sudanese migrants have returned on the first Libya-Sudan Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flight since the onset of COVID-19. The returnees travelled on 12 September in a long-awaited charter arranged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sudanese embassy in Tripoli. IOM’s VHR programme is a lifeline for stranded migrants, with hundreds stuck in conflict-torn Libya. Worsening the situation were measures put in place globally to fight the COVID-19 pandemic including border closures which disrupted the programme, leading…

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Human Rights Council opens forty-fifth regular session, decides to hold an urgent debate on Belarus

Hears High Commissioner’s Global Human Rights Update and Holds Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Myanmar The Human Rights Council this morning opened its forty-fifth regular session, hearing a global human rights update from Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as separate updates on the human rights situations in Nicaragua and Venezuela. The Council approved by a vote Germany’s request on behalf of the European Union to hold an urgent debate on the “situation of human rights in Belarus”, which was set for 10 a.m. on…

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Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation

Concludes Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation and concluded its interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to development. Speaking on the right to water and sanitation were the European Union, Denmark, Burkina Faso, State of Palestine, Fiji, Ecuador, Pakistan, France, Germany, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Armenia, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Libya, Senegal, Iraq, Togo, Morocco, Mexico, South…

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