Month: August 2020

Mauritius oil spill highlights importance of global maritime laws: UN trade body

IOM Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and experts assess the oil spill impact at Bois des Amourettes, Grand Port in Mauritius.     The devastating oil spill off the east coast of Mauritius has highlighted the need for global adoption of international legislation that govern the seas and protect small island states and their vulnerable marine ecosystems against ship pollution, UN trade body UNCTAD has stated.  The grounding […]

One million flee escalating violence in Burkina Faso

© UNHCR/Sylvain Cherkaoui Internally displaced Zeinabou Sawadoga, 42, is surrounded by family in the grounds of her relative’s courtyard in Kaya, Burkina Faso where she is now seeking shelter.     Mounting violence in Burkina Faso has forced more than one million people to flee their homes: 453,000 so far this year alone, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, […]

Jordan: Closing teachers’ union, detaining officials, ‘serious’ rights violations

UN News/Jing Zhang A street scene in Amman, Jordan.     Jordan must reverse the decision to close a 140,000-strong teachers’ union and detain its leaders, independent UN human rights experts said on Wednesday, while also urging the authorities to lift gag orders prohibiting public discussion of the case.  The Government closed the Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate last month, reportedly in retaliation for criticizing the […]

Interception, no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel

UNICEF/Geai A boy walks through a migrant camp in Calais, northern France. According to estimates, about 900 migrants and asylum seekers are sheltering in the area, many without toilets or washing facilities.    Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the […]

UN chief: Belarusians must be able to exercise their ‘civil and political rights’

Unsplash/Jana Shnipelson Woman in Minsk, Belarus.     Closely following the developments in Belarus, Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on Friday underlining the importance of enabling all Belarusians to “exercise their civil and political rights”.  Following the announcement that authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko – who has ruled since 1994 – had a landslide victory in Sunday’s presidential election, […]

Amid COVID-19, UN commitment to peace ‘more urgent than ever’

UNIFIL Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, UNIFIL and its peacekeeping troops have maintained their daily operational activities along the Blue Line in South Lebanon.     COVID-19 threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, but also “risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones”, the UN chief reminded the Security Council on Wednesday, during a briefing […]