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Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

© UNHCRRohingya refugees use a handwashing station, installed to help combat the spread of COVID-19 at a settlement in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.    After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to […]

Millions of migrants across Russia, Central Asia, ‘teetering on the brink’, as UN launches urgent appeal

OCHA/Eurasia Foundation of Central AsiaChildren play at the multi-ethnic Krupskaya School in the town of Nookat, Osh oblast, Kyrgyzstan. (November 2010)    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an urgent $7 million appeal on Thursday, to ease the impact of COVID-19 on migrant communities in five Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation, where the pandemic is […]

COVID-19 could help turn the tide on ocean health in Asia-Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic could help turn the tide on the well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a UN report published on Wednesday. It suggests that the temporary shutdown of activities due to the crisis, as well as reduced traffic on the seas and demand for marine resources, could give oceans the “much-needed […]

Hong Kong urged to drop prosecutions of leading activists, not to silence peaceful protest

UN NewsThe skyline of Hong Kong harbour, seen at night.     Independent UN human rights experts urged Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday to immediately drop the criminal prosecution of 15 pro-democracy activists who participated in peaceful protests across the Special Administrative Region of China last year. “Nobody should be subjected to administrative or criminal sanctions for taking […]

Afghanistan: UN shocked and outraged over deadly attacks on maternity hospital and funeral

UNAMA/Freshta DuniaThe Pul-e-Kheshti Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. (file)     Perpetrators behind two separate deadly attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday must be brought to justice, top UN officials have said. At least 14 people were killed, including two newborn babies, when gunmen attacked a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, that morning.UNAMA News@UNAMAnews UNAMA expresses shock and […]

UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean

Frontex/Francesco MalavoltaMigrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea are rescued by a Belgian ship (file photo).    Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday. The appeal follows reports of failure to assist, and even push back, vessels carrying […]