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Drowning of 27 migrants in English Channel is worst disaster on record: IOM2021-11-25
Urgent action is needed to avoid a repeat of tragedies like this week’s drowning of at least 27 people in the English Channel, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.
Belarus-Poland crisis: Human rights of trapped migrants ‘paramount’2021-11-12
Amid growing concerns about the plight of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers at the Poland-Belarus border, the UN rights office and UN refugee agency on Friday urged all parties to respect human rights and refrain from using them for political ends.
Resolve ‘intolerable’ Belarus-Poland border migrant crisis: UN rights chief2021-11-10
The UN Human Rights High Commissioner has urged Belarus and Poland to urgently resolve the burgeoning migrant crisis on their mutual border, where thousands of people have gathered in an attempt to enter the European Union (EU).
Uphold safety, human rights on Belarus-Poland border, UN agencies urge2021-11-09
With news footage showing migrants on the border between Belarus and Poland attempting to dodge teargas and make their way through razor wire, UN agencies called for an “immediate de-escalation”, following weeks of rising tension.
Women under fire in Belarus, activists tortured and exiled – UN expert2021-10-26
While women in Belarus overall are being denied rights and freedoms, female political activists are subjected to enforced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment and exile, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Tuesday.
Conditions worsen for stranded migrants along Belarus-EU border2021-10-22
At least eight people have died along the border between Belarus and the European Union, where multiple groups of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants have been stranded for weeks in increasingly dire conditions.
Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign2021-10-15
In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s finest shorelines.
Recent Kosovo-Serbia tensions could ‘unravel steady but fragile progress’2021-10-15
Tensions over vehicle licence plates and anti-smuggling operations, between authorities in Kosovo and Serbia, in recent weeks, may contribute to unravelling “steady but fragile progress made in rebuilding trust among communities” in Kosovo and Serbia.
Food Heroes: Cultivating women farmers in Georgia2021-10-10
A farmer in the central European country, Georgia, has been sharing her lifetime of knowledge with other women farmers in the region, saying that “there is nothing in agriculture that a man can do and a woman can’t.”
France focuses on responsibility and solidarity in the face of global challenges2021-09-27
In his address to the UN General Assembly on Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian upheld multilateralism as the key to overcoming global challenges including conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.