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20 million people in Yemen are hungry: UN official

The United Nations’ Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock recently stated that “20 million Yemenis are hungry,” CBS News reported. Speaking after having traveled to the country, Lowcock said that there has been a “dramatic deterioration” of the situation in Yemen, and that compared to 2017, 15% more of Yemen’s…

Poverty and conflict spurring major increase in global migration: ILO

Increasing poverty and conflict have spurred a 20% spike in the number of international migrants in a four-year period, according to a report from the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), the Guardian reported. The ILO report indicated that “the number of people who left their home country in search of work, to join family,…

Hate crimes in Canada up by 47% in 2017

Hate crimes in Canada rose by 47% in 2017, according to data from Canadian statistical agency Statistics Canada, Reuters recently reported. The largest increase was in crimes against Muslims; these incidents increased by more than 100%, going from 139 to 349. Crimes against Black people rose by 50%, going from 214 to 321. Crimes targeting…

Amnesty rescinds honour awarded to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Amnesty International has stripped Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, BBC reported. She was awarded the prize in 2009, while she was under house arrest. In a letter, Amnesty Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote, “We are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of…

Three million people have fled Venezuela since 2015: UN

The United Nations recently stated that around three million Venezuelans have fled “economic and political crisis” in the country since 2015, the Guardian reported. New data indicates that around one in 12 Venezuelans has left due to hyperinflation, shortages of medication and food, and violence. According to William Spindler, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency…

UN official calls for stemming biodiversity loss

“The loss of biodiversity is a silent killer,” Cristiana Pasca Palmer, executive secretary of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has told the Guardian, adding, “It’s different from climate change, where people feel the impact in everyday life. With biodiversity, it is not so clear but by the time you feel what is…

India saw most pollution-linked deaths of children under 5 in 2016: WHO

According to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, India saw the highest number of deaths of children aged under five that could be tied to PM2.5 exposure, The Wire reported. Overall, the number of such deaths in 2016 was 60,987, with the death rate for the age group being 50.8…

UN rights expert calls for global recognition of the right to a healthy environment

According to an announcement from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN rights expert David R. Boyd called for the UN to formally recognise the human right to a healthy environment in his recent report to the General Assembly. Boyd is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and…

Genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar ongoing: UN investigator

According to United Nations officials, genocide continues to take place against the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Associated Press reported. Marzuki Darusman, who heads the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, recently told reporters that thousands of Rohingya are still escaping to neighbouring Bangladesh, and that the estimated 250,000 to 400,000 who stayed in Myanmar following a…

Australia issues apology to victims of child sexual abuse

The Australian government has issued a formal apology to child sexual abuse victims after a five-year investigation found that multiple organisations, including governments, schools, churches, and charities, “for decades failed to keep children safe,” the Guardian reported. Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke in the House of Representatives on Monday, October 22, with victim, survivors, families…

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