- The COVID-19 crisis will dramatically increase the poverty rate for women and widen the gap between men and women who live in poverty, according to new data released by UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
- Bosniak citizens of Montenegro say fear and anxiety pervades their communities after a series of attacks and vandalism targeted the minority population following the country’s parliamentary election, which ushered in a new majority government dominated by right-wing nationalists.
- An alarming number of new fires have been detected in Brazil’s Amazon, as authorities fail to protect land and human rights in the endangered rainforest; ahead of Amazon Day on September 5, an estimated 63,000 fires have already been detected this year (up to August 31), according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
Click to Read – Human Rights Watch
- Nearly 300 Rohingyas have come ashore in Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, authorities said, in one of the biggest such landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years, after a months-long voyage at sea during which more than 30 refugees are thought to have died.
- The COVID-19 health crisis has caused massive disruption worldwide in diagnosing and treating people with deadly but preventable diseases, including more than one in two cancer patients, UN health experts said this week.
- The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be leading procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses when they are available, the agency has announced. The vaccine procurement and distribution effort, involving over 170 economies, has the potential to become the world’s largest and fastest ever operation of its kind.
- Seven Rochester, New York police officers were suspended over the asphyxiation death of a Black man – Daniel Prude whom they arrested in March in a brutal incident only revealed in videotape footage made public this week.
- After severe injuries were caused to Shia mourners participating in a Muharram procession in Srinagar, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) asked Indian police and paramilitary forces to stop using pellet-firing guns in Kashmir as they cause ‘grievous injuries’.
- Iran’s police, intelligence and security forces, and prison officials have committed, with the complicity of judges and prosecutors, a catalogue of shocking human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, against those detained in connection with the nationwide protests of November 2019, said Amnesty International in a damning new report published recently.
Click to Read – Amnesty International
- Human Rights Watch said – Tanzania authorities have stepped up repression of opposition parties, nongovernmental organizations, and the media ahead of the country’s general elections on October 28, 2020; the government has arrested at least 17 opposition party members and critics of the government, suspended a rights group and canceled the license of another, and blocked other major rights groups from observing the upcoming elections.
Click to Read – Human Rights Watch
News Collated by: Darshi Shah Darshi is a masters student in international management and sustainability at Sciences PO, Paris and the Communications Lead at Contego Humanitas Foundation.