1. Human Rights Watch released the 100-page Cluster Munition Monitor 2020 report, stating that countries still using and producing cluster munitions should reject these indiscriminate weapons and join the international treaty banning them. 

Click to Read – Human Rights Watch

  1. 120 UN member states voted in favor of a resolution in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly reiterating a call for a moratorium on the use of capital punishment. In December, the General Assembly plenary is expected to adopt the resolution, which shows the world’s rejection of this inherently cruel and irrevocable form of punishment.

Click to Read – Human Rights Watch

  1. As violence against women repeatedly grabs headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, women across Europe, from Poland to Turkey, are at the forefront of mass protests demanding government action to protect women from abuse. 

Click to Read – Human Rights Watch

  1. The United Nations has expressed concern about possible war crimes after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Tigray’s forces, telling them to surrender. Fighting between the government and regional forces in Tigray has been going on for almost three weeks wherein hundreds have reportedly been killed and tens of thousands have fled. Aid groups fear the conflict could trigger a humanitarian crisis and destabilise East Africa. 

Click to Read – BBC World News

  1. Over two lakh farmers and members of trade unions, student organisations and artiste collectives from across the country have started mobilising for the march towards New Delhi, India to mark their protest against the three recent farm laws passed by the BJP government at the Centre in September this year in a rushed manner, however, at least 100 farm union members, especially in Haryana have already been arrested

Click to Read – The Wire

  1. Recently, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said – Pakistani authorities should urgently and impartially investigate a surge in violent attacks on members of the Ahmadiyya religious community. Since July 2020, there have been at least five apparently targeted killings of members of the Ahmadiyya community, whose rights to freedom of religion and belief are not respected under Pakistani law. 

Click to Read – Amnesty International

  1. Per a recent report published by Amnesty International, “Life: Displaced Iraqis in cycle of abuse and stigmatization”, reveals that thousands of displaced Iraqis with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), who are already subjected to arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and unfair trials, are today at heightened risk as Iraqi authorities move ahead with the closure of camps despite the range of obstacles to their safe, dignified and sustainable return. 

Click to Read – Amnesty International

  1. At least three people were killed in Tamil Nadu, India, over 1,000 trees uprooted and some low-lying areas marooned due to water-logging following heavy rains as severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry.

Click to Read – The Wire

  1. Per a new report published by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), approximately once every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was infected with HIV last year, thus calling on governments to “protect, sustain and accelerate” efforts to combat childhood HIV. 

Click to Read – UN News

  1. Per a recent report published by UN Trade and Development Agency UNCTAD, Israel’s military operations and prolonged closure of Gaza, has caused economic damage of $16.7 billion between 2007 and 2018, driving the poverty rate up almost fourfold compared to what it might have otherwise been. 

Click to Read – UN News

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.

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