The Technical Brief, which has just been released by UNFPA Vietnam, points to the 2020 estimate that unless urgent intervention is done now, Vietnam is likely to be adding 298 maternal deaths even in the best case scenario (i.e., 44 percent increase), and 677 in the worst case scenario (i.e., 65 percent increase), as a negative impact of Covid-19. It means that a lot more Vietnamese women are likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth in 2020, which results in the reversal of the developmental gains that Vietnam has enjoyed in the past 10 years in reducing maternal mortality. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights.
In the first year of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we must not allow the coronavirus to further worsen inequalities, including gender inequality. Assisting people affected by humanitarian crises is not only the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. Failure to respond may result in countless lives lost and lead to a future resurgence of COVID-19 in fragile and conflict-affected countries. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights
The howls of accusation that Russia and its Syrian ally are purposely targeting civilians in Aleppo is entirely synthetic, part of a propaganda offensive in response to a military operation that moves ever closer to liberating its people from Nusra Front and various other permutations of terrorist groups fighting alongside them. As western politicians and ideologues know, with Aleppo liberated the prospect of the overthrow of the Assad government, which has and continues to be the overriding objective of the US, UK and Saudi Arabia, becomes a distant dream. And while on the subject, the depiction of Assad as an authoritarian dictator hated by his people is false. On the contrary, the country’s president stands united with the vast majority of Syrians against this foreign-funded and supported insurrection that has engulfed the country in such chaos and human suffering … [Read more...] about Human Rights Council Elections Bring UN Into Disrepute
Matariya has been a flashpoint since the 2011 revolution, in part because of residents’ outrage over police abuses. On January 28, 2011, a monumental day of protests and pitched battles with police, demonstrators attacked the Matariya police station. Before and after the uprising, the station had a reputation for brutality. In the words of Abdelrahman Gad, a researcher at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, “If someone goes into that police station, everyone is afraid for them.” … [Read more...] about Human rights groups fear for rule of law in Egypt after lawyer dies in custody
The FCO describe him as being 'present at the time of Jamal Khashoggi’s death and held a direct role in Jamal Khashoggi’s killing and in the concealment of evidence relating to his death' … [Read more...] about Banned from Britain: The torture and murder suspects from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea on list of 49 individuals and groups facing UK assets freeze over ‘human rights abuses’