News headlines for “Human Rights Issues”, page 2

  1. World’s Spreading Humanitarian Crises Leave Millions of Children Without Schools or Education

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (IPS) - As massive protests escalated worldwide last month, millions of children walked out of schools to demonstrate against the lackadaisical response – primarily from world leaders --to the ongoing climate emergency resulting in floods, droughts, typhoons, heat waves and wildfires devastating human lives.

  2. Fearless Young Women and Insensitive Men

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Oct 24 (IPS) - On October 11, the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee announced that this year´s Peace Prize is awarded to Ethiopia´s prime minister Abiy Ahmed: "For his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea."1 Let us hope that Abiy remains a worthy Peace Prize winner and that warfare and human suffering on the Horn of Africa will finally come to an end.

  3. Nigerian Military Targeted Journalists’ Phones, Computers with “forensic search” for Sources

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    ABUJA / NEW YORK, Oct 24 (IPS) - Hamza Idris, an editor with the Nigerian Daily Trust, was at the newspaper's central office on January 6 when the military arrived looking for him.

  4. Governments & Internet Companies Fail to meet Challenges of Online Hate

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    NEW YORK, Oct 23 (IPS) - In a landmark report that reinforces legal standards to combat online hate, the UN's monitor for freedom of expression calls on governments and companies to move away from standardless policies and inconsistent enforcement, and to align their laws and practices against ‘hate speech' with international human rights law.

    The prevalence of online hate poses challenges to everyone, first and foremost the marginalised individuals who are its principal targets. Unfortunately, States and companies are failing to prevent ‘hate speech' from becoming the next ‘fake news', an ambiguous and politicised term subject to governmental abuse and company discretion.

  5. Governments and Internet Companies are Failing to Meet Challenges of Online Hate

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (IPS) - States and companies are "failing" when it comes to combating online hate, the UN independent rights expert, or Special Rapporteur, on freedom of speech and expression said ahead of the launch of a landmark report to reinforce legal standards for internet spaces.

  6. Europe Should Rethink Assumptions about African Migrants: UN

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (IPS) - Sub-Saharan African migrants who risk perilous sea crossings to Europe are often assumed to be illiterate, jobless chancers in desperate bids to flee stagnation and rampant corruption in their home countries. But a survey of some 2,000 irregular African migrants in Europe found them to be more educated than expected, while many of them were leaving behind jobs back home that paid better-than-average wages.

  7. 13 Commitments to Tackle Hate Speech

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    GENEVA, Oct 22 (IPS) - In June 2019, the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, launched the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. Respect for human rights, without any form of discrimination is one of the core fundamentals of this strategy.

  8. Q&A: How Europe has Moved Away from Being a Sanctuary for Journalists

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    VIENNA, Oct 21 (IPS) - IPS Correspondent Ed Holt speaks to PAULINE ADES-MEVEL, Head of European Union & Balkan desk at RS.

    Rising populism, anti-media rhetoric from politicians, cyber-harassment of journalists and physical attacks are among the reasons why press freedom in Europe is on the decline, according to the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

  9. More than 90 per cent of Africa Migrants Would Make Perilous Europe Journey Again, Despite the Risks

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (IPS) - A landmark UN migration study published on Monday shows that 93 per cent of Africans making the journey to European countries along irregular routes, would do it again, despite facing often life-threatening danger.

  10. Religious Leaders’ Plea to Member States: Honour Your Commitment to the UN

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    MOSCOW, JERUSALEM/BEIRUT/NEW DELHI/TOKYO, Oct 18 (IPS) - On the 8th of October, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the organisation is running out of money by the end of October - "member States have paid only 70 percent of the total amount needed for regular budget".

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