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Polish LGBT-Free towns denied EU funding

The European Union has decided to deny funding under a twinning programme to six Polish towns that have declared themselves “L.G.B.T.-free zones”. The decision is a rare example of the EU imposing financial sanctions on a member state for issues relating to equal treatment of its citizens. The announcement was confirmed by the EU’s Equality Commissioner … Read more →

Over half of Mumbai’s slum residents may have coronavirus

New research suggests that more than half of Mumbai slum residents may have COVID-19. A sample of 7,000 people taken from three areas in India’s commercial capital found that 57% of residents had been exposed to the novel coronavirus. The survey was carried out by the city’s municipality, alongside the government … Read more →

Afghanistan: Over 1,200 civilians killed in the first half of the year

A new report published on Monday 27 July 2020 by the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows that 1,282 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the first half of this year. A further 2,176 civilians were injured, totalling 3,458 UN documented civilian casualties in the country over the six month period. Of this figure, 340… … Read more →

Syria: Children risk death, recruitment and detention

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has released a report that states – upon reviewing last month’s Secretary-General’s report on Children and Armed Conflict – Syria is “either the worst or amongst the worst countries worldwide” in several types of violations. The Secretary-General’s annual report highlights … Read more →

Yemen: Millions face devastating hunger if relief efforts are not stepped up

Yemen is in danger of an imminent return to devastating levels of hunger and food insecurity, according to new analysis released by UN agencies. A new report published on 22 July said Yemen was returning to “alarming” levels of food insecurity. Another report released today, 23 July, says Yemen might have the highest rate of… … Read more →

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