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Recent spike in arrivals has collapsed Greece’s refugee reception system leaving thousands in inhumane conditions

Greece’s reception system for migrants has collapsed in light of a spike of arrivals over the past few months. Turkey’s recent police operations, that involved removing refugees and asylum seekers from its western coastal cities and sending them back to the regions where they were registered, has pushed Greece’s current accomodation to capacity. Between September … Read more →

Research suggests “fake news” will worsen the coronavirus epidemic

Research suggests “fake news” will worsen the coronavirus epidemic. New research published on Friday 14 February shows that “fake news” – including misinformation and inaccurate advice – can lead to worsening outbreaks of disease, such as the current coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19). Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have analysed how the spread of … Read more →

Home Office faces last minute legal challenges against a plan to forcibly return up to 50 Jamaican-born from the UK

The UK government is pushing ahead with its decision to forcibly return dozens of Jamaicans living in the UK on a flight scheduled for Tuesday 11 February. The government has defended its decision despite last-minute legal challenges by people due to be on board, and concerns that Windrush citizens could be among those removed. The … Read more →

Switzerland votes to approve legislation to protect LGBTQ+ rights in referendum

On Sunday 9 February, voters in Switzerland backed a proposal to make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity illegal. Unlike many of its western European neighbours, Switzerland has no law in force that specifically protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination or hate speech. Mathias Reynard, a Social Democrat who drafted the legislation, … Read more →

China: Human rights violations amid coronavirus outbreak

The World Health Organisation declared the new coronavirus a global emergency on 30 January as the outbreak has continued to spread outside China. At least 213 people in China have died from the virus, mostly in Wuhan and the Hubei province, with almost 10,000 cases confirmed nationally. The WHO said there had been 98 cases … Read more →

Surge in violence in central Sahel leaves 5 million children in need

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, UNICEF warned on Tuesday 28 January. The Sahel has long been one of the most vulnerable regions in Africa but the surge in armed violence across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger is having … Read more →

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