Police overwhelmed, development stalled, as gang violence spirals in Haiti — Global Issues

“Years of hard-fought recovery gains are being undone, and Haitians are grappling with setting the country back on a path to democracy,” said Helen La Lime, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Haiti. turf wars Briefing the 15-member Council, Ms. La Lime said more than 2,100 murders and some 1,300 kidnappings were reported in 2022, and … Read more

Fulfilling the UN dreams of Kale, a teenager battling cancer — Global Issues

A year ago, Kale, who lives in California, started to have blurred vision in his right eye. After taking medical tests, his family received the devastating news that he had a tumor located in his right optic nerve. “This year has been a struggle for Kale,” says his father, William, explaining that, on top of … Read more

Indigenous Brazilian women stand up to gender violence — Global Issues

In Parque das Tribos, an indigenous neighborhood in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, violence against women is not uncommon. “As a leader, I have experienced many things,” says Lutana Ribeiro, a member of the Kokama ethnic group, and the only female chief in Parque das Tribos, which is home to around 4,500 people. … Read more

Protect judicial staffers fighting impunity and corruption — Global Issues

High Commissioner Volker Türk expressed deep concern over the repeated intimidation, harassment and reprisals they are facing. “It is dramatic, given Guatemala’s history, that those fighting for accountability for gross human rights violations are the ones now being persecuted,” he said. “Equally concerning are the attacks against those trying to combat one of the worst … Read more

Small island States to accelerate action on preventable diseases, mental health — Global Issues

This follows a two-day meeting in Barbados hosted by the Government, WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which concluded on Wednesday. Over half of all people living in small island countries are dying prematurely from preventable diseases and the rate of hypertension is over 30 per cent in nearly all countries, according to … Read more

UN mission to verify rural reform and indigenous representation in peace process — Global Issues

Carlos Ruiz Massieu welcomed recent Government actions on rural reform and greater equality, in line with the 2016 Peace Agreement between the Government and the FARC EP militia group that ended five decades of civil war. “The Council’s decision today to authorize the expansion of the Mission’s mandate to include the Agreement’s comprehensive rural reform … Read more

UN rights office calls for probe into protestor deaths — Global Issues

“We are very concerned at the rising violence in Peru, which on Monday 9 January saw one of the deadliest days since unrest erupted in early December,” Spokesperson Marta Hurtado said in a statement. The protests were sparked after the former President, Pedro Castillo, attempted to dissolve Congress and rule by decree, which many viewed … Read more

UN chief ‘totally confident’ in country’s democratic strength — Global Issues

In comments to journalists on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that he had been shocked by reports that a mob had entered and ransacked government buildings on Sunday in Brasilia. But he said that he remained “absolutely convinced that Brazil can deal with this situation” and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions. … Read more

Saving a Belize village from man-made erosion — Global Issues

“My grandma and my grandfather are now washed out in the sea,” says Mario Muschamp, gazing out at the coast near his close-knit Creole community. “You know, their bass are gone. That really hurts.” This is the reality for the inhabitants of Monkey River, who have watched on, powerless, as their football field, their homes, … Read more

New US border measures ‘not in line with international standards’, warns UNHCR — Global Issues

According to reports, the reforms would deny migrants the chance to seek asylum in the US if they crossed from Mexico into the US without permission. But President Biden also said that up to 30,000 people per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela could come legally, if they meet a series of requirements, including … Read more