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COVID, babies, trusts in Mexico … Thursday’s news

ByMicheal Johnson

Oct 9, 2020

Two million babies are still born each year – or one every 16 seconds – a “silent tragedy,” according to a report by the UN and the World Bank.

Most of these births, 84% occur in poor and lower-middle-income countries.

“In addition to the loss of life, the psychological and financial cost for women, families and society is serious and long-lasting,” denounced the executive director of UNICEF, which ensured that most of these deaths could be avoided with good care and monitoring during pregnancy and delivery.

The report warns that the pandemic could make this situation worse. A 50% reduction in medical services could lead to 200,000 additional deaths in one year in 117 countries.

ECLAC calls for strengthening triangular cooperation after the pandemic

Carlos Vera / ECLAC

The Executive Secretary of CEPAl, Alicia Bárcena.

The Executive Secretary of ECLAC called for strengthening triangular cooperation to promote economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alicia Bárcenas assured that the fiscal efforts carried out by the States will also require greater international cooperation with projects that expand funding sources.

Triangular cooperation, between rich countries and developing countries, must also guarantee access to vaccines against COVID-19.

Bárcenas advocated expanding the debt suspension of middle-income countries, especially in Central America and the Caribbean, and for creating a mechanism to restructure sovereign debt. “If these countries go into insolvency there will be a systemic crisis,” he warned.

UN-DH regrets the elimination of trusts in Mexico without guaranteeing alternatives

CINU Mexico / Antonio Nieto

Relatives of the missing youth in Ayotzinapa.

The Mexico Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned about the approval of the elimination of the Trust Fund for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists approved by the Chamber of Deputies.

In a statement together with the Mexican Federation of Public Human Rights Organizations (FMOPDH) and the National Human Rights Commission, the Office recalled that Mexico is the second country in the world with the highest number of murdered journalists, only behind Iraq. with 18 murders in 2019 and 2020 and that have documented 27 murders and two disappearances of defenders in that period.

The organizations assure that the current trust “has proven to be a useful instrument “ and “they observe with concern” that the opinion approved by the Chamber of Deputies eliminates “Without proposing alternatives of budget guarantee” to grant quick and effective protection measures “to those who face serious risks to their life and integrity for exercising freedom of expression or the right to defend human rights.”

The institutions say they share these considerations “to contribute to the in-depth analysis that the Senate of the Republic should carry out,” which would benefit from the call for broad participation in the opinion process.

Frontex / Francesco Malavolta

Migrants crossing the Mediterranean are rescued by a Belgian ship.

A UN rapporteur has condemned the criminalization of eleven human rights defenders in Italy for trying to save the lives of migrants and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean.

“Carola Rackete, the former captain of the rescue ship ‘Sea Watch 3’ and the crew of ‘Iuventa 10’ are human rights defenders and not criminals, says Mary Lawlor, the special rapporteur on human rights defenders, who assures that the performance of these people should be applauded.

The expert regrets that criminal proceedings against them remain open and that they continue to suffer stigmatization for their work to protect migrants and asylum seekers at risk.

The rapporteur recalls that from 2014 to date at least 16,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe.

The UN supports Venezuelan migrants and indigenous communities in Brazil during the pandemic


IOM supports Venezuelans and Brazilians in areas affected by the coronavirus crisis in Brazil

United Nations agencies continue to work in Brazil to support Venezuelan refugee and migrant communities, as well as indigenous communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN spokesperson reported on Thursday.

“The UN team led by our resident coordinator continues to work with the authorities to flatten the curve and improve the quality of life on the border between Brazil and Venezuela. The International Organization for Migration provides mobile medical units for refugees and indigenous people, and with the support of the UN Refugee Agency he’s offering hundreds of medical consultations every week, ”said Stephane Dujarric during his regular meeting with the press.

On the other hand, the UN Children’s Fund delivered 200,000 personal protection and cleaning items to frontline health workers in 700 indigenous villages that are home to more than 80,000 people. UNICEF also provided cash and food aid to 15,000 Venezuelan migrants.

He Population Fund The UN, for its part, is working with governments and civil society to collect data on the impact of COVID-19 on maternal health, and has emphasized the need to maintain reproductive health services without interruptions in the area.

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