Thursday’s Daily Brief: impact of bad working conditions, Syria and Libya humanitarian news, human rights in Bahrain, families reunified in South Sudan

UNICEF/Hasen Nine-months-old twins, together with their mother and two siblings, fled violence in Susa village in northeastern Syria. The family made an arduous journey to Al-Hol camp (January 2019).

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


Thursday’s top news include: a new report on the dangerous impact of stressful working conditions; the need to decongest Al Hol camp in Syria; a US$2 million allocation from the UN’s emergency fund to ramp up the humanitarian response in Libya; human rights concerns over a mass terrorism trial in Bahrain; and 6,000 children reunited with their parents and caregivers in South Sudan.

Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers’ deaths per year, reports UN labour agency

Stress, excessively-long working hours and disease, contribute to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers every year, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs, the UN labour agency, ILO, said on Thursday.

In a new report underlining ILO’s message that no paid work should threaten your wellbeing, your safety or your life, the agency identifies several new or existing occupational risks of growing concern, that affect women more than men.

These include modern working practices overall, world population growth, increased digital connectivity and climate change, which are believed to account for losses of almost four per cent of the global economy.

More about the report here.

‘Foreign children’ in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official

Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless “foreign children” at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday.

Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis made the “special plea” to journalists in Geneva, noting that 75,000 people now shelter in Al Hol camp, after fleeing ISIL extremists.

The whole story here.

Libya: as death toll and humanitarian needs rise, UN releases $2 million for life-saving aid

The UN’s relief chief, Mark Lowcock, allocated on Friday $2 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to civilians caught up in the escalating fighting in Libya, including vulnerable migrants and refugees.

“I am deeply concerned by the escalation of fighting in Libya. In the past 24 hours, Tripoli witnessed the worst violence against civilians since 2014, with several densely populated neighbourhoods hit by indiscriminate shelling,” said Lowcock. “The impact of explosive weapons in populated areas is devastating. I urge all parties to refrain from the use of weapons that put more civilian lives and infrastructure at risk.”

According to the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA), 74 civilian casualties have been verified since the start of the current hostilities, including 18 deaths, over the past two weeks. First responders and medical staff doing their jobs have been among the casualties.

“The CERF funds will help hospitals and health clinics attending to the injured immediately get the emergency medical supplies they need, including surgical and trauma kits. The money will also allow aid agencies to provide food and relief items to displaced people and support the safe relocation of vulnerable migrants and refugees from detention centres in areas where airstrikes have been reported.”

UN human rights chief alarmed at mass terrorism trial in Bahrain, revoking citizenship

The UN human rights chief expressed alarm on Thursday at a decision by a court in Bahrain to revoke the nationalities of 138 people, following a mass terrorism trial.

High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, said her office (OHCHR) also had “serious concerns” that the court proceedings failed to comply with “international fair trial standards” as many of the defendants were tried in absentia. The 138 Bahrainis were all sentenced on Tuesday to between three years and life in prison, in addition to fines of up to $265,000.

All but one of the convicted men had their nationality revoked, bringing the total who have had lost their citizenship status since 2012, to about 980, said OHCHR.

“The UN Human Rights Office has long urged Bahrain to bring its overly broad counter-terrorism and counter-extremism legislation in line with its international human rights obligations”, said Ms. Bachelet.

This week’s convictions, she added, “give rise to serious concerns about the application of the law, particularly through a mass trial that reportedly lacked the procedural safeguards necessary to ensure a fair trial.” Arbitrary deprivation of nationality, put the individuals concerned and their family members at increased risk of human rights violations, said Ms. Bachelet.

In five years, 6,000 children reunified with their families in South Sudan

In the past five years of raging conflict in South Sudan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the non-profit Save the Children, and other partners, have successfully reunited 6,000 children with their families after years of separation due to conflict.

A young 17-year-old teenager was reunited with her parents and her four siblings in Bentiu on Wednesday. She was the 6000th child to be reunified. During an armed attack in Bor in 2014, the members of the family ran in different directions and they hadn’t seen each other since then.

Since war broke out in December 2013, more than four million people have been uprooted and thousands of children were separated from their caregivers across the country. Today, almost 8,000 children in South Sudan are still missing or remain separated, in urgent need of family tracing. Separated and unaccompanied children are more susceptible to violence, abuse and exploitation, which makes returning them to their parents an urgent priority for child protection organisations.

The peace agreement signed in September 2018 has prompted refugees returning to South Sudan from neighboring countries and given access to areas previously inaccessible. If the peace holds, this can provide an opportunity to step up family tracing and reunification efforts, provided that adequate funding for the programme is secured.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU job-search aid worth €9.9 million for 1,858 former Air France workers

Children are so hungry in one British town they are eating from bins

EU tourism industry expects a new record year in 2014

UN chief extends condolences to families of China landslide casualties

Will Cameron succeed in keeping UK inside the EU and reverse the present economic downturn?

99 per cent of intravenous drug users lack access to health, ‘social services with dignity’ says UNAIDS chief

3 ways firms can master the digital challenges of the 4IR

Hunger, displacement and disease: 4.3 million people remain in dire need of aid in Chad

Ensure that widows are ‘not left out or left behind’, UN chief urges on International Day

Myanmar: Conflict resolution at ‘total standstill’, military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity

European Commissioner for Youth wants young people to be at heart of policy making

How to outsmart bias when you’re recruiting

Five ways to increase trust in e-commerce

Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations

Electronic or conventional cigarettes – which is safer?

Online radio and news broadcasts: Parliament and Council reach deal

New Syria fighting represents ‘giant powder keg’, warns aid veteran, as he leaves UN stage

A bad marriage can be as unhealthy as smoking and drinking

Tsipras doesn’t seem to have learned his “almost Grexit” lesson and Greece faces again financial and political dead end

Posting of workers: final vote on equal pay and working conditions

Why do overwhelming proportions of EU’s youth feel excluded?

Violence against women a ‘mark of shame’ on our societies, says UN chief on World Day

Commission calls on Leaders to pave the way for an agreement on a modern, balanced and fair EU budget for the future

Cyprus banks under scrutiny

Russia and the EU ‘trade’ natural gas supplies and commercial concessions in and out of Ukraine

A Sting Exclusive: “The competitiveness of Europe depends on a digital single market”, EPP President Joseph Daul highlights live from European Business Summit 2015

EU and African leaders to jointly tackle the migration crisis across the Mediterranean

Investors have a role in securing our shared digital future

Why do US presidential elections last so long? And 4 other things you need to know

‘We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan’: UN deputy chief

Around 260,000 children in DR Congo’s Kasai region suffering severe acute malnutrition

Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey

18th EU Eco-Innovation Forum in Barcelona shows the way for Europe’s new Environmental policy

Are the G20 leaders ready to curb corporate tax-avoidance?

Eurozone: Even good statistics mean deeper recession

Civil protection: Parliament strengthens EU disaster response capability

‘Critical moment’ for sustainable development, UN chief tells major financing forum

Is the English language too powerful?

Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, at a 2015 event in Brussels, Berlaymont. (Copyright: European Union , 2015; Source: EC - Audiovisual Service; Photo: Lieven Creemers)

Hungary and Ireland build front to say no to EU tax harmonisation plan

SoftLayer, an IBM company, @ TheNextWeb 2014: Masters of Failure and Change

Does Draghi have another ace up his sleeve given his Quantitative Easing failure?

Soil pollution ‘jeopardizing’ life on Earth, UN agency warns on World Day

North-east Nigeria displacement crisis continues amid ‘increased sophistication’ of attackers, warns UN

3 ways to fight stress at work

Most people on the internet live in this country

‘Climate change is the battle of my life’, UN chief tells students living on the frontline in Fiji

Humanitarian aid: €7 million for disaster preparedness in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region

As many as 330,000 displaced by heavy fighting in south-west Syria – UN agency

Is Haiti better prepared for disasters, nine years on from the 2010 earthquake?

Climate change and health: an everyday solution

This is our chance to completely redefine the meaning of work

Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will impact young people’s future the most

JADE Testimonial #2: Jacques @ Process mapping

The Czech economy is thriving but boosting skills and productivity and transitioning to a low-carbon productive model is vital to sustainable and inclusive growth

African cities will double in population by 2050. Here are 4 ways to make sure they thrive

Peacekeeping chief highlights challenges facing UN Police

We are on the edge of a new ‘cyber’ space age. This is how we make it a success

How will the NATO-EU competition evolve in the post Brexit era?

IMF: Sorry Greece, Ireland, Portugal we were wrong!

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s