Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), WHO and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) statement on access to internationally controlled medicines during COVID-19 pandemic

There is a need to ensure access to controlled medicines such as sedatives and analgesics for intubation protocols for the treatment of patients with COVID-19

Scope (COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients affected by the pandemic) The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) call on governments to ensure that the procurement and supply of controlled medicines in countries meet the needs of patients,…

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Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Africa: 1,200 missing migrants recorded thus far in 2020 may well undercount totals since COVID-19 outbreak

Responses to COVID-19, including border closures and other measures, have increased the risks of migratory journeys

Despite the mobility restrictions put in place in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, over 1,200 migrants lost their lives during migration in the first half of 2020, according to data from IOM’s IOM’s Missing Migrants Project. Responses to COVID-19, including border closures and other measures, have increased the risks of…

Source: OCHA Nigeria |

Coronavirus - Nigeria: Humanitarian needs hit record high, UN calls for urgent support

Over 10.6 million people - out of a total of 13 million, or four in five people – will need some form of humanitarian assistance in 2020

The humanitarian community in Nigeria called for urgent support for vulnerable people in the north-eastern part of the country, as the number of people in need of lifesaving aid has risen steeply. At the same time people’s living conditions and the security situation have significantly deteriorated since the beginning of…

Source: Amnesty International |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Stop the use of deadly force on protesters

Spokespersons available to take media interviews Following the killing of at least 16 people following protests over the arrest of zonal officials, community leaders and activists by Ethiopian security officers in the Wolaita Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) since 9 August, Amnesty International’s Director for…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Coronavirus - Democratic Republic of Congo: With conflict and COVID-19 deepening hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, more help is needed to save millions of lives

Four in ten of DRC’s estimated 100 million people are food insecure, according to the most recent nationwide data, with 15.6 million suffering “crisis” or “emergency” hunger

As conflict and the coronavirus escalate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aggravating one of the world’s biggest but most under-funded hunger crises, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that millions of lives could be lost unless the international community steps up with more help. Four…

Source: Centurion Law Group |

Centurion Plus boosts availability of agile legal support across Europe

The on-demand legal solutions provider, Centurion Plus, has opened offices in Frankfurt and Berlin to cater for European clients

Centurion Plus (www.CenturionlgPlus.com) is changing the way services are provided to businesses across Germany and Europe. The firm offers fully agile, on-demand legal service with the aid of its pool of European and internationally trained lawyers. Lawyers are readily available to respond to clients for short-term or long-term projects, to…

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Coronavirus - Kenya: Let the Petals Fall in Dignity Despite Covid-19

Covid-19 pandemic has occasioned unprecedented deprivation among women and girls whose pre-existing vulnerabilities as a result of discrimination and marginalization have deepened

Over 10,000 women, girls and boys affected by Covid-19 and other emergencies in urban and rural locations have benefited from this intervention The Covid-19 pandemic has occasioned unprecedented deprivation among women and girls whose pre-existing vulnerabilities as a result of discrimination and marginalization have deepened.  They have lost jobs and…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: Happy Women’s Day 2020

Current COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing inequalities within our societies; women in South Africa and worldwide have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic

On 9 August 1956, over 20 000 South African women marched up to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the apartheid government’s Pass Laws. Whilst in the immediate these women were protesting the unjust, oppressive, and humiliating Pass Laws which regulated the movement of black Africans- they were more…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Parliament Presiding officers pay Tribute to SA Women

This year, the country commemorates this day under the testing and difficult conditions brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic

Parliament’s Presiding Officers led by the Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Thandi Modise and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Mr Amos Masondo, join the nation in paying tribute to the courageous and resilient women towards ensuring a free, fair and non-sexist South Africa. It was on…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Coronavirus - Africa: UN Experts - Sanctions proving deadly during COVID pandemic, humanitarian exemptions not working

They welcomed efforts by many states, intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations to try to help sanctioned countries fight COVID-19

People in countries under sanctions cannot protect themselves against COVID-19 or get life-saving treatment if they fall ill because humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions are not working, UN human rights experts* said today. "Sanctions are bringing suffering and death in countries like Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen," said…