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UN Expert Urges Ban On Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

A United Nations (UN) rights expert called Wednesday for a global ban on "conversion therapy" aimed at changing the sexuality of LGBT people, calling such practices "degrading and discriminatory".Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, made the call as he presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a statement, he said such practices "inflict se

9 July 2020

122 Children Killed In Philippines Drugs War

At least 122 children have been killed in the Philippines' war on drugs - often deliberately, two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said Monday, urging the United Nations (UN) to take action.The NGOs fear that the true figure is way higher, they said in a report, as the United Nations Human Rights Council prepares to assess the situation in the Philippines.President Rodrigo Duterte's hardline anti-drugs campaign has come under fire from rights activists who say police are encour

30 June 2020

EdTech For A Better Education

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools around the world are using education technology (edtech) such as online learning, radio, and television among others to support access to remote learning during virus lockdowns.Edtech is fast growing in Southeast Asia thanks to its learner-centric platform which breaks down geographical barriers such as access to infrastructure like schools and even transport.Digital tools such as apps, eBooks, websites, quizzes, streaming media, online t

27 June 2020

COVID-19: Global Approach Is Key To Problems

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the world to strengthen multilateral cooperation, saying a global approach has been the key to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.Speaking on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Charter, he said the world is in turmoil, struggling with the coronavirus and climate change, as well as widespread racial injustice and increasing inequality - all best solved by a renewed sense of multilateralism."We ca

26 June 2020

A Quarter-Billion Children Getting No Education

Nearly 260 million children had no access to schooling in 2018, a United Nations agency said in a report Tuesday that blamed poverty and discrimination for educational inequalities that are being exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak.Children from poorer communities as well as girls, the disabled, immigrants and ethnic minorities were at a distinct educational disadvantage in many countries, the UN's Paris-based education body UNESCO said.In 2018, "258 million children and youth w

23 June 2020

US 'Assault' On UN Has Done 'Lasting Damage'

United States (US) President Donald Trump's all-out assault on the United Nations (UN) is doing "lasting damage" to international cooperation as the world faces a range of "existential threats", a former World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned Friday.Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former Norwegian prime minister who served as head of the UN health agency from 1998 to 2003, said she was deeply concerned about concerted efforts by populist leaders in the US and elsewhere

21 June 2020

Is Child Labour On The Rise Amid The Pandemic?

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), about 122 million children aged between five- and 14-years old work for their survival in Asia. Some surveys estimate that there are around 152 to 168 million child labourers across the world. The actual figure is unclear given the variations in the definition of child labour in different countries including variations in age of employability and nature of employment.

15 June 2020

Renewables Not Enough To Meet Climate Targets

The world added 12 percent more clean power capacity in 2019 than the year before, but new renewable energy planned over the next decade falls far short of what is needed to forestall dangerous global warming, the United Nations (UN) warned on Wednesday.An additional 184 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power - mostly solar and wind - came on line last year, according to the Annual Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report, jointly issued by the UN Environment Programme and Bloomberg New

11 June 2020

Killing With 'Near Impunity' In Philippine Drug War

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has unleashed widespread and systematic killing with "near impunity" for offenders, a United Nations (UN) report said Thursday, calling for an independent probe into human rights abuses.Police have been encouraged by the highest levels of government to use lethal force on drug suspects and thousands have been killed by officers and unknown gunmen since 2016, the UN human rights office said. Many suspects had been put on &

5 June 2020

No 'Vaccine Nationalism', And Jabs For All

The Red Cross and the United Nations (UN) urged countries Wednesday to avoid trying to secure future immunisation jabs against the coronavirus for their populations only, calling for a true "people's vaccine".The groups spoke out as scientists race to identify and test possible vaccines for COVID-19, which has killed more than 380,000 people and infected close to 6.5 million globally.They are also scrambling to find a safe and effective treatment."We need to fight what is

4 June 2020

Rising Gender-Based Violence In A Pandemic

Violence against women and children is the most prevalent human rights violation. Unfortunately, cases of gender-based violence – especially against women – is nothing new in Southeast Asia.Based on a report by the United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Malaysia, intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common form of gender-based violence, with 28 percent of women in the region having to deal with it.

30 May 2020