Venezuela, Cuba embargo, Greta Thunberg… The news Thursday

Rapporteurs of the UN reported increase in attacks against defenders and journalists in Venezuela

A group of rapporteurs of the UN have denounced that in Venezuela there is an ongoing “rise of the stigmatization, attacks, and criminalization of human rights defenders, including journalists,” since it was declared a state health emergency.

The rapporteurs, to ensure that the population must have access to the information on the dimension of the health crisis and the measures that estáel Government For this reason, they ask the authorities not to take reprisals against health professionals, communicators, and users of social networks that provide information and alert the population about the pandemic

I am especially concerned with the deterrent effect that this may have on the legitimate work of human rights defenders and journalists” in the context of the pandemic and in an election year in the country.

The experts, who have been in contact with the Government, they also claim not to take a law that restricts “even more” freedom of association, through sanctions, to civil society organizations that receive international funding”.

UN experts ask USA to lift the embargo on Cuba

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Personal health, Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí in Havana, Cuba

We speak now of Cuba, because UN rapporteurs have asked the united States to lift the economic and financial embargo on the island because it is “obstructing the humanitarian response” to combat the COVID19.

“We urge the Government of the united States to withdraw the measures that establish barriers to trade and that prevent finance the purchase of medicines, medical equipment, food and other essential goods”, say the rapporteurs, who consider it “a matter of the highest importance and of great urgency”

According to these speakers, the export and re-export of goods to Cuba requires a licensing process cumbersome and expensive due to the U.s. embargo, which undermines the efficiency in the purchase, given that the issuance of a license or the authorization of exemptions can take several months

Despite the fact that the Department of the Treasury of the united States has provided a guide to the humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions, the rapporteurs believe that “they have not provided or have changed the burdensome procedures.

Greta Thunberg joins the fight of UNICEF against the coronavirus

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The activist Greta Thunberg participates in a conference of UNICEF in New York.

The activist Greta Thunberg has launched a campaign to support the Fund of United Nations for Infancy in its response to the pandemic.

The foundation of young Swedish and the Danish NGO Human Act will donate $ 200,000 to the United Nations Fund for Children, UNICEF.

In a message to the campaign, Greta Thunberg remember that the education of children is being badly affected and many may die if the health services are overwhelmed.

Are always the poorest and the most vulnerable who will suffer most in a crisis, either the climate crisis or the coronavirus, and although the children are not the main focus in the crisis of the coronavirus, their lives are still at risk,” says the activist.;

Recommendations for the re-opening of schools

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The closing of schools because of the COVID-19 affects more than 156 students in Latin America and the Caribbean

Precisely, UNICEF and other UN agencies have prepared a few recommendations for the re-opening of the educational centres.1300 million students in 128 countries still without classes.

Of them, 370 million are at risk for being left without a school canteen and medical services such as immunization.

Among the recommendations is to ensure access to water and soap for washing hands, put in place protocols for social distancing and procedures if staff or students become ill. It also recommended improving the mechanisms to refer children to protective services, and offer food and providing medical care in the school itself. In addition, they suggest that increasing the access for displaced children, migrants and minorities

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