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CM Punjab Usman Buzdar approves Insaf Imdad Package amid virus crisis

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting at his office in Lahore on Monday in which he approved the Chief Minister’s Insaf Imdad Package worth Rs10 billion. On this occasion, the CM directed those concerned to ensure early launch of the package for distribution of financial aid among the needy families through …

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Pakistanis among Gulf migrant workers fearing virus limbo

Millions of migrant workers across the Gulf face uncertainty as host countries announce lockdowns, employers withhold wages or mull redundancies, and strict coronavirus containment measures lead to deportations and confinement. “We’ve been in lockdown for the last eight to 10 days, we don’t know when it will end,” said a 27-year-old Pakistani engineer in Qatar …

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Registration for ‘Corona Relief Tiger Force’ to start from today

Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the registration of the volunteers for the ‘Corona Relief Tiger Force’ today, said the Ministry of Youth Affairs. The ministry said the registration portal will be launched tonight on the orders of the prime minister and will remain open till April 10. The ministry also revealed that young senators …

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Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse – UN urges greater protection

“UNICEF is encouraged by Governments’ efforts to jointly seek regional solutions to the challenges posed by largescale migration that are in line with international standards and national laws, such as the protocol adopted by Ecuador to protect uprooted children,” said María Cristina Perceval, UNICEF’s Regional LAC Director. However, she added, as the crisis inside Venezuela continues, migrants increase, …

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Praising Roma’s contributions in Europe, UN expert urges end to rising intolerance and hate speech

The UN Special Rapporteur on minorities, Fernand de Varennes, said Governments must live up to their international human rights obligations to protect and promote the rights of the Roma people. “There is a need for more action to combat hate speech, intolerance and racially motivated-violence,” Mr. de Varennes, in a statement on International Roma Day, also …

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UN rights chief Bachelet appeals for dialogue in Sudan amid reports ‘70 killed’ in demonstrations

Sudan’s authorities have an “over-arching responsibility” to protect protesters, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday, amid reports that 70 people have died in the latest anti-Government clashes. The UN rights chief’s comments follow concerns about the reported use of tear gas and live ammunition by security forces against demonstrators in mass-protests …

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Libyan national conference postponed, nearly 500,000 children at ‘direct risk’ from fighting around Tripoli

An imminent UN-led Libyan conference seeking to set up elections for the war-ravaged, oil-rich country has been postponed because of ongoing clashes near the capital, the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday. Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), made …

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Mexico cannot move forward ‘without addressing the shadows of the past’, says UN rights chief

Concluding “five intense, interesting and rewarding working days” in Mexico, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country was going through a “crucial” period where it needed to reckon with “the shadows of the past”, before it can move forward. Concluding “five intense, interesting and rewarding working days” in Mexico, …

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UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations

Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to “the risk of serious human rights violations”, if extradited to the United States. Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, Agnes …

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