COVID-19 Vaccine: Gluttony is leaving poorer countries behind
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected the entire world and consequently led to the death of over two million people worldwide. The impact the health crisis has had on multiple economic, social and cultural sectors has not only meant that billions of people have lost, or are at risk of losing their livelihoods and jobs, but it has also left tens of millions of people at risk of falling into extreme poverty. “While the number of undernourished people currently estimated is at nearly 690 million, this could increase by up to 132 million by the end of the year,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The news of a vaccine has stirred hope globally and now the race is on to vaccinate as many people as possible to finally put this virus to bed, however as scores of countries scramble to buy vaccine doses for their populations, distributing the vaccines timely yet ethically to countries all around the world has imposed a major challenge.
NGOs ask Dakar Rally participants to #StandWithSaudiHeroes
The Francophone Association for Human Rights (AFDH) has joined 14 NGOs in asking Dakar Rally participants to show solidarity with the scores of dissidents currently in Saudi prisons.
Israel Demolishes Record Number of Palestinian Structures
The Israeli government’s habit of disregarding Palestinians human rights and the steady erosion of any semblance of respect for international law are evident once more. Almost an entire Bedouin village in the northern Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank was demolished by the Israeli army on Tuesday 3 November.
Protests in the MENA Region – The Ongoing Uprising
In 2019, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region was stirred by a staggering amount of anti-government protests with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq, demanding political transformation and denouncing their government’s rampant corruption and intolerance towards freedom of expression. Despite brutal crackdowns from security forces and government lockdowns to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, one year on, protesters are still gathering in large numbers demanding the very same thing.