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On 8 November, Amnesty International and renowned Iranian music band Kiosk called on artists and members of the public around the world to join a #FreeArtists campaign to demand that Iran immediately and unconditionally release jailed artists, including a musician and a filmmaker who are on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
On 4 November, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reported it had been appalled to learn that at least 6 journalists had been under surveillance by Quebec’s provincial police in 2013. The news came days after RSF learned that La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé had his phone calls and texts monitored and his location tracked by Montreal police since the start of 2016.
On 2 November, the World Health Organisation (WHO) called on city authorities to increase the number of green areas. The WHO’s experts stressed that the expansion of parks, gardens and small green spaces within a city’s boundaries would allow to reduce health care costs.
2 November marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against journalists. Following this event, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a report on crimes against media professionals.
On 31 October, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the amount of cash payments to assist refugees will have been doubled by 2020. According to UNHCR, the measures taken will enable refugees to lead more decent life.
On 31 October, a new UNICEF report reveals that almost 300 million live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution.
Over one million people in low- and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago.
26 October 2016 — With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation in Nigeria, and citizens suffering with little to no protection, security, food or access to clean water, "Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent," Peter Lundberg, the acting United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, warned today.
The Council of Europe calls upon the Governments of its Member States to ensure non-discrimination , including on grounds of genetic characteristics, and the protection of private life in the framework of insurance contracts covering risks related to health, age or death.
The Venezuelan government has targeted critics of its ineffective efforts to alleviate severe shortages of essential medicines and food while the crisis persists, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on 24 October.