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French trade unions continue fight against labour reform
A week of strikes has begun in France in response to new labour reforms introduced without parliament’s approval. Though the reforms have already been forced through, supporters of industrial action remain undeterred.
Journalist covering protests in Egypt jailed for two years
A criminal court in Cairo sentenced Ali Abdeen, a photographer for the news website
UN calls to fight discrimination and violence within family
The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, United Nations
Council of Europe: Report on refugees’ situation in Greece and «the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia»
A new report addressing the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece and «the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia» was published on 11 May by Special Representative on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe’s Secretary General Tomáš Boček.
French trade unions to conduct strikes against labour reform
French trade unions decided to conduct mass strikes and protest meetings against labour reform on 17 and 19 May. They called the draft law which eases conditions for laying off workers, reducing wages, and increasing the
One of indigenous languages disappears every two weeks
On 9 May, United Nations
United Nations humanitarian coordinators called on to stop widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and North Africa
As world leaders prepare to gather for a first World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey later this month, the United Nations humanitarian coordinators for the Middle East and North Africa today called on the international community to assume its responsibility in finding solutions to end the widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the region.
UNICEF: 75 million children in desperate need of education support
Some 75 million school-age children in crisis areas around the world are in desperate need of educational support, according to a new report by UNICEF which comes ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May.
Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones
3 May 2016 – With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.
China: Scrap Foreign NGO law aimed at choking civil society
China’s National People’s Congress adopted on 28 April a fundamentally flawed law governing Foreign NGOs and their domestic partners. The new law will have severe consequences for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, which are already sharply curtailed under existing laws and policies.