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Can I really make a difference? The people of Lebanon have an answer

Do small actions add up to big change? Does what I do really make a difference? These are questions facing people over the world many times a day.

The people of Lebanon have an answer for you. For some of them, it started at an ATM in a bank lobby in Beirut, the capital city, in August 2019.

Customers came in to get cash for the day. They had to go shopping for food, buy a birthday present, or pay for whatever else is on their list.

UN rights chief urges quick action by governments to prevent devastating impact of COVID-19 in places of detention

COVID-19 has begun to strike in prisons, jails and immigration detention centres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned on Wednesday, as she urged Governments “not to forget hose behind bars” and to protect those working in closed facilities in their overall efforts to contain the pandemic

“In many countries, detention facilities are overcrowded, in some cases dangerously so,” Ms. Bachelet said, making physical distancing and self-isolation practically impossible. People are often held in unhygienic conditions.

Ease sanctions against countries fighting COVID-19: UN human rights chief

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for an easing of sanctions against countries such as Iran to allow their medical systems to fight the disease and limit its global spread. 

Michelle Bachelet said humanitarian exemptions to sanctions measures should be authorized for essential medical equipment and supplies to avoid the collapse of any national healthcare system. 

Enable ‘all out effort’ to counter COVID-19 in war-ravaged Syria, urges top UN envoy

The top United Nations envoy in Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate country-wide truce, allowing citizens to save lives and tackle the common threat presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“I am appealing specifically for a complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria to enable an all-out-effort to suppress COVID-19 in Syria”, Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said in a statement.