Wednesday, April 01, 2020

OHCHR, IOM, UNHCR and WHO joint press release:

 In COVID-19 response
The rights and health of refugees, migrants and stateless must be protected
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31 March 2020//Joint News Release
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we are all vulnerable. The virus has shown that it does not discriminate - but many refugees, those forcibly displaced, the stateless and migrants are at heightened risk. 

Three-quarters of the world’s refugees and many migrants are hosted in developing regions where health systems are already overwhelmed and under-capacitated.  Many live in overcrowded camps, settlements, makeshift shelters or reception centers, where they lack adequate access to health services, clean water and sanitation. 

The situation for refugees and migrants held in formal and informal places of detention, in cramped and unsanitary conditions, is particularly worrying. Considering the lethal consequences a COVID-19 outbreak would have, they should be released without delay. Migrant children and their families and those detained without a sufficient legal basis should be immediately released.

This disease can be controlled only if there is an inclusive approach which protects every individual’s rights to life and health.  Migrants and refugees are disproportionately vulnerable to exclusion, stigma and discrimination, particulary when undocumented.  To avert a catastrophe, governments must do all they can to protect the rights and the health of everyone. Protecting the rights and the health of all people will in fact help control the spread of the virus.

It is vital that everyone, including all migrants and refugees, are ensured equal access to health services and are effectively included in national responses to COVID-19, including prevention, testing and treatment. Inclusion will help not only to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, but will also serve to protect public health and stem the global spread of COVID-19.  While many nations protect and host refugee and migrant populations, they are often not equipped to respond to crises such as Covid-19. To ensure refugees and migrants have adequate access to national health services, States may need additional financial support. This is where the world’s financial institutions can play a leading role in making funds available. 

While countries are closing their borders and limiting cross-border movements, there are ways to manage border restrictions in a manner which respects international human rights and refugee protection standards, including the principle of non-refoulement, through quarantine and health checks. 

More than ever, as COVID-19 poses a global threat to our collective humanity, our primary focus should be on the preservation of life, regardless of status.  This crisis demands a coherent, effective international approach that leaves no-one behind.  At this crucial moment we all need to rally around a common objective, fighting this deadly virus. Many refugees, displaced, stateless people and migrants have skills and resources that can also be part of the solution.

We cannot allow fear or intolerance to undermine rights or compromise the effectiveness of responses to the global pandemic. We are all in this together. We can only defeat this virus when each and every one of us is protected.  (Courtesy: WHO)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Chirag Purshotam as the youngest chairman of IACC

Chirag Purushotam Reddy a 19 year old boy
Mumbai: 17th March 2020: (M. Mumtaz)::
Chirag Purshotam appointed as the youngest chairman Indian American Chambers of Commerce.
Mr Chirag Purushotam Reddy  a 19 year old has been named as the first and the youngest chairman of the international board of entrepreneurs of the Indian American Chambers of Commerce in Washington DC on 16th of March 2020.
The board has selected the young talent for his abilities and intellectual skills in bringing both India and the United States to work closely in Business development.
The chamber is headed by Mr KV Kumar who has served as the adviser to the White House and has worked with 6 presidents of the United States.
Mr Ashish Chauhan who is the CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange is also member of the chambers.
The chambers' mission is to promote and foster economic development of the United States of America and the Republic of India together with the rest of the world for the benefit of all.
"It is in the best interest of the future of our nation's youth that we have conglomerated this chamber and conferred this position to an outstanding individual who has the potential to steer ambition in our talented youth",said Chirag Purshotam.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pine Island Glacier spawns piglets

11-02-2020 10:27 AM CET
Pine Island Glacier, known as PIG for short
As anticipated, Pine Island Glacier, known as PIG for short, in Antarctica has just spawned a huge iceberg. At over 300 sq km, about the size of Malta, this huge berg very quickly broke into many ‘piglet’ pieces the largest of which is dubbed B-49. Thanks to images from the Copernicus Sentinel satellite missions, two large rifts in the glacier were spotted last year and scientists have been keeping a close eye on how quickly these cracks were growing. This animation uses 57 radar images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission between February 2019 and February 2020 (the last frame is from today, 11 February 2020) and shows just how quickly the emerging cracks grew and led to this calving event. Courtesy:European Space Agency