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Mockery of justice: Daniel Pearl's father on Pakistan court order on r...

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Washington/IBNS: At a time when the world is fighting against the COVID-19 outbreak, Pakistan is busy letting terrorists go free. This is evident from the fact when a court in Sindh on Thursday commuted the death sentence of Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh- who was convicted 18 years ago for abducting and murdering the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal Daniel Pearl- to seven years, prompting the slain scribe's father call the move a 'mockery of justice'.
'Everyone at risk’ as coronavirus cases tick up among migrants and refugees sheltering i...
New York/IBNS: With 23 migrants at an open accommodation site in central Greece testing positive for COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm on Thursday over conditions in crowded reception centres on five Greek islands where the virus risks taking hold.
COVID-19 crisis ‘unlike any we have dealt with’, as new tragedy looms for Syria
New York/IBNS: The risk of the COVID-19 pandemic having a devastating impact on war-torn Syria is intensifying, where six million are displaced, living in conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the deadly virus, the Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the UN Special Envoy to Syria warned on Thursday.
India: Migrant workers' plight prompts UN call for ‘domestic solidarity’ in coronaviru...
New York/IBNS: Pervasive challenges remain for hundreds-of-thousands of migrant workers in India whose lives were upended by the sudden lockdown across the country, in response to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, said the UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Thursday.
Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security
New York/IBNS: Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iraqi authorities suspend Reuters' accreditation for 3 months over reports about COVID-19
Cairo/Sputnik/UNI: The Iraqi authorities decided to suspend the accreditation of the Reuters news agency's office for three months after the latter had published an article about the allegedly massive spread of the coronavirus in the country, the national Communications and Media Commission said.
China: Shenzhen bans consumption of cat, dog meat
Shenzhen/UNI: Shenzhen is the first city in China to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat after the novel coronavirus outbreak wreaked havoc in the country, infecting about 81,589 people and killing 3,318.
Indonesia releases over 5,000 inmates to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in prisons
Jakarta/Xinhua: Indonesia has released 5,556 prisoners in a bid to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading in prisons, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly said on Wednesday.
Economic sanctions should be lifted to prevent hunger crises in countries hit by COVID-19 ...
New York/IBNS: As the world exhibits new bonds of solidarity in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is a matter of “humanitarian and practical urgency to lift unilateral economic sanctions immediately,” to prevent hunger crises in pandemic-hit countries, a UN human rights expert, said on Tuesday. 
UN appeals to all Somalis to ‘come together’ in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
New York/IBNS: Like most countries in the world, Somalia is facing the unparalleled challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations system in the country noted on Tuesday, calling on its citizens to “unite” in stemming the spread.
UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’
New York/IBNS: The UN chief launched on Tuesday a new plan to counter the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people”.
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