Guterres in Moldova, Nicaragua, journalists in Mexico… Monday’s news

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Guterres says from Moldova that “the possible extension” of the war in Ukraine would be “terrifying”

The Secretary General is visiting Moldova, from where he expressed his concern about “the possible extension” of the war in Ukraine and warned that an “escalation” would be “terrifying”.

António Guterres paid a “solidarity” visit to thank Moldova for its strong support for peace and its generosity in opening its borders to nearly half a million Ukrainian refugees.

At a press conference with the country’s Prime Minister, Natalia Gavrilita, the Secretary General reiterated the UN’s commitment to Ukraine and its neighboring countries

The impact of the war in Ukraine on the region and the world is deep and far-reaching. The consequences of an escalation are too scary to behold. I am deeply concerned about the continuation and possible extension of the war that Russia is waging in Ukraine, and the impact it is having not only in the region but throughout the world,” Guterres said.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine must stop. Guns must be silenced”, he added, urging Russia and Ukraine to “intensify their diplomatic efforts” to urgently achieve a negotiated solution, in line with international law and the UN Charter.

The Human Rights Office considers that the new law in Nicaragua against money laundering and the financing of terrorism “deepens the repression of civic space.”

The Office of Michelle Bachelet explained in a statement that the law makes it difficult for non-governmental organizations to register, forcing them to seek government approval and impose new obligations such as detailing the sources of financing.

The law also establishes a maximum share of 25% foreign “members” in any organization, “thus severely restricting the right of foreigners to enjoy freedom of expression and association in the country.”

“We fear that these restrictions will have the effect restrict the freedom of expression and association of any organization that wants to be critical of the government”, notes the Office of Human Rights.

Furthermore, the legislation came into force in a week in which the National Assembly had voted to strip 50 civil society organizations of their legal personality for allegedly failing to comply with other provisions of national law.

UNESCO condemns the murder of journalist Luis Enrique Ramírez in Mexico

The Director General of UNESCO condemned the murder in Mexico of journalist Luis Enrique Ramírez, whose body was found in the city of Culiacán on May 5.

“The murder of Ramírez reminds us once again of the high price that journalists are paying in the exercise of their role as vigilantes of the society. For this reason, it is essential for society as a whole that the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice and that measures be taken to reinforce the protection mechanisms that guarantee journalists a safe working environment,” said Audrey Azoulay.

Ramírez was the founder of the online publication Fuentes Fidedignas and wrote a column in the newspaper El Debate.

So far this year, at least seven journalists have been killed in Mexico.

Nearly half of Afghanistan’s population faces acute hunger

Some 19.7 million people, almost half the population of Afghanistan, face acute hunger according to the latest analysis by various UN agencies and NGOs.

Of particular concern is that a small pocket of “catastrophic” levels of food insecurity has been detected in the country. More than 20,000 people in the northeastern province of Ghor face famine due to a long period of harsh winter and disastrous agricultural conditions.

On the other hand, the executive director of UN Women has condemned the Taliban’s announcement that all women must wear a face covering in public and should only leave their homes when necessary.

Sima Bahous echoed the Secretary-General’s call for the Taliban to keep their promises and made an urgent call for them to respect the human rights of women and girls, including the immediate restoration of their freedom of independent movement and their right to work and education at the highest level.

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