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SUNS # 8393 Thursday 2 February 2017

Trade : WTO DG silence on Trump assault on MTS causing concern (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
In the face of a sustained assault on multilateral trade rules, including the WTO, by the new Trump administration, the continued deafening silence of the World Trade Organization director-general Roberto Azevedo remains a serious cause for concern, several trade envoys told SUNS.

United Nations : US travel ban breaches Rights obligations, say UN experts (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
A group of United Nations human rights experts has charged that the Executive Order signed by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017 that imposes a travel ban on all nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries breaches the country's international human rights obligations.

United Nations : Insecurity fuelling food shortages in Lake Chad Basin (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Children under five years of age are not surviving due to severe food shortages in some parts of the Lake Chad region, says Toby Lanzer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel.

United Nations : Protecting the rights of women migrant workers (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
International migration is a complex phenomenon dealing with overlapping issues relating to the human rights of migrants, mixed migration flows, international protection, smuggling and trafficking, as well as other push and pull factors affecting migration.

Environment : Kenyans turn to wild fruits and insects as drought looms (PRIV)
(IPS, Nairobi)
Too hungry to play, hundreds of starving children in Tiaty Constituency of Baringo County instead sit by the fire, watching the pot boil, in the hope that it is only a matter of minutes before their next meal.

Brazil : Riverbank populations displaced by dams miss old way of life (PRIV)
(IPS, Sento Se)
"Now we have internet and TV. Before, we didn't even have electricity, but it was better," said Lourival de Barros, one of the people displaced by the hydropower plants which have mushroomed around Brazil, mainly since the 1970s.

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