Every year the United Nations marks World Press Freedom Day as a chance to raise awareness of the importance of a free press. This year the theme is ‘Journalism under digital siege’. It will highlight issues surrounding surveillance, data collection, AI, freedom of expression, and privacy. It will also bring into focus attacks on journalists which are being aided by surveillance and digital means, and the implications this has on public trust. On the same day, the UNESCO conference will assess the state of press freedom worldwide, and solutions for the challenges ahead.
An estimated 10,000 homeless asylum seekers waiting to enter the UK are living in sprawling make-shift migrant camps under deplorable conditions. The sites have poor sanitation, limited access to education and healthcare, and almost no protection from harsh weather, with the additional threat of surprise evacuations, and often violent treatment from the local authorities. Human rights have been forgotten for these refugees in their long wait for safety and freedom. Find information on organisations, blockades, protests, demolitions, and the legal issues involved.
The UN estimates that there are 258 million migrants globally. With increasing conflict, corruption, degradation of democracy and freedoms, poverty, and natural disasters, that number is set to increase significantly over the next coming years. The 2021 theme is to harness the potential of human mobility, with a focus on strategies that countries can develop to assist migrants whilst upholding their fundamental human rights.
In 2021 there are over 26 million refugees worldwide, half of which are children, and more than 85% being hosted in developing countries. This day we honour refugees for their strength and bravery, and highlight their need for help in rebuilding their lives by providing protection, healthcare and education.
Due to their geographical position, many of the Greek Islands have become a stepping stone to enter Europe - those from the Middle East and Africa are seeking an escape from violence and poor living conditions. They are faced with overcrowded and unsanitary camps as the islands struggle to cope with the mounting numbers. Tensions are high between the locals and the new arrivals as the humanitarian crisis grows, and new refugees arrive every day.
Forced labour and modern slavery - 21st century problems
Shockingly, the estimated number of those who fall under this category is somewhere between 21-46 million people. Contemporary slavery includes those who are exploited in the private sector and those who are forced into work by government authorities. It also includes those who are exploited sexually or forced into marriage. We explore the causes, the organisations fighting against this human right violation, and the industries who refuse to change thier ways.
Escaping from war, violence, and poor living conditions, huge numbers of refugees face the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. They are often greeted with equally poor living standards, and few opportunities. Here we provide information on the causes, the organisations working to help, how you can help, and individual stories of those whose lives have been directly impacted.