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Brief World News: Displacement of Children in Haiti, Allegations of Torture in Hong Kong, and Aid for Sudanese Refugees

Haiti Child Displacement Crisis:
– Over 170,000 children, double the previous year’s number, are now displaced in Haiti due to escalating gang-led violence, kidnappings, sexual violence, and a severe food crisis.
– UNICEF Representative Bruno Maes describes the situation as a relentless wave of violence, with families facing daily horrors and the constant fear of loss.
– Approximately 314,000 people, half of them children, have been displaced in Haiti, particularly in the capital and the Artibonite department.
– Recent clashes in the Solino and Gabelliste areas have led to the displacement of nearly 2,500 people, mostly women and children.
– UNICEF estimates that three million children in Haiti will require humanitarian aid, and the agency is seeking $221.7 million to address these urgent needs.

Torture Claims in Hong Kong Trial:
– UN-appointed human rights expert Alice Edwards urges China to address torture claims related to the trial of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai.
– Edwards emphasizes the fundamental prohibition of using evidence obtained through torture, calling for an investigation into allegations against a key prosecution witness.
– Jimmy Lai, arrested in August 2020, faced charges of sedition and foreign collusion, with additional convictions for unauthorized assembly and fraud in 2021 and 2022.
– Rights experts, including Edwards, call for Lai’s immediate release, citing serious violations of his right to a fair trial and concerns about the national security law’s compatibility with international legal obligations.

UNHCR Appeals for Support for Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia:
– UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi concludes a three-day visit to Ethiopia, advocating for increased support for the nearly eight million people fleeing the war in Sudan.
– Over 100,000 individuals, including 47,000 existing refugees and asylum-seekers, have crossed into Ethiopia since the conflict erupted in April.
– Grandi highlights “heartbreaking stories” of loss among Sudanese refugees and acknowledges Ethiopia’s efforts in hosting a large refugee population.
– Ethiopia, one of six neighboring countries to Sudan, is home to significant refugee and internally displaced populations.
– UNHCR’s programs in Ethiopia were significantly underfunded last year, receiving only 36% of the requested $431 million. The agency now seeks $426 million to support operations in the current year.

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