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Hi, this is Kasmira. As the Human Rights Council got underway yesterday, high commissioner Volker Türk issued stern remarks against Russia’s exit from the Black Sea grain deal while also voicing concerns on a number of human rights emergencies including the “dystopian future” that awaits us due to climate change.

Meanwhile, across the road from Palais des Nations, the ICRC announced a wave of job cuts at its Geneva headquarters.

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Geneva, ICRC headquarters. (ICRC/Dorothée Baumann)

✂️ ICRC to cut 270 job cuts in Geneva. The 160-year-old humanitarian organisation has announced a first wave of redundancies at its headquarters as it grapples with a major funding shortfall that will see it cut a total of around 1,500 jobs.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

💭Opinion: Swiss diplomacy at a historic crossroads. Troubled by ambiguous relations with the EU and weakened on the international stage, Switzerland would benefit from capitalising on other forms of diplomacy, writes diplomat Theodor Winkler in his latest book, reviewed by François Nordmann.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🚢UN rights chief criticises Russia for quitting Black Sea grain deal. Opening the 54th session of the Human Rights Council, Volker Türk blamed the hike in food prices on Moscow exiting the export deal and attacking Ukrainian ports.

Reuters (EN)

🛢️UN rights chief: climate change 'dystopian future already here'. Türk also drew attention to humanitarian crises triggered by climate change. He called for those responsible for wrecking the environment to be held to account and for ecocide to be recognised as an international crime. Voice of America

Voice of America (EN)

🌊Migration crisis is worsening, SOS Méditerranée warns. Europe is on track to receive over one million asylum requests by the end of the year, approaching record numbers seen in 2015 and 2016 at the height of the war in Syria – it is still the top driver for applications in Europe.

Genève Vision (FR)

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