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Hi, this is Kasmira. On our radar today: UN rights experts speak out against Iran’s proposed new hijab law, a year-long investigation into the UN’s own carbon neutrality claims, and the role of a Geneva NGO supporting victims in the upcoming trial of a Lukashenko hitman.

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Kasmira Jefford


Today’s top headlines

🇮🇷 Iran’s ‘gender apartheid’ bill could jail women for 10 years for not wearing hijab. Shops that serve unveiled women could be shut under a law awaiting approval that the UN human rights body says suppresses women into ‘total submission’.

The Guardian (EN)

🎨 Near UN in Geneva, giant fresco advocates for world without weapons. Working with Handicap International, Swiss-French artist SAYPE draws attention to the plight of civilians in armed conflicts.

Reuters (EN)

⚖️ Swiss court to judge Lukashenko hitman. The case comes after relatives of two of the victims filed criminal complaints, supported by Geneva-based NGO TRIAL International.

Swissinfo (EN)

🌾Why fighting for gender inequality will help save the food system. UN Women’s chief of economic empowerment says that while it’s mostly women producing food in many parts of the world, their voice at decision-making levels is lacking.

Devex (EN)

🛢️The World Bank is talking climate but funnelling billions into oil and gas projects. A report says the World Bank’s private sector branch, the International Finance Corporation provided roughly $3.7b to the oil and gas industry, including in trade finance support to a Geneva-headquartered group, Oryx Energies.

Quartz (EN)

🌳 Is the UN really climate neutral? No. The UN claims to be almost entirely climate neutral, yet that claim is based on buying millions of carbon offset credits that experts say do little to reduce emissions, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and Mongabay has found.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

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