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Hello, I’m Jessica bringing you Geneva Solutions’ Peace and Humanitarian news coverage, produced in collaboration with The New Humanitarian.

Today, we look at what's behind a Swiss court trying a Liberian on war crimes charges. We’re also examining concerns about an equitable Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, especially for countries in conflict. And we’re hopeful after a federal judge restored an initiative to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

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Jessica Alexander


Today’s reason for hope

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The Trump administration has been ordered to fully restore an Obama-era initiative that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from being deported. A ruling by a federal judge requires officials to open the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme to new applicants for the first time since 2017. An estimated one million undocumented immigrants may benefit.


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Rolling out a Covid vaccine in conflict areas. There is growing concern that people affected by conflict will be pushed to the back of the line, or missed out altogether.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

UN criticised for holding back review of troubled Congo Ebola response. Detailing mismanagement, sexual abuse and exploitation, and coordination problems, the review is one of the clearest acknowledgements – by humanitarian agencies themselves – of mistakes made during the crisis.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

Liberian war criminal on trial in Switzerland. A former Liberian warlord became the first person to be tried in a Swiss civilian court for war crimes last week.

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Here's what else is happening

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On the tiny Vanuatu island of Emao, Jeffrey Daniels, 45, says rising sea levels will force his village to relocate. A leading politician there is seeking legal redress through the International Court of Justice, in a case that could set a precedent. It would revive the long-running debate over who should carry the costs of climate change and how richer countries can be made more accountable for their high levels of pollution.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

Next on the agenda

8 December | Evidence vs Myth: Understanding displacement in a changing climate. The first of two events to tackle misinformation about displaced people and disasters.


9 December | Will the Covid-19 vaccine ever reach forcibly displaced populations? A discussion on the ethical and legal considerations in disbursing a vaccine.

READY Initiative (EN)

9-10 December | Global Humanitarian Policy Forum. The event will focus on the longer-term impacts of Covid-19 and the multiple challenges made worse by the pandemic.


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