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Good morning, this is Kasmira and today we’re sharing a reflection on the treatment of migrants at sea and why Europe in its policies is violating fundamental moral principles that form the basis of human society.

We’re also following the latest WHO updates on monkeypox with a sense of déjà-vu as the vaccine race begins. And with the UN’s top human rights job becoming vacant this summer, Swissinfo journalists ask experts ‘what do rights groups want from the UN’?

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🌊Saving lives at sea: some moral and legal questions for your vacations. Saving lives at sea is a moral principle anchored in solidarity – not a question of migration and security, writes Zachary Douglas, international law professor at the Graduate Institute Geneva. He demonstrates how Europe violates its moral and legal principles in its fight against immigration in the Mediterranean.

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💸 Health drives up UN spending. The United Nations spent $29.6bn last year, almost a third (32.5 per cent) more than the previous year, largely due to increased spending on health and tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Five organisations – UNICEF, the World Food Programme, UNOPS, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Procurement Division – accounted for 70.4 per cent of the UN’s total procurement volume, or spending activity, according to its annual statistical report. The UN office in Geneva was sixteenth on the list, with a total spend of $180.2bn, up 27.7 per cent compared with 2020.

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