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Good morning, this is Kasmira covering for Pip this week. We take a trip to the outskirts of Geneva where an exhibition confronts the challenge of providing shelter to millions displaced by conflict and climate change.

We're also watching the latest developments in Belarus as UN independent human rights experts yesterday called for the immediate release of a jailed social media activist Roman Protasevich. And do not miss today's talks at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy - which will feature Darya Navalnaya, daughter of poisoned and jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Kasmira Jefford


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A refugee housing unit in Genthod displayed for Open House, a multi-disciplinary exhibition designed by art curator Simon Lamunière. (Credit: Annick Wetter)

🏠 ‘Open House’ exhibition tackles issue of shelter in humanitarian crises. Amid the stately lakefront properties of Genthod, near Geneva, a new outdoor exhibition traces the concept of housing in all its forms by drawing on projects from the art and architectural world. Among them, three projects tackle the issue of shelter and living conditions in emergency settings. The result of a long reflection by organisations and aid groups confronted with migration or climatic problems, their designers question our own relationship with space and the challenges faced by up to 45 million people last year in need of shelter after having been displaced by war or natural disasters.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

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A woman holds a placard during a gathering of compatriots with Belarus opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya (not pictured) in Prague, Czech Republic, 07 June 2021. Belarus opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is on a five-day visit to the Czech Republic. (Keystone/EPA/Martin Divisek)

Belarus: ‘Black hole’ for media freedoms after egregious attacks, say UN experts. UN human rights experts have called for the immediate release of a jailed social media activist in Belarus amid what they described as a “black hole” for media freedoms in the country, according to a statement issued on Monday. Roman Protasevich, 26, and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega, 23, were flying from Greece to Lithuania last month when a fighter jet was scrambled over Belarus to escort their plane to Minsk airport. Independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council said “the reckless manner" in which Protasevich was arrested and reports that he may have been tortured in order to extract a false confession "show an utter disregard for international human rights norms by the authorities in Belarus”.

UN News (EN)

Next on the agenda

📍 8 June | Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy: Champions for Change. Guests of this virtual afternoon panel on the second day of the summit include Evan Mawarire, Zimbabwean protest leader, Yang Jianli, a former political prisoner and survivor of Tiananmen Square massacre and Vladimir Kara-Murza, leading dissident against Putin regime and chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation.

Genevasummit.org (EN)

📍 7-9 June | Youth-Led Solutions Summit: Future of Work. The event, organised by World YMCA, based in Geneva, will address youth employment and decent jobs for young people. Speakers include the UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake, ILO head Guy Ryder and others from the WEF, UNICEF, PwC and more.


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