TIME’s Person of the Year, Rwanda’s preparation for climate disasters, major corporations held accountable for cobalt mining deaths… Our last Development press review of the year highlights striking news from the past few weeks.

TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year fights for tomorrow [ARTICLE]
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TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year fights for tomorrow

She’s a 16-year-old who started camping out in front of the Swedish Parliament in August 2018 to speak the scientific truth about climate change. Since, she has inspired millions of climate activists around the globe. Greta Thunberg is TIME’s Person of the Year.

Greta Thunberg, TIME’s Person of the Year 2019  ” , TIME, December 2, 2019

Climate change: Rwanda’s turning tide [ARTICLE]
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Climate change: Rwanda’s turning tide

Weather in Rwanda is increasingly unpredictable: the country is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. As 45 people recently died in landslides, authorities have started dismantling homes close to or on wetlands, leaving inhabitants without compensation for now.

Rwanda climate change: Kigali homes built near wetlands are destroyed  ” , BBC News, December 16, 2019

Cobalt mining deaths: holding global corporations accountable [ARTICLE]
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Cobalt mining deaths: holding global corporations accountable

Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla are named in a lawsuit filed by human rights firm International Rights Advocates. Allegedly, they have aided and abetted mining companies that profited from forced labor of children. Several are dead while many suffer grave injuries.

Apple and Google named in US lawsuit over Congolese child cobalt mining deaths  ” , The Guardian, December 16, 2019

All rise against new discriminatory Indian migration law [ARTICLE]
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All rise against new discriminatory Indian migration law

As protests gain momentum against new discriminatory Indian migration bill, lack of compliance of this bill with the National Register of Citizens in Assam puts nearly two million people at risk of being rendered stateless.

In India’s Assam, a solidarity network has emerged to help those at risk of becoming stateless  ” , The Conversation UK, December 16, 2019

HIV: Women and girls’ extra burden [OPINION]
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HIV: Women and girls’ extra burden

In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV-positive women and girls suffer from discrimination and exclusion. Some clinics refuse to provide them with care, some schools refuse to provide them with education… For public health professional Lisa Bohmer, collecting evidence on this phenomenon is key.

Stop the exclusion – the double stigma facing HIV-affected women and girls  ” , Devex, December 13, 2019

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