Human Rights and Poverty Agenda in the Media: October 25th – 31 2021 – Deep Poverty Network
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Human Rights and Poverty Agenda in the Media: October 25th – 31 2021

The weekly media scan, which is updated every Monday, has been prepared as a series where you can see the news published on online media channels about poverty and human rights violations caused by poverty.


The pioneer, 25.10.2021
Pope Francis: Don't send migrants back to Libya and inhumane camps
Hundreds of migrants were either at sea in the central Mediterranean awaiting a port after rescue or recently coming ashore in Sicily or the Italian mainland after setting sail from Libya or Turkey, according to authorities. Dozens of others sent out a plea for help from a flimsy rubber dinghy. "So many of these men, women and children are subject to inhumane violence,'' he added. "Yet again I ask the international community to keep the promises to search for common, concrete and lasting solutions to manage the migratory flows in Libya and in all the Mediterranean."

The New York Times, 30.10.2021
Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

Global News, 31.10.2021
Food bank use in Canada climbed 20% during pandemic, report shows
“Early in the pandemic, government’s housing and income supports helped flatten demand at Canada’s food banks, but in recent months, visits are beginning to surge, with nearly one-in-seven food banks experiencing a doubling of demand — and food bank visits soaring in Quebec, Alberta, and Ontario.”

One-third of those accessing food banks were children, 8.7 per cent were seniors, and half were on social assistance or disability-related supports.

Daily Mail, 31.10.2021
Ending state pension 'triple lock' would be a betrayal of current and future pensioners and an attack on poorest elderly in the country
More than two million pensioners live in poverty. Nearly a quarter rely on means-tested benefits. Almost a million who should receive pensions credit are missing out. 
Many retirees do have private provision although final salary pensions, which offer some safeguards against inflation, are a dying breed.