Fleeing the fighting in Ukraine, people left behind their homes and belongings and sought refuge where they could. Many went to Belarus. Official estimates put the number of refugees from Ukraine registered in the country at 110,000. And almost all of them need help.
The Red Cross Society of Belarus has set up a hotline to do just that. The number is 201, and it operates every day from 7 to 9 p.m.
● Delivery of humanitarian aid is expected to significantly decline in several critical Clusters as funding continues to remain seriously low: only 16 percent of the USD 316 required for 2015 has been funded or pledged.
● Recent dismissal of key Government representatives at national as well as regional levels with further possibility of changes in Government structure puts additional pressure in ability to provide timely humanitarian assistance in a coordinated manner.
Situational overview: The number of displaced has stabilized with the reduction in the intensity of the fighting. Concerns have increased over mines and unexploded ordnance as people come out of basement and shelters. Economic difficulties continue to impact the population affected and host communities, with considerable price rises in recent weeks, especially in non-government controlled areas where there are shortages.
While the ceasefire generally continues to hold, humanitarian needs remain high across eastern Ukraine.
Reports of incidents related to unexploded ordnance are on the increase. Mine and UXO/ERW contamination is a major issue, especially as planting season is scheduled to begin soon.
A recent assessment confirms that humanitarian concerns are more severe in non-government controlled areas than in Government-controlled areas, largely due to household poor financial conditions, availability of drugs and food.
● Critical medicines are in alarmingly low supply. Many people are cut off from access to medical care in non-government controlled areas (NGCAs).
● Bureaucratic procedures continue to impede access to (NGCAs), and are inconsistently applied both to civilians and to aid agencies, affecting freedom of movement and operations.
● The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Emergency Directors Group (EDG) travelled to Ukraine on 12-14 March to gain a better understanding of the plight of conflict-affected people.
This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.
One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.
A surge of violence since mid-January, including battle for the city of Debaltseve in mid-February, has caused a wave of new displacement into government-controlled areas.
Food security and protection continue to be major concerns for people in non-governmentcontrolled areas who are cut off from supplies, especially older people who did not register as IDPs before the 1 February deadline, and other vulnerable groups. Food security is further constrained by rising food prices.