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03 Feb 2016 description

PRAGUE, 3 February 2016 – The leadership of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions visited the Czech Republic on 1 and 2 February to consider the country’s role in responding to the crisis of migrants and refugees currently affecting the OSCE area.

28 Jan 2016 description
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Press Release
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Member States' financial pledges since 23 September 2015, € million
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Member States' Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism
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State of Play of Hotspot capacity
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Returns since September
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Accepted Member States' Support to Civil Protection Mechanism for Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 25 January 2016

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

15 Jan 2016 description

ADDIS ABABA – A recent contribution by the Czech Republic allows the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide specialized nutritious food to 8,000 children and mothers in drought-affected areas of Ethiopia for three months.

14 Jan 2016 description

Baghdad, 14 January 2016–The Czech Republic has contributed US$200,000 to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which channels fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation.

23 Dec 2015 description

Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.

18 Dec 2015 description

December 18 is International Migrants Day. Rarely has the issue of migration been so present in the media and within the international community as it is now. It is an issue for Africa, and for the world. Established by the UN in 2000, International Migrants Day is intended to break down stereotypes about migrants and to highlight their contribution to the economic, cultural and social fabric of both their countries of origin and their countries of destination.

12 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

  • The number of refugee arrivals averaged 3,200/day.

03 Dec 2015 description

Foreword

UNESCO MEMBER STATES HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY, FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, FOR LASTING PEACE.

30 Nov 2015 description
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Member States pledges
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Civil Protection Mechanism

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 30 November 2015

The European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.

13 Nov 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Friday 11/13/2015 - 19:27 GMT

Several EU countries have reintroduced border checks as Europe struggles under the strain of its worst migrant crisis since World War II, threatening to undermine the bloc's cherished passport-free Schengen zone.

EU President Donald Tusk warned on Thursday Europe faces a "race against time" to save the 20-year-old system, which is seen as one of the union's most concrete achievements.

06 Nov 2015 description

Bělá pod Bezdězem, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 11/6/2015 - 02:46 GMT | 454 words

by Jan Flemr

Refugees at a Czech detention centre that the UN termed "degrading" last month due to poor living conditions said Thursday they still felt like "prisoners", despite improvements at the facility.

The Bela-Jezova facility northeast of the capital Prague opened its doors to diplomats and journalists on Thursday to showcase recent upgrades.

30 Oct 2015 description

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs closely follows comments voiced by foreign partners including the United Nations, the Council of Europe or NGOs regarding the situation in the Czech Republic. At the same time, the Czech Foreign Minister is ready to establish an open dialogue on the issue.

28 Oct 2015 description

“The first responses of EU member states are coming in with regard to deploying police forces,” the State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Boštjan Šefic, told today’s press conference.

Assistance was offered by Austria, which has already sent officers, while others are expected from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and France, said Šefic. Slovenia expects other EU member states to do the same.

22 Oct 2015 description

GENEVA (22 October 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday strongly criticized the detention of migrants and refugees who have arrived in the Czech Republic since August 2015, drawing particular attention to the violations of the rights of the children among them.

22 Oct 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Tuesday 10/20/2015 - 11:13 GMT

by Hui Min NEO with Bojan KAVCIC in Dobova, Slovenia

German officials said Thursday they had foiled an extremist plot to torch migrant shelters, adding to concerns over rising attacks on refugees in Europe as migrant arrivals hit new records.

Police in the southern German town of Bamberg arrested 13 members of a far-right movement suspected of planning to set fire to two homes for asylum seekers, prosecutors said.

16 Oct 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Friday 10/16/2015 - 17:00 GMT

More than 610,000 people desperately fleeing war and poverty have reached Europe's shores in 2015, as the continent struggles with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.

Here is a look at six key phases in the crisis.

  • Europe overwhelmed -

After some 1,200 migrants drown in a week in April off the Libyan coast, EU leaders raise the alarm and triple a budget for Mediterranean operations by the border agency Frontex.

13 Oct 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

During the last 20 years, the Czech Republic has been struck by extreme floods of great extent, numerous flash floods of local importance and uncommon natural disasters such as tornado in 2013.

Global climate change may contribute to more extreme weather events like these and communities need to be ready.

Dolni Berkovice, a village with 1.500 inhabitants in the Central Bohemia Region, has always been endangered by the river Elbe.

However, no one remembers the floods to be as destructive as in the last decade.

13 Oct 2015 description
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Where do we go from here? People with specific needs and the quest for durable solutions