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27 Jan 2015 description

GENEVA (27 January 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday said he was deeply disturbed by the death of at least 20 people during clashes between security forces and protestors in Egypt since Friday. He urged Egyptian authorities to take urgent measures to bring an end to the excessive use of force by security personnel.

25 Jan 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Sunday 1/25/2015 - 20:31 GMT

by Samer al-Atrush / Jay Deshmukh

Clashes between protesters and security forces left at least 15 people dead on Sunday, the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolt that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Security had been tightened in Cairo and other cities after Islamists called for protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who ousted his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

24 Jan 2015 description

1/24/2015 - 14:40 GMT

by Haitham EL-TABEI

Zyad el-Elaimy was among millions who rallied to overthrow Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but four years later he is visiting some of them who are now in jail while the ousted strongman edges closer to release from prison.

The jubilation that had marked Mubarak's toppling -- a key event of the 2011 Arab Spring -- is dead, and activists say an even more autocratic regime now rules the most populous Arab country.

23 Jan 2015 description

In January 2015, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$99.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief in 12 countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low. Some $77.5 million will go to six countries affected by the crisis in Syria. Another $14 million will support aid operations in three countries in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, where the long running conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to have disastrous effects.

23 Jan 2015 description

(New York, 23 January 2014) – The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated some US$100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in Syria and 11 other countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low.

23 Jan 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

22 Jan 2015 description

1/22/2015 - 17:48 GMT

Egypt's public prosecutor Thursday ordered the release of 100 students arrested in a crackdown on protests since late 2013, ahead of the fourth anniversary of a popular uprising.

The students, who have not been formally charged, will be set free out of "concern for their academic future", the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The decision came hours after a court ordered the release of the two sons of former president Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in the 2011 uprising, pending a corruption retrial.

22 Jan 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

2014 Achievements

  • Food for 3.8 million people delivered to Syria’s hard-to-reach areas
  • August’s 4.1 million the highest reached in any one month in Syria
  • 1.9 million refugees reached in December
  • 98 percent of regional assistance provided through vouchers, injecting US$1 billion since start of operations

2015 Plans

22 Jan 2015 description

SUPPORT INSIDE SYRIA

The UK has allocated £332 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £154 million of this has been allocated to partners delivering aid across international borders (cross-border aid). Up to 50% of all UK assistance inside Syria this year will be delivered as cross border aid, targeted towards the 4.8 million people in hard to reach areas (UNOCHA 01.11.2014) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.

Food

21 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Holding Police Accountable Key to Saving Lives

(New York) – Scores of Egyptians died in government custody in 2014, many of them packed into police stations in life-threatening conditions. Yet the authorities have taken no serious steps either to improve detention conditions or to independently investigate detainees’ deaths.

21 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

Egypt: Token reforms fail to end scourge of pervasive violence against women

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International.

19 Jan 2015 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 3,800,101 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. In 2014 more than 895,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,500 per day. Children make up 52.1% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,979,852 refugee children in the region

16 Jan 2015 description

Welcome to the January issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

15 Jan 2015 description

A severe winter storm which swept across the Middle East brought heavy snow, rainfall, high winds and freezing temperatures to the region. UNHCR strengthened its winter assistance to keep millions of vulnerable refugees and internally displaced people warm and protected from the harsh conditions.

UNHCR and partners worked as fast as possible over the week to replace damaged tents, provide repair kits, deliver emergency supplies and offered alternative temporary shelter for those forced to abandon their homes due to the snow storm.

14 Jan 2015 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Africa-Zambia
  • Arab States-Egypt, Somalia
  • Europe & Central Asia-Azerbaijan
  • Latin America & Caribbean-Honduras

Featured Resources

  • New Project Videos
  • Pakistan: A Journey Through the Glaciers
  • Tokelau: Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change-Vital Health

Events

12 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

•During the month of November, UNHCR and RRP6 partners continue to support Syrian refugees in public and community schools through a variety of methods. Education grants for some 12,106 students were disbursed across Egypt allowing children to be enrolled in public schools and to assist the parents in the transportation cost to schools.

12 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

•UNHCR along with its partners are ensuring an ongoing support to the mainstreaming of Syrian refugees in Alexandria and Damietta through regular follow up meetings with Ministry of Health officials and field visits to respond to problems such as services access and utilization difficulties