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27 May 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Wednesday 5/27/2015 - 16:18 GMT

An Egyptian policeman was killed and eight wounded in three roadside bombings on Wednesday in the Sinai Peninsula where an Islamic State-linked group is spearheading an insurgency against security forces.

Jihadists have killed scores of police and soldiers in attacks in the peninsula since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Wednesday's attacks targeted police vehicles near a police station in North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish, security officials said.

27 May 2015 description
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May 1 2015: The conflict in Syria has seen huge numbers of people fleeing the violence. Amber Webb provides an overview of the situation they face as refugees, which depends on the country they arrive in.

The conflict in Syria has produced one of the worst humanitarian crises in nearly two decades. The flow of refugees escaping violence has been unrelenting, and neighbouring countries are now buckling under its impact. Regional stability is deteriorating, and refugees and host countries alike are suffering from the burden of conflict.

27 May 2015 description

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a US$1.2 million contribution from Vodafone Egypt Foundation that will benefit thousands of children, their families and teachers through WFP’s school feeding programme in Upper Egypt.

26 May 2015 description
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Human Rights Council

Twenty-ninth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Summary

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted a visit to Italy from 2 to 6 December 2014. He visited Rome and held consultations with government officials, civil society organizations and agencies of the United Nations.

26 May 2015 description

These dashboards reflect the humanitarian and resilience responses of more than 200 partners, including governments, UN Agencies, and NGOs, involved in the 3RP response in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Achievements are cumulative from the start of 2015, while targets are based on full funding of the 3RP and an expected 4.27 million refugees by end-2015.

26 May 2015 description

Almost 2,000 partner staff have been trained this year on Child Protection and Sexual & Gender Based Violence response

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Capacity-building through the training of responders in various aspects of protection continues across the region.

26 May 2015 description

6 OCTOBER CITY, Egypt, 24th May, 2015 (WAM) -- Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR Eminent Advocate, visited Egypt last week, during which she visited Al Shamla public school in 6th of October City which accommodates at least 320 Syrian students alongside 1,000 Egyptian Students.

25 May 2015 description

Five African migrants drowned on Monday after jumping into the Mediterranean as Egyptian coastguards raided a boat heading towards Italy, security officials said.

Twenty-five people, including the owner and crew of the vessel, were arrested after the raid on the boat near the city of Kafr al-Sheikh.

The nationalities of the dead have not yet been confirmed, the officials said.

23 May 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY:

WFP Egypt seeks to assist the Government of Egypt reach the most vulnerable food insecure people more effectively and efficiently by: (1) Strengthening National Institutions that Support Food Security; (2) Enhancing Access to Education and Combatting Child Labour; (3) Building Resilience of Vulnerable Groups; and (4) Supporting Nutrition.

21 May 2015 description
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Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014

The rule of law lies at the centre of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.

20 May 2015 description

Introduction

By Mark Lattimer and Derek Verbakel

The 2015 release of the Peoples under Threat index marks the 10th year that Peoples under Threat has sought to identify those communities around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.

A number of the countries which rose most sharply in the index last year, including Syria,
Yemen and Ukraine, saw escalating violence over the course of 2014–15 and the killing, in total, of tens of thousands of civilians.

20 May 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 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.

19 May 2015 description

Civil unrest in Syria began in March 2011 and marked the advent of a refugee crisis which continues to gain momentum. The main receiving countries are Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and to a lesser extent, Egypt and Iraq. The operational environment is challenging and fast-changing. This is a complex regional crisis that combines massive refugee and internal displacements, complicated by competing and divided international, regional and national interests.

19 May 2015 description

Stifling Egyptian civil society: Sexual violence by security forces surges under el-Sisi

Since the military takeover in July 2013, there has been a surge in sexual violence perpetrated by the security forces in Egypt, asserts a report released today by FIDH.

19 May 2015 description

Approaching its fifth year, with no sign of a political solution in sight, the scale and complexity of the Syria crisis and the consequent population displacement have had an unprecedented impact on the countries in the region. The conflict in Syria has become the largest humanitarian, development and security crisis of our time.

18 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 18 March Elizabeth Tan, UNHCR Representative and Head of Alexandria Field Office Dinesh Shrestha visited the Governor of Damietta to express their gratitude for Damietta’s hospitality to Syrian refugees and to strengthen UNHCR’s relationship with the governorate and its different directorates.

  • On 23 March, a technical meeting was organized with Ministry of Health officials in Greater Cairo, UN agencies, partner NGOs and Syrian community health volunteers ahead of the mainstreaming on April 1st.