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Italy + 8 others
Les traversées clandestines en Méditerranée sont de plus en plus meurtrières

De nouvelles statistiques sur les traversées clandestines en Méditerranée, pour le troisième trimestre 2014, montrent une hausse alarmante du nombre de personnes qui périssent durant leur tentative de rejoindre l'Europe.

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Italy + 8 others
So close, yet so far from safety

On eve of Lampedusa disaster anniversary, UNHCR warns that irregular Mediterranean crossings becoming more deadly

New data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean, covering the third quarter of 2014, show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 10 others
Lives adrift: Refugees and migrants in peril in the central Mediterranean

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Amnesty

The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way

A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiralling death toll with thousands of refugees and migrants losing their lives in a desperate bid to reach European shores.

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Eritrea + 1 other
UN expert to investigate pervasive rights abuses as part of ‘historic’ inquiry

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UN News Service

29 September 2014 – Amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain “dire,” a United Nations independent expert warned, adding that a new Commission of Inquiry would help “pave the way” to accountability.

“The creation of my Special Rapporteur’s mandate has increased international awareness about the large-scale violations of human rights in Eritrea,” said Sheila B. Keetharuth, adding that “concrete steps are urgently needed to address such violations.”

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Human Rights Council President appoints Members of Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced today the appointment of Mike Smith of Australia and Victor Dankwa of Ghana who will join Sheila B. Keetharuth, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, to serve as the members of the commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged human rights violations in Eritrea, mandated by the Council at its June 2014 session. Mr. Smith will serve as Chair of the three-person commission.

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Eritrea: UN Names Commission of Inquiry

Panel’s Focus Should Be on Justice for Abuses

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council’s establishment in June 2014 of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses in Eritrea is an important step toward justice for the victims. On September 26, 2014, the President of the UN Human Rights Council appointed Mike Smith (Australia) and Victor Dankwa (Ghana) to serve in the Commission of Inquiry, together with Sheila Keetharuth (Mauritius), the council’s special rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea.

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World + 4 others
L’Europe, l’Amérique du Nord et certaines régions de l’Asie-Pacifique sont le théâtre d’une hausse des demandes d’asile depuis la Syrie, l’Iraq et d’autres zones de conflit

Selon un rapport statistique du HCR publié ce jour, le nombre des personnes ayant déposé une demande de statut de réfugié dans les pays industrialisés a continué de croître durant le premier semestre de l’année 2014. Ces personnes ont été poussées à fuir hors de leurs pays du fait des guerres en Syrie et en Iraq ainsi que des conflits et de l’instabilité en Afghanistan, en Erythrée et ailleurs.

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World + 4 others
UNHCR Asylum Trends, First half 2014: Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries

The number of people seeking refugee status continued to climb in the first half of 2014, driven by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as conflict and instability in Afghanistan, Eritrea and elsewhere.

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Eritrea: CERF Funding 2006-2014 (as of 22 September 2014)

Since 2006, partners in Eritrea received US$34 million in total from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Sudan + 8 others
European Union calls for an effective mechanism to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Sudan

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European Union

H.E. Ambassador Maurizio Enrico Serra Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Office in Geneva delivered the European Union's Statement on human rights at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 16th September 2014. The statement is as follows:

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.

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Sensitization campaign being conducted in Gogne sub-zone towards malaria prevention

Gogne, 24 September 2014 – As part of the endeavors being made with a view to doing away with the instances of malaria in different sub-zones of Gash- Barka region, sensitization campaign is being conducted in Gogne sub-zone.

Mr. Bahbelom Tiumzghi, head of Gogne Health Centre, indicated that wide-ranging activities are underway to prevent the incidence of the disease, and that various activities are in the process of taking effect so as to combat possible malaria infection.

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World + 51 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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Israel + 2 others
Israel orders closure of migrant detention camp

09/22/2014 17:57 GMT

JERUSALEM, September 22, 2014 (AFP) - Israel's supreme court on Monday ordered the closure within three months of a desert detention camp for 2,400 illegal immigrants from Eritrea and Sudan, judicial sources said.

The country's highest court annulled an amendment of a vote passed last December that allowed the opening of the Holot camp in the southern Negev desert.

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World + 9 others
Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief

GENEVA (19 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

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Italy + 7 others
Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?

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IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea.

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World + 52 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Madagascar + 21 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for August with a Forecast till Mid-October, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 15 September 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • On 9 September, the Federal Flood Task Force revised the Flood Alert which was first issued on 18 August to urge Government and humanitarian actors to implement flood prevention and preparedness measures in at-risk communities.

  • Despite on-going reports of a deteriorating food security in Somalia, there was no major change in the Somali refugee arrival trend in eastern Ethiopia so far.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 19 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary - September 12 - 18, 2014

Dryness remains despite improved rains in Latin America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

  2. An early cessation of Mar-May seasonal rainfall and an abnormally dry July has hurt crop and pasture conditions in parts of central and northern Ethiopia.