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Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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World + 8 others
Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days

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Lebanon + 9 others
Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 20-26 July

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REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

• On 30 July, the Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on the first cross-border operation under SC Resolution 2165 (2014). The operation was carried out on Thursday, 24 July, from Turkey through Bab Al Salam border crossing into Syria and included food, shelter materials, household items and water and sanitation supplies for approximately 26,000 people in Aleppo and Idleb Governorates.

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Italy + 6 others
Se necesita acción urgente en Europa para frenar el aumento de muertes en el mar

Más de 800 personas han muerto en lo que va de año en el Mediterráneo. Muchos buscaban seguridad por conflictos o guerras civiles.

GINEBRA, Suiza, 24 de julio de 2014 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – En los últimos diez días, más de 260 personas han muerto o han desaparecido cuando intentaban cruzar el Mediterráneo hacia Europa.

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Italy + 6 others
UNHCR calls for urgent European action to end refugee and migrant deaths at sea

More than 800 people, many of them seeking safety from conflict and civil war, have died this year in the Mediterranean, compared to a total 600 deaths in 2013, and 500 in 2012.

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Serbia + 9 others
Balkan armies promise greater co-operation in catastrophes

Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.

By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14

In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.

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World + 12 others
The Human Cost of Fortress Europe: Human Rights Violations against Migrants and Refugees at Europe’s Borders

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Amnesty

EU migration policies put lives and rights at risk

In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

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World + 5 others
Annual Report Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2013

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European Union

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7 July 2014

EASO Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union in 2013

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World + 10 others
FRONTEX Annual Risk Analysis 2014

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European Union

FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2014

Detections of illegal border crossing at the EU external borders increased sharply in 2013, rising to over 107,000 from 75,000 in 2012, with Syrians, Eritreans and Afghans being the most commonly detected nationalities.

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Greece destroys over 50,000 landmines

Greece makes advances in the destruction of over one million landmines prior to major international anti-landmines conference

Geneva and Athens 9 June 2014 – Greece has announced that it has made significant advances in the destruction of stockpiled anti-personnel mines in accordance with its obligations under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention.

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EU: Make Saving Lives at Sea Top Priority

Step Up Joint Rescue Operations; Resettle More Syrians

(London) – European Union ministers meeting in Luxembourg on June 5, 2014, should back stronger action to save migrant and refugee lives at sea. The ministers should also improve access to protection in Europe for refugees fleeing Syria and others fleeing persecution and abuse.

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Provision of assistance to the flood victims of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Responding immediately to the urgent need for the provision of humanitarian assistance to the victims of the unprecedented flooding in Southeast Europe, the Greek Foreign Ministry arranged for the immediate provision of economic and humanitarian assistance to the friendly peoples of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Greek Embassies in Belgrade and Sarajevo are in ongoing contact with the competent authorities to identify needs and coordinate the targeted provision of humanitarian assistance to the stricken populations.

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Migrants rescued in Greece after deadly yacht sinking

05/06/2014 14:19 GMT

ATHENS, May 6, 2014 (AFP) - Greece's coastguard on Tuesday said it helped rescue 24 migrants in the Aegean a day after a yacht bringing scores of migrants from Turkey capsized, killing at least 22 people.

Both incidents occurred near the Aegean island of Samos, a short distance from the Turkish coast.

Tuesday's rescue took place inside Turkish waters, with the migrants later handed over to a Turkish coastguard vessel, the Greek authorities said.

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Greece + 1 other
At least 22 dead in Greece migrant sinkings

05/05/2014 14:39 GMT

ATHENS, May 5, 2014 (AFP) - At least 22 migrants including four children drowned in the Aegean Sea on Monday after a yacht and a dinghy carrying them towards Greek shores capsized, coastguard officials said.

Eighteen people were found dead on board the 10-metre (33-foot) yacht after it was towed to shore, the coastguard said, adding that another four bodies were recovered at sea.

Most of the migrants are believed to be from Somalia and according to reports, at least one of the women who died was pregnant.

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Greece + 1 other
Stop unlawful and shameful expulsion of refugees and migrants

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Amnesty

The European Union (EU) must sanction Greece for its failure to eradicate the routine and widespread practice of pushing back refugees and migrants arriving at its borders in search of protection, safety, and better futures in Europe, said an Amnesty International report published today.

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MSF Denounces Indefinite Detention of Migrants

ATHENS/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK—A decision by Greek authorities to detain migrants indefinitely is an appalling sign of the country's harsh treatment of migrants, worsening their already desperate situation, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières said today.

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The "Invisible Suffering" of Migrants Detained In Greece

ATHENS/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK—Prolonged and systematic detention is leading to devastating consequences on the health and dignity of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned in a report released today, which called for an end to the practice.

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Syrians desperate for a new life drown trying to reach Greece

LESVOS, Greece, April 4 (UNHCR) – The midnight water was as still as a pond of mercury when the Syrian refugees pushed the craft into the eastern Aegean. An old smuggler lured the weary people into the motorboat with a single word. "Greece," said the man as they stood on a rocky Turkish cove. He pointed to the lights of the island of Lesvos, tantalizingly close, and repeated: "Greece."

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Protect Migrant Crime Victims

Immigration Code Shouldn’t Deter Reporting Police Abuse

(London, March 26, 2014) – The Greek government should immediately drop plans that would deter migrant victims from reporting law enforcement abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also reintroduce measures to protect undocumented victims and witnesses of crimes, including racist violence. Parliament is debating these issues as it examines a draft immigration code.

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