Information, Attention to Vulnerable Groups Urgently Needed
(Athens, October 12, 2015) – Poor organization and a lack of personnel is creating chaos and insecurity at a police registration center and surrounding informal camp for asylum seekers and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, Human Rights Watch said today.
The international community today reaffirmed its commitment towards seeking lasting solutions for millions of Afghan refugees, in a bid to end one of the longest displacement situations in recorded history.
In a statement issued during UNHCR’s 66th meeting of the Executive Committee, member states pledged support to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to create the conditions necessary for Afghan refugees to go back home and reintegrate in their country.
GENEVA, Oct 6 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today appealed to the international community to refocus its attention on Afghanistan, warning that it would be dangerous to ignore the country, and praised Iran and Pakistan for hosting so many Afghan refugees.
By Denis McClean
TEHRAN, 5 October 2015 - Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 received another boost this week with the announcement in Tehran that the text has now been translated into Farsi, a language used by some 100 million people in Iran and neighbouring countries.
By Denis McClean
TEHRAN, 5 October 2015 - Iran’s commitment to ensuring Safe Schools was made clear yesterday as it announced plans to spend $3 billion over the next five years to complete its programme of retrofitting or reconstructing all public schools located in the country’s seismic zones.
The country has also offered to share its technical expertise and knowledge with other countries in the Worldwide Safe Schools Initiative (WISS) launched by UNISDR and partners at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March.
Stories of courage—how refugee women in Turkey are making something of their lives in exile.
Refugee women: stories of courage
The desperate and rather horrific situation in Syria is well known, with more than 4 million refugees globally, of which nearly half live in Turkey. More than 7 million are internally displaced within Syria and half that number of refugees and IDPs, are children. In the camps in Turkey, 78% of Syrian refugees are women and children.
Athens, Greece | AFP | Friday 10/2/2015 - 11:15 GMT | 329 words
Greece's migration minister on Friday said the coming of winter was a "good season" that should slow the refugee wave and allow the beleaguered nation to organise its resources.
"Winter is a good season for us to get organised because the (migration) flow is reduced," Yiannis Mouzalas, junior interior minister for migration, told Vima radio.
Greece needed the time to ready itself "in case we have renewed migration flows from springtime onwards," he said.
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
Eleonas camp in central Athens shelters mostly Afghans whose papers are processed slower than those of Syrians.
"I need some money. I want to get to Germany," says a young Afghan, who is using his mobile phone to get in touch with a member of his family back home. At the time he is totally broke and has just made it to Greece.
Another Afghan has brought two of his four children with him.
"We have left our older daughters in Afghanistan with their grandparents. Our heart aches. We will get them as soon as we can," he says.
Kabul 22 September 2015—President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday launched the ‘State of Afghan Cities 2015’ report which presents the first-ever comprehensive and reliable assessment of Afghanistan’s 34 Provincial Capital Cities.
The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2210 (2015), in which I was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.
As at 31 August 2015, there were 2,028 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,807 in immigration detention on the mainland and 221 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 735 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 29,012 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
Switzerland - Through two and a half weeks of September, IOM teams have recorded total arrivals to Europe by sea in 2015 at 473,887 men, women and children. At least 182,000 of those migrants have arrived from Syria—making Syrians just under 40 per cent of this year’s total. In 2014, Syrians comprised between 25 per cent and 33 per cent of those entering Europe by sea.
Based on initial assessment reports from the Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent, at least 13 people have been killed and 11 injured in unseasonable flash floods in thirteen provinces of Iran during the last six days.
Tehran, Iran | AFP | Saturday 9/19/2015 - 07:10 GMT
At least 10 people have been killed after flash floods hit several regions of Iran, state television said on Saturday.
Six people died on Friday in Pakdasht, a city southeast of Tehran, when they attempted to have a picnic by the side of a river which then burst its banks, it said.
And in Iran's southern Hormozgan, four people including two children were also killed by flooding on Friday. State television said they had gathered next to a river to watch the flooding when they were swept away.
An Iranian asylum seeker detained on Nauru has made a report about his alleged mistreatment by Nauruan police to the United Nations human rights agency.
The man claims he was detained for more than 30 hours in a bare police cell that was wet with the urine of his guards.
The man has told the ABC and staff from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that he was arrested and detained without charge after trying to see his sister.
The Fourth Regional Technical Group meeting on Disaster Management under the Heart of Asia regional cooperation initiative took place today, and resulted in the development of a Confidence-Building Measure (CBM) Road Map for Heart of Asia Countries. The meeting was attended by representatives from all 14 participating countries and six supporting countries. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was a technical partner for the meeting, and Mr Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, was in attendance as chief guest.
More than 30 refugee children and young people who came into Austria without their parents or caregivers have already found new homes through SOS Children’s Villages in Austria. Plans are underway to provide homes for at least 70 more before the end of the year.
SOS Children’s Villages Austria is responding to the plights of hundreds of refugee children and minors who were either forced to flee from their countries of origin without their parents or were separated from their parents along the way.
Conflict is one of the most powerful determinants of whether a child is out of school. Half of the world’s out-of-school children are in conflict zones. That’s a staggering 29 million young minds (1) out of the classroom. Statistics show that when conflict disrupts a child’s education they are less likely to resume (2). The tragic irony is that those countries whose children are out of school are the very ones that are in the greatest need of educated citizens to help them rebuild. Afghanistan is a prime example of such a nation.