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UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

09/01/2014 17:17 GMT

by Nina LARSON

GENEVA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - The UN Human Rights Council on Monday unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was "facing a terrorist monster".

The 47 members of the United Nations' top rights body accepted without a vote a resolution urging the probe presented by Iraq and supported by more than 100 states.

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Macedonia detains 100 Syrian, Iraqi immigrants

09/01/2014 15:31 GMT

SKOPJE, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Macedonian police said Monday they have detained more than 100 Syrian and Iraqi immigrants, among them women and children, hiding in a train transporting coal from the Greek port of Thessaloniki.

"The immigrants are mainly from Syria and Iraq and they came to Greece from Turkey," Ivo Kotevski, spokesman for the Interior Ministry told AFP.

They were detained overnight Sunday at a train station in central Macedonian town of Veles, Kotevski said.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

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Address by Ms. Flavia Pansieri, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Iraq

Geneva, 1 September 2014

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies,

I thank you for convening this special session of the Human Rights Council on Iraq.

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UN Casualty Figures for August 2014, Anbar province excluded [EN/AR]

Baghdad, 1 September 2014 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of at least 1,420 Iraqis were killed and another 1,370 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in August*.

The number of civilians killed was 1,265 (including 77 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,198 (including 105 civilian police). A further 155 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, and 172 were injured (not including casualties from Anbar operation).

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Media Updates from UN Agencies on Iraq Humanitarian Crisis - 1 September 2014

Headlines – September 1st:

Following the end of the siege in Amerli, aid agencies are looking at the possible humanitarian needs for the thousands of people that have been stranded for weeks.
UN agencies are on stand-by, and if security and circumstances allow, are prepared to assist those affected by the conflict in and around Amerli.

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Iraq presses fightback after breaking jihadist siege

09/01/2014 11:06 GMT

by Mostafa ABULEZZ

SULAIMAN BEK, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking the 11-week siege of a Shiite town.

The breakthrough to the town of Amerli is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group overran much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June.

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IOM Iraq Crisis Response Weekly Situation Report #2: Weekly Update For 24-30 August

Displacement

IDP Families: 278,051

Individuals: 1,668,306

Locations: 1,577

Displacement Tracking Matrix Highlights

As of 28 August 2014, just fewer than 1.7 million individuals have been displaced in Iraq since the beginning of 2014. Over two thirds of the displacement occurred in the last month with over 600,000 individuals being displaced in August.

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Australia steps up assistance to Iraqi people

Australia has completed a second humanitarian aid drop to assist the people of Iraq.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft has delivered 15 bundles of Australian humanitarian supplies to isolated civilians in the Northern Iraqi town of Amirli.

The supplies included high energy biscuits, bottled water and hygiene packs which are designed to feed and hydrate 2600 people for 24 hours.

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Stories from Iraq: “We are suffering here”

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Medair

Medair emergency response teams have been assessing the huge humanitarian needs in northern Iraq and what they are encountering is profoundly concerning.

Intense fighting in northern Iraq has sent thousands of families on the run with their children, fleeing for their lives, persecuted for religious and ethnic reasons.

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Human Rights Council must condemn the commission, contribution and facilitation of crimes under international law

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AI Index: MDE 14/010/2014

Written statement to the 22 nd special session of the UN Human Rights Council (1 September 2014)

At its Special Session on “the human rights situation in Iraq in light of abuses committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated groups” the Human Rights Council must go beyond condemning crimes and abuses by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and other associated groups.

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Humanitarian supplies reach Amerli [EN/AR]

The RAF has delivered over 10 tonnes of food and water to the Iraq town of Amerli

Lifesaving UK aid for thousands of people trapped by ISIL in the Iraqi town of Amerli was delivered overnight by the Royal Air Force (RAF), International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced this morning.

Approximately 11.5 tonnes of food and water, including 420 jerry cans containing over 8,000 litres of water, were dropped over Amerli last night in two C130 consignments.

Justine Greening said:

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Minister Paradis Announces Deployment of Emergency Relief Supplies to Iraq

Canada to maintain emergency stockpiles in the United Arab Emirates

August 29, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the deployment of relief supplies from Canada’s emergency stockpile to address the immediate needs of conflict-affected people in northern Iraq.

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Iraq: Operational Presence 3W (as of 28 August 2014)

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Iraq: Displacement - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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13 killed in bomb attacks on Iraq forces in Ramadi

08/31/2014 17:38 GMT

RAMADI, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles near positions of security forces in the city of Ramadi on Sunday, killing 13 people and wounding 17, Iraqi police and a doctor said.

One blast hit an under-construction building manned by Iraqi special forces in the city west of Baghdad, while the second struck a joint special forces-police checkpoint, the sources said.

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Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey - 29 August 2014

Regional highlights:

  • The rising number of conflicts in the region is further increasing the complexity of the Syrian refugee response. Host governments and communities are responding to meet the needs of both nationals and refugees affected by insecurity. In Iraq, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis are displaced within the country, which is also hosting some 220,000 Syrian refugees. Clashes in Arsal, Lebanon, have caused widespread damage, affecting both Lebanese residents and more than 40,000 Syrian refugees.

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Iraq: New Displacement (1 Jan to 28 August 2014)

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WHO lauds Kuwait USD 1.5 mln donation for N. Iraq's violence victims

GENEVA, Aug 30 (KUNA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) lauded here Saturday Kuwait's generous donation of USD 1.5 million to the victims of the violence in northern Iraq.

A letter from WHO's Director General Margaret Chan to Kuwait Permanent Delegate at the United Nations Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, expressed the organization's sincere gratitude towards Kuwait's support, stressing that the money would be used to help those affected by the violence.

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