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19 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 22:56 GMT

by Angus MACKINNON

More than 700 people are feared to have drowned after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya, officials said Sunday, prompting demands for the European Union to react to the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant disaster to date.

19 Apr 2015 description

Skhirat, Morocco | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 14:21 GMT

The UN envoy for Libya said on Sunday that rival factions in the strife-torn North African country have reached a draft accord which is "very close to a final agreement".

Bernardino Leon also told reporters in the Moroccan resort of Skhirat at the end of the latest round of negotiations between the factions that preparations were under way for armed groups to hold direct talks.

"I can tell you that we have now a draft which looks like something very close to a final agreement," he said.

19 Apr 2015 description

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today expressed his shock at the latest boat capsizing on the Mediterranean, and the hundreds of lives reported to have been lost.

As of a short time ago, according to information from the Maltese authorities, only around 50 of the 700 reported to be aboard, had been rescued.

19 Apr 2015 description

London/Rome, 19 April 2015 - Faced with another tragedy in the Mediterranean sea, European Member States must urgently launch large-scale search and rescue activities in order to avoid more deaths at sea, the medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.

19 Apr 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Milan, April 19, 2015) – The European Union (EU) should act immediately to prevent further deaths at sea, Human Rights Watch said. As many as 700 migrants and asylum seekers are feared dead in a single shipwreck in the Mediterranean north of Libya on April 19, 2015, bringing the estimated death toll to over 1,000 in one week.

19 Apr 2015 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 12:49 GMT

The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday released a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya.

The 29-minute video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in a text on the screen as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".

A masked fighter in black brandishing a pistol makes a statement threatening Christians if they do not convert to Islam.

19 Apr 2015 description

Skhirat, Morocco - 18 April 2015 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino Leon has strongly condemned the renewed outbreak of violence in different neighbourhoods of the Libyan capital that caused many casualties and endangered the lives of civilians.

18 Apr 2015 description
report Save the Children

“Close the borders. Shut all the doors. Send them all back.”

These are the words we so often hear when we talk about immigration. What we don’t talk about is the very real and dangerous risks people take just to seek a safer life.

As many of you will have seen in the news, earlier this week 400 people drowned off the coast of Libya, including many children, as they sought safe haven in Europe.

This is what we feared might happen when the EU decided not to replace an Italian search-and-rescue mission at the end of last year.

18 Apr 2015 description

Benghazi, Libya | AFP | Saturday 4/18/2015 - 00:50 GMT

At least 21 people were killed in fighting near Libya's capital Tripoli Friday, military sources said, as the country's rival parliaments met in Morocco for UN-brokered peace talks aimed at forming a unity government to end the unrest.

17 Apr 2015 description

Skhirat, Morocco | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 17:53 GMT

The UN said Friday it was trying to narrow differences between Libya's rival parliaments over an agreement aimed at forming a unity government to end unrest tearing the country apart.

The differences emerged in written observations by the two sides on the agreement envoy Bernardino Leon is trying to clinch, said Samir Ghattas, spokesman for the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

17 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 18:37 GMT

by Jérôme CARTILLIER

Restoring stability in Libya is the only way to solve the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, as President Barack Obama warned re-establishing peace could not be achieved by military force.

Speaking at a joint White House press conference after authorities in Italy confirmed more than 11,000 migrants had been rescued in the past six days alone, Renzi said the problem would only be solved by peace in Libya.

17 Apr 2015 description

Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

17 Apr 2015 description

POP/1040

Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

16 Apr 2015 description

In the space of a week, at least 750 migrants are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Many thousands of others have risked their lives this year, fleeing conflict and instability in Africa and the Middle East, in small, often decrepit vessels in an attempt to reach European territories.

16 Apr 2015 description

Augusta, Italy | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 22:43 GMT

by Fanny CARRIER

Italian police on Thursday said 12 African migrants had died after being thrown overboard by fellow passengers in the latest high-seas tragedy in the Mediterranean, as another 41 boat migrants were feared drowned in a separate incident.

16 Apr 2015 description
report AlertNet
  • Unaccompanied minors increase along with boat migrants
  • Demographics, poverty, political instability fuel migration
  • Italy seeks structural solution to shelters for minors

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16 Apr 2015 description

Reggio Calabria, Italy | 10:13 GMT

by Fanny CARRIER

Italy pleaded for more help Thursday to rescue migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean, and demanded a "clear answer" from the European Union about where the refugees should be sent.

In the aftermath of the latest migrant tragedy that saw some 400 people drown on Sunday off Libya, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Italy was shouldering nearly all of the burden for patrol and rescue.

16 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Carolina Montenegro and Kristy Siegfried

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way.

16 Apr 2015 description

Skhirat, Morocco on 15 April 2015 - Hello to everybody. Hello to all the journalists. It is a pleasure to see you again. And as in previous occasions, we are looking forward to working with you in a good spirit of cooperation. Thanks for your patience. Thanks for being ready to spend some time with us.