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22 Jun 2017 description

SG/A/1743-BIO/4978-PKO/653

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Mr. Salamé will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany, to whom the Secretary‑General is grateful for his dedication and service, as well as for his effective leadership of UNSMIL.

22 Jun 2017 description

Key Figures

530,805 people of concern
41,319 registered refugees & asylum seekers
240,188 internally displaced persons
249,298 IDP returnees

22 Jun 2017 description

45 detention centres identified

29 (19 in western region, 8 in eastern region and 2 in southern region) visited by UNHCR and partners in 2017

12 main disembarkation points, 6 of which provided with health services by UNHCR and partners, the other 6 by IOM

22 Jun 2017 description

Libya continues to be the main departure and transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. As of 31 May 2017, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted a total of 6,243 people in different locations along the Libyan coast. Since 1 January 2017, Libyan local authorities have recovered 331 bodies of people who drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe.

22 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • Amidst persisting political instability and the deteriorating security situation in Libya, as well as the increase in food insecurity of IDPs, returnees and refugees in need of food assistance, WFP aims to scale up from its target figure of 90,000 in June to reach 175,000 food insecure individuals during the last quarter of 2017. WFP prioritizes those most vulnerable to food insecurity, including unemployed households headed by women.

Situation Update

21 Jun 2017 description

The increasing use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a growing number of contexts has led to the issue featuring more and more prominently on disarmament and security policy agendas. In particular, the scale and intensity of the regional conflict involving Da’esh in the Middle East has seen the use of improvised munitions on an unprecedented scale, further amplifying the priority attached to IEDs as a policy issue.

Executive summary

The meeting addressed:

21 Jun 2017 description

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, urges the Presidency Council to make concrete arrangements for the swift implementation of the Misrata-Tawergha agreement endorsed this week and to ensure that its implementation conforms to international human rights standards. He further stressed that the implementation of this agreement should be carried out in a fully transparent and accountable manner.

21 Jun 2017 description
report ACTED

In October 2014, forces loyal to General Haftar launched Operation Dignity with supporters from within Benghazi, to rid the city of Islamic militia groups who by 2014 had full control of the city. As a result of the fighting, approximately 50,000 families left their homes, many moving in with family and friends initially, but as the conflict prolonged, local schools, uncompleted apartment complexes and state infrastructure project camp sites became a substitute for many displaced families.

21 Jun 2017 description

Avant-propos

Stephen O’Brien, Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence

21 Jun 2017 description
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Humanitarian Response Plans and Flash Appeals

20 Jun 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency received information last night about three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean. We fear that at least 130 people are dead or missing.

20 Jun 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author

Parvati Nair Director of United Nations University Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Mobility and Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies at Queen Mary University of London, United Nations University

20 Jun 2017 description

On World Refugee Day and just before the European Council, the Red Cross EU Office calls on the EU and its Member States to assess the impact of the Partnership Framework approach on the right to seek and enjoy asylum.

19 Jun 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Security for Residents, Rehabilitation of Town

(Geneva, June 20, 2017) – The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has ratified an agreement to allows for the return of the displaced population of the city of Tawergha and should implement it swiftly, Human Rights Watch said today. Some Tawerghan families intend to commence the effort to return home starting on June 22, according to activists involved in the efforts.

19 Jun 2017 description

CHAPTER 1 - SITUATION OVERVIEW & KEY FINDINGS

This report presents the findings of Round 10 of data collection, which took place between 2 April and 4 May 2017.

In this round the number of IDPs identified continued to decrease in the continuation of the trend identified in the start of the year, mirrored by an increase in the number of returnees during the same time period.

19 Jun 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Italy Should Direct Safe Rescues

(Milan) – Libyan forces have engaged in reckless conduct during recent rescue operations that endangered people being rescued in international waters in the Mediterranean, Human Rights Watch said today. These incidents indicate that Libyan forces lack capacity to safely perform search-and-rescue obligations.

17 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Libya has become a major launching point for people trying to reach Europe - more than 60,000 have attempted the migration this year alone. Among those rescued Saturday were 25 children and 98 women.

On Saturday, Libya's coast guard rescued more than 900 people who were attempting to migrate to Europe via the western city of Sabratha, according to officials.

"A coast guard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday," General Ayoub Qassem said.