28 July 2015 – The verdict in the trial of 37 former Qadhafi regime officials announced today by the Tripoli Court of Assize is a cause of strong concern as the trial did not meet international standards of fair trial in a number of ways, said Claudio Cordone, Director of the Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Division of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
Spokespersons for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 28 July 2015
We have received reports that suggest a violent clampdown on people who are attempting to flee ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq, particularly through the Hamrin mountain chain in northeast Iraq.
The European Union (EU) is facing unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving by boat.
In 2014, 220,000 people arrived, almost double the combined total of 121,000 from 2011 through 2013. During just the first six months of 2015, 137,000 arrived, compared with 75,000 during the first six months of 2014. As seas are calmer during the summer months, many more are expected before the end of 2015.
Young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers experience systematic abuse in Libya. They are subjected to arbitrary detention under dire conditions for months at a time. And this is one of the main reasons why migrants and refugees are fleeing Libya by boats towards Europa. These are the findings in a new report from the Mixed Migration Hub, behind which The Danish Refugee Council is one of the main actors.
23 July 2015 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is deeply concerned about the renewed clashes in southern Libya, particularly in the cities of Sabha, al-Kufra and Awbari, and calls for an immediate end to the violence. Reports indicate that the recent fighting in Sabha has resulted in scores of people killed, including three women and four children.
The repeated clashes in the area have also forced hundreds of families to flee their homes and seek refuge with other communities.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Thursday 7/23/2015 - 21:53 GMT
At least 10 migrants who were seeking to reach Europe are feared dead after their inflatable dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, a local prosecutor on the Italian island of Sicily said Thursday.
A UNHCR spokesman had earlier said that the potential toll could reach up to 40, but prosecutor Francesco Paolo Giordino said it would be closer to "about a dozen".
"From what I managed to find out, the victims were on an inflatable boat that was carrying about 100 migrants," said Giordino.
Benghazi, Libya | Wednesday 7/22/2015 - 08:17 GMT
At least 40 people have been killed in a week of ethnic clashes in southern Libya between rival gunmen from the Toubou and Tuareg minorities, a local official said.
The latest fighting centred on the oasis city of Sabha, the largest in the Libyan Sahara, the official said.
Hundreds of families have been displaced, he added.
There have been repeated deadly clashes between the two ethnic groups since February.
Egyptian authorities deported 20 Sudanese nationals to Sudan via Cairo airport on Saturday. They were arrested while trying to illegally cross the border into Libya. From the Libyan coast, fishing boats filled with immigrants leave for Italy.
A security official disclosed to the Egyptian newspaper El Fadjer that the airport security said the Sudanese arrived in the security section of Mersa Matruh. The Sudanese Embassy issued travel documents to them there as they lacked passports, and then deported the group to Khartoum.
Snapshot 15–21 July 2015
Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:56 GMT
By Ulf Laessing
TRIPOLI, July 20 (Reuters) - A few weeks ago, a sailor in Libya's coastguard scooped up Luchiya Mhreteab and her two small children after the boat taking them to Italy sank off Libya's northern tip.
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The preliminary political agreement that emerged from UN-led talks between Libyan rival factions at a signing ceremony in the Moroccan coastal resort town of Skhirat last week was a critical first step toward ending the Libyan civil war. Yet one side’s refusal to come on board without further amendments to the text potentially makes the agreement stillborn.
« Les convois des migrants vers la frontière avec la Libye, c’est mon domaine.’’ Ali Boureima est un passeur aguerri. Nous l’avons rencontré à Dirkou, dans l’est du Niger. En plus de faciliter le passage des migrants vers la Libye, il s’occupe de leur hébergement dans les maisons de passage, appelées communément « ghettos » à Dirkou, où la promiscuité et les traffics en tous genres règnent.
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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand):
The members of the Security Council welcomed the initialling of the Libyan Political Agreement of Skhirat, Morocco, on 11 July by the majority of the Libyan delegates.
The members of the Security Council recognized the political will and courage demonstrated by those who initialled this draft agreement, which seeks to resolve Libya’s institutional and security crises.
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The political agreement signed by several of Libya’s leaders last week had brought the country one step closer to ending its four-year conflict, the senior United Nations official there told the Security Council today, urging the body to press all parties to engage constructively in the dialogue process.
En sa 515ème réunion tenue le 13 juin 2015 au niveau des chefs d’État et de gouvernement, le CPS a discuté des crises au Soudan du Sud et au Burundi et débattu de nouvelles stratégies de lutte contre le terrorisme.
L’un des principaux héritages du dernier sommet de l’UA, qui s’est déroulé du 7 au 15 juin, sera sûrement la Zone de libre-échange continentale. Les participants ont aussi discuté des sources alternatives de financement de l’UA ainsi que de la réforme du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU.
Snapshot 8–14 July 2015
Yemen: More than 1,500 civilians have been killed since conflict began to escalate in March, and airstrikes and fighting continue despite the agreement to a six-day humanitarian pause over 11–17 July. There are now 1.26 million IDPs in the country – a 24% increase since mid-June. Only 20% of the fuel needed is available in the country, which is impacting upon all basic needs.
By Christopher Horwood
NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - In a new column, Christopher Horwood, who has worked in humanitarian and development aid for over three decades and is the founding coordinator of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) in Nairobi, Kenya, urges EU leaders to rethink their contradictory approach to irregular migration
Representatives of Libya’s warring parties are close to reaching a UN-mediated power-sharing agreement that would establish a Government of National Accord (GNA). Assuming it is finalized, the deal will be fragile. Its implementation will be fraught with tensions and can collapse at any moment under pressure from spoilers. Reaching a final agreement and implementing it will require yet stronger political and diplomatic efforts from external actors.