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21 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Sri Lankan government has not met its pledge to curtail police abuses prior to the March 2017 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. Security sector reform was one of 25 undertakings by Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council resolution adopted by consensus in October 2015.

The Sri Lankan government has failed to repeal the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act or take serious measures to reduce torture in custody.

20 Feb 2017 description

Health leaders will gather in Colombo for a landmark consultation on migrant health from 21-23 February 2017. The 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka, IOM and WHO, strives to build international solidarity to enhance the health and well-being of migrants and their families.

“The Global Consultation provides an ideal opportunity to reset the international agenda on migrant health based on extraordinary migration trends we are currently experiencing,” highlights Dr Jacob Kumaresan, WHO Representative to Sri Lanka.

20 Feb 2017 description

2,455 families to benefit from the house building component of a Euro 14 million grant

COLOMBO, 18 February 2017 ─ More than 215, 000 people will benefit from a Euro 14 million multi-faceted housing project, financed by the European Union (EU), and implemented by Habitat for Humanity and World Vision Lanka.

14 Feb 2017 description

Sri Lanka Government Prioritises Achieving Zero Hunger And Zero Undernutrition

COLOMBO  –  Concluding a three-day mission to Sri Lanka, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, joined government, civil society, the private sector, academia and the UN community in the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition – Towards Zero Hunger. Cousin praised the efforts of the Government to place food and nutrition security at the core of the country’s development agenda. 

13 Feb 2017 description

The updated Country Report on Switzerland tracks recent developments in practice and case law governing asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and integration of beneficiaries of protection.

13 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.

13 Feb 2017 description

RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2016-17, UPDATED 19 DECEMBER 2016

Elibritt Karlsen

Law and Bills Digest Section

This Quick Guide contains official statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from the resumption of offshore processing in 2012 until October 2016. The statistics contained herein include:

  • Cost of operating the offshore processing centres in PNG and Nauru

  • Total number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres

  • Number of asylum seekers at each Processing Centre

13 Feb 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 December 2016, there were 1364 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1101 in immigration detention on the mainland and 263 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 566 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,810 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

11 Feb 2017 description

by Shihar Aneez | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Friday, 10 February 2017 13:58 GMT

Government has failed to prosecute alleged war crimes such as torture, unlawful killings and enforced disappearances

By Shihar Aneez

COLOMBO, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Families whose loved ones disappeared during Sri Lanka's civil war have called on the United Nations to pressure the government to speed up a war crimes probe after a senior minister said it would take more time to investigate alleged abuses.

08 Feb 2017 description
infographic UN Population Fund

Key facts, figures and examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.

07 Feb 2017 description

Geneva, February 7, 2017 – Business networks from 12 countries - members of the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) - are coming together today in the first CBi Annual Event to identify opportunities for collaboration and share their experiences to disaster risk reduction, emergency response and recovery.