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13 Jun 2016 description

In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein sheds a light on "preventable calamities" and worrying trends in human rights around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries

Distinguished President of the Council,
Director-General,
Excellencies
Colleagues and friends

13 Jun 2016 description

MYANMAR

According to the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), heavy rains triggered flash floods in Kawlin, Wuntho and Pinlebu townships in Sagaing Region on 9 June.
More than 25,000 people were affected in Kawlin and two people killed in Wutho.
The floods damaged bridges and farmlands. The Sagaing Regional Government is responding to urgent needs while RRD is providing cash assistance.

10 Jun 2016 description

The 2015 International Annual Report describes how SOS Children’s Villages around the world supported children and strengthened families and communities in 2015 through community-integrated responses in care, education, health and emergency services.

The 573 SOS Children’s Villages around the world in 2015 are described as ‘care and protection hubs’ for their local communities, as they provided a range of locally-tailored services to support vulnerable children.

06 Jun 2016 description

INDONESIA

On 2 June, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck 79 km off the southwestern coast of West Sumatra province at a depth of 72 km.
Authorities reported that the quake damaged a hospital and 912 houses in West Sumatra and Bengkulu provinces.
At least 30 people were injured including some during evacuation. Local governments, the Indonesian Red Cross and NGOs provided assistance to the affected communities.

912 houses damaged

BANGLADESH

03 Jun 2016 description

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, June 3 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government through its Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (HEART) provided on June 1, relief assistance to around 2,000 families displaced by a military operation against a local rebel group in Butig town, Lanao del Sur.

ARMM Vice-Governor Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman said residents who have fled the fighting are taking temporary shelter at different evacuation centers in the towns of Lumbanayage, Masiu, and in Marawi City.

01 Jun 2016 description

The month saw Venezuela’s political, economic and humanitarian crisis worsen amid heightened tensions between the government and opposition, a situation which could lead to state collapse and regional destabilisation. Another major setback in electing a new president in Haiti prompted fears of further civil unrest. In West Africa, deadly violence in central Mali and south-east Nigeria spiked, while a power struggle in Guinea-Bissau led to a dangerous standoff.

31 May 2016 description
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Shock at the Scale of Grave Violations Committed Against Children in 2015

New York – In his Annual report on children and armed conflict covering the year 2015, the UN Secretary-General expressed his shock at the scale of grave violations committed against children in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

31 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Local NGOs respond to emergencies and build resilience in communities affected by recurrent disasters and conflict in Mindanao.

  • Anticipated La Niña may bring above-normal rainfall and strong typhoons to the Philippines in late 2016.

  • The Philippines committed to enhanced national and regional disaster preparedness, strategic private sector engagement in disaster management, and community resilience at the World Humanitarian Summit.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Government of the Philippines and WFP inaugurated the Visayas Disaster Response Center, which aims to enhance the emergency response capacity in the Philippines.

  • WFP released the initial results of its Emergency Food Security Assessment to determine the impact of El Niño on households in Mindanao and their livelihoods.

  • It is anticipated that with the upcoming elections in May, this period could be potentially turbulent and affect WFP operations.

18 May 2016 description

Note by the Secretariat

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, on his mission to the Philippines from 21 to 31 July 2015.

17 May 2016 description

Due to the growing world population, it is estimated that global food production will need to increase by 60 percent to feed over 9.5 billion people by 2050. Worldwide, the livelihood of 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture. These small-scale farmers, herders, fishers and forest-dependent communities generate more than half of the global agricultural production and are particularly at risk from disasters that destroy or damage harvests, equipment, supplies, livestock, seeds, crops and stored food.

16 May 2016 description

MONGOLIA

The Government of Mongolia has officially declared the winter dzud over; however rains and unseasonal snow continue to impact vulnerable herders by putting stress on their livelihoods due to additional livestock deaths. Since January, some 1.1 million animals (up to 5.8 per cent) of the national livestock total have perished. Cash grants and cash-for-work interventions have begun as part of early recovery efforts. In March, CERF allocated $2.4 million to jumpstart health and nutrition, agriculture, protection and early recovery activities.

13 May 2016 description

Question

What evidence, lessons and best practice have emerged from previous humanitarian responses in middle income countries (MICS) that may be of particular relevance to ongoing responses across MENA?

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12 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 2016 (IPS) - Militarisation in indigenous territories in Asia is exacerbating conflict and human rights violations, said Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Joan Carling at an event during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) held here Monday.

The annual two-week forum has brought together over 1000 participants from around the world to discuss issues of conflict, peace, and resolution and its implications on indigenous communities.

11 May 2016 description

28 MILLION PEOPLE FORCIBLY DISPLACED BY CONFLICT AND DISASTERS IN 2015 AND MILLIONS MORE STILL INVISIBLE: IDMC NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CRISIS OF INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT

Conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.