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20 Jul 2017 description

Vulnerable peoples are living at deadly risk in a growing number of no-go zones around the world, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in the 2017 Peoples under Threat index and online map.

This year’s index, which seeks to identify those countries around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression, highlights how lack of access from the outside world allows killing to be perpetrated unchecked in disputed territories, militarized enclaves and, in some cases, whole countries.

19 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


Since April 2017, Gaza has experienced power shortages, and the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) shut down completely after exhausting its fuel reserves causing an energy crisis. This has had a direct impact on the delivery of services, including health, water, sanitation, and education.

19 Jul 2017 description

Gaza hospitals short on power, medicine

  • Hamas-Palestinian Authority dispute at root of crisis

  • Gaza hospitals short on power, medicine

  • Cystic fibrosis patients in Gaza especially at risk

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, July 19 (Reuters) - Ritta al-Jalees doesn't care who's to blame for the deteriorating state of healthcare in Gaza. All she wants is to ensure her three sons get the help they need to breathe.

Read more on Reuters

19 Jul 2017 description


Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at a panel discussion on the role of religious leaders in peacebuilding in the Middle East, in New York today:

I want to thank the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, for organizing this important panel discussion.

I also commend the Government of Spain – and particularly Foreign Minister Alfonso María Dastis – as well as the many religious leaders gathered here for your initiative.

18 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

"Supporting the hopes of children and young people has never been more important"

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 18 July 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and three time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, met with Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements in Lebanon to mark World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July.

“Supporting the hopes of children and young people has never been more important – Their future is our future” said Angelique Kidjo after speaking to Syrian and Lebanese children and young people in the Bekaa Valley.

17 Jul 2017 description
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Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the members of the General Assembly the forty-eighth report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/87.


17 Jul 2017 description

GENEVA / AMMAN (17 July 2017) – A United Nations committee* has heard serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by human rights defenders and journalists.

Members of the Committee also heard testimony on the expansion of settlements, the ongoing use of administrative detention, excessive use of force and possible extrajudicial killings, and lack of accountability.

15 Jul 2017 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns this morning’s attack by three assailants in the Old City of Jerusalem in which two Israeli police officers were killed and another injured. This incident has the potential to ignite further violence. All must act responsibly to avoid escalation.

The thoughts and prayers of the Secretary-General are with the families of the victims, and he wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

14 Jul 2017 description

The UK is including vulnerable groups like Iraqi, Palestinian and Kurdish minorities as well as families of mixed nationality affected by the conflict in their Syrian Resettlement programme under which 20,000 vulnerable people are to be resettled by 2020.

14 Jul 2017 description

Gaza has long suffered from a severe electricity shortage, but this summer it has reached a breaking point. Now the residents of Gaza get only two to three hours of power per day, if they get any at all.

What does that mean?

14 Jul 2017 description

NRC in 2016: our year in review

We assisted millions in 2016. It wasn’t easy.

The numbers were bleak. Nearly 66 million people were on the move, fleeing conflict and disaster. But we persevered.

In 2016, displacement figures topped the charts yet again. As the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) scaled up, our 2016 annual report details, we supported more than six million people throughout the year – improving 2015 achievements by nearly 27 per cent.

A balancing act

14 Jul 2017 description

While people around the world were celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, spending quality time with their families and loved ones, Palestine refugees in Syria were reminiscing about their Ramadan memories from a time before the seven-year-long war scattered their families and cost them their life achievements.

13 Jul 2017 description

Jerusalem, 13 July 2017

“On 13 July, the Envoys of the Middle East Quartet met in Jerusalem to discuss current efforts to advance Middle East peace, as well as the deteriorating situation in Gaza.

The Envoys expressed serious concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and discussed current efforts to resolve the crisis.

The Envoys from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations agreed to meet again and to continue their regular engagement with Israelis and Palestinians, and key regional stakeholders.”

12 Jul 2017 description

Medications in Gaza are at high levels of scarcity, with a third of necessary medications and more than 270 items of medical equipment needed for surgery unavailable. Patients particularly affected are sufferers of cystic fibrosis, cancer patients and 240 babies with developmental problems. All duty bearers, including Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Israel—through its decade long closure of the Strip—share responsibility for this humanitarian crisis.