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19 May 2017

By Claudio Cordone, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon

Ten years ago today, on 20 May 2007, fighting erupted in the Nahr el-Bared camp for Palestine refugees in North Lebanon. Three months later, the camp lay in ruins, with its 27,000 residents displaced. Since then, with the support of the Lebanese Government and the international donor community, UNRWA has been engaged in its largest ever individual reconstruction project, with an estimated cost of US$ 345 million.

22 May 2017 description

The Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society (KPHFS) has contributed US$ 200,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help Palestine refugees in Gaza living with non-communicable diseases manage their conditions. The agreement will enable UNRWA to provide antidiabetic and antihypertensive medicines to approximately 78,000 Palestine refugee patients in Gaza over the course of a year.

21 May 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching 638,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 17 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 73 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,484.8 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

21 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Paying the Price of Occupation

Bill Van Esveld
Senior Researcher, MENA, Children's Rights Division

Ashraf and Islam Fawaqa were at a hospital checkup for their month-old daughter, Aya, on May 4, when Ashraf got a phone call that Israeli forces were demolishing their home.

Ashraf had built the house himself, six years ago, on land his family has owned for generations in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher. Ashraf, a building contractor, works on projects for the Jerusalem municipality.

19 May 2017 description

Committee on the Rights of the Child

19 May 2017

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its consideration of the combined fourth and fifth periodic report of Lebanon on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

19 May 2017 description

GENEVA (19 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, has expressed his deep concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in the OPT, on the eve of the 50th year of the Israeli occupation. 

19 May 2017 description

Gaza has been experiencing a severe electricity crisis since mid-April, when the Gaza Power Plant went silent due to a dispute between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas in Gaza over tax rates for the fuel needed at the plant.

Since mid-April, electricity levels have fluctuated between about 100 and 150 Megawatts. In practical terms, this means that most households and services in Gaza receive electricity from the grid for at most, four hours at a time, followed by a 12 hour power-cut.

18 May 2017 description

Latest developments

On 18 May, an Israeli settler shot and killed a 23-years-old Palestinian man during a protest at Huwwara town (Nablus), and injured a Palestinian photographer, according to initial media reports.

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18 May 2017 description
report Terre des hommes

As yet more Palestinian children were detained by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem in April, the need for a high quality education system for the Palestinian side of the city is obvious.

East Jerusalem houses around 300,000 Palestinians, 39 percent of whom are children. A third of Palestinian homes lack Israeli-issued building permits – placing 90,000 residents at risk of displacement.

Inequality is entrenched in society

18 May 2017 description

The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need. The Basic Assistance Sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Increase the ability of the socio-economically vulnerable population, including female headed households, to meet their basic survival needs; OUTCOME 2) Ensure that populations aected by seasonal hazards and emergencies are able to secure additional basic survival needs; OUTCOME 3) Support and capacitate the National Poverty Targeting Programme (NPTP).

18 May 2017 description

The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need. The Protection Sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Persons displaced from Syria have their basic rights respected and fullled, and enjoy access to justice and have a valid legal residency ;

18 May 2017 description

Summary: March 2017

Difficult access through Gaza exits

  • Young mother of two children dies after being delayed a permit repeatedly, then refused passage at Erez (See p. 4.)

18 May 2017 description
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“I am following with great concern the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian detainees protesting against their conditions in Israeli jails. The strike is now entering its second month and it is imperative that a resolution be found as soon as possible in line with International Humanitarian Law and Israel's human rights obligations.

With growing tensions on the Palestinian street, I hope that current efforts will result in an immediate resolution to the matter, which is in the interest of peace and ongoing initiatives to revive a political process.

17 May 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/PAL/1386

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
382ND MEETING (PM)

As some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails marked 30 days of a “freedom and dignity” hunger strike, Israel continued to ignore their most basic demands and intensify its abuse and collective punishment, the Palestinian Rights Committee heard today.

17 May 2017 description

Bangkok is home to roughly 8,000 urban refugees and asylum seekers, primarily originating from Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. As a non-signatory of the 1951 Geneva convention and the 1967 protocol, Thailand, with strict anti-immigration laws and government checkpoints, has become a harsh environment for the refugees and asylum-seekers, as they relentlessly face fears of detention and have no means of supporting themselves through employment.