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27 May 2016 description

Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threat

Since October 2015, Israel has stepped up use of house demolitions as a way to punish the families of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks against Israelis or are suspected of perpetrating or aiding such attacks. Since then, the authorities have demolished or fully or partially sealed 37 apartments.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Funding shortfalls expected in July will force WFP to suspend in-kind food assistance through the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) in Gaza, affecting 89,000 people, of whom three-quarters are women and children. In April, WFP assisted 480,000 financially insecure non-refugees in Gaza and the West Bank through cash-based transfers (CBTs) and in-kind food assistance. Women and children accounted for 70 percent.

24 May 2016 description
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I. Introduction

1. The present report is the twenty-seventh submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2191 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2258 (2015), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

23 May 2016 description
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The protracted Syrian crisis has affected people’s safety, assets and livelihoods and has also had a major impact on the ability of people to cope and adjust to the adverse circumstances of an increasingly weak and dismantled economy. First and foremost, the crisis has caused massive displacement of people across and within the borders of the country whereby a large number of persons experienced multiple displacement patterns.

19 May 2016 description
report United Nations

I am pleased to be with you today and I thank the organizers for taking this important initiative.

On the 19th of September the General Assembly is convening a Summit on large movements of refugees and migrants.

There are many important issues to address: the causes of forced displacement; the safety of migrants and refugees as they cross international borders; and not least support for host countries to integrate newcomers into their communities.

16 May 2016 description
  • As previously reported by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) on 4 April, Israel announced the suspension of private cement imports into Gaza through the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) following allegations that a substantial amount had been diverted from its intended legitimate beneficiaries. The GRM is an essential tool for UNRWA’s self-help shelter repair and reconstruction programme which facilitates dual-use goods, like cement, for these repair and reconstruction works through private sector imports.

15 May 2016 description

R2P Monitor:

» Provides background on populations at risk of mass atrocity crimes, with particular emphasis on key events and actors and their connection to the threat, or commission, of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

» Offers analysis of the country’s past history in relation to mass atrocity crimes; the factors that have enabled their possible commission, or that prevent their resolution; and the receptivity of the situation to positive influences that would assist in preventing further crimes.

15 May 2016 description

As Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (approximately 66% of Palestinian population worldwide) enter the 69th year of forced displacement from, and within, their ancestral homeland, Israel continues to create intolerable living conditions which further swell the number of displaced Palestinians.

12 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Deteriorating protection situation for civilians across Syria

  • Several indiscriminate attacks on medical facilities, schools and critical infrastructure in Aleppo city

  • Provisional cessation of hostilities agreement extended to cover Aleppo

  • IDP settlements in Idleb governorate hit by strikes

  • Continued delivery of cross-line assistance despite pending or conditional approval from GoS for humanitarian access to some besieged and hard-to-reach areas

12 May 2016 description

FAO Director-General says more support for agriculture needed from rich countries

12 May 2016, Rome - Conflicts are impeding the fight against hunger in the Near East region, where growing food insecurity is compounded by rising water scarcity and a challenging natural resource situation that is exacerbated by climate change, FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva said today.

11 May 2016 description

The new issue of FMR explores the ideas and practices that are being tried out in order to engage both development and humanitarian work in support of ‘transitions’ and ‘solutions’ for displaced people. What we need, says one author, is “full global recognition that the challenge of forced displacement is an integral part of the development agenda too”. FMR issue 52 includes 32 articles on ‘Thinking ahead: displacement, transition, solutions’, plus ten ‘general’ articles on other aspects of forced migration.

10 May 2016 description

“Five years ago, I fled Yarmouk. We were trapped for an entire week inside our home when fighting started. With my husband and our five kids, we sought refuge in Akqaba, Damascus,” says Hanane. “We left everything behind: our possessions, our house, our neighbours... We lost everything.”