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29 Sep 2016 description

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has examined the relevant parts of the Amnesty International report regarding allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the Darfur region of Sudan. The OPCW has also noted the response of the Government of Sudan to the allegations. Without further information and evidence being made available, it is not possible at this stage to draw any conclusions based on the content of the report.

29 Sep 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Thursday 9/29/2016 - 08:43 GMT |

Sudan's military on Thursday rejected accusations made by Amnesty International that government forces killed scores of civilians including many children in suspected chemical weapons attacks in war-torn Darfur.

Amnesty said government forces carried out more than 30 such attacks on several villages between January and September in Darfur's thickly forested and mountainous Jebel Marra region as part of a military campaign against a rebel group.

28 Sep 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 10:25 GMT |

by Zoé LEROY

For the cocktail of languages heard on the dirt streets of the Calais "Jungle" take a dollop of Dari, add a pinch of Amharic and Arabic, and sprinkle liberally with Punjabi, Pashto, Kurdish, Tigrinya and Farsi.

The one language rarely heard among the 7,000-10,000 migrants living in the sprawling camp outside the French Channel port is French, though many of the migrants, most of whom have their hearts set on reaching Britain, have a smattering of English.

28 Sep 2016 description
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Khartoum, 28 September 2016. The Government of the United Kingdom has contributed £3 million (US$3.9 million) to the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF), a United Nations fund for humanitarian response. This is the UK’s second contribution for 2016, in addition to US$9 million allocated in April 2016.

27 Sep 2016 description
report SUDO (UK)

Human Rights Abuses in Sudan over the Month of August 2016

Overview

During the month of August 2016, SUDO (UK)’s network of human rights monitors submitted 72 reports concerning human rights abuses across Sudan in nine Sudanese states.

27 Sep 2016 description

Veteran Sudanese educator launches his own learning centre to give young refugees lessons in English – and peace – at Ethiopian camp.

By: Diana Diaz in Sherkole Camp, Ethiopia

Alnur Burtel may be an old man now, but he still remembers how his university teachers at home in Sudan inspired him to live a good life and study hard for a better future.

27 Sep 2016 description

A centre for young refugees in Saint-Omer offers shelter and protection, as well as the chance to enjoy being children again.

By: Céline Schmitt in Saint-Omer, France

On a cloudy day in the northern French town of Saint-Omer, Ibrahim, from Darfur in Sudan, is tending to a crop of vegetables with eight other young teenagers.

Ranging from 14 to 17 years in age, they are among the lucky few who have been given a place at Saint-Omer’s Maison du Jeune Réfugié (‘house for young refugees’), run by the NGO France Terre d’Asile.

27 Sep 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

According to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, 55 people have died of watery diarrhoea in the country. More than 2,600 are affected.

Blue Nile state is the most affected state, Under Secretary of the Health Ministry, Esam Abdallah, told the press in Khartoum on Friday morning. He added that about 1,000 tons of waste has been removed from the affected areas.

26 Sep 2016 description

On 21 September 2015 the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) made a stakeholder submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Sudan 2016. The submission details human rights developments in Sudan, including legal and institutional, documented by our organisations since the last Universal Periodic Review of Sudan by member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011.

26 Sep 2016 description

On 21 September 2016, UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR), Martin Uhomoibhi, visited Zalingei, Central Darfur, where he met the Wali (Governer), Shartai Jaafar Ishaq, and requested access for all UN entities to Jebel Marra, particularly to the three localities of South, Central and North to facilitate the assessment missions, humanitarian aid and protection of civilians in those areas.

26 Sep 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Displaced people in Darfur complain about the spread of malaria, deterioration of health services, and soaring prices of medicines.

“There is not a family here in Murnei camp without a member infected with malaria,” the coordinator of the Murnei camps in told Radio Dabanga. “The people have to be taken over a distance to the hospital of Murnei, as there are no health centres in the camps anymore.”

The only health clinic in Bindisi camp in Central Darfur is serving about 21,000 displaced people. A camp sheikh said that the clinic is overcrowded with patients.

26 Sep 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | Monday 9/26/2016 - 12:00 GMT |

by David COURBET Claire GALLEN

French President Francois Hollande said Monday the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais would be dismantled by the end of this year under a plan to spread asylum seekers around the country.

"I have come to Calais to confirm the decision that I took with the government... to dismantle (the camp) definitively, entirely and rapidly, that means by the end of the year," Hollande said on his first visit to Calais as president.

26 Sep 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | lundi 26/09/2016 - 13:08 GMT |

par Sabine WIBAUX Claire GALLEN

Le président français a confirmé lundi la fermeture "d'ici la fin de l'année" du camp de migrants de Calais et demandé aux Britanniques de prendre leur part dans ce dossier, devenu un enjeu majeur à sept mois de la présidentielle en France.

26 Sep 2016 description

The UN Refugee Agency hails the decision of South Sudan to accede to the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. The instruments of accession were deposited at the African Union in Addis Ababa on 19 May 2016 and the Convention has now entered into force in South Sudan.

In addition to becoming the 46th country to have ratified the 1969 AOU Convention, South Sudan adopted national legislation on refugees in 2012 and established a Commission for Refugee Affairs to coordinate the government response to asylum matters.

26 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

2: Jordan hosts the second highest number (87) of refugees per 1,000 inhabitants in the world

6: Jordan represents the sixth highest refugee-hosting country in the world

93: Percentage of Syrians living outside of camps under the Jordanian poverty line

US $ 51 million: Provided so far this year in UNHCR cash assistance to Jordan’s most vulnerable refugees

Population of concern

A total of 724,256 individuals

25 Sep 2016 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Sunday 9/25/2016 - 14:36 GMT

Egyptian rescue workers have recovered 168 bodies from a migrant shipwreck off Egypt's Mediterranean coast, the health ministry said Sunday.

Survivors have said up to 450 migrants were on board the overcrowded fishing vessel headed to Italy from Egypt when it keeled over Wednesday off the port city of Rosetta.

Egypt's military has said it rescued 163 survivors and that recovery attempts were continuing.

25 Sep 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11831

SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 20TH, 21ST & 22ND MEETINGS (AM, PM & NIGHT)

Decrying ‘Lip Service’ to United Nations Ideals, Speakers Declare Time for New Direction, Embracing Era of Engagement While the United Nations had been founded on the belief that States could solve problems collectively, the time had come to move in a new direction, the General Assembly heard today, as speakers underlined the need to embrace a new era of engagement based on common needs, innovative ideas and mutual respect.

24 Sep 2016 description

Tours, France | AFP | Saturday 9/24/2016 - 20:58 GMT

President Francois Hollande, under pressure from the right wing, on Saturday stepped up his pledge to combat illegal migration, vowing to dismantle a squalid settlement near Calais and prevent similar camps from becoming established in France.

"There will be no camps in France," said Hollande, two days ahead of a maiden visit to the notorious "Jungle" settlement near Calais, where between 7,000 and 10,000 desperate migrants live.

24 Sep 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports that 300,450 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 September, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 166,050 people have arrived in Greece and 130,567 in Italy during 2016.

Totals in 2015 through the entire month of September last year were 518,181 – nearly 50 percent higher than 2016’s totals, with slightly over a week remaining in September.