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02 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN: Act to Empower Women in Conflicts

Enable Political Participation, Improve Services for Rape Victims

(New York) – The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.

02 Aug 2015 description

The Saudi National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers funded medical centers in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan provided psychological services to about 1,400 Syrian patients per week.

The Psychological Support Unit of the Saudi Specialized Clinics treats 1,400 patients suffering from depression, after shock, phobia, and all other types of psychological problems. In addition, more than 2700 refugees benefitted from the Saudi Vaccine Program during the first half of 2015.

01 Aug 2015 description

Year of Establishment

The Turkey Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF) is a multi-donor country based pooled fund established in 2014 following UN Security Resolutions 2139 and 2165. The HPF supports projects and activities in line with priorities and objectives of the Strategic Response Plan (SRP). It aims to provide flexible and timely resources to partners thereby expanding the delivery of humanitarian assistance, increasing humanitarian access, and strengthening partnerships.

Objectives

01 Aug 2015 description

UN Security Council Resolution 2139

On 22 February 2014, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2139 which, among other aspects demands that all parties allow rapid, safe and unhindered access by UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners to people in need. Humanitarian assistance is to be delivered by the most direct route whether across borders or across conflict lines.

01 Aug 2015 description

UN Security Council Resolution 2165/2191

Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2191 (2014), the UN Security Council decided that United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners could continue until 10 January 2016 with notification to the Syrian authorities, to use the border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha in addition to those already in use as originally authorized by resolution 2165 (2014). It also renewed the mandate of the Monitoring Mechanism created by that resolution in order to ensure compliance.

01 Aug 2015 description

51 % of the casualties are women and children

Introduction:

During this month, the rate of targeted women and children by government forces has increased significantly. The percentage of targeting civilians has reached 51%, which is strong indicator that government forces deliberately and indiscriminately targets civilians.

01 Aug 2015 description

KILIS, Turkey, July 30 (UNHCR) – For a woman who fled war and arrived in Turkey wearing flip-flops, Najlaa Sheekh has come a long way. Today, as the driving force behind the only known Syrian-run women's community centre in southeast Turkey, she is proving just how far.

Najlaa's journey began in the midst of Syria's civil war, when armed men raided the apartment block in Damascus where she was living with her two sons. Grabbing them, she hid in the elevator until the men left. Then she escaped to Aleppo.

01 Aug 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 8/1/2015 - 11:13 GMT

Nearly 40 government and opposition fighters have been killed as Syrian regime forces pushed rebels back from an area bordering President Bashar al-Assad's heartland, a monitor said Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 regime forces and 19 rebels from the Army of Conquest alliance had been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Hama province's Sahl al-Ghab region.

The area borders Latakia province, a bastion of support for Assad and home to his ancestral village.

01 Aug 2015 description

Fighting and aerial bombardments continue in several parts of Syria. Earlier in the week, Kurdish forces took over the town of Sarrin. Located about 40km south of Kobane on the border with Turkey, Sarrin lies along the M4 highway, which ISIL uses to connect Aleppo governorate and its Al-Raqqa stronghold. In retaliation, ISIL launched a suicide attack on 30 July killing a number of fighters in Sarrin.

01 Aug 2015 description

On 26-27 July, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, visited Iraq's Kurdistan region to meet with key government officials and humanitarian partners. The Commissioner's mission was the second to Iraq this year, after the one to Baghdad, on 6-7 July.

01 Aug 2015 description

August 1, 2015 is the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Oslo Convention banning the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. Despite the clear success of the convention, which 117 countries have signed, cluster munitions were still being used in conflicts in 2015.

01 Aug 2015 description

Friday, July 31, 2015

USAID Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Agency for International Development announced today a $65 million contribution through the UN World Food Program (WFP) to allow the organization to continue to reach an estimated 4 million Syrians inside the country and approximately 1.6 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt. This contribution will help keep WFP programs operating through November and avert an imminent shutdown.

01 Aug 2015 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Over the hot summer months UNICEF is continuing to provide a water, sanitation and hygiene response in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. In Syria UNICEF, with sector partners, is supporting water access in areas where control of water is increasingly being used in the war in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Aleppo and Dara governorates. UNICEF is providing water trucking, rehabilitation of wells and fuel to power systems.

01 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

31 July 2015 – The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according to a United Nations expert.

“These violations may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and widespread attacks on the civilian population,” according to Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

31 Jul 2015 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 19:32 GMT

Migrants trying to sail from Turkey to Greece are increasingly reporting being attacked by gunmen trying to prevent them from reaching Europe, according to multiple sources.

The reports came as the UN's refugee agency on Friday said Greece's infrastructure was falling "far short" of the needs of the 109,000 migrants who have arrived in the country this year, fleeing war, poverty and persecution.

31 Jul 2015 description
report REACH Initiative

Syria: Household-level study assesses critical humanitarian needs in Aleppo

The conflict in Syria which broke out in 2011 spread to the Aleppo Governorate almost a year later in early 2012. As a result of ongoing fighting, Aleppo- the largest city in Syria- has become fractured between a regime-held “western” section and an opposition-controlled “eastern” section. In March 2015, REACH conducted a household-level humanitarian needs assessment within eastern Aleppo, with a focus on food security and livelihoods.