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Press briefing notes on Syria and Thailand

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 23 September 2014
Subjects: Syria and Thailand

1) Syria

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Turkey + 1 other
Humanitarian funding analysis: Kurdish refugees from Syria into Turkey - 23 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Key messages

  • Donors have committed/contributed US$268 million of humanitarian funding to Turkey so far in 2014, both within and outside the UN-coordinated Syria Regional Response Plan (SRRP) – an increase of US$76 million from the previous year. None of this funding is in response to the current wave of Kurdish refugees from Syria arriving in Turkey.

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Iraq + 1 other
UNHCR Iraq Inter-Agency Operational Update Syria 1 – 15 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The results of protection monitoring in Erbil and Duhok governorates indicate a new wave of urban Syrian refugees arriving in camps due to economic pressures and a reduced coping capacity to meet increased living costs, largely attributed to the increased IDP population.

  • Available space in the camps hosting Syrian refugees is of concern. UNHCR continues negotiations with the Erbil Refugee Council (ERC) on the expansion of existing camps to accommodate new arrivals.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Displacement of Syrian Kurdish refugees into Sanliurfa province, Turkey, 23 September 2014

The number of Syrian Kurdish refugees arriving in Turkey's Sanliurfa province is likely to continue to rise, with an influx of 60,000 more refugees expected to arrive in the coming days.

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World + 51 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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Number of Syrian Kurds fleeing to Turkey nears 140,000; humanitarian needs mount

GENEVA. September 23 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said more than 138,000 refugees, mainly ethnic Kurds fleeing militant threats to towns and villages in northern Syria, have crossed into southern Turkey since Friday.

The latest arrivals passed through the two remaining open border points at Yumurtalik and the crossing east of Murstipinar/Akmanak.

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Malta + 6 others
IOM Assists Probes into the Deaths of Hundreds of Migrants Lost this Month Off the Coast of Malta

Switzerland - Investigations are proceeding in three countries following the loss of up to 500 migrants who sailed to Europe from the port of Damietta, Egypt, earlier this month.

The International Organization for Migration is assisting Italy, Greece and Malta in separate investigations into a September incident that eyewitnesses say amounted to the deliberate scuttling of a vessel carrying at least 300 migrants from Egypt, Syria, Sudan and Palestine. Nearly two weeks later only 11 survivors have been reported.

International Organization for Migration:

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Jordan + 1 other
IOM/EU Round Table on Standard Operating Procedures in Receiving Syrian Refugees Crossing to Jordan

Jordan - Last week (15 September), IOM and the European Union held a roundtable in Amman with the Jordanian Armed Forces/Border Guards and partners involved in the response to the Syrian crisis in Jordan to discuss the current procedures, the challenges and the way forward in receiving Syrian refugees at the borders.

Presentations were given by representatives of the EU Delegation, IOM experts on humanitarian border management from the IOM Regional Office in Cairo and IOM Libya, and senior staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces/Border Guards.

International Organization for Migration:

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 August - 15 September 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

  • As the conflict in Syria continues unabated, there are now over 3 million refugees from Syria across Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. Over 50 per cent of the Syrian refugees are children.

  • The crisis in Iraq is compounding the humanitarian situation in neighboring countries. There are now 5,000 Iraqi refugees in a camp in Al-Hassakeh region in Syria, and 16,000 Iraqi refugees in the south-eastern Turkish province of Sirnak who require humanitarian assistance.

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Syria Crisis Response Updated 19 Sept 2014

REGIONAL OVERVIEW SYRIA KEY FACTS

According to UNHCR 3,032,494 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 51.7% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,551,793 refugee children in the region.

OUR RESPONSE

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Syria: Palestine Refugees - Humanitarian Snapshot, August 2014

August saw continued violence and prolonged displacement across Syria, with continuing access difficulties for Palestine refugees in Yarmouk, Khan Eshieh and villages to the west of Dera’a . In Dera’a itself, clashes and shelling have continued, whilst the city suffered from 8 days of electricity shortage, briefly affecting the distribution of the second round of cash assistance. An UNRWA staff member was killed when clashes broke out in the area between Dera’a and Mzerieb. 13 UNRWA staff have now been killed as a direct result of the conflict, and a further 26 have been injured.

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Lebanon + 1 other
32 professionnels de l’aide psychosociale ont reçu leur diplôme de l’Université OIM-Liban

Syrie - 32 professionnels de Syrie et du Liban ont reçu, lundi, leur diplôme de Master en « soutien psychosocial et dialogue » de l’Université OIM-Liban.

Ce master professionnel a été dispensé à des professionnels syriens et libanais, notamment des psychologues, des travailleurs sociaux, des psychiatres, des thérapeutes, des spécialistes de la santé publique et des artistes afin d’approfondir leurs connaissances sur les questions psychosociales liées au déplacement, à la migration et aux sociétés touchées par le conflit.

International Organization for Migration:

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Jordan + 1 other
Refugees to Benefit from New Clinton Global Initiative Commitment

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AmeriCares

Thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing to Jordan will receive enhanced health care as the result of a new partnership announced at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City. The joint commitment made by AmeriCares and Medtronic, Inc., was highlighted on stage during the Opening Plenary Session with King Abdullah II of Jordan in attendance.

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Qatar Charity Awards International Medical Corps $2.3 Million to Deliver Humanitarian Relief in Syria, Sierra Leone and Central African Republic

September 23, 2014 - Doha, Qatar – International Medical Corps will immediately scale up health care and training programs to help those affected by the conflicts in Syria and Central African Republic and to help contain the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone with $2.3 million in collaborative funding from Qatar Charity.

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Egypt + 1 other
In Egypt, pre-school brings a sense of normalcy to Syrian refugee children

By Ruth Ansah Ayisi

For young Syrian children who fled the conflict in their home country, a UNICEF-supported preschool programme in Egypt helps give them stability and the chance for a new future.

CAIRO, Egypt, 22 September 2014 – As his kindergarten teacher coaxes Oudi to talk about his favourite activity, the 4-year-old twists his fingers and stares straight past her, fixing his large eyes on something only he can see.

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Turkey + 1 other
CARE assessment team on the ground as over 60,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey

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CARE is deeply concerned about the influx of around 66,000 refugees who have crossed the border to Turkey in the past days. "This is a major humanitarian emergency, with tens of thousands of people in need of shelter, food and water," says John Uniack Davis, Country Director of CARE Turkey.

With the giant influx of the past few days, CARE is currently assessing needs and coordinating with the Turkish authorities and other organisations to support the newly arrived refugees with food, safe drinking water and hygiene items.

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Voices in crisis: A monthly insight into the human rights crisis in Syria.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHER NEIL SAMMONDS SPEAKS WITH REFUGEES FROM SYRIA IN TURKEY

Musa has little more than the blanket he sleeps on in the yard of an old prison building. He moves the blanket across the dry earth every hour or so to try to keep it in the shade of thin trees.