Human Rights Council
Concludes General Debate on the Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights
The Human Rights Council this morning heard an oral update by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, followed by an interactive dialogue. At the beginning of the meeting, the Council concluded its general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.
Washington, United States | AFP | Wednesday 6/15/2016 - 02:13 GMT | 727 words
by Dave Clark
In February, the richest world powers pledged more than $11 billion to help frontline states in the Middle East cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.
But four months later, less than a quarter of the headline sum has been turned over and five million people are still at risk in an unstable region.
Countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are struggling with the influx -- and the displaced populations face the threat of radicalization in their ranks.
On April 4, 2016 the deportations under the EU-Turkey agreement began, with 386 people returned from Greece to Turkey over the course of the month. Pakistanis, Afghans, Sri-Lankans, Moroccans, and Bangladeshis were reportedly among those who were deported. Additionally, 135 Syrians were resettled from Turkey to European countries in April.
Funding of major agencies put on hold over kickbacks and bribery
By Annie Slemrod Ben Parker
JERUSALEM/LONDON, 9 May 2016
An IRIN investigation has found that a probe by a US government watchdog into corruption in aid delivery across the Turkey-Syria border runs deeper and involves more NGOs than previously reported.
Read the full article on IRIN
Delivered 3 May 2016, in New York
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Last Wednesday, airstrikes obliterated Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo.
They blew apart at least 50 men, women and children.
It killed one of the last remaining paediatricians in the city.
A murderous airstrike.
There were almost 300 airstrikes in Aleppo over the last 10 days. Civilians, often in crowds, were repeatedly struck.
What are individuals in wars today? Expendable commodities, dead or alive.
Patients and doctors are legitimate targets.
Speech given by Mr Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC, United Nations Security Council Briefing, 3 May 2016, New York, USA
"Even wars have limits, because wars without limits are wars without ends. Health-care personnel and facilities are the outer frontier of these limits."
A couple of months ago, I stood in front of a four-story building.
It was really more a shell of a building, completely bombed out, burned out, ripped apart, steel cables sticking out from the load-bearing walls, rubble all around.
The Protection of Civilians (PoC) expands the responsibility of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for international peace and security to the internal affairs of conflict-ridden countries. As such, it bolsters the authority of the five permanent members (the P5) in world politics and presents them with a flexible tool for exercising this authority. In addition to shaping their responses to situations like Syria and Libya, the principle of PoC shapes the very dynamics of the Council itself, and ultimately the decisions of conflict actors anticipating international responses.
Turkey - Following the 4th April launch of the European Union (EU)-Turkey agreement on migrant returns and resettlement, IOM has facilitated the resettlement of 350 Syrians from Turkey to Europe. It expects to resettle another 300 this week.
The 350 already moved under the “1 for 1” arrangement have left Turkey for Austria, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. This week 200 more will go to France, 50 to Luxembourg and 50 to Finland.
Gaziantep/London, 18 April 2016 –The situation is critical for more than 100,000 people trapped in the Azaz district of Aleppo governorate in northern Syria who are caught between an active Islamic State group frontline, Kurdish-controlled territories and the Turkish border, the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned today.
The border has been closed for the last year to all but the most seriously ill Syrians, and some humanitarian staff with special permits.
April 15, 2016 - Washington, D.C. - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $75.4 million in support of projects in health, education and nutrition, as well to a financing mechanism that can assist countries hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees.
By Anthony H. Cordesman
War is always a tragedy in human terms, but the four wars in the Middle East have raised the level of that tragedy to truly massive proportions. These costs are summarized in detail in a new analysis by the Burke Chair at CSIS entitled The Human Cost of War in the Middle East: A Graphic Overview.
This analysis is available on the CSIS web site at http://csis.org/files/publication/160203_human_cost_of_mena_wars_0.pdf.
Human movement remains the primary unit of analysis in much theorising on forced migration and humanitarian practice in conflict. Whilst movement is often portrayed as an indicator of vulnerability, sometimes even as a problem per se, I suggest thinking of mobility, taking this broader term to signify the ‘freedom to choose where to be’ (de Haas 2014), as a resource through which one can mitigate the consequences of violence and conflict and access a better life.
By Kristy Siegfried
The aim of a high-level conference in Geneva on Wednesday was to convince the international community to rapidly increase resettlement places for Syrian refugees and open up other under-used legal pathways that would remove the need for dangerous boat crossings and long, difficult treks.
Read the story on IRIN
An international meeting in Geneva on the plight of Syrian refugees concluded today with new offers of resettlement places and other forms of humanitarian admission places by States, but also highlighting the challenges over the next three years in narrowing the gap between the number of places countries are willing to offer for Syrian refugees and the number UNHCR believes is urgently required.
Oxfam, Save the Children and Norwegian Refugee Council criticised the deeply disappointing outcome of today’s international pledging conference for resettlement of refugees fleeing the ongoing crisis in Syria.
GENEVA, March 30 (UNHCR) – Addressing a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva on refugees from Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said more needs to be done to provide resettlement and other answers for their plight.