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.
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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.
When political leaders meet in Geneva March 30 to discuss resettlement of Syrian refugees, they have a chance to offer vulnerable Syrian civilians safe alternatives to smugglers, and show their commitment to protecting refugees.
GENEVA, March 29 (UNHCR) – The UN Refugee Agency is hosting tomorrow (March 30) a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva focusing on refugees from Syria and the need for generating a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight.
Rich countries have resettled just 1.39% of Syrian refugees, need to step up efforts
Rich countries have resettled only 1.39 percent of the nearly five million Syrian refugees, a fraction of the 10 percent of people who need to be urgently offered a safe haven. As wealthy states meet in Geneva on 30 March to discuss the Syria refugee crisis, Oxfam urges them to redouble their efforts and offer their ‘fair share’ of support to hundreds of thousands of refugees.
February 2016 was marked by a 15.3% decline in arrivals by sea to Greece (in comparison to January 2016 arrivals). The percentage of Syrians in this group, however, has risen to 52%, a 7% increase from January 2016.
Urgent action needed for 80m children whose education has been hit by emergencies
The number of children whose education has been disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters has increased to 80 million.
The shocking statistic for 2015 is revealed in an education in emergencies "scorecard" published today by A World at School, which calls for urgent action from world leaders.
There have been a record number of children affected by crises - including attacks on education, wars, natural disasters and health alerts such as Ebola.
As Syria's war reaches another grim milestone today, refugees fleeing the 5-year conflict face greater hurdles to finding safety while international solidarity with its victims is failing to match and reflect the scale and seriousness of the humanitarian tragedy.
BALTIMORE, MD, March 11, 2016 – As Syria marks five years since the beginning of its brutal civil war, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reports that it has supported over one million people affected by the conflict.