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28 Aug 2015 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 15:47 GMT

Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.

At least 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, which counted 23 million inhabitants at the start of the civil war.

More than four million have become refugees.

19 Aug 2015 description

Kos, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 8/19/2015 - 01:54 GMT

by Serene ASSIR

When Wael and his relatives from Syria climbed into an inflatable boat in the dead of night to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece, they abandoned all their belongings -- except their smartphones.

"Our phones and power banks are more important for our journey than anything, even more important than food," said Wael, a 32-year-old from the devastated Syrian city Homs who reached the Greek resort island of Kos on Thursday morning.

17 Aug 2015 description

The Arab Spring protests that swept across many parts of the world since 2011 have radically reshaped the social, political and economic environments of the countries in the concerned regions. There has also been a significant increase in radicalisation and extremism, emergence of new groups or transformation of existing groups and new battlefields, which have enhanced terrorist violence affecting various regions and the world at large. The articles in this issue provide a survey of post-Arab Spring events and developments and projections for the future from a range of perspectives.

09 Dec 2014 description

GENEVE, 9 décembre (HCR) - Les gouvernements de pays occidentaux réunis aujourd'hui à Genève se sont engagés à augmenter le nombre de réfugiés syriens qu'ils acceptent via la réinstallation et d'autres formes d’admission pour motif humanitaire.

Après les annonces d'aujourd'hui et les indications sur de futurs engagements, le HCR prévoit que le nombre total de places de réinstallation disponibles pour les réfugiés syriens dans les prochains mois atteindra 100 000. Ce chiffre inclut les 62 000 places déjà mises à disposition par les gouvernements.

29 Jul 2014 description

(August 1, 2014) On the fourth anniversary of it first becoming binding international law, campaigners will today urge every country in the world to join the international treaty banning cluster bombs.

The call comes just days after the second anniversary of the start of ongoing use of cluster munitions against civilians in Syria, in July 2012.

27 Jun 2014 description

Geneva, 27 June 2014 – New offers of resettlement or humanitarian admissions for Syrian refugees were today pledged by Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and Uruguay. In all, 565 new places were announced during a high-level meeting of 42 countries, taking the total number of offers received since mid-2013 to more than 34,700 places. In addition, the United States has pledged open-ended resettlement numbers.

23 May 2014 description
report Guardian

In an exclusive interview, the former UN secretary general says the world's reluctance to intervene in multiple emergencies is scuppering the search for peace

Read the article here

06 Feb 2014 description

Refugee resettlement is in the news. At a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month, speakers from both ends of the political spectrum called on the country to admit some of the 2.3 million Syrians who have become refugees. “While the United States has led the world in resettling and providing humanitarian assistance to refugees from conflicts around the globe, we’ve not done enough to address the current Syrian crisis,” said Senator Dick Durbin.

14 Jan 2014 description

10/01/2014 - Does one size fit all when providing humanitarian assistance after a disaster? The dangers faced by children, women, men, the elderly and those with disabilities can be very different which is why our new toolkit, the Gender and Age marker, will better target humanitarian responses to different groups. Watch our video or see the website for more details.

29 Aug 2013 description
report UN News Service

28 August 2013 – As the latest escalation in Syria “has raised the spectre of chemical warfare,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged members of the Security Council to explore all diplomatic options to bring all Syrian parties to the negotiating table, stressing there is no military solution to the crisis.

“We must pursue all avenues to get the parties to the negotiating table,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks at a ceremony marking the centennial of the Peace Palace in The Hague

19 Jun 2013 description
report G8


Foreign Policy

26 Nov 2012 description

Current major event

Early Warning System for Disease outbreaks established in Syria

The Ministry of Health in Syria has, recently, established an early warning system for disease outbreaks with support from the WHO Country Office in Syria. A weekly surveillance bulletin is also being produced as part of this early warning system.

04 Jul 2012 description
  • An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees 91.6% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. The Government of Syria, which has continuously implemented a generous policy towards the stay of Iraqi refugees, estimates that the country hosts about one million Iraqis. 64.6% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 62.4% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 35% of the 27,681 families registered are female-headed households.

20 Dec 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-sixth General Assembly
89th Meeting (AM)

Also Adopts New Protocol to Child Rights Convention; Wide Range of Resolutions On Social, Humanitarian Issues; Texts on Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The General Assembly today adopted 63 resolutions and 9 decisions recommended by its Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), including a text that strongly condemned “continued grave and systematic” human rights violations in Syria and called for an immediate end to all violence in that country.

01 Sep 2011 description

Anti-regime protests continued across Syria despite increased crackdowns on the major flashpoint cities. Security forces, including tanks, snipers and navy gunboats were mobilised against protests in Latakia, Daraa, Damascus, Homs, Deir el-Zour and elsewhere. Over two thousand deaths have been reported since the unrest erupted in mid-March.