The author is Amnesty International UK's women's human rights programme manager
Wednesday 7 December 2016 07.48 EST
Despite saying it wants to protect women from sexual violence in conflict, the UK fails to provide safe, legal routes to sanctuary and handles asylum insensitively
International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities
The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced.
To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners to do more to prioritise reaching the poorest and most excluded by ensuring people with disabilities are not being left behind.
Security is being stepped up in Calais, home to the "Jungle" camp where thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa hope to cross the English Channel to Britain
LONDON/CALAIS, France, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Work on building a wall along the approach road to the French port of Calais to try to stop migrants from jumping aboard trucks bound for Britain will begin this month, British officials said.
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by Lin Taylor | @linnytayls | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:17 GMT
LONDON, Aug 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Alan, a British foster parent, first took in a teenager who had fled poverty and political repression in Eritrea, the boy was so scarred by his journey to the UK that he barely spoke.
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Today new statistics have been published showing how many asylum claims the UK has received in the first half of 2016.
The figures also show how many asylum seekers have been granted refugee protection and which countries people have fled.
The Government has scrapped the role of Minister for Syrian Refugees in the reshuffle following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister.
Government sources told the Huffington Post that the responsibilities which the role was previously responsible for will now be split across Government departments, signalling a ‘more holistic’ approach to protecting refugees.
Home Secretary and Archbishop of Canterbury launch new scheme to encourage community groups to sponsor a refugee family.
The full community sponsorship scheme will enable community groups including charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK.
By Kristy Siegfried OXFORD, 27 June 2016
Britain has remained largely sealed off from the refugee crisis that has rocked much of the rest of Europe for the past year. Protected by geography and its status outside the passport-free Schengen zone, it took in only a fraction of the asylum seekers who arrived at Europe’s southern shores last year.
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London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tuesday 5/31/2016 - 15:02 GMT
Britain will increase patrols in the English Channel as tough security measures in Calais have led migrants to attempt dangerous sea crossings from northern France, a Downing Street spokesman said Tuesday.
The government has faced heavy criticism since 18 Albanian migrants had to be rescued late Saturday after their boat started taking on water off the English coast and it was revealed that the Border Force agency only has three boats to patrol the shoreline.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Sunday 5/29/2016 - 08:26 GMT
The British coastguard said it rescued 19 migrants on Sunday from the Channel after their inflatable boat began to take on water.
"The rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat), with 19 people on board was located at 2.00am (0100 GMT) and the incident handed over to Border Force," it said in a statement.
ICAI’s latest review finds that UK aid has reached 62.9 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene interventions over five years, but must do more to ensure these improvements are sustainable.
The review highlighted sustainability as an area of particular concern, with not enough being done to ensure that improved WASH access was becoming a permanent part of people’s lives.
DFID needs to do more to address long-term problems like water security, maintenance of infrastructure, strengthening local institutions so they can manage services, and changing behaviour.
The UK government has made a strong commitment to using the aid programme to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) in developing countries. The challenge is a daunting one. VAWG is deeply rooted in cultural norms and unequal power relations between women and men. One in three women around the world experiences intimate partner violence, and other forms of VAWG are also widespread. As well as being a violation of women’s fundamental human rights, VAWG has profound personal, social and economic consequences.
The first ever World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul in May 2016.
The International Development Committee is currently inquiring into the Global Humanitarian System. The Committee has written to the Secretary of State for international Development, Justine Greening MP, in order to contribute to the debate. In the letter, the Chair, Stephen Twigg MP, sets out six priority areas for discussion at the summit which the Committee feels will help the international community fulfil its responsibilities to deliver a more effective and efficient humanitarian system.
The programme announced by the Government today to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid, but stresses that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition. It ignores the thousands of vulnerable unaccompanied minors already in Europe who need assistance.
Following the UK Government’s announcement launching the new resettlement scheme for children at risk, the UNHCR Representative to the United Kingdom Gonzalo Vargas Llosa said:
"Today’s launch of the UK Government’s resettlement scheme for refugee children at risk is an important contribution to UNHCR’s continuing efforts to address the global protection needs of refugee children, including through resettlement and other pathways for admission.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Friday 4/8/2016 - 17:00 GMT
A young Afghan boy saved his life and that of 14 adults by texting for help from inside a refrigerated truck in which they were being smuggled to Britain, a charity worker who helped him said Friday.
Ahmed, who is aged six or seven, used a mobile phone given to him by a British aid worker in a French migrant camp to warn her that they were running out of oxygen.
A British court has ordered that three children and one adult in Calais should be immediately brought to Britain to join their relatives.
In a ground breaking order the court ruled that the three unaccompanied children and dependant adult should, under European rules, be allowed to live with their loved ones who are already in Britain while their asylum claims are examined.
Formal scrapping of Dublin regulation,- which obliges refugees to claim asylum in first country they arrive in, could leave UK more open to migration flows
Europe is preparing to scrap the rules obliging refugees to seek asylum in the first country in which they arrive, a move that is likely to raise the temperature of the UK EU referendum campaign.
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Record number of UK asylum seekers destitute
More than 9,000 asylum seekers were left destitute last year, according to new figures from the British Red Cross.
The charity has seen a 15 per cent increase in the number of asylum seekers using its services, who do not have adequate access to food, accommodation and healthcare.
The global development landscape is changing fast. In 2015, a new global development agenda was launched through the Global Goals, alongside international commitments on development finance and climate change. In the UK, the government has set out a strategy for UK aid for the next five years.