GENEVA / KHARTOUM (27 May 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called for more open and constructive dialogues among all parties to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the Sudan.
“The silence and the denials, whether by State authorities or many civil society participants, regarding the subject of violence as experienced by women, is a source of concern,” Ms. Manjoo stressed at the end of her twelve-day official visit* to the country.
• Exactly a month ago, at 11:41 am local time on April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Tremors were felt across northern India and neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Kigali, Rwanda 27 May 2015
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Wednesday 5/27/2015 - 13:04 GMT
By Lachlan CARMICHAEL
The EU on Wednesday asked its member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece, which have been overstretched by an influx of migrants.
The emergency proposal, which comes atop another one to resettle in member states some 20,000 refugees who are outside Europe, is in response to a surge in migrants making the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean.
by Sam JAHAN
Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human trafficking crisis.
The government has started planning the relocation to Hatiya island in the Bay of Bengal in a move backed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said additional secretary Amit Kumar Baul.
Four months incarcerated in a Libyan detention centre has destroyed Charles's dreams of a better life in Europe: "I don't want to go to Europe anymore, I just want to go home,” he says.
This booklet is the fruit of a project between Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Save the children in 2014. Al Mezan worked with a group of children in Gaza to introduce human rights to them and support their active participation in their protection. Children were educated on what human rights and child rights are, and on how to monitor rights violations within their communities and schools. During the year, 120 children were invited to trainings, meetings and assessments so they can take an active part in monitoring human rights violations.
LONDON, 27 May 2015 (IRIN) - A new report confirms gruesome allegations that militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) systematically booby-trapped dead bodies before abandoning the Syrian town of Kobani in January. Decapitated bodies have been filled with 20 kilogrammes of explosive charges and more than 500 steel ball bearings and rigged to explode at the slightest touch, according to the report from Handicap International (HI).
During the week ending on 25th May 2015, there was minimal rainfall activities within the Juba and Shabelle river basins both in Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands. Most stations within the basins did not record any rainfall as seen in the table below. Map ‐ 1 shows the total satellite Rainfall Estimates (RFE) for the same reporting period while Map –2 shows the rainfall forecast for coming week.
· Evacuations continued as a result of violence in the Greater Upper Nile region. Last week, 44 humanitarian workers were relocated by UNHAS from Upper Nile, in addition to the 84 relocated the preceding week. Violence continued as conflicting parties attempted to gain control before rains decrease accessibility.
4. Impact of Disaster to the Tuberculosis Control Program:
Rationale for rapid assessment and formation of rapid response committee The challenges Nepal’s recent earthquakes pose for the National Tuberculosis Program are significant. In Nepal, TB remains an ongoing public health burden, with health officials keen to ensure that advances in recent years are not threatened.
Niamey/Geneva (ICRC) – The situation is deteriorating in Diffa in Niger, just across the border from north-eastern Nigeria. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Niger have distributed food and other essential items to over 20,000 people – both locals and recently displaced people affected by the fighting.
Primary health care needs to be integrated to all recovery programmes
More than 6,000 suspected cases and 443 deaths from meningitis have been recorded in Niger in the past three months. But a shortage of vaccines has hindered timely implementation of a vaccination campaign.
Dr. Pauline Lechevalier, a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) vaccination specialist, discusses recent advances in responding to meningitis epidemics, and reflects on the improvements that are still needed.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Micronesia continues to work under the leadership of the State and FSM National Governments, and in tandem with local partners, to identify and meet immediate humanitarian needs emerging from Typhoon Maysak.
In Chuuk, IOM is supporting the Chuuk State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) priorities of food and shelter materials.
New York, 23 May 2015 The Secretary-General expresses his disappointment at the inability of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to reach consensus on a substantive outcome. The Secretary-General regrets in particular that States parties were unable to narrow their differences on the future of nuclear disarmament or to arrive at a new collective vision on how to achieve a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.
The recent earthquakes in Nepal severely damaged over half of the schools in disaster-hit districts, leaving some 3.5 million children without a place to learn. The country’s cultural and historical treasures were similarly devastated.
The government’s PDNA will provide a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the disaster and outline the short, medium and long-term needs and priorities for Nepal as it goes through the post-disaster recovery process.
Nairobi/Juba, HelpAge International and its partner Islamic Relief, on Wednesday 27 May 2015, launch a three year programme in Juba, South Sudan to support badly malnourished older people in Warrap State.
Funded by the German Government, the project will target to provide food vouchers and/or food baskets to older people in one of the most affected States by the ongoing internal conflict that has left more than 1.4 million people displaced.