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Address by Ms. Flavia Pansieri, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Iraq

Geneva, 1 September 2014

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies,

I thank you for convening this special session of the Human Rights Council on Iraq.

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Zimbabwe Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried out in 2014 by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) as part of the global MICS programme. Technical support was provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue, Issue 27 | 01 – 31 August 2014

With more than 10,000 homes destroyed or damaged in the fighting, the Government does not expect to complete the return or permanent relocation of IDPs until mid-2015.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Swaziland + 13 others
Southern Africa: HIV and AIDS Snapshot (as of August 2014)

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan: Gender Snapshot (as of 18 Aug 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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More cash needed as famine looms in South Sudan

Report
World Vision

28 August, Juba — One hundred days after an international donor conference was held to raise money to bring aid to South Sudan, the country urgently requires still more cash as it hovers on the brink of famine.

More than 20 countries plus the European Union pledged more than $600 million at the conference in Oslo, Norway, on May 20.  

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Pakistan + 1 other
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Pakistan (ECHO/PAK/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 30/07/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 45 000 000

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

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Syrian Arab Republic: Nutrition assistance (1 Jan - 31 Jul 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Jordan + 1 other
RRP6 Jordan Partner - International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Factsheet, July 2014

Mission

Responding to the needs of people on the move since 1951, ICMC serves and protects uprooted people; refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and migrants; regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. ICMC responds to the challenges of people on the move with expertise and action; focusing on protection and durable solutions.

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Measles vaccination to start in Solomons

Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Two dead in Solomons from measles

The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Stories from Iraq: “We are suffering here”

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Medair

Medair emergency response teams have been assessing the huge humanitarian needs in northern Iraq and what they are encountering is profoundly concerning.

Intense fighting in northern Iraq has sent thousands of families on the run with their children, fleeing for their lives, persecuted for religious and ethnic reasons.

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Iraq + 1 other
Humanitarian supplies reach Amerli [EN/AR]

The RAF has delivered over 10 tonnes of food and water to the Iraq town of Amerli

Lifesaving UK aid for thousands of people trapped by ISIL in the Iraqi town of Amerli was delivered overnight by the Royal Air Force (RAF), International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced this morning.

Approximately 11.5 tonnes of food and water, including 420 jerry cans containing over 8,000 litres of water, were dropped over Amerli last night in two C130 consignments.

Justine Greening said:

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Rwanda + 1 other
Government extends support to more returnees

Simon Singirankabo, returned from DRC, East Kasai in August 2013. He had fled the country at a young age in 1994 during the Genocide against Tutsis, thus he owned no properties. Then, when he returned in August 2013, he joined his parents and currently with all his two wives and 11 children live in Rusizi District in Mururu Sector in Gahinga cell,

A year, after his repatriation, Singirankabo enjoys life on the mother land, in spite of several challenges he is still facing to cater for the needs of such a gigantic family. He earns his living from cultivating to neighbors.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Khost & Paktika Update No. 28 – 28 August 2014

1. Khost & Paktika Situation Update

A UNHCR Senior Site Planner was deployed from HQ to Gulan Camp in Khost Province to analyze how families are settling in the camp, the topography of the land and weather conditions to determine options for winterization, as well as develop recommendations to ensure that the camp can meet international standards. As of now, the camp is on track to meet standards for water per person—20 litres per person per day; however latrines, solid waste management and facilities for showering are urgently needed.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Livelihoods Needs Assessment at the Returnee Settlements of Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces, Afghanistan (August 7 – 10, 2014)

Most of the returnees believe they had a better life while they were living as refugees in Pakistan compared to living in their own country.

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Four women, including two minors, gang-raped in Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

SIRBA / EAST JEBEL MARRA (31 Aug.) -

Militiamen raped a school student in Sirba locality, West Darfur on Friday. On Sunday, three women, including a minor, were gang-raped in East Jebel Marra.

The coordinator of the Sirba camps told Radio Dabanga that on Friday evening a group of “government-backed militiamen” kidnapped a secondary school student (16) from her house in the area of Kout, in the eastern part of Sirba locality, and raped her alternately.

East Jebel Marra

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42 children killed in string of Syria attacks: NGO

08/31/2014 16:39 GMT

BEIRUT, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - At least 42 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Sunday.

The Britain-based Observatory said 25 children had been killed between midnight on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with 17 more killed between Friday and Saturday night.

Agence France-Presse:

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An Overview of Qatar Charity's $39 Million Emergency Assistance for Syrians

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Qatar Charity

As the summer fades and another winter approaches, Qatar Charity sadly prepares for yet another winterization program for internally displaced and refugee Syrians. Looking back over the past years' efforts, Qatar Charity has carried out more than QAR 142 million (USD 39 million) worth of emergency and relief projects for Syrians in the fields of food security and nutrition, health, shelter and education.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey - 29 August 2014

Regional highlights:

  • The rising number of conflicts in the region is further increasing the complexity of the Syrian refugee response. Host governments and communities are responding to meet the needs of both nationals and refugees affected by insecurity. In Iraq, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis are displaced within the country, which is also hosting some 220,000 Syrian refugees. Clashes in Arsal, Lebanon, have caused widespread damage, affecting both Lebanese residents and more than 40,000 Syrian refugees.