29 May 2015 - The latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Guinea-Bissau took place in Geneva this year in January, with 151 recommendations adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council to improve the situation of human rights in the country. The responses of the government are expected by June 2015.
In partnership with a platform of NGOs working for the rights of Albinos, the UNJHRO is organizing on 27 and 28 May 2015 in Utex 2, Kinshasa, a training workshop on Basic Human Rights notions, human rights of persons with disability and particularly Albinos.
Ukraine's frontline cuts across the country like a jagged scar. Despite a February ceasefire, the fighting hasn't stopped. In March and April, Kristina Jovanovski had rare access to rebel-held areas to investigate the humanitarian disaster that has unfolded on Europe's doorstep. Here is her exclusive report on why aid isn't getting through.
UNHCR is deeply concerned about the desperate situation for thousands of people fleeing fighting in Ramadi who continue to face challenges reaching safe areas.
An estimated 85,000 people have fled the latest escalation of violence in Ramadi and surrounds since 15 May, according to our partner IOM. The vast majority of this latest wave of displaced – about 85 per cent – remain in Anbar governorate. All together, more than 180,000 people are estimated to have been displaced from the Ramadi area since hostilities began in early April.
It's been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family homes and farms, roads, and utilities were damaged or destroyed. Relentless summer and fall rains renewed flooding, which slowed recovery and threatened to keep many families from having warm and dry shelter in time for winter.
Tonga has the world’s third highest level of risk to disasters,with the effects of climate change increasing their frequency and intensity. This poses serious threats to people, the environment and livelihoods in Tonga - especially for communities on the outer islands who are often most vulnerable to climate change and disasters.
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Since June 2014, Belarus has seen increasing numbers of people fleeing the areas of conflict in Ukraine: from 30,000 in October 2014 to more than 80,000 in February 20151 .
Dozens of disabled people in Bikita south constituency face starvation after war veterans and suspected Zanu (PF) supporters blocked the distribution of relief food aid.
They accused most of the disabled people of being sympathetic to the MDC-T.
Truck-loads of relief food aid destined for Bikita south constituency were ordered to return back to Masvingo city after the former freedom fighters and suspected Zanu (PF) supporters threatened to burn the trucks and the food.
Against all odds, 7-year-old Khalid is the top student in his first-grade class in Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
This fortitudinous young man lost his mother to cancer at age three. He has been separated from his father for over two years by war. And he is physically disabled with muscular dystrophy.
Khalid, his stepmother and step-grandmother fled to Zaatari in January 2013 when their village near Dara’a, in southern Syria, was bombed. Khalid’s father had to remain in Syria to work, but it was too dangerous for the rest of family to stay.
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EUR 400 000 were earmarked to contribute to the funding of two UNICEF cargo planes delivering each 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to the regions in Nepal affected by the earthquake. In the end, the total cost for this specific contribution amounted to EUR 287 130. The consequent left over, equivalent to an amount of EUR 112 870, has to be shifted from the Transport/logistics specific objective to the Natural disasters specific objective.
Despite being preventable, disasters caused by natural hazards represent one of the biggest threats to sustainable development and human safety today. The number of deaths caused by disasters per year in the last decade has been, on average, 97,954 globally. In 2013 alone, disasters cost US$ 118.6 billion, yet it was still one of the lowest records of the previous ten years.
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe Trust has embarked on a new project aimed at preventing and responding to violence against girls and women with disabilities.
Entitled Access to Justice for Girls and Women with Disabilities, the project will run for three years until the end of 2017. Girls and women with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual, hearing or speech impairment, are often vulnerable to violent attacks and sexual abuse.
In April 2015, Handicap International assessed the damage caused by the fighting in the city of Kobani and the surrounding villages. The team found an appalling illustration of the devastating consequences of the intensive use of explosive weapons in populated areas by all parties in Syria 2: civilians killed and injured, homes and infrastructure destroyed, and populations in danger when trying to settle back and rebuilding their lives.
Hardly ever before have Handicap International teams encountered such a density and diversity of explosive remnants of war contamination3.
Manal Hillis, 22, lives in Sheshaiyeh, one of many neighborhoods destroyed during Israel’s 51-day attack on Gaza last July and August. The attack rained bombs on the already fragile region, where civilians have been under blockade for eight years.
Manal recounts how her family came to flee their home on a July morning:
Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, CBM, with partner organisations, has reached more than 3000 people through outreach camps in some of the worst-hit and least-accessible districts.
We are using the knowledge and resources of Nepalese Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), and working in close cooperation with the coordination mechanisms set up in the country, to ensure that not only our response but those of mainstream relief organisations are inclusive of persons with disabilities.
Conflict and displacement in Kunduz province has been constant throughout 2015. With no lull in fighting during the winter season, displacement within and from various provincial districts (Imam Sahib, Qalazai, Chahar Dara, Dashte Archi) to the urban area continued almost unabated through the first quarter of the year.
I am pleased to announce that Australia will provide additional support to the long-term recovery of Vanuatu from Tropical Cyclone Pam, the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in Vanuatu.
Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to housing, health centres, schools and other critical infrastructure in affected areas, and to Vanuatu’s key industries of tourism and agriculture.
Australia provided an early life-saving package of more than $10 million, including deployment of disaster response, medical and search and rescue teams.