Protection and Human Rights

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27 Feb 2017 description

By political reporters Stephanie Anderson and Julie Doyle

Key points:

  • Department told Senate Estimates Committee US officials yet to start vetting refugees
  • Australia and the US made the deal under the Obama administration
  • Immigration Department still confident refugees will be resettled in the coming months

The Immigration Department says United States officials have not started the vetting process for refugees currently held on Nauru and Manus Island.

27 Feb 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

260,868 Refugees in South Sudan

1.853 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 223,994 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

US $172 million Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2017

US $125 million Funding requested for priority needs in 2017

OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

1,569,792 South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries (as of 15 February, 2017):

27 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

EU should seek to halt plan to hold asylum seekers in transit zones

27 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Syria: In January, 85 individuals from NGOs, local authorities and implementing partners participated in three capacity building training sessions on mental health and psychosocial support, genderbased violence, child protection, and principles of administrative and financial work. Additionally,
    IOM launched a shelter rehabilitation project in Idleb aiming to provide safe and adequate shelter solutions to about 300 IDP families.

27 Feb 2017 description

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner

Acting Spokesperson

Washington, DC

February 26, 2017

27 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

MAROUA, Cameroon – "My village was attacked by Boko Haram,” Sylvie Tokofi, 18, told UNFPA in Maroua, capital of the Far North Region of Cameroon. “They killed my uncle and all the men.”

After that, her village was no longer safe. “My mother, my six brothers and sisters, and I fled to the mountain," Sylvie explained. Her education was discontinued, and life in displacement cast a shadow over her future.

That was nearly three years ago.

27 Feb 2017 description

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists.

27 Feb 2017 description

An analysis based on actual persons registered in the UNHCR refugee database (proGres)

27 Feb 2017 description

EU prevention policy puts Eritreans at risk of imprisonment, torture and death

Despite mounting evidence of inhumane treatment faced by Eritreans, both within and outside Eritrea, the EU is doing all it can to prevent them from reaching its shores, says a new report published today by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

26 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

Philip Kleinfeld
Freelance journalist and IRIN contributor

BAMBARI, 24 February 2017

There was hope last year that the election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra would bring real change to the troubled Central African Republic. But 12 months on, he has been unable to extend his authority beyond the capital, Bangui, and the rest of the country is as lawless as ever.

Read more on IRIN

26 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

Hizbullah Khan

QUETTA, 24 February 2017

Pakistan’s Balochistan Province has long had a reputation for lawlessness, but it’s never been truer on a practical level than it is today. More than half the provincial capital’s lawyers were killed or injured in a bombing last August, and thousands of cases remain in legal limbo.

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26 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

Paul Vrieze

MYAING GYI NGU/MYANMAR, 21 February 2017

The crops were almost ready to harvest when fighting forced Naw Tin Swe’s family to flee to this camp on Myanmar’s eastern frontier where food supplies always seem to be running low.

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26 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

MAIDUGURI, 22 February 2017

The camps for displaced people scattered across northeast Nigeria are supposed to provide safety from Boko Haram violence. But for many women the threat is no longer the jihadists: The danger is inside the camps, and stems from the attitudes of men in general.

Read more on IRIN

26 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

UNITED NATIONS, New York – An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world.

“It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights organization in Kenya. “Now I treat survivors with dignity and respect rather than victim-blaming.”

26 Feb 2017 description

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura says a militant attack in Homs on Saturday was a deliberate attempt to wreck Geneva peace talks.

  • Activist urges govt to engage in serious talks

  • Warplanes bomb multiple rebel-held areas

  • U.N. envoy paper sets out agenda for road ahead

By Stephanie Nebehay and John Irish

26 Feb 2017 description

Hundreds of civilians continue to flee fighting as troops advance, but some have been taken as human shields.

  • Elite unit aims to secure southern bridge

  • Hundreds of civilians flee to govt lines as troops advance

  • Some fleeing civilians were taken to Mosul as human shields

By Stephen Kalin

26 Feb 2017 description

To enable Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children to continue to save lives and protect children and families in Yemen, the IKEA Foundation has stepped forward to give a €2 million grant to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and €500,000 to Save the Children.