Protection and Human Rights

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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,

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

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 28 August 2014


  • After 50 days of fighting, an open-ended ceasefire brokered by the Egyptian government and agreed by the armed groups in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel entered into force on 26 August. Both parties to the conflict are currently observing the ceasefire.

  • If the agreement holds, it will have ended the longest, deadliest and most destructive escalation in hostilities in Gaza since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: North Bangladesh: Floods

People have taken shelter on embankments, high ground, roads, and in flood shelters. Food and cooking material, safe drinking water, and emergency shelter are reported as the main immediate priority needs.

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La Protection des droits humains des personnes déplacées internes en lien avec le séisme de 2010 (Janvier - Juin 2014)

Ce rapport semestriel, qui ne prétend pas à l’exhaustivité, fournit un aperçu de la diversité des programmes et activités d’une partie des acteurs étatiques et non-gouvernementaux œuvrant dans le domaine de la protection des personnes déplacées internes en Haïti. Ce rapport a été préparé par le Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’homme (HCDH)/Section des droits de l’homme (SDH) de la MINUSTAH à partir des informations soumises par divers acteurs dans le domaine de la protection dans les camps de personnes déplacées internes (DPI) issues du séisme du 12 janvier 2010.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 25 August 2014


  • 26 August will mark the 50th day of the current escalation in the Gaza-Israel conflict that has seen almost 500 children killed. An average of 10 children per day have been killed since 8 July.

  • 89 Gazan families have been killed in during the conflict.

  • Since the expiration of the five-day ceasefire and the resumption of hostilities on 19 August, at least 28 Palestinian children and one Israeli child were killed. In the past 48 hours alone, an additional nine Palestinian children were killed throughout Gaza.

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Yemen + 1 other
How Humanitarian Aid is Making a Difference [EN/AR]

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Jordan + 1 other
RRP6 Jordan Partner - Handicap International Factsheet, July 2014


Handicap International (HI) is an international NGO with 30 years of experience providing tailored ser-vices to the most vulnerable populations, including persons with injuries, persons with disabilities, per-sons with critical health conditions and older persons. HI is currently active in more than 60 countries in both development and emergency contexts, including six countries in the Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Leba-non, Jordan, the Palestinians Territories and Yemen.

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Handicap International strengthens its relief to internally displaced people

August 22, 2014: Faced with the important displacements of Iraqi populations, who left their homes to seek security in the Kurdish region, Handicap International decided to launch an emergency response. From June 2014, the organization has been setting up teams with the mission to identify the specific needs of people with injuries or disabilities.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report No. 8 (16 August – 22 August 2014) [EN/AR]

There are increasing reports of abduction of women, particularly those belonging to minority groups, by armed groups and of human trafficking within and outside the country. Currently there is no response mechanism to address human trafficking.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Odisha Floods Rapid Joint Needs Assessment Report

Sphere India

1. Executive Summary

Odisha is a flood prone state, and as a result communities have become resilient and government response efficient to manage immediate rescue and relief operations. The flooding began with heavy rainfall on the 21st of July and further intensified as a result of two more low-pressure systems that moved over the state and was exacerbated by subsequent release of water from the Hirakud Reservoir.

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Rapid Assessment of Child Protection Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Ainkawa, Erbil Kurdistan Region of Iraq, August 2014

On the 10th and 11th of August 2014, ACTED’s Child Protection and Assessment and Monitoring teams conducted a rapid assessment of the location and needs of internally displaced children and caregivers who had recently arrived in the Ainkawa district of Erbil city. Through interviews with community focal points the following matters were observed:

  • IDP girls and boys have experienced a wide variety of issues during displacement, including psychosocial distress, limited access to basic resources and a lack of a unsafe environment.

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Lebanon + 1 other
UNHCR Lebanon Monthly Updates - June 2014

  • UNHCR’s Achievements at a Glance

  • Protection

  • Child Protection

  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

  • Statelessness

  • Community Development

  • Education

  • Cash Assistance & Core Relief Items (CRI)

  • Shelter

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

  • Health

  • Institutional and Community Support

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Pakistan: KP and FATA - Who, What, Where - Protection Sub Clusters (May 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August


The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Gaza Situation Report 34, 11 August 2014


For the fourth time during this military escalation, a temporary 72-hours ceasefire was agreed. At the time of writing, the agreement which came into effect at 00:00hrs local time, holds.

As of 10 August 2014, the Agency sheltered 236,918 IDPs in 90 UNRWA schools.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Khost & Paktika Update No. 24 – 3 August 2014

  1. Khost & Paktika Situation Update

Currently, 15,489 displaced families have been assessed in Khost and Paktika provinces; with 12,201 in Khost, the majority in Matun and Gurboz districts, and 3,228 in Paktika with the majority in Barmal district. Although agencies on the ground have been conducting assessments, providing services and distributing assistance since mid-June, there continues to be significant needs for mine clearance and risk awareness education, water and sanitation facilities, food assistance as well as health services.

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Ainkawa IDP Red Flag Report Erbil Governorate, Iraq (as of 7 August 2014)


During the night of 6 August 2014, thousands of families in Al Hamdaniyah District,
Ninewa Governorate, fled their homes under the instruction of the Peshmerga (armed forces of the Kurdish Regional Government) as a precaution in light of the recent escalation of the conflict. Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) entered Erbil Governorate and settled in Ainkawa, a Christian neighbourhood in Erbil City.

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Information in the Midst of Crisis: Addressing the Information Needs of Internally Displaced Persons at the Tong Ping Protection of Civilians Site, Juba, South Sudan

As a result of the most recent fighting that started on December 15, 2013, South Sudan has one of the highest concentrations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world today. There have been serious concerns over the ability to meet the information needs of IDPs while coordinating and generally improving the communications strategies of the various agencies involved.