Protection and Human Rights

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Disabled people demand equal treatment in society

Sudan Tribune

eptember 21, 2014 (YEI) – Persons living with disabilities in Yei River county of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state have appealed for equal treatment in society.

Speaking to reporters in the county, Sam Data James, one of the disabled persons, complained of neglect and that they are often not given opportunity to speak in public forums.

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Syria: Palestine Refugees - Humanitarian Snapshot, August 2014

August saw continued violence and prolonged displacement across Syria, with continuing access difficulties for Palestine refugees in Yarmouk, Khan Eshieh and villages to the west of Dera’a . In Dera’a itself, clashes and shelling have continued, whilst the city suffered from 8 days of electricity shortage, briefly affecting the distribution of the second round of cash assistance. An UNRWA staff member was killed when clashes broke out in the area between Dera’a and Mzerieb. 13 UNRWA staff have now been killed as a direct result of the conflict, and a further 26 have been injured.

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Ukraine: ICRC steps up aid amid fragile ceasefire

The 5 September ceasefire agreement has brought some respite to people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Amid hopes that this will lead to a permanent cessation of hostilities, the ICRC is helping people face the consequences of the fighting.


Today, the ICRC delivered 60 tonnes of food aid to Lugansk, supplementing supplies received from Russia and elsewhere over the past weeks which were distributed by the local authorities to people in need.

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Turkey + 1 other
UNHCR Turkey Syrian Refugee Daily Sitrep 12 September 2014


● On 11 September, AFAD, the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency of Turkey's Government, announced that the total number of Syrians registered and assisted in the 22 camps located in 10 provinces was 220,240. AFAD reported that from 10 to11 September, a total of 580 Syrians were admitted and registered in the camps and 683 Syrians have voluntarily returned to Syria.

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Jordan + 4 others
Health Sector - Jordan Monthly Report, Period covered: August 1st–31st 2014

Operational highlights and situation updates

  • Number of Syrian new arrivals has been steadily decreasing since April 2014

  • Number of Iraqi new arrivals slowly increased; approximately 100 people are being registered on a daily basis. From 17 – 21 August alone, there were over 550 newly registered Iraqis. Iraqis can still access Jordan through legal borders, and 66 per cent of these newly registered had arrived one month earlier. The new arrivals mainly hail from Baghdad, Ninewa, Anbar and Salahedine.

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Pakistan: Protection Cluster Bulletin April - July 2014


  • Overview of IDPs in KP FATA: as of 31 July 2014, the number of IDP families registered in KP/FATA was 207,472 families.

  • On-going North Waziristan (NWA) IDP protection response

  • Protection Cluster Detailed Assessment in area of displacement and area of return conducted and report issued.

  • Grievance Desk (GD) SOPs reviewed, providing step by step guidance on key issues raised at GDs and streamlining approach among protection actors

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon/Syria Situation: Community Development Monthly Update July 2014


Community empowerment

 Over 3,200 families were referred this month by 392 Refugee Outreach Volunteers (ROVs) to UNHCR and partners for assessment and support. Observed trends include: increased violence and eviction, especially in the north; persons with disabilities having difficulties accessing services and limited opportunities for integration; and an increase in the number of working children.

 1,137 persons, 20% Lebanese and mostly women, participated in life-skill activities at community centers.

Case management

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Gaza Initial Rapid Assessment, 27 August 2014

Executive Summary

On 7 July 2014, the Israeli army launched a military operation code-named “Protective Edge”, in the Gaza Strip, following several weeks of escalation. The scale of destruction, devastation and displacement wreaked in the 50 days of conflict that ensued is unprecedented in Gaza, since at least the start of the Israeli occupation in 1967. Following several short- lived cease-fires, on 26 August, the parties to the conflict reached an open-ended cease-fire which has held to date.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Gaza Crisis Appeal September 2014 Update [EN/AR]

This updated Gaza Crisis Appeal is seeking $551.2 million to respond to the most basic needs of the population. However, humanitarian assistance and a strong mobilization of resources alone will be insufficient for Gaza to recover, and we cannot return to the status quo ante.

All parties must allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian relief for civilians in need.As the Occupying Power, Israel is responsible for ensuring that the basic needs of Palestinians are met.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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World + 48 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September


Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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Iraq + 1 other
Situation in Iraq: Inter-agency Update No. 71, August 16-31 2014


The second half of August saw no significant changes in the situation of Syrian refugees in Iraq. UNHCR or partners received no reports about new arrivals; at the same time it was reported that some refugees opted for return.

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Immediate Aid to children

Terre des hommes

05 September 2014 – The conflict in Iraq has led to approximately 1.45 million displaced people in 2014 alone. Large number of the population remains trapped due to the conflict, in fear of violent attacks and with no access to basic resources and humanitarian assistance.

Children in need

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World + 1 other
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque (A/HRC/27/55) [EN/AR/RU]

Human Rights Council
Twenty-seventh session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Common violations of the human rights to water and sanitation


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World + 29 others
Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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Forced Migration Review No. 47: The Syria crisis, displacement and protection

The 6.45 million displaced people inside Syria make this the largest IDP crisis in the world, with possibly also the largest number of people who are ‘trapped’. In addition, the number of refugees from Syria continues to increase. The international community has an opportunity to set up, from now, an effective response to what will clearly become protracted displacement. These 20 articles discuss how to increase protection for the displaced and how to shape assistance to both the displaced and their ‘host

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NATO Summit: Handicap International reminds governments of obligation to protect civilians in Afghanistan

1st September 2014. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is organising a summit on 4th and 5th September in Newport, Wales, as part of plans to wind down its military operations in Afghanistan. Handicap International is calling on all International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troop-contributing nations to immediately mark and clear areas contaminated by explosive remnants of war (ERW) and to provide non-discriminating and impartial assistance to all the victims of the conflict, by financing mine action activities through the UN pooled funds.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Number of displaced inside Ukraine more than doubles since early August to 260,000

"If this crisis is not quickly stopped, it will have not only devastating humanitarian consequences but it also has the potential to destabilize the whole region," says UNHCR chief.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 4 | 16 July - 31 August 2014 [EN/AR}


• World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers in Lebanon

• Fighting in Aarsal displaces Lebanese and refugees

• The ERF allocates US$4.5 to projects addressing water scarcity

• The HC travels to Europe to advocate for increased engagement in Lebanon

In this issue

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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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.