Protection and Human Rights

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02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description
report European Union

Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors

Slightly more than half are Afghans

In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.

02 May 2016 description

Issued in 2015, this is the 4th edition of UNHCR’s Handbook for Emergencies, first published in 1982. This digital edition replaces all previous print editions of the Emergency Handbook. It is primarily a tool for UNHCR emergency operations and its workforce. Most of the Emergency Handbook content is publicly available. As such, the Handbook is also accessible as a tool for partners in emergency operations and other interested parties.

02 May 2016 description
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2016 DS The Climate Land Statement FINAL.

DS ROUNDTABLE ADOPTS ‘THE CLIMATE LAND STATMEMENT’

30 Apr 2016 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 28 April 2016

The European Commission has today announced the approval of 10 new actions worth €117 million to improve stability and address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa region.

The European Commission has today announced the approval of 10 new actions for an amount of €117 million in the Horn of Africa region under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

30 Apr 2016 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 18 April 2016

The European Commission today announced the introduction of 20 new measures in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin, worth over EUR 280 million in total.

The European Commission today announced the adoption of 20 new measures to assist the Sahel region and the Lake Chad Basin under the 'Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa'.

29 Apr 2016 description

In March 2016, the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) International Institutions and Global Governance program held a workshop on the shortcomings of the institutions, financing mechanisms, and legal frameworks for managing refugee flows, delivering humanitarian assistance, and handling asylum applications, and prospects for reform. The workshop was made possible by the support of the Robina Foundation. The views described here are those of workshop participants only and not those of CFR or the Robina Foundation.

29 Apr 2016 description

183,017 arrivals by sea in 2016

1,244 dead/missing

published 10:00 CET 29 April

1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights:

  1. March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.

28 Apr 2016 description

MÉXICO, D.F., 27 de abril de 2016 (ACNUR) - Los países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe están comprometidos a facilitar la naturalización como solución para los migrantes y refugiados apátridas. Recientemente, varios gobiernos de la región han comenzado a tomar medidas en este sentido. En Bolivia, una resolución adoptada por el Ministerio de Gobierno establece un procedimiento especial para eliminar el requisito de demostrar un periodo mínimo de residencia, y reduce considerablemente los gastos de naturalización.

28 Apr 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

The recent drowning of 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea was not only preventable, but arguably caused by policy. A policy known colloquially as "Fortress Europe", designed to make the journey to Europe as difficult as possible for asylum seekers.

28 Apr 2016 description

On Wednesday, György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, told public television channel M1 that increasingly one can see that migrants are exploring new routes across the Balkans and from Libya to Italy.

The Chief Security Advisor said that this is one of the reasons it is so important for Europe to be able to protect its external borders and for it to have a system which can select those people who are truly in need of protection. This is also what the Prime Minister’s “Schengen 2.0” action plan proposes.

27 Apr 2016 description

Vienna, Austria, April 27, 2016. As part of its 40th anniversary dedication to highlighting the plight of refugees, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) opened the Equal Dreams exhibition at its Vienna headquarters on April 26. Co-hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East (UNRWA), the exhibition showcases the difficulties faced by refugee children in realizing their dreams.

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.