Protection and Human Rights

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24 Mar 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply alarmed at reports of at least two shipwrecks off the Libyan coasts on Thursday. According to NGO sources, five floating corpses of young men have been recovered some 14 miles off the Libyan coast near two empty and partially submerged rubber dinghies today. They are all deaths by drowning in the last 24 hours, the medical crew of Golfo Azzurro ship says.

23 Mar 2017 description

62 countries - representing almost two-thirds of the world's population - still recognise only female victims of rape

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is an "invisible" crime, with victims reluctant to speak out for fear of being ostracised and mocked, researchers said.

22 Mar 2017 description

A new Mixed Migration Platform Briefing Paper, released in January, outlines the legal and policy frameworks governing the return of refugees and other migrants from Europe, with a particular focus on Iraqis. The paper draws from existing literature and data to examine policies related to return, and conditions upon arrival, ultimately offering policy recommendations to ensure the safety of Iraqi returnees.

22 Mar 2017 description

Throughout January cold temperatures and winter conditions put thousands of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe at risk.

At least five fatalities at Europe’s borders with Turkey were reported due to temperatures as low as -14 degrees Celsius, and snowstorms throughout the region.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Council of Europe

SRSG identifies main challenges for migrant and refugee children in Europe

http://bit.ly/2ncy66Z

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Tomáš Boček publishes a Thematic Report on migrant and refugee children.

21 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Recommendations for Global Coalition Summit

21 Mar 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11895

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-first Session, 72nd Meeting (AM)
21 March 2017

The General Assembly commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today with a debate that focused on racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration, in which speakers underscored the responsibility of States to address a scourge seen to be on the rise worldwide.

21 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON
20 March 2017

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance after hearing the presentation of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on combatting intolerance, negative stereotyping, and violence against persons based on religion or belief; and the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

21 Mar 2017 description

MAGASCAR

As of 17 March, over 433,000 people have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Enawo, which made landfall on the northeastern coast of Madagascar between 7-10 March.

Over 81 people have been killed, 253 wounded, and 247,000 displaced. Floods have damaged health facilities, leaving over 250,000 people without access to health services. An estimated 175,000 people do not have access to safe potable water, and water-borne diseases are on the rise.

Read more about Madagascar

21 Mar 2017 description
report BioMed Central

BMC International Health and Human Rights BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 2017 17:7 DOI: 10.1186/s12914-017-0116-4© The Author(s). 2017

Received: 17 September 2016 Accepted: 11 March 2017 Published: 20 March 2017

Waleed M. Sweileh

Abstract

21 Mar 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security of the African Union (AU), at its 660th meeting, held on 21 February 2017, adopted the following decision on the drought situation and its implication for peace and security in Africa:

Council,

21 Mar 2017 description
report Council of Europe

Many refugee and asylum-seeker women and girls have been exposed to gender-based violence taking the form of coercion, forced prostitution, harassment, survival sex, sexual slavery or various forms of extortions. However, “their protection from violence has not been considered a priority in the management of the refugee crisis”, today said PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. According to parliamentarians, “the gender dimension of the refugee crisis has been largely overlooked”.

20 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.

20 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

Funds will scale up investments and de-risk private sector participation for accelerated growth and development

BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 19, 2017— Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a record $57 billion in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years. Kim then left on a trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to emphasize the Bank Group’s support for the entire region.

20 Mar 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

UNITED NATIONS, New York/BEIRUT, Lebanon – “To be pregnant in the middle of a humanitarian setting is already a dangerous situation, but for girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of pregnancy-related death is already twice as high than for somebody in their twenties. For girls aged 10 to 14, the risk is five times higher,” said Kesaya Baba, from the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, at a meeting held during the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women, in New York.

20 Mar 2017 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l'Union africaine (UA), en sa 660ème réunion tenue le 21 février 2017, a adopté la décision qui suit sur la situation de la sécheresse et ses implications pour la paix et la sécurité en Afrique:

Le Conseil,

20 Mar 2017 description

Déclaration du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale

Le 21 mars 2017

GENÈVE (20 mars 2017) – Chaque année, la Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale nous rappelle à tous de redoubler d’efforts pour lutter contre le racisme, la discrimination raciale, la xénophobie, le discours et les crimes haineux.

20 Mar 2017 description

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 March 2017

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an annual reminder to us all to do more to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes.