Protection and Human Rights

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17 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 18:37 GMT


Restoring stability in Libya is the only way to solve the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, as President Barack Obama warned re-establishing peace could not be achieved by military force.

Speaking at a joint White House press conference after authorities in Italy confirmed more than 11,000 migrants had been rescued in the past six days alone, Renzi said the problem would only be solved by peace in Libya.

17 Apr 2015 description

Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

17 Apr 2015 description

Canada is committed to ensuring the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children and youth have access to quality education

April 16, 2015 - Washington, D.C. - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

17 Apr 2015 description

How European indifference pushed MSF to take 'controversial' action.

By Aurélie Ponthieu, MSF Humanitarian Adviser on Displacement, Brussels.

17 Apr 2015 description

Italy - As landings of rescued migrants surge in Southern Italy, IOM teams continue to gather evidence of at least 400 presumed fatalities earlier this week.

“While the number of arrivals this year is similar to that registered during the same period in 2014, so many arrivals is so few days is unprecedented,” said Federico Soda, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean.

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Una adolescente es secuestrada en su aldea del Iraq y será vendida o entregada a los combatientes del Estado Islámico del Iraq y el Levante (EIIL) como esclava sexual. En un centro de detención de la República Árabe Siria, un hombre sufre una agresión sexual como castigo por sus afiliaciones políticas, presuntas o reales. En Sudán del Sur, una mujer debe elegir entre alimentar a su familia o sufrir el ataque de hombres armados mientras intenta recoger la cosecha.

17 Apr 2015 description


Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

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GENEVA (16 April 2015) – Human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed for political convenience in the fight against terrorism, two United Nations human rights experts have said today.

“It is only by strict adherence to international human rights standards that counter-terrorism strategies can ultimately succeed,” said Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

16 Apr 2015 description

In the space of a week, at least 750 migrants are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Many thousands of others have risked their lives this year, fleeing conflict and instability in Africa and the Middle East, in small, often decrepit vessels in an attempt to reach European territories.

16 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 14:14 GMT

Several operations have been launched to rescue migrants making the perilous journey to European shores from North Africa.

The biggest was Mare Nostrum, which was scrapped by Italy in late 2014.

  • Operation Mare Nostrum -

Following a spate of disasters involving migrants around the Italian island of Lampedusa in late 2013 in which more than 400 people died, the Italian Navy launched a search-and-rescue program called Mare Nostrum.

16 Apr 2015 description

Description: The new issue of Migration Policy Practice focuses broadly on three main themes – public perceptions of migration, analysis of irregular migration and return trends, and measuring the impact of migration policies.

16 Apr 2015 description

With a new and large-scale boat tragedy reported on the Mediterranean, UNHCR is today appealing afresh to governments across the region to prioritize the saving of lives, including by urgently expanding and upgrading search and rescue capacities.

The latest incident involves the capsizing of a double-deck boat on Monday in waters about 120 kilometres south of Lampedusa. 142 people have been rescued and 8 bodies recovered. But some 400 others said by survivors to have been aboard are feared lost.

16 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Carolina Montenegro and Kristy Siegfried

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way.

15 Apr 2015 description
report Amnesty

Governments must ban any further development of killer robots whose insidious creep into policing would put lives at risk and pose a serious threat to human rights, Amnesty International said today as it launched a new briefing in Geneva.

Speaking at a meeting of the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), the organization is calling for a pre-emptive ban on the development, stockpiling, transfer, deployment and use of fully autonomous weapons systems (AWS or killer robots).

15 Apr 2015 description

Reggio Calabria, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 4/15/2015

by Giovanni ISOLINO

Rights groups lashed out at the EU on Wednesday for scrapping rescue operations in the Mediterranean, saying it had endangered the lives of thousands of desperate migrants making perilous journeys across the sea.

The criticism came as Italian coastguards said no more survivors had been found from a shipwreck off the coast of Libya on Sunday which may have killed 400 people.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.

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report ECOWAS

Excellence, le Président du Conseil des Droits de l’Homme,

Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs,

Tous les protocoles observés,

Je suis honorée de vous présenter l’état de droits humains en Afrique et le travail de la Commission Africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples pour améliorer cette situation ; un travail souvent exigeant mais aussi largement méconnu.

Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs,