Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe concluded his term as African Union (AU) chair with a speech that had delegates attending the 26th AU summit in Addis Ababa on their feet, applauding especially his calls for the reform of the United Nations (UN).
Clare Cummings, Julia Pacitto, Deletta Lauro and Marta Foresti
It is time for an effective and durable policy response to the current ‘migration crisis’ in Europe. Such a response, however, requires a better and broader understanding of what drives people to migrate in the first place. There is much debate about their motivations, and about possible solutions to the ‘crisis’ – debate that often leads to conflicting messages and theories.
Authors: Anouk Rigterink
5 février 2016 – De hauts responsables des Nations Unies ont appelé à l'élimination totale des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) d'ici à 2030, les qualifiant de « pratique violente » qui meurtrit les filles pour la vie, met leur santé en danger et les prive de leurs droits et de leurs chances de réaliser pleinement leur potentiel.
The views expressed in this paper are the author’s, Dr Moreno-Lax, only and do not necessarily represent the position of the Red Cross EU Office.
1 Introduction: The Access Crisis
Un kit de survie dans sa poche et sa tête « Ces morts auront péri en vain si les vivants refusent de les voir ». La phrase du célèbre correspondant de guerre Robert Capa concerne tous les êtres humains mais elle s’applique particulièrement aux journalistes tués dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions. On n’infligera pas ici de longues statistiques sinistres, mais qui ne connaît une consœur ou un confrère tombé dans un échange de tirs ou sciemment visé lors d’un reportage ?
Reporters Without Borders and UNESCO launch new edition of safety guide for journalists in high-risk environments
On the occasion of the 5 February 2016 conference “News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Reporters Without Borders and UNESCO are officially launching the latest edition of the Safety Guide for Journalists: A handbook for reporters in high-risk environments.
New statistical report on female genital mutilation shows harmful practice is a global concern – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 5 February 2016 – At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to a new statistical report published ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
5 février 2016 – Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour les migrations internationales, Peter Sutherland, a souligné vendredi la responsabilité morale des pays européens d'aider les réfugiés qui se pressent à leurs frontières et a dénoncé l'érection de barrières et de barbelés pour les empêcher d'entrer.
5 February 2016 – The world is facing a political, economic, moral and social crisis as governments and communities struggle to provide effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing war, instability or persecution, the top United Nations migration official said today, calling for deceive multilateral action to tackle “the global issues lurking behind today’s vast movement of people.”
GENEVA (5 February 2016) – Upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Friday, adding that laws and policies that restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services in contravention of international standards, must be repealed and concrete steps must be taken so that women have the information, support and services they require to exercise their rights to determine whether and when they become pregnant.
According to a Europol report this week, 10,000 unaccompanied minors have disappeared in Europe without a trace. Several media have turned to Terre des hommes to explain the phenomenon.
Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor
NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants.
Vienna, 4 February 2016 – OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier today discussed trafficking of human beings with Director of Europol Rob Wainwright. The conversation focused in particular on the plight of minors who are the most vulnerable group within the migrant and refugee population.
A recent Europol report estimated at least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees had disappeared since their arrival on the continent, with many believed to have fallen into the hands of trafficking syndicates.
Parliamentarians from Commonwealth countries in Asia have adopted a declaration to safeguard and promote human rights, concluding a three-day seminar in Sri Lanka in which they agreed to form a regional grouping with a specific human rights mandate.
The purpose of this resource pack is to strengthen the evidence base of child protection through clear and practical guidance for improved planning and M&E practices and documentation of good practices and lessons learned, in line with the main approaches in UNICEF’s Child Protection Strategy (2008) and the refocus in UNICEF on monitoring results for equity. The resource pack is a joint initiative between the UNICEF Child Protection Section, the Data and Analytics Section (in the Division of Research and Policy), the Evaluation Office and the Field Results Group.
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, observed on 6 February:
Never before has it been more urgent, or more possible, to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world.