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21 Feb 2017 description

This is a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan, a cross-party parliamentary group promoting the cause of peace, human rights, justice and development for the people of Sudan and South Sudan. The report collects over 40 pieces of written evidence and 10 hours of oral hearings to make constructive recommendations for the UK Government, seeking to influence and inform the UK Government’s engagement with its Sudanese counterpart.

20 Feb 2017 description

Oslo, Norway: Following a relief aid distribution on the 14th of February in Al Hudaydah, Yemen, local authorities detained six Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) national staff and a contracted driver.

19 Feb 2017 description

Kabul / Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling for the safe and unconditional release of two staff members abducted when their convoy was ambushed on 8 February in Jawzjan province, an attack that resulted in the killing of six ICRC staff members.

17 Feb 2017 description


  • Humanitarian organizations will target some 5.8 million people across South Sudan with humanitarian assistance and protection in 2017.

  • Displaced people arrive in Kodok and in Aburoc following clashes on the western bank of the River Nile in and around Wau Shilluk.

  • Displacement, loss of property and violations against civilians reported by people displaced by fighting in parts of Nasir.

16 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Intense fighting along the west bank of the Nile in Upper Nile has been persistent through the first two weeks of February, resulting in the displacement of the entire population of Wau Shilluk, some 30,000 people. Currently, 16,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in Renk, en route to crossing the border into Sudan.

16 Feb 2017 description


By the end of December 2016, more than 3.2 million people had been forced out of their homes, including more than 1.85 million internally displaced and 1.4 million seeking refuge in countries neighbouring South Sudan.

16 Feb 2017 description

In January 2017, there was a reduction in the number of humanitarian access incidents reported (64) compared with December 2016 (77). However, the impact on humanitarian operations was substantial, due to relocations of aid workers and suspension of operations in multiple locations. About 53 per cent of incidents reported involved violence against humanitarian personnel or assets. During the month, there were nine incidents involving restrictions of movement within the county, representing a significant increase from December 2016 when there were three cases.

16 Feb 2017 description

Durant l’année 2016, 68 incidents d’accès ont été enregistrés dans les régions nord du Mali. 59% des cas recueillis ont eu lieu dans la région de Gao, suivi de Tombouctou (26%) et Kidal (15%). Les attaques contre les personnels, les biens et infrastructures humanitaires représentent 88% des incidents.

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  • Malgré les contraintes d’accès, les humanitaires continuent à porter assistance aux populations dans le besoin en adaptant leurs opérations aux contraintes observées sur le terrain.

15 Feb 2017 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
7884th Meeting (AM)

Armed Groups Still Pose Significant Threat, Permanent Representative Stresses

The security situation in the capital of the Central African Republic had taken a turn for the better, but it remained a matter of concern in other parts of the country, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the Security Council today, emphasizing the need for ongoing international attention.

15 Feb 2017 description

Nearly 100 medical facilities belonging to, or supported by, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been bombed since 2015. The vast majority were in Syria, the others in Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Sudan.

15 Feb 2017 description

A Handicap International-supported hospital in the governorate of Dar’a (South Syria) was indirectly hit by an airstrike on the evening of February 13. The strike injured several staff members, and damaged the building.

15 Feb 2017 description

Islamabad, February 15, 2017 - Chairing a high level review meeting on polio emergency here today Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar directed to ensure strict accountability and maintain stringent monitoring to meet remaining challenges in polio eradication.

“We must build on success achieved hencefar by maintaining stringent monitoring and making everyone associated with the program accountable”, said the Minister.

14 Feb 2017 description
report United Nations


On compte près de 240 tués parmi ce personnel au cours des cinq dernières années, les « cibles molles » étant de plus en plus exposées

Au moins 32 membres du personnel des Nations Unies et du personnel associé ont été tués en 2016 dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions, selon le Comité permanent sur la sécurité et l’indépendance de la fonction publique internationale du Syndicat du personnel de l’ONU.

14 Feb 2017 description
report United Nations


Almost 240 Have Died in Last 5 Years, with ‘Soft’ Targets Increasingly at Risk, Says Staff Union Standing Committee

At least 32 United Nations and associated personnel were killed in the line of duty over the course of 2016, according to the Standing Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service of the United Nations Staff Union.

13 Feb 2017 description


The present report is being submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 2/113 and resolution 14/15. It describes the human rights situation in Afghanistan from January to November 2016 and provides an overview of the core work and technical assistance conducted by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

13 Feb 2017 description
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• As of 12 February, 152,448 individuals are currently displaced as a result of on-going fighting. Between 6 February and 12 February, the net number of people displaced reduced by 10,000 people. In total, since 17 October 2016, nearly 200,000 people have been displaced, of whom some 46,200 have returned to their places of origin.

13 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

The news last week that six members of the International Committee of the Red Cross were killed in Jawzjan, Afghanistan was a tragic echo of an attack 20 years earlier when another six ICRC workers were lost – shot in their beds in their field hospital in Chechnya. At that time, targeted killings of aid workers were relatively rare and most agencies did not yet have basic security procedures, much less the professional security managers, armoured vehicles and other resources now applied to try to safeguard staff in the field.

13 Feb 2017 description

(Kinshasa, 11 February 2017) : On 9 February 2017, after intercommunity clashes erupted in Mbayo (Manono Territory, Tanganyika Province), militiamen entered the General Referral Hospital in Kiambi (130 km North of Manono) and killed one patient and his wife. They also assaulted a medical staff. OCHA condemns this heinous and cowardly attack in the strongest possible terms and expresses its dismay. OCHA also recalls the neutral and impartial nature of health structures and medical staff that must be protected at all times.