Cairo, 28 May 2017 – I am deeply concerned by the confirmed news on the rise of cholera in Yemen, which comes as a possibly fatal addition to the hardships that Yemeni men and women have been facing due to the conflict, displacement and malnutrition. With some 2,000 suspected cases reported daily, the recent and unprecedented cholera outbreak in Yemen threatens the lives of 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women, who need immediate care and reproductive health services.
I am deeply concerned for the safety of civilians behind ISIL lines in western Mosul.
Although the UN is not present in the areas where fighting is occurring, we have received very disturbing reports of families being shut inside booby-trapped homes and of children being deliberately targeted by snipers. Families in the city still lack access to clean water and medicine and many have only limited access to food.
Iraq - An average of 10,000 individuals are fleeing from West Mosul and arriving daily at the transit Zone in Hamam al-Alil, according to the military and camp management there.
Last Thursday (May 18) the number of people fleeing West Mosul peaked when some 16,100 individuals passed through the Hamam al-Alil screening site, according to government figures. It was the largest official daily movement of people since the Mosul operation began on October 17, 2016.
GENEVA (26 May 2017) – Civilians in Syria are increasingly paying the price as counter-ISIL airstrikes escalate while ISIL cracks down on those in and around areas remaining under its control, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Friday.
IOM Iraq Situation Report | Mosul Response Update #23 covers IOM Iraq activities from 4-17 May 2017 in response to recent displacements from Ninewa, Salah al-Din, and Kirkuk governorates.
As military operations in Mosul continue, IOM is assisting displaced families and affected communities through the provision of emergency response services including: non-food item kits, shelter, livelihoods assistance, primary health care, psychosocial assistance, displacement tracking and light infrastructure projects.
Baghdad – The fourth meeting of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Criminal Justice Working Group (CJWG) was held on 11 May 2017 in Baghdad, co-chaired by Iraqi authorities and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting focused on establishing an Integrated Criminal Justice Information Technology System (CJTS), identified as a high priority by a cross section of Government of Iraq security sector actors, including the High Judicial Council (HJC), Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Over 28,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan during first half of May 2017; total number of SS refugees since Dec 2013 is over 417,000.
Some 85,500 IDPs, refugees and returnees were registered by IOM in April in parts of Darfur and Kordofan.
Water supply level at Sortony IDP site, North Darfur increases to 12.5 from 8 litres per person daily following interventions by partners.
Classes in 15 schools in El Neem IDP camp in East Darfur are overcrowded, with 80-110 students per classroom.
Baghdad, 25 May 2017 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the European Union (EU) celebrated the completion of the ‘Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Defeat Course’ which took place at the Ministry of Interior Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Center in Salman Pak. The course was funded through a generous contribution from the EU.
Human Rights Council
6-23 June 2017
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
Note by the Secretariat
BAGHDAD - Iraqi youth from Sulaymaniyah and Diwaniyah to Baashiqa and al-Kut are hoping that the recommendations promoting tolerance and reconciliation they have adopted at the series of meetings of the “Iraq: Youth and Coexistence” over the past four months will climb to the national agenda as the country prepares to tackle the challenges in the period after the defeat of Daesh terrorists.
But mindful of past experiences, some fear that these hopes could diminish and their voices drown in the quicksand of Iraq’s political polarization and economic realities.
Baghdad, 24 May 2017 - A national conference bringing together civil society representatives to gauge the political aspirations of Iraqis for the post-Daesh phase and to promote the merits of national reconciliation convened in Baghdad today, drawing from the findings of a series of cross-country roundtable discussions by academics, journalists, activists as well as tribal and religious leaders over the past five months.
Sana’a, 24 May 2017
Cholera continues to spread at an unprecedented rate throughout Yemen affecting men, women, and children who have for more than two years withstood the consequences of a conflict that is collapsing institutions and social safety nets. With urgency I appeal to United Nations Members States for financial and political support to help avert what is sure to be an additional and devastating blow to Yemen.
Letter dated 18 May 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council
I have the honour to transmit herewith a communication, dated 15 May 2017, which I received from the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) (see annex). The letter transmits the note by the OPCW Technical Secretariat containing a status update of the OPCW fact-finding mission in the Syrian Arab Republic regarding a reported incident in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017.
Iraq - Displacement and return movements continue across Iraq, affecting nearly five million people. Funding for humanitarian operations is urgently needed, particularly with new displacement caused by the intensification of operations to retake Mosul.