The current refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian challenge to have faced the European Union since its foundation. Although the outcome of the referendum on 23 June 2016 was that the UK should leave the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU, with all the responsibilities that entails, until the final withdrawal agreement is ratified. It is vital, both on moral grounds and in order to help maintain good relations with the other 27 Member States, that the UK Government should participate fully in EU action to resolve this humanitarian crisis.
Addis Ababa July 18/2016 The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) have signed a 129 million Birr grant agreement that would help the latter carry out better research activities in the health sector.
Director General of AHRI Dr. Taye Tolera and Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden Dr. Anneka Knutsson, signed the agreement.
BRUSSELS, 12 July 2016 – Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. End Violence Against Children - The Global Partnership brings together governments, including EU Member States, foundations, the UN, civil society, the academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.
The 2015 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the number and nature of applications for international protection made in the EU+ (1). It examines how those applications were processed and indicates important developments at EU+ and national level in order to describe the functioning of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in each of its key aspects.
UK CALLED TO CONTROL ITS ARMS EXPORTS AFTER DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN YEMEN
From 6-24 June 2016, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights reviewed the following countries: Angola, Burkina Faso, France, Honduras, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund has provided $32.3 million through its First Standard Allocation in 2016 to address most critical needs under the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan.
The Health, WASH, Emergency Shelter and Non-food Items, Protection and Food Security Clusters received the largest allocations. Around 60% of the total amount allocated went to national and international NGOs, and 40% to UN agencies.
Stockholm, Sweden | AFP | Tuesday 6/21/2016 - 17:30 GMT
Sweden toughened its rules for new asylum seekers on Tuesday as well as for refugees wanting to join their families in the country, after receiving 160,000 asylum claims last year.
The Swedish parliament voted 240 to 45 for the bill that will suspend for three years the granting of temporary residence permits to asylum seekers as well as limiting the number of refugees who will be permitted to join family members already settled in the country.
(Stockholm, June 20, 2016) – The Swedish Parliament is expected to approve a restrictive new asylum bill on June 21, 2016, that could harm the well-being of migrant children in need of protection and undermine their opportunity to effectively integrate into Swedish society, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, which will apply to all children and adults who applied for asylum after November 24, 2015, will temporarily roll back some rights currently available under Swedish asylum law.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has received an additional 30 million Swedish krona (approximately USD 3.6 M) from the Government of Sweden to support the agency’s work in Myanmar in the areas of democratic governance, local development and environmental sustainability. This follows an initial contribution of 30 M Swedish krona received in 2014.
UNDP Country Director, Toily Kurbanov said that he was encouraged by the support provided by the Government of Sweden.
Eurostat news release 120/2016
More than 1 out of 3 continued to come from Syria
During the first quarter of 2016 (from January to March 2016), 287 100 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), down by 33% compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 (when 426 000 first time applicants were registered) .
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 15 June 2016
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month.
GINEBRA, 13 de junio de 2016 (ACNUR) - Debido a la multitud de conflictos y crisis que causan una cantidad record de desplazamientos alrededor del mundo, el reasentamiento ha asumido un papel cada vez más vital en los esfuerzos del ACNUR para encontrar soluciones y abogar por un reparto de responsabilidades más justo para los refugiados, de acuerdo con un informe emitido hoy en una reunión anual en Ginebra.
Avec une multitude de conflits et de crises générant des déplacements de populations sans précédent à travers le monde, la réinstallation s’avère essentielle dans les efforts du HCR pour trouver des solutions et plaider pour un partage équitable des responsabilités dans l’aide aux réfugiés, peut-on lire dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR.
With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, resettlement has become an increasingly vital part of UNHCR’s efforts to find solutions and advocate for fairer responsibility-sharing for refugees, a UNHCR report released today at an annual meeting in Geneva says.
As of 22 May, US$ 31,381,306 is available with the administrative agent MPTF with deposits from:
UNDP-Ukraine’s programme for “Restoration of Governance and Reconciliation in Crisis-Affected Communities of Ukraine” shows first signs of success in facilitating recovery, improving public services, restoring trust and building bridges between authorities and communities in the Donbas region.
The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.