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25 May 2017 description

The Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocated some US$ 19.7 million to prioritized sectors of nutrition, WaSH, agriculture and health to bridge the response gaps in the last months of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 in response to the residual needs from the El Niño induced drought and the negative Indian Ocean Dipole. The humanitarian context is rapidly evolving due to deepening drought, meher harvest loss from frost and the spread of disease outbreaks, including Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD).

24 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa grabbed international attention earlier this year with images of angry demonstrators attacking foreign residents and their businesses. This type of xenophobic violence, analysts say, is largely driven by high unemployment, inequality and frustration with the government’s failure to provide everyone with basic services.

24 May 2017 description
report United Nations

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, concluded today a three-day visit to Sana’a where he met with political leaders from Ansar’Allah and the General People’s Congress and Representatives of other political parties. The talks focused on possible agreements which would to prevent the spread of military activities to Hudeidah and practical ways to ensure the resumption of salaries to all Yemeni civil servants nation-wide.

24 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET projects elevated risk of Famine in Somalia, despite mitigating impact of humanitarian assistance

  • UN releases revised 2017 HRP for Somalia, requesting $1.5 billion to respond to humanitarian needs through December

  • USG announces more than $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 May 2017 description

Over 1,000 migrants are still scattered across the region and the numbers are growing, with 600 now living around Calais

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping in the streets in "disastrous" conditions in northern France with no access to tents, showers or water since a fire ravaged the country's last major refugee camp, a charity said on Wednesday.

A fire destroyed most of the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk last month after fighting broke out.

24 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Address Past Electoral Offenses, Other Rights Abuses

24 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 24, 2017 5:56 AM
VOA News

Muslim extremists in the Philippines have taken a local Catholic priest and others hostage after forcing their way into a cathedral in the southern city of Marawi.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the hostages included 10 worshippers and three church employees, and that the militants were demanding the government withdraw its forces from the area.

24 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: May 24, 2017 3:23 PM
Harun Maruf

Militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Somalia's capital and two other fatal attacks in Kenya.

Officials in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, said at least eight people were killed and 15 others injured in the bombing late Wednesday near the city's seaport.

Witnesses told VOA's Somali service a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device blew up next to a small restaurant.

24 May 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12840

Security Council
7940th Meeting (AM)

The national dialogue just launched in South Sudan by President Salva Kiir would only be credible if opposition groups genuinely participated, the senior United Nations official in that country said today, as he briefed the Security Council on the significant military, humanitarian and political challenges facing that nation.

24 May 2017 description

Consejo de Derechos Humanos
35º período de sesiones
6 a 23 de junio de 2017

Tema 3 de la agenda
Promoción y protección de todos los derechos humanos, civiles, políticos, económicos, sociales y culturales, incluido el derecho al desarrollo

Nota de la Secretaría****

24 May 2017 description

Central African Republic

Populations in the Central African Republic remain at risk of mass atrocity crimes committed by ex-Séléka rebel factions, "anti-balaka" militias and other armed groups.

BACKGROUND:

Despite a period of relative stability following the peaceful election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in February 2016, populations in the Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of mass atrocity crimes.

24 May 2017 description

Conseil des droits de l’homme
Trente-cinquième session
6-23 juin 2017

Point 3 de l’ordre du jour
Promotion et protection de tous les droits de l’homme, civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels, y compris le droit au développement

Note du secrétariat

24 May 2017 description

South Sudan

Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan poses a direct threat to populations who are being targeted on the basis of ethnicity and presumed political loyalties.

BACKGROUND:

24 May 2017 description
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Human Rights Council
Thirty-fifth session
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

24 May 2017 description

La ville de Bangassou dans la préfecture du Mboumou (sud-est de la République Centrafricaine) retrouve progressivement le calme tandis que les activités administratives et socio-éducatives reprennent après l’intervention robuste des casques bleus de la MINUSCA, mais les défis sécuritaires restent importants, a annoncé la Mission. La ville a été le théâtre, le 13 mai 2017, d’un assaut lancé par des groupes d’auto-défense assimilés aux anti-Balaka qui a causé plusieurs victimes et fait des milliers de déplacés.

24 May 2017 description

During a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea on 23 May, the Libyan coastguard approached boats in distress, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people’s lives and creating mayhem, according to aid organisations Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS Méditerranée, whose teams witnessed the violent incident.

24 May 2017 description

RESUMEN EJECUTIVO

El fenómeno “El Niño Costero” que se generó por el incremento de la temperatura superficial del mar, originando precipitaciones continuas en los meses de febrero y marzo, afectando particularmente en la costa norte de Perú, y ha generado que se declaren en emergencia 12 departamentos y una provincia constitucional. A la fecha, la cifra de la población afectada y damnificada ha superado el 1.3 millones de personas.

24 May 2017 description

“Help Us Ensure the Best Data Protection for Beneficiaries”

BALTIMORE, MD, May 24, 2017 – Global aid agencies seeking to protect some of the most vulnerable people around the world from breaches of data privacy have called on donor agencies to help establish industry-wide standards.

24 May 2017 description

The SMM’s operations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions remained restricted following the fatal incident of 23 April near Pryshyb; these restrictions continued to limit the Mission’s observations. In Donetsk region the Mission recorded more ceasefire violations and explosions compared with the previous reporting period. In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded a similar number of ceasefire violations. It followed up on civilian casualties treated at the Donetsk Trauma Hospital. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske.