7689th Meeting (AM)
A profound political crisis engulfing Iraq was paralysing the work of the Government and Council of Representatives at a time when terrorist attacks were spiking along with civilian deaths and a grave humanitarian situation was unfolding, the chief of the United Nations mission in that country told the Security Council today.
GENEVA / AMMAN (6 May 2016) – The United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories met with a range of civil society organisations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials during their annual fact-finding visit to Amman (2-5 May 2016).
During the visit, representations were made on a wide range of issues affecting the Palestinian and Syrian people in territories occupied by Israel.
By Andrew Connelly
The new residents of the City Plaza Hotel in downtown Athens can check out any time they like but, for now at least, they cannot leave Greece.
While borders across the Balkans slammed shut in March, trapping more than 54,000 migrants and refugees in Greece, a network of radical Greek academics, activists and citizens were busy seizing this long-abandoned hotel to create a co-operative refuge for hundreds of families, many of them women and children.
I have the honour to present the third report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 7 of resolution 2233 (2015), as well as the tenth report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 4 of resolution 2107 (2013) on the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals, and property.
Under the theme ‘colour your life with rainbow colours,’ 300 students from UNRWA schools in Gaza city participated with their parents in the colours festival organized by the UNRWA Community Mental Health Programme and the Education Programme at UNRWA Gaza Training College in Gaza city on Saturday, 16 April 2016.
The Colours Festival aimed at enhancing and encouraging positive relationships between children and their families. It also provides a free space for students to express their feelings through creative arts while having fun.
Female Heads of Households (FHH) in the Gaza Strip remain a particularly vulnerable group subject to marginalization, greater poverty levels and social stigmatization. To counter this hardship and poverty often experienced by FHHs, the UNRWA Gender Initiative (GI) is implementing the “Empowerment Programme for Female Heads of Households project,” in partnership with Aisha Association for Women and Child Protection through 15 Community based Organisations (CBOs).
GENEVA, 6 May 2016 –– UNICEF today called for urgent measures to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe – who are at serious risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation and whose number reached a record of more than 95,000 last year.
Three years of instability substantially deteriorated the health system and health needs remain acute for much of the population
More than 10,000 people displaced in Koui area following clashes between armed groups
A return intention survey shows 73% of refugees do not intend to return to CAR
Alarming deterioration of food security situation over the past year according to Food Security cluster recent assessment.
Facing a chronic healthcare crisis
6 May 2016, Tunis, Tunisia -- WHO expresses great concern over the death of 12 newborns in the Sabah Medical Centre neonatal intensive care unit in Sabha, southern Libya. The deaths occurred as a result of a bacterial infection and lack of specialized health staff to provide medical care.
Burundi - UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani has completed a three-day assessment of the situation of IDPs in Burundi. His visit was jointly organized by UNHCR and UNOCHA, in coordination with IOM.
During his visit to camps in Gitaza and Cashi (Rumonge) established for 1,900 people affected by floods in October 2015, he found an urgent need for more assistance, including access to basic services such as health care and education.
UNHCR reaches 1,200 vulnerable IDPs in Western Bahr al Ghazal – UNHCR provided sanitary pads, blankets and kitchen sets to some 1,200 vulnerable women in Mboro, as part of an inter-agency response to 5,000 internally displaced people from Wau County.
On 7 September 2015, the Prime Minister announced a significant extension of the scheme. The UK is now planning to resettle up to 20,000 refugees from the Syrian region over the next five years. The Government is working out the logistics of the extended scheme with local authorities and the voluntary sector. The Government also announced, on 28 January 2016, that it would work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to lead a new initiative to resettle unaccompanied children from conflict regions.
In conflict-affected and high-risk areas, companies involved in mining and trade in minerals have the potential to generate income, growth and prosperity, sustain livelihoods and foster local development. In such situations, companies may also be at risk of contributing to or being associated with significant adverse impacts, including serious human rights abuses and conflict.
Patrick Kingsley in south-east Turkey
Vast numbers of young Syrians in Turkey and beyond are having to work instead of going to school
Hamza sits at a sewing machine in a gloomy warehouse in southern Turkey, where he works 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Syrian can perform most of the roles on the assembly line: he knows how to mould leather into the shape of a shoe, or attach its sole with glue. Today Hamza threads its different parts together with the machine, and his boss looks on approvingly.
Due to the decline in emergency medical needs at AMDA’s activity base (Hirayasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-cho, AMDA’s medical assistance is entering the secondary stage where acupuncturists, care workers and physiotherapists are playing an active role in taking care of the evacuees. The most notable and unique attempt is a collaborative mobile clinic conducted by the team of medical personnel with different specialties.
Latest Developments (outside of the reporting period):
- Tensions along the Gaza-Israel border have been on the rise since 4 May, involving a series of attacks by Palestinian armed groups and the Israeli army; a Palestinian woman was killed and four other Palestinian civilians, including three children, and an Israeli soldier, were injured, according to initial media reports.
Sarah Boseley in Recife
When her son was born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, Aline became the latest mother thrust into an interminable cycle of care and rehabilitation
Aline Ferreira’s son wears a blue and white babygrow. Over her shoulder, she carries a cloth to wipe his mouth. She smiles happily, but anyone can see there is something severely wrong with three month-old Luiz. His head seems squashed out of shape, and it flops forward.