In the present report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on children deprived of their liberty from the perspective of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Geneva, Switzerland | | Wednesday 4/1/2015 - 15:32 GMT
by Nina LARSON
The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the international community to step up support to African countries fighting Boko Haram militants, accused of a litany of atrocities.
The resolution urged the international community "to provide more active and multifaceted support for Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and other states affected by actions of the terrorist group Boko Haram."
Summary of the Situation in Yemen
As the conflict in the country escalates further, the situation of children affected by grave child rights violations has considerably deteriorated with many children either maimed or killed.
The present letter on the work of the United Nations in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa covers developments from 1 February to 1 March 2015, the 150-day mark since the establishment of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). It records activities carried out by my Special Envoy on Ebola and UNMEER, and provides an update on progress made in the Ebola response pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/1 since my update of 10 February 2015 (A/69/759).
Current situation of the Ebola outbreak
1 April 2015
Speakers Pay Tribute to Ambassador Yusuf Bari-Bari of Somalia, Killed in a Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu
The Human Rights Council today opened its twenty-third Special Session in light of terrorist attacks and human rights abuses and violations committed by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The Special Session was convened at the request of the African Group and called for by 21 Members States of the Council and eight Observer States, said Ambassador Joachim Rücker, President of the Human Rights Council.
33 refugees have been provided with legal counseling and assistance since the beginning of 2015
• UNHCR is aware of 17 Syrians nationals and 59 Palestine refugees from Syria who are still being held in detention in Alexandria for attempting to depart or enter Egypt in an irregular manner.
USD 1,388,194 were injected into local economy through vouchers/e-cards in February 2015
Total of 87,838 beneficiaries were reached during February distribution (84,409 Syrian and 3,429 Syrian Palestinian Refugees), meeting almost 99% of the target.
An inter-cluster team comprising representatives of NGOs and UN agencies visited Kauch Payam in Guit County, Unity State from 16-18 February to conduct an initial rapid needs assessment of the humanitarian situation in the region. The team consisted of NGO and UN cluster partners from both Juba and Bentiu. The mission was organized based on reports of chronic food insecurity and other humanitarian concerns in the area.The following agencies were represented: ARUDA, IOM, VSF-CH, WFP, Concern Worldwide, IRC, OCHA, UNDSS and TDI/UNMAS.
The Inter-Cluster Working Group (ICWG) in Juba and Bentiu conducted an Initial Rapid Need Assessment (IRNA) team to Mankien in Mayom County from 20-23 February 2015 to assess the humanitarian situation in the area. The team consisted of a thirteen-person UN and INGO team with participants from various humanitarian organisations, representing 8 clusters (Education, FSL, GBV, Health, NFI&ES, Nutrition, Protection, WASH). The team was received by representatives of the SSRRC, and INGO partners working in Mankien.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS)/Babylon Branch, distributed food and relief assistance to more than 1250 displaced families in the general areas of the governorate, as well as distributed (600) First Aid kits for those families. As the teams of IRCS conducted a field visit to a number of schools where the displaced students exist in order to check their humanitarian conditions, and to distribute them (500) school bags with its contents.
Pacific Island Countries
The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions on earth. Climate change is contributing to tropical cyclones, floods, drought and rising sea levels which have resulted in chronic emergency conditions and in an increase in intensity and frequency of acute emergencies. It has also rendered the people of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters, especially the poor, who are more exposed, thus less able to reduce risk and to recover from disasters.
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, 31 March (UNHCR) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees told an international conference of donors on Tuesday the Syrian war had reached a dangerous tipping point, with increasing desperation among refugees and in host communities and a widening gap between humanitarian needs and available funding. .
NEW YORK, 31 March 2015 – “The successful conclusion of a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of 16 ethnic armed groups is welcome news for children in Myanmar, who have suffered from some of the longest-running civil conflicts in the world.
Frontline health workers are vaccinating children and changing attitudes family by family in the most hard to reach areas of Pakistan
Response partners enhance cross-border coordination
UNICEF continues support to safe re-opening of schools in Sierra Leone UN Women Executive Director underscores impact of EVD on women
Key Political and Economic Developments
Ramallah, March 26, 2015—Three Palestinian children shot with live ammunition as Palestinian security forces battled gunmen from Balata refugee camp, near to the West Bank city of Nablus, this month.
Ramallah, March 23, 2015—At least 30 children across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, sustained gunshot wounds when Israeli forces used live ammunition to quash protests during the first three months of 2015.
By Jeffrey Moyo
HARARE, Mar 28 2015 (IPS) - Tatenda Chivata, a 16-year old from Zimbabwe’s Mutoko rural district, was suspended from school for an entire three-month academic term after he was found with a used condom stashed in his schoolbag.
Regerai Chigodora, a 34-year-old prisoner at a jail in Harare, had his 36-year sentence stretched to 45 years after he was caught with used condoms in prison early this year.
QUETTA: A rescheduled three-day polio vaccination campaign faced yet another snag and could not begin in some parts of Quetta on Tuesday because of inadequate security arrangements.
The campaign in other districts of Balochistan was said to be going on under tight security.
“The campaign did not start in some parts of Quetta due to lack of security arrangements,” an official of the health department told this correspondent. He said the campaign was being carried out amid tight security in most areas of the city.