Refugees

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19 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • UNHCR and inter-agency partners are seeking US$166.6 million to meet the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.
  • So far, 1,500 people have returned to Tamar village in Central Darfur State.
  • In Central Darfur, the Wali issued a decree to form a high committee for humanitarian coordination to oversee humanitarian work in the state.
  • About 118,000 people in Blue Nile will benefit from water, sanitation and hygiene assistance from World Vision International (WVI).

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19 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Nairobi) – Des membres de la ligue des jeunes du parti au pouvoir au Burundi, connus sous le nom d’Imbonerakure, ont brutalement tué, torturé et sévèrement battu des dizaines de personnes à travers le pays au cours des derniers mois, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui. Les meurtres et autres mauvais traitements reflètent l’impunité généralisée dont bénéficient les membres des Imbonerakure et la réticence du gouvernement à poursuivre ou à contrôler ce groupe.

19 Jan 2017 description
report AlterPresse

Par Wooldy Edson Louidor

Bogotá (Colombie), 16 janv 2017 [AlterPresse] --- 20,366 migrantes et migrants haïtiens en situation irrégulière ont été détectés dans différentes régions du territoire colombien, au cours de l’année 2016, selon le rapport annuel, présenté le 12 janvier 2017, par les autorités migratoires de ce pays sudaméricain [1].

19 Jan 2017 description
report Guardian

Canadian-style scheme run by government says volunteers’ offers of support have been ‘stuck’ for six months

By Amelia Gentleman

Only two Syrian refugee families have been resettled under the government’s community refugee sponsorship scheme, six months after it was unveiled by the home secretary and the archbishop of Canterbury.

Read more on The Guardian

19 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN should impose targeted sanctions

(Nairobi) – Members of the Burundi ruling party’s youth league, the _Imbonerakure_, have brutally killed, tortured, and severely beaten scores of people across the country in recent months, Human Rights Watch said today. The killings and other ill-treatment reflect the widespread impunity for _Imbonerakure_ members and the government’s unwillingness to prosecute or rein in the group.

18 Jan 2017 description
report EurasiaNet

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska

On the 8.28 a.m. train to Terespol, a Polish town at the border with Belarus, Ali watches the barely changing landscape with indifference. This might be the twentieth time he has taken this train with his wife and three kids. Or maybe the twenty-first, he cannot quite remember.

18 Jan 2017 description

Two Iranian men who were bashed by police in Papua New Guinea return to court after being arrested for a second time.

Two Iranian men who were bashed by police in Papua New Guinea have returned to court after being arrested for a second time.

Police arrested Mehdi Bohlouli and Mohammad Rabani — who are housed at Australia's offshore detention centre on Manus Island — for failing to appear in court on January 11 on charges of being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest.

18 Jan 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

The United Nations human rights envoy to Myanmar on Wednesday met privately on Wednesday with the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw to discuss recent violence in volatile Rakhine state, as she nears the end of a 12-day biannual visit to Myanmar.

During the meeting, Yanghee Lee, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, condemned the Oct. 9 attacks on border guard posts in northern Rakhine that left nine officers dead, according to an announcement by the foreign affairs ministry.

18 Jan 2017 description

Last January 12, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFCR) and the Argentine Red Cross signed an agreement Framework of cooperation with the White Helmets Commission (Comisión de los Cascos Blancos).

18 Jan 2017 description

Amman, 14 January 2017: The UNESCO Office in Amman, with the generous funding of the European Union, concluded a one-year vocational training programme for over 350 Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth. The graduates earned a BTEC Level 3 diplomas from Al Quds College in Amman, Jordan. The international accredited diploma programmes offered students the choice to study one of five specializations and also take additional courses in English language, life skills, computer literacy and study skills.

18 Jan 2017 description

“Changing the World of Refugee Girls Through Education”: this is the aim of a partnership between Procter & Gamble (P&G), UNESCO and Save the Children showcased during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, on 17 January.

Marking the launch of the commitment, P&G brought together a panel to raise awareness of the extreme vulnerability of refugee girls and to secure solutions to their future through education and skills development.

18 Jan 2017 description

Snow and freezing temperatures have made it impossible for refugees in Greece to continue living in tents. NORCAP experts are alarmed and urge the EU to accelerate the relocation process. "It is extremely sad and worrying that refugees have to stay in these conditions and that the EU is not doing more to help relocate and speed up the asylum process," says our expert Patric Mansour, deployed to UNHCR on Lesvos.

He has worked on the island since the start of the refugee influx in August 2015, where he coordinated large parts of the humanitarian response on the island.

18 Jan 2017 description

Crisis overview

Three border posts along the Myanmar–Bangladesh border were attacked on 9 October by Harakah al-Yaqin, a resurgent group in Rakhine state which has supposed links to the Rohingya. In response, the Myanmar Army has deployed more troops into the northern Rakhine area, mainly in Maungdaw, and has conducted a security operation. At least 130 people have since been killed in raids and skirmishes. A state of emergency has been declared.

18 Jan 2017 description

Zambia Red Cross Society volunteers have been supporting asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - since they arrived in late December 2016, until they began to be repatriated, in early January 2017.

In December 2016, there were reports of political tension in the second-largest country in Africa. And, as a result, some Congolese started fleeing to neighbouring Zambia.

18 Jan 2017 description

Statement by Christopher Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

UNRWA strongly condemns the armed violence that took place in the Ein El Hilweh Palestine refugee camp in Lebanon on the evening of 15 January 2017.

Recurrent armed violence continues to impact the civilian population in the camp, including children. Last night’s shooting caused injuries to six people, including one child, and shocked and frightened camp inhabitants.

18 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Number of reporting sites: One hundred and fifty-seven (157) reporting sites (86% of the total EWARN re-porting sites) including seventy four (74) in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, seven (7) in refugee camps and seventy two (72) mobile clinics submitted complete and timely epidemiological (epi) weekly re-ports.

  • Total number of consultations: 51,633 (Male=23,814 and Female=27,819) consultations were recorded this epi week marking an increase of 6,911 from epi week 46, (Total consultations in Week 46: 44,722).

18 Jan 2017 description

Refugees and migrants in Greece age 15 to 24 have an overwhelming interest in continuing their education, a desire to work and willingness to learn new skills, according to a new report by the global organisations Mercy Corps and Norwegian Refugee Council. The study “Don’t forget us” explores for the first time in Greece the needs and vulnerabilities of the estimated 18,000 young women and men stranded there.

The two organisations conducted 17 focus group discussions with 120 adolescents and youth from 11 different countries residing on Greek islands and mainland sites.