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26 May 2019 description

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan expresses grave concern about credible accounts of Taliban subjecting detainees to ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, as well as serious allegations that some detainees were killed. Reports also indicate that detainees were held in poor conditions and made to do forced labour.

26 May 2019 description

By Najim Rahim and David Zucchino

NAW DEH, Afghanistan — Just before midterm exams in January, Mohammad Sadiq Halimi, the deputy education director for Farah Province in western Afghanistan, was given an ultimatum by local Taliban leaders.

Fire all male teachers at girls’ schools, Mr. Halimi said he was told. Replace them with women — men should not teach girls, the militants said.

The government did as it was told. “We didn’t want to give them an excuse” to shut down the schools by force, Mr. Halimi said.

26 May 2019 description

In Numbers

29,978 people assisted in April 2019

289 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 176,741 cash-based transfers made

US$ 0.7 m six-month (May-October 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• In April, WFP successfully reached 29,978 refugees as per target. This number includes approximately 8,419 women, 8,419 men, 6,315 girls, and 6,916 boys. The people assisted received a total cash transfer value of USD 175,741 and 271 mt of fortified wheat flour.

26 May 2019 description

Natural disaster Assessment and Response Update:

Baghlan:

Total number of families verified: 72

Total number of families assisted:

Ongoing and Planned distribution: 72

26 May 2019 description

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan expresses grave concern about credible accounts of Taliban subjecting detainees to ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, as well as serious allegations that some detainees were killed. Reports also indicate that detainees were held in poor conditions and made to do forced labour.

25 May 2019 description

Heavy rains in many parts of Afghanistan have triggered flooding, killing at least 24 people and injuring 11 others in the past 48 hours, officials said on May 25.

According to the Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, the flooding has affected six of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, including the capital, Kabul.

In central Bamyan Province’s Sheber district, some 500 people were reported to have been rescued as water levels rose there.

According to AP, floods have destroyed more than 220 homes over the past two days.

24 May 2019 description
report UN News Service

In Afghanistan, children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, unless $7 million in funding is found within weeks, UNICEF said on Friday.

Speaking in Geneva, UN Children’s Fund spokesperson Christophe Boulierac, likened the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country to “one of the worst disasters on earth”.

24 May 2019 description

May 24, 2019 – In this policy note, Watchlist makes specific recommendations to the UN Secretary-General regarding the list of perpetrators of child rights violations in his forthcoming annual report on children and armed conflict. Drawing on UN-verified information and other credible reports, Watchlist makes recommendations regarding parties that should be added to the annexes of the Secretary-General’s report and listings that should be expanded to include additional violations.

24 May 2019 description
report UN News Service

Le chef de l’ONU a salué le renforcement du cadre normatif du droit international humanitaire mais a déploré le fait que le respect de ce dernier se soit dégradé.

24 May 2019 description
  • Health ministers and delegates attending the World Health Assembly this week in Geneva welcomed the new Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023, reiterating the need to fully implement and fund all aspects of the strategy to secure a lasting polio-free world.
24 May 2019 description

Contents

253 Progress towards polio eradication, worldwide, January 2017–March 2019

Sommaire

253 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite à l’échelle mondiale, janvier 2017-mars 2019

24 May 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Burkina Faso

10 April 2019: In Dagou town, Foutouri department, Komondjari province, militants presumed to be from JNIM and/or ISGS broke into the home of a municipal councillor and abducted him along with an NGO worker presumed to have been at his home. The councillor’s son had also been abducted three days prior. Source: ACLED1

23 May 2019 description

Nigeria and the western Gulf of Guinea region continue to receive limited rainfall

  1. Continued belowaverage rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

  2. Below-normal rainfall since April has led to significant early-season deficits and abnormal dryness.

  3. Heavy rainfall along the coast of Tanzania has caused flash flooding in Dar es Salaam. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue next week.

23 May 2019 description

SG/SM/19591-SC/13823

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, in New York today:

I thank the Government of Indonesia for convening this open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

23 May 2019 description

Serbian authorities said two migrants died and two others were in serious condition after hiding in a tanker truck near the border with Hungary.

The men were discovered on May 21 in northern Serbia when the truck driver opened the tank and saw them lying unconscious.

Hospital officials in Novi Sad told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service that the migrants suffered heatstroke and suffocation. One died on May 22 and the other died overnight. The two others are in intensive care.

According to the Serbian Interior Ministry, at least two of the migrants were from Afghanistan.

23 May 2019 description

The UN Refugee Agency has been working in Ukraine since 1994 and established a country office the following year. A host country agreement was signed in September 1996.

Ukraine acceded to the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees and the 1967 Protocol in 2002. A 2011 law regulates the treatment of refugees and other persons of concern in Ukraine.
In 2013, Ukraine acceded to the two UN Conventions relating to the status of stateless persons (1954) and on the reduction of statelessness (1961).

23 May 2019 description

Overview

In the first three months of 2019, just over 10,200 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 17 countries in Europe.2 This is already almost one third of the total submissions made in 2018, and 60% of the average rate of 16,960 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.