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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

03 Oct 2017 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Overview of UNHCR’s operations in the Americas

A. Situational context including new developments

Colombia situation

03 Oct 2017 description

The North of Central America suffers high levels of violence stemming from gangs and other organized criminal groups.

This insecurity is compelling an increasing number of persons - often entire families - to flee their homes, within their countries or to nearby countries.

All countries in the region are affected by these movements and a regional response is therefore of paramount importance.

KEY INDICATORS

29 Sep 2017 description

El informe sobre tierras y vivienda se basa en entrevistas con personas desplazadas, incluidas las comunidades locales, indígenas, campesinas y afro-hondureñas, autoridades nacionales y locales, expertos y la sociedad civil.

29 Sep 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

28 Sep 2017 description

28 de septiembre, 2017 — La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) lanzó hoy una aplicación para dispositivos móviles que proveerá información fidedigna y segura a los migrantes que requieran servicios de protección y asistencia en Mesoamérica.

Mediante la MigrantApp, las personas desplazadas recibirán información en tres idiomas sobre la ubicación geográfica de más de 1.500 lugares como centros sanitarios o de protección de los derechos humanos, consulados, albergues, oficinas de formación y empleo o de asistencia a grupos vulnerables.

22 Jun 2017 description

DATOS RELEVANTES

164.000 Refugiados y solicitantes de asilo del Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica (TNC) para finales de 2016. Casi diez veces más que en los últimos cinco años

174.000 Personas desplazadas internamente (PDI) en Honduras (esta cifra se base en un ejercicio de identificación de perfiles de 2014, realizado en 21 municipios de un total de 298 municipios en el país).

16 Jun 2017 description

The North of Central America suffers high levels of violence stemming from gangs and other organized criminal groups.
This insecurity is compelling an increasing number of persons – often entire families – to flee their homes, within their countries or to nearby countries.
Nine countries of the region are affected by these movements and a regional response is therefore of paramount importance.

KEY INDICATORS

04 May 2017 description

Sequía. Enfermedades. Terremotos. Huracanes. Más de 10,6 millones de personas en América Latina y el Caribe fueron afectadas por estos desastres en 2016.

Cada emergencia presentó sus propios desafíos, se tratara de los medios de vida afectados, la seguridad de las familias forzadas a huir de la violencia, el creciente riesgo de enfermedades transmitidas por vectores o la magnitud de grandes desastres como el terremoto en Ecuador (abril 2016) y el Huracán Matthew en el Caribe (octubre de 2016).

04 May 2017 description

Drought. Disease. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. More than 10.6 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean were affected by these disasters in 2016.

Each emergency presented its own set of challenges, whether it was addressing affected livelihoods, the safety of families forced to flee from violence, the growing risk of vector-borne diseases or the sheer scale of major disasters such as the earthquake in Ecuador (April 2016) and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean (October 2016).

28 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

164,000 Refugees and asylum-seekers from the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) at the end of 2013. Almost a tenfold increase over the last five years.

174,000 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Honduras (figure based on a 2014 profiling exercise carreid out in 21 municipalities, out of a total of 298 in the country).

214,000 Deportations of NTCA citizens from the USA and Mexico in 2016. It is estiamated that 450,000 migrants entered Mexico irregularly in 2016.

21 Dec 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

137,600
Refugees and asylum-seekers from the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) until June 30.
174,000
IDPs in Honduras (2014 profiling exercise). A similar profiling exercise is taking place in El Salvador to assess the magnitude and patterns of displacement.
99,522
Deportations of NTCA citizens from the USA and Mexico in first half of 2016 (Jan-Jun). It is estimated that there are some 400,000 migrants in transit crossing Guatemala into Mexico.

30 Sep 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

30 Number of strategic partnerships signed by UNHCR with operational partners in the region in 2016, compared to 13 in 2015.

400 Number of additional lodging capacity in 6 shelters constructed/rehabilitated with UNHCR’s support in Mexico and Guatemala.

1,900 Asylum-seekers and refugees provided with cash-based assistance in Mexico in the States of Tabasco, Chiapas and Mexico City.

19 Sep 2016 description

DESTACADOS

  • Se registran 8.2 millones de personas afectadas por desastres en América Latina y el Caribe desde enero a agosto de 2016.

  • En América Central, la violencia perpetrada por grupos criminales o maras es una de las principales causas que llevan a las personas a buscar protección.

  • Desde finales de 2015, la sequía registrada en Bolivia se ha empalmado a la época seca (mayo-octubre) y se ha extendido al oriente y sur del país, afectando a cerca de 740,000 personas.

19 Sep 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8.2 million people affected by disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean from January to August 2016.

  • In the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA), ongoing and widespread violence perpetrated by criminal groups or gangs is one of the main causes that people seek protection.

  • Since late 2015, the drought in Bolivia has continued through the dry season (May to October) and spread to the east and south of the country, affecting more than 740,000 people.

31 Aug 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

32,179 New asylum applications from the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) citizens in North and Central America countries in 2016 (Jan-Jun).

99,522 Deportations of NTCA citizens from the USA and Mexico in 2016 (Jan-Jun).

565% Increase in asylum applications in Belize,
Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama from NTCA citizens in 2016 (Jan-Jun) compared to the same period in 2015.

29 Aug 2016 description
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Drought/Food Insecuirty

Drought / Food Insecurity As of March 2016, 2.5 million people are food insecure in Central America (1.15 million in IPC Phase 3). Availability/access to staple foods and opportunities to generate income are very limited.

21 Jul 2016 description

By Gabriel Cardona-Fox

As an invisible humanitarian crisis intensifies as a result of drug and criminal violence in Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle, a regional call to action provides reason to be cautiously optimistic.

12 Jul 2016 description

Introduction

This supplementary appeal is presented as a follow-up of the Protection and Solutions Strategy for the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) launched in December 2015. It outlines UNHCR’s protection and solutions interventions planned for 2016 to respond to additional and most urgent needs of refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees and internally displaced people from the NTCA in countries of origin, transit and asylum, encompassing Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.

12 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

146,000
Refugees and asylum-seekers (2016 projection)

234,000
Returned population from USA and Mexico to NTCA (2016 projection)

190,000
IDPs from 20 municipalities in Honduras (2016 projection)

CONTEXT