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10 Sep 2018 description

Distinguished President,
Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva,
Excellencies,
Colleagues and friends,

It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human rights of their people, in this year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

27 Jul 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 55,001 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 25 July 2018. That total compares to 111,753 at this time last year, and over 250,000 at this time in 2016.

Arrivals to Spain this month have overtaken those to Italy. To date just over 38 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has more than tripled those registered at this time last year.

24 Jul 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 53,269 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 22 July 2018. That total compares to 110,603 at this time last year, and 244,722 at this time in 2016.

Arrivals to Spain (see chart below) this month have overtaken those to Italy. To date just over 36 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has more than tripled those registered at this time last year.

19 Jun 2018 description

U.S. Food Assistance Helps Syrian Refugees Regain Stability

Syria’s brutal civil war is now in its seventh year. The UN Refugee Agency estimates 13 million people in Syria are suffering from violence, displacement or lack of access to basics like food. Another 5.6 million people have fled Syria to seek safety in neighboring countries.

U.S. emergency food assistance is helping millions of people in Syria and Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to get by.

Syria

05 Jun 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 5 June 2018
Subject: (1) Egypt, (2) United States and (3) Ethiopia

(1) Egypt

A spate of arrests, interrogations and detentions of activists, bloggers and journalists in Egypt over the last few weeks appears to indicate a significant escalation in the crackdown against the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in the country.

11 May 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• SARG and GoRF reach local agreements with AOGs to evacuate AOG-controlled areas in Homs, Idlib, and Rif Damascus

• SARG completes military offensive in Eastern Ghouta following the displacement of 158,000 people since March 9

• Relief agencies continue to assist an estimated 44,000 Eastern Ghouta IDPs sheltering in Rif Damascus collective centers

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20 Apr 2018 description
report Trócaire

The war in Syria has created the largest displacement crisis in the world. Almost 12 million people have fled their homes since the war began seven years ago.

Over 6 million are displaced in Syria, with a further 5.5 million having fled the country.

Most of the refugees are living in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Turkey hosts over 2.9 million Syrians. There are more than 1 million Syrians in Lebanon and 660,000 in Jordan.

Iraq has also seen a growing number of Syrians arriving, hosting more than 241,000, while 122,000 are in Egypt.

06 Apr 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The UN conducts humanitarian assessment mission to Ar Raqqah city for the first time since October 2017

• Conflict in Eastern Ghouta kills more than 1,600 people and displaces 133,000 others since mid-February

• Operation Olive Branch displaces more than 137,000 people since January 20 • WFP resumes operations in northeastern Syria following a one-month suspension

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14 Mar 2018 description

Overview

During 2017, almost 38,900 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 25 countries in Europe,2 36% more than during 2016 and over three times greater than the average rate of 12,400 submissions per year during the last decade.
Between 2007 and 2016, Europe’s proportion of resettlement sub-missions globally has increased from approximately 9% to more than 18%, and in 2017 reached 52%. This is primarily due to a significant decrease globally in new submissions for resettlement, most notably to the United States of America.

09 Mar 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Clashes continue despite February 24 UNSC resolution calling for 30-day ceasefire

• Conflict in Eastern Ghouta kills more than 1,000 civilians in 20 days

• GoT Operation Olive Branch displaces 35,000–50,000 people since January 20

• Humanitarian convoys arrive in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin

• WFP reaches nearly 2.4 million beneficiaries in January

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Mar 2018 description

7 March 2018

Distinguished President,
Excellencies,
Colleagues, Friends,

A few days ago, we celebrated the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth. We spoke of his example; his fortitude, his suffering and compassion, while recalling also the declaration that he and my predecessor Mary Robinson signed in 2000 on diversity and tolerance.

01 Mar 2018 description

Global Overview FEBRUARY 2018

09 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoT launches Operation Olive Branch on January 20, resulting in at least 67 civilian deaths

  • Intensified military operations in Eastern Ghouta result in at more than 200 civilian deaths since February 5

  • State/PRM partners reach 950,000 people with critical winterization assistance

  • USAID Administrator Mark Green travels to Ar Raqqah to observe humanitarian conditions and meet with USAID

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

29 Jan 2018 description
report Pew Research Center

By Phillip Connor

Nearly 13 million Syrians are displaced after seven years of conflict in their country – a total that amounts to about six-in-ten of Syria’s pre-conflict population, according to Pew Research Center estimates. No nation in recent decades has had such a large percentage of its population displaced. These are the countries and regions where the most Syrians now live:

16 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN delivers assistance to 50,000 IDPs at the Syria–Jordan border berm for the first time in six months

  • UNSC reauthorizes cross-border humanitarian access to Syria through January 2019

  • Relief agencies evacuate 29 critically ill patients from Eastern Ghouta

  • Relief agencies reach 810,000 people in HTR and besieged areas with assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

02 Jan 2018 description

Global Overview DECEMBER 2017

08 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intensified SARG aerial and artillery attacks in Eastern Ghouta result in more than 200 civilian deaths

  • Health organizations stress urgent need for improved medical resources amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions

  • Explosive hazard contamination in Ar Raqqah causes multiple returnee casualties

  • Despite insecurity, interagency convoys reach conflict-affected populations

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