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29 Nov 2016 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 29 November 2016
Subject: (1) Myanmar, (2) Mosul & (3) Syria

(1) Myanmar

Since the attacks, on 9 October, on three Border Guard police posts in Maungdaw and Rathidaung in northern Rakhine State, the UN Human Rights Office has received reports of serious human rights violations during security operations.

17 Jul 2016 description

SHARJAH, 16th July, 2016 (WAM) -- The Big Heart Foundation, TBHF, a Sharjah-based global humanitarian charity dedicated to helping refugees and people in need worldwide, has donated US$ 150,000 (AED 550,000) to support Rohingya refugees in Malaysia and displaced people in Iraq.

Distributed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, the funds will be used to help overcome the recipients’ challenging circumstances and difficult living conditions.

19 Jun 2014 description

SYRIA – Conflict and humanitarian situation

• Heavy fighting and military offensives continue in several parts of Syria, with increased aerial bombardment reported in the governorates of Aleppo, Ar--Raqqa, Hassakeh, Deir ez-Zor. In Dar’a governorate, several towns have come under intense artillery shelling in the past weeks.

• On 18 June, air attacks in the village of Al-Shajarah, resulted in the death of several people.
Sources: ECHO, UN, NGOs

IRAQ – Conflict and humanitarian situation

07 Jul 2013 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Iraq, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur). It includes recommendations in particular for enhancing the protection of children in the mandates of UN missions UNAMI, UNMISS, and UNAMID as well as the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Monitoring Group..

06 Jul 2011 description

Minority women deliberately targeted for rape and other violence – new global report

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today.

14 Jan 2010 description

Michael Chaitkin


Despite extensive and ongoing debate about economic sanctions, policy makers disagree about their effectiveness. This is to some extent surprising given the frequency and ceremony with which states sanction each other to achieve their policy goals.

03 Dec 2009 description

NEW DELHI, India, December 3 (UNHCR) - Huddled in sweaters on a cold December morning, some 20 refugees representing their communities met this week with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in a building tucked away in the lanes of West Delhi.

On a two-day visit to India to strengthen UNHCR's partnership with India, a country with a growing role on the global stage, Guterres made his meeting Wednesday with refugees and asylum seekers a priority.

India hosts a diverse urban caseload, each with unique problems.

30 Sep 2009 description

Édito Journée mondiale de l'aide humanitaire : se souvenir et se mobiliser

Chers AMIs,

La Journée mondiale de l'aide humanitaire était célébrée le 19 août dernier, date choisie en commémoration de l'attaque menée en 2004 contre les bureaux de l'ONU à Bagdad durant laquelle 22 personnes avaient été tuées.

09 Jun 2008 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 9 June 2008 (IRIN) - 'Participation', 'rights-based' and 'consultative' are all terms associated with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as the paradigm for humanitarian aid has shifted from agencies thinking they know best, to trying to put affected people at the heart of their aid responses. But when push comes to shove, and beneficiaries are unhappy with what they receive, do NGOs listen?

19 Jan 2006 description

Ground-breaking new report on State of World's Minorities highlights devastating impact of armed conflicts and War on Terror on ethnic and religious groups

New York, (19/1/2006) Iraqis head a new list of peoples most under threat from persecution, discrimination and mass killing according to a comprehensive new report released today by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

Minorities from Sudan, Somalia and other African countries dominate the rest of the top 15 in State of the World's Minorities, the first ever report to comprehensively assess the situation faced by …

10 Sep 2004 description

(A) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: 1) Iraq, 2) Afghanistan, 3) Albania, 4) Azerbaijan

(B) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Rwanda, (8) Somalia, (9) Sudan, (10) Tanzania, (11) Uganda

(C) West Africa Region: (1) Sahel region (2) Chad, (3) Guinea Bissau, (4) Sierra Leone, (5) Guinea, (6) Liberia, (7) Cote D'Ivoire

(D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Madagascar, (5) Malawi, (6) Mozambique, (7) Namibia, (8) Swaziland, (9) Zimbabwe