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19 Jan 2019 description

January 18, 2019
Contact: Stacie Blake
sblake@uscridc.org | 703.310.1166

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants applauds Ethiopia’s new refugee law allowing refugees to obtain work permits, access primary education, obtain drivers’ licenses, legally register life events such as births and marriages and open up access to national financial services, such as banking.

19 Jan 2019 description

Today marks one month since the ongoing protests in Sudan broke out. Here are ten facts you should know about the protests that have engulfed the eastern African country:

  1. This is the largest wave of protests against the economic policies and allegations of human rights violations by the government of President Omar al-Bashir since he came to power in 1989.

  2. There have been more than 300 protests in 15 out of Sudan’s 18 states since the protests began.

18 Jan 2019 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes Ethiopia’s historic new refugee law which will now allow refugees to obtain work permits, access primary education, obtain drivers’ licenses, legally register life events such as births and marriages and open up access to national financial services, such as banking.

Ethiopia’s parliament adopted revisions in its existing refugee law on Thursday (17 January 2019), making it one of the most progressive refugee policies in Africa.

18 Jan 2019 description

Tchad - L’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) au Tchad a besoin de 1,2 million de dollars pour aider plus de 950 migrants et ressortissants tchadiens déplacés par l’éclatement d’affrontements intercommunautaires autour de deux exploitations aurifères près de la frontière libyenne fin décembre (27-28/12).

18 Jan 2019 description

Free or Charge Detainees; End Abuse of Critics

(Nairobi) – Security officials in Sudan have killed dozens of protesters and rounded up hundreds since widespread anti-austerity protests began on December 19, 2018, four organizations said today. Sudanese authorities should immediately release or charge those detained in relation to the ongoing protests, four organizations said today.

17 Jan 2019 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13668

Security Council
8446th Meeting (AM)

Sudan’s Delegate Decries ‘False Facts’ Outlined in Final Expert Panel Report

Speakers in the Security Council today debated the future of sanctions imposed on Sudan more than 13 years ago, as the 15-nation body took up the latest report of the Panel of Experts appointed to monitor those measures against individuals and entities obstructing peace in the Darfur region.

17 Jan 2019 description

GENEVA (17 January 2019) – Credible reports of the use of excessive force, including live ammunition, by State security forces against protestors across Sudan over the past month are deeply worrying, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Thursday. Bachelet called on the Government to protect the exercise by all of their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, regardless of their political affiliations.

15 Jan 2019 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018.

Approximately 231,000 of all the refugees in Ethiopia, have gone through the comprehensive (L3) registration, helping to develop a system to better manage and assist refugees.

15 Jan 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence as well as protests and other events affecting education.

It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.
All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.

14 Jan 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

12 Jan 2019 description
report UN News Service

L'Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) au Tchad a déclaré vendredi avoir besoin de 1,2 million de dollars pour fournir une aide d'urgence à plus de 950 migrants et ressortissants tchadiens déplacés par des affrontements intercommunautaires autour de deux mines d'or près de la frontière libyenne à la fin du mois de décembre.

11 Jan 2019 description
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The response by the government of Sudan to the continuing protests in various parts of the country such as the use of force by security forces against civilians - including the use of live ammunition - has led to further casualties over the last few days. Furthermore, teargas has been reportedly used against medical personnel and patients in Omdurman hospital.

11 Jan 2019 description

Food Security Snapshot

  • Above-average harvest gathered in 2018
  • Average economic growth and slightly increasing inflation rate
  • Stable prices of coarse grains compared to last year
  • Continued food and humanitarian assistance needed, including for refugees

Above-average harvest gathered in 2018

11 Jan 2019 description

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Chad requires USD 1.2 million to urgently assist more than 950 migrants and Chadian nationals displaced by inter-communal fighting around two gold mines near the Libyan border at the end of December (27-28/12).

10 Jan 2019 description
report Human Rights Watch

Violence Against Protesters and Medical Workers Must End

Jehanne Henry
Associate Director, Africa Division

10 Jan 2019 description
report Voice of America

The rate and extent of Haiti's recovery after a devastating earthquake is at the center of a trial in New York City that will determine if the Trump administration can end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals.

The case centers around the special status granted to roughly 50,000 people from Haiti to live and work in the U.S. temporarily after the earthquake in 2010. In addition, the Center for Migration Studies estimates that Haitian TPS holders have 27,000 children who were born on U.S. soil.

10 Jan 2019 description
report Sudan Tribune

January 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - At least two people were killed and several others were injured in the largest opposition protest that took place in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman on Wednesday after security forces used tear gas and bullets to disperse demonstrators calling for the fall of the regime.

Two protesters were killed in the protests while activists released videos showing injured demonstrators some in the head and chest.

08 Jan 2019 description
report Human Rights Watch

Promptly Investigate Abuses; Hold Those Responsible To Account

(Nairobi) – Sudanese security forces have been using live ammunition and other forms of excessive force against protesters and arbitrarily detaining them.

02 Jan 2019 description
report UN Security Council

José Singer (Dominican Republic) said at a Headquarters press conference today that his country’s January presidency of the Security Council will be guided by the United Nations principles of peace, social justice and the rule of law, as it assumes its two-year non-permanent membership.

01 Jan 2019 description
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January 1 st, 2019 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has concluded its medical convoy to the White Nile State, Sudan, with 55 surgeries and 400 medical examinations for the local community and the refugees from South Sudan.

Over seven days, the medical team worked on a daily basis, from early in the morning to late at night. The convoy covered the costs of transportation for patients to and from the hospital, accommodation, medical examinations, surgeries, and medications.