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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.

14 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian needs remain high for vulnerable populations along the contact line

  • Exposure to mines, ERW impedes access to basic services and resources

  • USAID/OFDA partners provide critical health, protection, shelter, and WASH assistance to vulnerable populations in eastern Ukraine

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

12 Oct 2017 description
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Ukrainian version

September issue of the Legal Alert, focuses on the following:

  • Affordable Housing Program for IDPs and military veterans: legal procedure is adopted

  • No more OschadBank monopoly on IDP social payments; reduced verification; increase in size and range of payments

  • New Presidential Decree on Border Control: Introducing biometric control, obligatory e-mail declaration, and putting the Russian Federation on migration risk list

  • One of the three Crimean checkpoints is to be closed

10 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster

Introduction

This document provides an overview of responses to the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) online survey, conducted in preparation for the annual GSC Meeting. Findings are based on a total of 106 responses, as of 26 September 2017.

Participant profile

01 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster
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Annex - 2017 Factsheets

GLOBAL SHELTER CLUSTER STRATEGY 2013-2017

Developed as an output of the 2012 GSC Meeting, the 2013-2017 Global Shelter Cluster Strategy was approved by the Strategic Advisory Group in early 2013. It has the goal to more effectively meet the sheltering needs of populations affected by humanitarian crises, by strengthening the shelter response of humanitarian actors through leadership, coordination and accountability in the humanitarian shelter sector.

20 Sep 2017 description

Country Operations

In 2018, there will be Humanitarian Response Plans in 23 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. The HRPs for Cameroon, Chad, CAR, DRC, Somalia, Haiti, Sudan, Nigeria (and potentially Niger and Afghanistan) will be multi-year Plans.

Deadline for Completion

20 Sep 2017 description

Legislative developments

This update covers major legislative developments during May-July 2017 and includes new and amended legislation relating to internally displaced persons, a brief overview of state migration policy for the period to 2025, as well as the most important draft laws.

19 Sep 2017 description

Situational overview:

Security situation remained volatile, though ceasefire violations decreased.

Protection concerns:

The Ministry of Social Policy issued a report on the implementation of the National Action Plan on Adaptat ion and Integration of IDPs for Q2 2017 .

Assistance provided:

In August , UNHCR provided non - food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 1,900 people.

Update On Achievements

Operational Context

15 Sep 2017 description

This Operations Update No. 8 gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the response carried out by Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) during the period between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2017, with the support of its partners, to meet the needs of internally displaced persons and returnees affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

Summary

14 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Start of school season marked by sporadic clashes

• Winterization efforts scale-up as cold season approaches

• Civilians continue paying the highest price

• Protection concerns continue to impact the most vulnerable

• Humanitarian Response Plan revised amidst increasing needs and limited funding

• Ukraine commemorates the World Humanitarian Day

Fragile ceasefire marks the start of school year

11 Sep 2017 description

Situational overview: Security situation remained volatile, with continued targeting of civilian areas.

Protection concerns: MPs registered a draft law that would de-link pension payments from IDP status.

Assistance provided: In July, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 600 people.

KEY INDICATORS

42,400
people reached through NFI assistance from UNHCR and partners in 2017.

15 Aug 2017 description
report People in Need

Prague (15th August 2017) – While millions of people flee war-torn countries trying to find safe havens for themselves and their families, a far larger number of them are forced to remain, despite the continued fighting, and they often fall victim to the attacks. According to UN data, more than 32,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in armed conflicts in 2016. In 90 per cent of these cases, the attacks happened in populated civilian areas.

15 Aug 2017 description

OVERVIEW

Despite relative decrease in hostilities following the renewed ceasefire arrangements reached on 21 June, localized sporadic clashes are reported daily and continue to generate more casualties among the civilian population and damage to their properties. OHCHR verifies that at least seven civilians were killed and 42 injured in July. While usually, shelling is the major cause, mines, explosive remnants of war and unexploded ordnances represented at least 43 per cent of total casualties.

15 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Evolving security environment increases needs

  • Water supply interruptions become a new normal

  • Winter looms, as key clusters advance in winterization plans

  • Protection concerns are widespread, impacting the most vulnerable

  • Underfunding may further degrade situation of millions of people depending on aid

Fighting lingers despite renewed ceasefire

11 Aug 2017 description

“We carry our tragedy inside”

The 2017 Participatory Assessment Report for refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons in Ukraine

Acknowledgements

11 Aug 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.

As the conflict enters its fourth year, nearly 1.6 million internally displaced Ukrainians struggle to find safety, adequate housing and access to employment.