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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.

13 Oct 2017 description

Summary: MCC’s mobile cannery is traveling to 32 locations across eastern and central U.S. and Ontario to can meat for thousands of people around the world.

Oct. 5, 2017

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine -- The children come and go from the kitchen at the Gurzhiy household in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. The attraction is pizza, made for 8-year-old Veronika’s birthday party.

“We got some canned meat last week,” says Veronika’s mom, Yulia Gurzhiy. “We used it to make this pizza today and it’s very good.”

13 Oct 2017 description
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  • Security situation: In September 2017, OHCHR recorded 18 conflict-related civilian casualties: 2 killed and 16 injured.

  • Mine Action: On September 11, one civilian was killed in an explosion in Mariupol (Donetsk region, GCA), reportedly as a result of mishandling of explosive ordinances.

    According to DRC/DDG, since June 2014, 430 people have been killed and 881 injured in mine related incidents.

13 Oct 2017 description
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(Kyiv, 13 October 2017) UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, today concluded her three-day visit to Ukraine during which she witnessed first-hand the human face of the conflict on both sides of the ‘contact-line’. She stressed the urgent need for humanitarian funding to address the dire situation faced by millions of civilians during the coming winter months.

03 Oct 2017 description

Selon le chef du HCR, la communauté internationale abandonne des millions de réfugiés et de personnes déplacées internes à leur sort.
Par Jonathan Clayton

GENÈVE - Appelant à des efforts internationaux renouvelés pour prévenir et résoudre les conflits, le chef du HCR Filippo Grandi a déclaré aujourd’hui que la communauté internationale abandonnait des millions de réfugiés et de personnes déplacées internes à leur sort. Par ailleurs, il a exhorté un « monde en mutation rapide » à adopter une nouvelle approche en matière de protection et de solutions durables.

02 Oct 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-sixth session
11-29 September 2017
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building

I. Executive summary

“We only see political ambitions on both sides. They are dividing something, but they forgot that there are people here.” - Resident of a village near the contact line

02 Oct 2017 description

Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

A year ago, States gathered in New York to reaffirm the fundamental values of solidarity and protection for people forced into exile.

They agreed to share responsibility for embedding them in practical action.

And they decided to address and resolve refugee flows through a new model that places the rights, interests and potential of refugees and of their hosts at the heart of a comprehensive response.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Realising this ambition has never been more urgent.

14 Sep 2017 description


• 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

14 Sep 2017 description


  • Increased food insecurity levels in NGCA: as many as 26% (up from 13%1 ) or up to 800,000 people in Donetska and Luhanska NGCA were found to be severely or moderately food insecure with 5,2% (up from 1.7%) or 150,000 people among those being severely food insecure.

08 Sep 2017 description

As many as 600,000 Ukrainian citizens have lost or had their pensions suspended since December 2014. Most of them are elderly residents of non-government controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.

As of recently, Ukrainians are required to move to government-controlled areas and register as internally displaced to receive their pensions.

24 Aug 2017 description


  • The Food Security and Livelihood Cluster (FSLC) remains concerned about the worsening food security and socio-economic situation in Donbas as a result of the ongoing conflict. Underfunding and unmet humanitarian food security and livelihoods needs continue to put at risk the most vulnerable food insecure groups.

  • WFP Operation is facing substantial funding constraints being only 27 percent funded. In order to support food insecure people, WFP requires USD 15.8 million through to December 2017.

24 Aug 2017 description


In accordance with the 5 November 2014 decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Number 637, «On the implementation of social benefits for internally displaced persons», internally displaced persons (IDPs) of a pensionary age must undergo physical identification (PI) with their electronic pension certificates at offices of Oschadbank. At first, IDPs undergo PI at 6 month intervals two times. After, they must undergo PI once per year. If the IDP doesn’t have an electronic pension certificate, he must undergo PI every 3 months.

15 Aug 2017 description


  • 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

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.

11 Aug 2017 description

As the devastating conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth year, crossing points between areas in the east of the country are tearing families apart

Valentina, 70, can barely walk with a stick. Her husband Gennadiy grasps her hand tightly to help, but he too has difficulties walking. Together, like thousands of other Ukrainians, they must cross a de facto border in the east of the country just to visit family, receive social payments and seek medical treatment.

08 Aug 2017 description

- A new story: We worked on a new story for Dorcas in 2016, with various departments and stakeholders giving their input.

03 Aug 2017 description

Winterization Context and Objectives

In the first half of 2017 alone, the conflict has already caused new damage to over roughly 700 homes on both sides of the contact line in addition to the backlog of damaged homes from 2016 and 2015. Coinciding with a time of displacement where 66% of IDPs are renting their accommodation, the average price of living is difficult during the winter season particularly for utilities. Moreover, returnees on both sides of the contact line are unable to adequate insulate their homes in advance of the winter.

14 Jul 2017 description


  • Access to clean water by millions is at risk
  • Daily clashes continue amidst the ‘harvest ceasefire’
  • Despite challenges, humanitarian actors continue to address critical needs
  • Limited access to benefits
  • Key strategies developed to improve coordination

Critical water supply systems interrupted