UN report details grave human rights violations in Russian-occupied Crimea
GENEVA (25 September 2017) – The human rights situation in Crimea* has significantly deteriorated under Russian occupation, with “multiple and grave violations” committed by Russian state agents, according to a landmark report by the UN Human Rights Office published today.
“Grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution were documented,” the report says.
Glass Half Full: Ensuring Greater Access to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Households in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, September 20, 2017 - Tajikistan has made significant progress over the past decade in providing access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for its citizens. However, many challenges remain. This is especially true in rural areas where only about one-third of households have access to clean drinking water sources on their premises, compared with more than 87% in urban areas.
Human Rights Council Thirty-sixth session 11-29 September 2017 Agenda items 2 and 10
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Technical assistance and capacity-building
World hunger is estimated to be on the rise again as conflict and human-induced disasters as well as natural disasters are contributing to setbacks in food security. This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed. Meanwhile, though progress continues to be made in reducing child malnutrition, millions of children are still stunted and wasted, and rising overweight and obesity are a concern in most parts of the world.
Security situation: In July 2017, OHCHR recorded 49 conflict-related civilian casualties: 42 killed and 9 injured.
On July 7, two explosions occurred in the central square of Luhansk city (NGCA) killing one and injuring five people.
HUMANITARIAN AND DEVELOPMENT NEXUS
As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues, humanitarian and development actors need to work closely together to support IDPs and the conflict-affected population in order to promote durable solutions, maximize resources, build upon a wide range of expertise, and ensure that their programmes are complementary and sustainable.
July issue of the Legal Alert, focuses on the following:
- Draft law on restoration of pensions for conflict-affected population
- Additional reporting for civil society organizations
- Draft laws on additional identification of IDPs willing to obtain passport
- Housing support for IDPs and register of subsidies
4.4 million people affected (OCHA)
3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA)
620,000 people food insecure
300,000 internally displaced persons (GCA) (HNO 2017)
In June, WFP delivered food assistance to some 30,000 people in both government-controlled (GCA) and non-government controlled areas (NGCA) of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Internal displacement in Ukraine is primarily due to the armed conflict in the country’s eastern Donbass region that started in April/May 2014. Presently, more than 1.7 million people are officially registered as IDPs, amounting to 4 per cent of Ukraine’s overall population of 42.5 million but not including those displaced inside non Government controlled areas. Displacement first occurred in 2014 and is ongoing.
Security situation: In June 2017, OHCHR recorded 65 conflict-related civilian casualties: 12 killed and 53 injured. In June, mine related incidents accounted for over quarter of civilian casualties.
On 11-12 June, the village of Olhynka (Volnovasky Rayon, 10 km from the contact line) was affected by fighting, with 13 residential houses damaged. Allegedly, the area was shelled because of military personnel stationed in the village.
On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture we call once again to stop torture in all its form and to respond the plight of all those that have been exposed to this terrible and inhumane practice, and of their families and loved ones. Our thoughts also go to all those who engage tirelessly in combatting torture, raising awareness and caring for its victims, sometimes putting their own safety and lives at risk. Listening to the victims of torture makes us understand better how to fight it.
In April, WFP delivered food assistance to 7,700 people residing in the non-government controlled (NGCA) of Donetsk, which is estimated to be the region with the highest number of food insecure people.
WFP is in critical need of funding support: USD 16 million is urgently required in order to continue providing direct food assistance and implementing Food-for-Assets and Food-for-Training activities, scheduled to start in May of 2017.
Discrimination against individuals with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI) in Ukraine is widespread, with several dozen hate crimes and incidents reported each year. Almost 30% of all hate crimes reported in 2015 were based on SOGI, and almost 50% of violent attacks were motivated by the victim’s real or perceived SOGI.