The International Criminal Court and Myanmar (Burma)
By Ann-Kathrin Pohlers
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 2018 (IPS) - With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. After the defeat of ISIS in December 2017, an increase in security and number of returnees to their region of origin is expected; however, many IDPs see no way to leave the camps just yet.
On 23 May 2017, the city of Marawi, Philippines, a bustling city In the southern island of Mindanao, was taken over by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS)-aligned forces. The ensuing five-month-long armed conflict displaced nearly 400,000 people from the area. The siege had devastating and lasting consequences for the community, especially for displaced women and girls who lacked access to women’s health services and were left more vulnerable to gender-based violence in the evacuation centres.
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS SEVERELY RESTRICTED: IDPs are currently not permitted to move to Aleppo city or to return to Afrin district. Some 2,000 IDPs were stuck for nine days at the crossing point between Burj Elqas and Kimar when trying to return to Afrin district.
LACK OF ACCESS: The UN currently do not have access to Afrin district, and whilst some local partners are present in the district, they sometimes face movement restrictions at checkpoints.
OVERCROWDING: Despite departures from the sites, most IDP sites remain overcrowded, with nearly twice as many IDPs in the facilities as their intended capacity permits.
SLOWING DOWN OF EXIT RATES FROM THE SITES: The rate of IDPs leaving the sites has slowed down significantly. In addition, the requirements for people to leave are unevenly applied at different sites with mostly women, children and the elderly able to leave.
Erbil, Iraq, 18 April 2018 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulated Kurdistan Region political parties and blocs for signing the Electoral Charter of Honour on Wednesday in Erbil.
“The credibility of the democratic process lies in the integrity of the electoral process. Thus, an effective Charter of Honour is essential to conducting the elections in a free, fair, impartial, transparent and credible manner,” SRSG Kubiš said.
MINSK, 18 April 2018 – The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, made the following statement to the press after the meeting of the TCG and its Working Groups in Minsk on 18 April 2018:
Working for the Palestinian People
The Bank has assisted the Palestinians since the Oslo Accords of the early 1990s – continuing to lay the foundation of a future Palestinian state so that it can deliver services to the people.
The purpose of this Guidance is to aid the staff of humanitarian organizations who are engaged in project design and proposal development to design their projects in a client-responsive manner. The Guidance facilitates this process by providing detailed practical advice on how to implement a series of eight actions, constituting a feedback cycle, and tips how to overcome common challenges. This Guidance also provides recommendations to humanitarian leadership and donors as to how they can enable and incentivise client-responsive project design.
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 - The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank today signed a $23 million Additional Financing agreement to help reduce the stunting rates among children under age 5 in 13 of Rwanda’s highest-stunting districts.
Baghdad, 18 April 2018 – Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa gather today in Baghdad to discuss the region’s escalating humanitarian crises.
More than 140 attendees, including representatives from 16 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, will attend the conference to explore a range of issues, including the shrinking of neutral and impartial humanitarian space, and the rising vulnerabilities of millions of migrants.
Further to his meeting with the Secretary-General in Riyadh on 16 April 2018, and in view of the current tensions, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is undertaking intensive high-level consultations with the aim of proactively ascertaining the options for a meaningful relaunch of the UN-facilitated political process as called for in Security Council resolution 2254 (2015).
This report is produced by the OCHA Syria Crisis offices with the contribution of all sectors in the hubs and at the Whole of Syria (WoS) level. The situation overview covers the period from 15 March – 15 April 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 10 May 2018.
(MissionNewswire) Despite ongoing conflict and instability, Salesian missionaries continue their work with youth in Syria. Over the course of the last seven years since the outbreak of civil war began in March 2011, Salesian missionaries have operated three centers in Kafroun and the particularly high conflict areas of Aleppo and Damascus. Each of the centers is staffed by three Salesian priests and a deacon.
About 45,000 students and 2,000 teachers were forced to suspend classes this week as a result of a dispute between armed groups. "When education and children are affected by conflict and associated with fear of violence, the damage to both societies and people is severe and long-lasting, said Christian Visnes, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia.