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18 Jul 2018 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:59 GMT

The boat that sank was carrying around 160 migrants (Recasts with coast guard statement)

ANKARA, July 18 (Reuters) - Nineteen people died when a boat carrying 150 migrants sank off the coast of northern Cyprus and rescuers were searching for 25 other people, Turkey's coast guard said on Wednesday.

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18 May 2018 description

Asylum seekers face a deterioration of reception conditions and increasing risks of destitution in Cyprus.

22 Dec 2017 description
report European Union

EASO and Cyprus extend Special Support Plan for country’s asylum services

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the Government of Cyprus have signed a new agreement that will see the Agency’s Special Support Plan (SSP) extended until 31 January 2019, with additional amendments to its tasks.

05 Dec 2017 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2369 (2017), in which the Council requested a strategic review of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) focused on findings and recommendations for how UNFICYP should be optimally configured to implement its existing mandate, based exclusively on a rigorous evidence-based assessment of the impact of UNFICYP activities.

27 Jul 2017 description

(New York, July 26, 2017) – Cyprus is the 68th country to join the Safe Schools Declaration, an intergovernmental commitment to protect schools, students, and teachers from attack in armed conflict, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education form Attack (GCPEA) today. 

23 Feb 2016 description

Cyprus - IOM yesterday (22/02) conducted its first family reunification in Cyprus in coordination with Cyprus’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners. The joint action reunited a 7-year-old Syrian girl with her father, mother and siblings.

The girl travelled from Syria via Jordan, where IOM Amman provided her with airport assistance and an escort for the journey. She was reunited with her family at Larnaca International Airport last night (22/02).

01 Feb 2016 description

GENEVA/NICOSIA (1 February 2016) - Cyprus has seen many positive developments concerning the treatment of people in detention, but still faces several challenges, particularly regarding the independent monitoring of places of detention and the treatment of migrants, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) has said after visiting the country.

11 Dec 2015 description
report Council of Europe

Nicosia, 11/12/2015. “The readiness of Cyprus to receive asylum seekers in the context of the EU relocation scheme is promising. However, I remain seriously concerned about the grave shortcomings of the national asylum system. The authorities need to redouble their efforts to improve reception conditions and fully align domestic asylum procedures with European human rights standards” said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of his five-day visit to Cyprus.

29 Oct 2015 description

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is making a EUR 5 million contribution to the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) recently established by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). This is the largest donor contribution to date. EIB President Werner Hoyer and CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel signed the contribution agreement today at the CEB’s headquarters in Paris.

13 Oct 2015 description
report UN News Service

13 October 2015 – In his new role as the United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, renowned actor Daniel Craig underscored the humanitarian importance of the UN's de-mining efforts in Cyprus, his first country visit for the Organization.

“Witnessing the potential impact that mines can have on people and communities, years after the end of conflict, brings home the humanitarian importance of the UN's de-mining efforts in Cyprus,” Mr. Craig said.

25 Sep 2014 description

Thousands of migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, attempt to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, often in unseaworthy vessels, and hundreds have died at sea. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war, in March 2011, taking refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself.