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Sudan / Human rights: UN expert calls on the Government to adopt urgent democratic reforms

During his fourth visit to the country, the UN human rights expert met with the Sudanese authorities, civil society actors, academia, community leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, and UN entities in Khartoum and Blue Nile

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, has called on the Sudanese authorities to undertake democratic reforms as a means for ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.   “I remain concerned about a number of human…

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UN refugee chief Grandi in Libya: UNHCR ramping up its humanitarian response

Some 300,000 Libyans have been displaced by ongoing conflict

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today that it is stepping up its presence and programmes in Libya in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis resulting from conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy in the North African country. Amid the increasing complexity of refugee and migrant movements through…

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UN report exposes human rights violations and abuses against civilians in and around Yei, South Sudan

The report exposes cases of indiscriminate shelling of civilians; targeted killings; looting and burning of civilian property and cases of sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls, including those fleeing fighting

A United Nations report published today released the findings of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations and abuses committed in and around Yei town, Central Equatoria (150km southwest of the capital, Juba) between July 2016 and January 2017. The report by the Human Rights Division of the United Nations…

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As Yemen conditions deteriorate, Somali refugees look to return home

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

As the bitter conflict in Yemen grinds on and the humanitarian situation there continues to deteriorate, conditions facing the almost 280,000 refugees in-country are worsening and their needs and vulnerabilities are growing by the day. Yemen has remained both a destination and a transit hub for refugees and migrants from…

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Over US$1.4 Billion Needed for South Sudan Refugees in 2017

South Sudan has now become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis with more than 1.8 million refugees – including one million children

The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 Billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to…

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Angola: UNHCR airlifts aid to newly-arrived refugees from the DRC

Humanitarian assistance to the most recent arrivals will be distributed in Dundo area where refugees have been accommodated in makeshift reception centres since early April

A plane carrying UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, core relief items arrived in Luanda, Angola, to assist over 11,000 people who fled a recent surge violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The aircraft, supported by UPS, landed Sunday morning from Dubai, carrying 3,500 plastic sheets as well as…

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Kasai violence drives over 11,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Angola

The brutal conflict in Congo’s previously peaceful Kasai region has already displaced more than one million civilians within the country since it began in mid-2016

A spike of violence in the Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now forced over 11,000 refugees to seek safety in Angola. Border points and villages inside the Southern African nation have seen a sharp increase in refugee arrivals with over 9,000 arriving so far…

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UN experts mark third anniversary of Nigeria kidnapping with new plea for “forgotten” Chibok girls

The girls were among 276 students abducted at gunpoint on 14 April 2014 by the Boko Haram militant group

A fresh appeal is being made to the Nigerian Government by UN human rights experts* to take all necessary measures to rescue 195 girls still missing after they were kidnapped in 2014 from their secondary school in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria.   “It is deeply shocking that three years after this…

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UNHCR says death risk from starvation in Horn of Africa, Yemen, Nigeria growing, displacement already rising

This warning is in light of droughts that are also affecting many neighbouring countries and a funding shortfall that has become so severe that an avoidable humanitarian crisis in the region, possibly worse than that of 2011, is fast becoming an inevitability

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning today that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among…

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UNHCR concerned over the deteriorating South Sudan situation

Uganda’s northern Lamwo district has received over 6,000 South Sudanese since Monday (April 3)

UNHCR is alarmed at the ongoing deterioration of the security situation inside South Sudan as a recent attack in the town of Pajok in the Eastern Equatoria region is forcing more refugees to flee for safety. Uganda’s northern Lamwo district has received over 6,000 South Sudanese since Monday (April 3).…