EU migration deal welcomed by UN agencies
UN humanitarian agencies on Friday broadly welcomed a deal on migration by the European Union which calls for more member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection.
In a joint statement, the UN migration agency (IOM) and the UN refugee agency (UNCHR) said that while the detail of the accord needs to be examined, they “stand ready to support a common approach”.
The EU deal involves the creation of additional “regional disembarkation points” and “disembarkation centres” for people arriving.
Leonard Doyle from IOM said that the majority of these “should be in Europe”:
“Those that happen to be in third countries…will have to be subject to their agreement — that is, the agreement of those third countries — and to rigorous international standards and monitoring. That is the position. So, in that context, we may be waiting some time for that to happen or it may happen quicker, but that’s quite a high bar.”
The development comes at a time when more than more than 1,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, so far during 2018, for the fifth year in a row.
UN’s Zeid appeals to Syria combatants to avoid further bloodshed
All sides involved in fighting in Dera’a in Syria’s south-west must avoid a repeat of the bloodshed seen earlier this year in eastern Ghouta, the UN’s top human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has said.
Since 19 June, when conflict escalated in Dera’a, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, has documented at least 46 civilian deaths in several towns.
Tens of thousands of people have already fled the fighting, which has cut a vital cross-border aid lifeline from Jordan.
The development follows a Government-led military operation to retake opposition-held eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, a so-called de-escalation zone, free from fighting.
Here’s OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell:
“The High Commissioner noted that he has spoken of the cruel irony of eastern Ghouta being a de-escalation zone, and how the conduct of this war has been utterly shameful from the outset and a stain on all of us. So, now another supposed de-escalation zone risks becoming the scene of large-scale civilian casualties. This madness must end.”
In one of the most recent incidents, Ms. Throssell said that a family of five was reportedly killed in the town of Dael in western Dera’a by an air strike that hit their car.
Welcome for Sudan alleged rape victim’s death sentence repeal
The UN human rights office has welcomed the repeal in Sudan of an alleged rape victim’s death sentence for killing her husband.
Noura Hussein was sentenced last month for fatally stabbing her husband, who was accused of raping her, after a forced marriage.
That decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal in Khartoum, which, it is understood, has now been commuted to a five-year prison term.
Repeating an appeal to the Sudanese authorities to criminalize marital rape, OHCHR also called for the Government to “send a clear message” that gender-based violence will not be tolerated in the country.