This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
UN Refugee Agency concerned by threats to migrant caravan headed to US
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is concerned by the developing humanitarian situation faced by a caravan of migrants headed to the US from Honduras.
In a press briefing, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said the thousands of migrants, who crossed into Mexico, heading north, now face known kidnapping and security risks.
Noting that more Agency staff are heading to join colleagues already on the ground in Southern Mexico, Mr. Edwards said that stabilizing the situation is urgent:
“It is essential that there are proper reception and other conditions for those seeking asylum as well as for others on the move. The ‘caravan’, which as you probably know, has been estimated at up to 7,000 people or more in size is the second organized march in the region this year. In Guatemala, UNHCR is monitoring the border at Tecun Uman where we are assessing needs, and with our partners organizing humanitarian help to those most in need. In Honduras we’re monitoring the situation at the border with Guatemala…as well as working with the authorities to ensure safe reception for those members of the Caravan who have been returning.”
Biometric data improves aid to displaced people in South Sudan
With the UN World Data Forum underway, biometric registration of displaced people in South Sudan is underlining the role of data in improving humanitarian aid.
A team from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently registered over 30,000 displaced people at sites in the region around the capital Juba.
This allows agencies to plan aid in a more targeted and accountable way.
The World Data Forum is taking place in Dubai, and concludes on Wednesday. You can find more information on the UN News Website.
UNESCO chief condemns death of Pakistan journalist
As the Western media remains focused on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the head of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is raising awareness of an assassination in Pakistan.
Director-General Audrey Azouley has called on Pakistan’s authorities to ensure that the killers of journalist Sohail Khan are brought to justice.
Khan, a reporter for K2 Daily, was shot down in Haripur, Northwestern Pakistan on 16 October.
Every four days, a journalist somewhere around the world is killed: to raise awareness of the dangers they face, UNESCO is launching a new campaign, Truth Never Dies, on 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Conor Lennon, UN News.