This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
2,300 migrant children in Central American ‘caravan’ need protection
As some 7,000 mostly-Honduran migrants make their journey northwards toward the United States, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urging governments to prioritize the needs of migrant children ahead of immigration laws and procedures.
The arduous journey means facing soaring temperatures, and water and food shortages. Some have already fallen ill, while the threats of robbery, and sexual violence are ever-present - perils from which many are already fleeing.
A sixteen-year-old boy from Honduras told UN staff he felt he had no other option but to leave, after gang members torched his family home.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is working on the ground in Mexico to ensure migrants know their asylum rights.
The Agency spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, reminded transit and destination countries of their human rights obligations, in a Geneva press briefing earlier this week.
“It’s essential that all children and families are able to apply for asylum, and that they are able to have their international protection rights addressed, before any decision on returns or deportations are made.”
Over 330,000 Congolese migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola—UN rights chief
UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in “serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border.”
Some 330,000 people have crossed from Angola into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an expulsion order by the Government of Angola targeting irregular immigrants.
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has received reports that security forces in Angola have used “excessive force in their operations to deport the Congolese nationals,” and confirmed six deaths, reportedly at the hands of security forces.
Ms. Bachelet has urged the Government of the DRC to ensure members of security forces are properly investigated and she asked the international community to redouble its efforts to address the region’s urgent humanitarian needs.
Critical UNHCR aid reaches over 150,000 displaced Yemenis
Amid a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has ramped up its efforts to ensure the tens of thousands of displaced Yemenis have access to cash support.
Current pre-famine conditions facing half the country and a spike in cholera cases, are the result of years of fighting between Government and rebel forces and their allies.
More than two thirds of an estimated 2.7 million internally displaced civilians (IDPs) have been living in shelters for more than two years, many fleeing to safer parts of the country but becoming increasingly desperate.
UNHCR is providing cash assistance to help the most vulnerable families meet their immediate needs.
Natalie Hutchison, UN News