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UNHCR chief urges better support for 13 million 'exhausted' and displaced Syrians

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged greater international support for the more than 13 million Syrians who’ve been displaced in the past 10 years. 

Human Rights abuses intensifying in eastern DR Congo - UNHCR 

An alarming number of human rights abuses have been carried out against civilians this year by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. 

Migration chief calls for all displaced to be included in national COVID-19 vaccination plans

The head of the UN migration agency, IOM, is strongly advocating for governments everywhere to respect the “fundamental right of healthcare” when it comes to ensuring vulnerable migrants and the displaced get equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

In an interview for UN News, António Vitorino wants migrants to be included in all plans. The agency's Yasmina Guerda, began by asking the Director General to outline the overall impact of the pandemic on migrants and the displaced.

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News in Brief 9 December 2020

  • Ethiopia’s Tigray region still at war, warns UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet 
  • Guterres: Ending corruption vital to world’s recovery after COVID-19 
  • Number of displaced worldwide passes 80 million: UN refugee agency 
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News in Brief 20 April 2020

  • COVID-19 response could stutter to a halt, warn aid chiefs in appeal for $350 million
  • Displaced, stateless women and girls face must get essential help, says UNCHR
  • WHO launches safe Ramadan guidelines during COVID-19
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News in Brief 1 April 2020

  • Now COVID-19 disruption casts cloud over weather alerts 
  • Migrants stranded by COVID-19 lockdown in Niger  
  • Displaced people affected by coronavirus have rights too, says rights expert  
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Syria: ‘Catastrophe’ looms in Idlib if violence escalates, says WFP spokeswoman

If fighting around the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Idlib escalates, with 300,000 already forced to flee their homes, a humanitarian “catastrophe” could well ensue. That’s according to World Food Programme (WFP) Spokesperson, Marwa Awad, who warns in an interview with UN News that depression and anger is now widespread across the region. 

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News in Brief 10 May 2019

  • Record number of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster
  • Myanmar military alleged to have opened fire on men and boys held in school 
  • Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group
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Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured

UN chief António Guterres has said that he’s following “with great concern” intensifying clashes in north-western Syria that have claimed yet more civilian lives and displaced thousands in recent days.

Women UN Police help instill safety at camps for South Sudan displaced

South Sudanese citizens who have been displaced to UN protection camps as a result of conflict say they feel safer when those camps are searched for weapons and other prohibited items.

When the search is conducted by women, there’s a higher sense of trust, confidence and security.

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