Filippo Grandi

News in Brief 17 May 2021

  • UN chief urges end to 'senseless' violence in Palestine, Israel
  • Gaza humanitarian relief stepped up by UN agencies
  • Countries urged to 'keep doors open' to LGBTIQ+ 
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Monday’s Daily Brief: Nigeria massacre, Libya shelling condemned; recycled plastic used to build classrooms in Côte d’Ivoire

Our main stories today: UN chief and senior UN official condemn the ‘terrible massacre’ in Nigeria that left some 65 dead, and the shelling of a hospital in Libya that killed medical workers; UN Secretary-General António Guterres reacts to a deadly landslide in China; recycled plastic waste is used to build classrooms in Côte d’Ivoire; and scouts are urged to become human rights defenders.

In aftermath of Libya airstrike deaths, UN officials call for refugees and migrants to be freed from detention

“As a priority, we ask that 5,600 refugees and migrants currently held in centres across Libya be freed in an orderly manner and their protection guaranteed” the UN refugee and migrants chiefs said in a joint statement, released on Friday.

Vulnerable Venezuelan refugees need more aid: UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi

On a visit to the Colombian border, UN refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi, said the international community must do more to aid thousands of Venezuelans leaving the country each day. Mr. Grandi spoke to the UN Information Centre’s Edith Girval. 

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UN and Africa: UN refugee chief in Somalia, closing of POC site and 'Childhood under Attack' in South Sudan

First closure of civilian protection site in South Sudan

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Despite progress, Somalia still needs support: UN refugee chief

The international community is being urged to continue supporting efforts to restore and rebuild Somalia.

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Violence against Rohingyas is “exceptional": UN refugee chief

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said that the violence experienced by refugees who’ve fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh is among the worst he has encountered – and that their plight is a “recipe” for a health “disaster”.

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Collective commitment to work together on refugees

There’s now a collective commitment within the international community to work together on the response to the global refugee and migrant crisis.

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Colombian refugees look to rebuild after Ecuador quake

It has been three months since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Ecuador, killing more than 660 people.

The disaster left more than 80,000 people homeless, including refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Colombia.

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“Jobs mean dignity” says new refugee chief visiting camps

“Jobs mean dignity” the new head of the UN Refugee Agency, has been telling Syrians who have been forced to flee their country.

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