In today’s Daily Brief: the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is officially declared an international Public Health Emergency; UN Youth Envoy briefs Security Council; an ‘exciting and potentially defining’ moment for Sudan, says UN adviser; more cooperation’s needed to secure arrest of war crimes fugitives; and politicizing the migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary
New laws in Hungary, and Government attacks on civil society in the country, fuel “hostility, xenophobia, and discrimination against migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and all those trying to provide them support”, say a team of independent human rights experts mandated by the UN Human Rights Council.
Some 25,000 refugee and migrant children stranded at transit points across Europe are at risk of emotional distress due to uncertainty about their future, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has reported.
These children are living in limbo in countries such as Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary because they do not know if they will be able to move on to other parts of the continent or to reunite with family members settled there.
Alpha Diallo asked UNICEF’s Sarah Crowe what teams on the ground have been seeing.
The study details achievements made by countries that have adopted a UNHCR strategy aimed at ending the detention of asylum seekers and refugees.
Hungary is being urged to refrain from “policies and practices that promote intolerance”.
The call came from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), following the Hungarian government’s launch of a new campaign that portrays those fleeing war and conflict as criminals, invaders and terrorists.
UNHCR says the public outreach effort, which was launched this month, promotes fear and fuels xenophobia against refugees and migrants.