News in Brief 20 March 2018

  • UNICEF and UNHCR raise alarm as Syrian humanitarian crisis intensifies
  • OHCHR reports “extensive” rights violations during Turkey state of emergency
  • 16 migrants dead after boat capsizes in Mediterranean: IOM
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UN urges new, ‘post-ISIL’ Iraq to draw on diversity, support religious minorities

As Iraq rebuilds after defeating a terrorist group, the country must draw on its religious diversity and protect minorities, including Yezidi and Christians, a senior United Nations official has said.

News In Brief 12 March 2018

  • “Highest ever number” of Syrian children died in 2017: UNICEF report
  • “Proud feminist” Guterres praises women “calling out” abuse and discrimination
  • Iraqi government must take “active steps” to better protect minorities
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UN envoy on conflict-related sexual violence reports on visits to Iraq and Sudan

A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Iraq are fully protected and that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Targeted support, reconstruction needed as displaced Iraqis return and rebuild their lives, urges UN agency

Iraqi civilians, driven from their homes in fear by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da’esh), are now starting to make their way back home after the terrorist group has been uprooted from its bastions in the country, the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

Iraqi civilians in danger from new explosives left by “evil” ISIL bomb-makers

The presence of increasingly-deadly explosive hazards in liberated areas of Iraq are hindering efforts to rebuild and provide vital aid to families who are returning home, according to a senior manager with the UN Mine Action Service there (UNMAS).

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News in Brief 14 February 2018

  • UN launches recovery and resilience programme for Iraq
  • UNICEF readies to support Pacific countries affected by Cyclone Gita
  • US urged to protect rights of migrant activist facing deportation
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At donor conference, UN chief launches two-year plan to fast-track Iraq reconstruction

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday launched a reconstruction programme for Iraq, urging the global community to support Iraqis as they embark on the journey to rebuild their country and make sure that it is committed to unity and inclusivity.

Some four million Iraqi children in need says UNICEF, ahead of investment conference in Kuwait

About a quarter of all Iraqi children are living in poverty, and in the wake of more than four years of violence, families are being pushed to “extreme measures” in order to survive, said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday, as a major conference on rebuilding the country was set to open tomorrow in neighbouring Kuwait.

UNICEF helping to restore health services for children and families returning to war-torn Mosul

Warning about the “alarming” state of Iraq’s healthcare system, especially in war-ravaged areas in and around Mosul, the United Nations children’s agency has stepped up its support to help the Government provide critical medical services so that children and families affected by violence and displacement can resume their lives.