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News in Brief 13 August 2019

  • Breakthrough in new drug treatments to fight Ebola in DR Congo
  • UN expert calls for action over French nationals facing Iraq terror charges
  • Allow more than 500 rescued passengers to disembark, urges UNHCR
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Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing. 

‘At risk’ Mediterranean forests make ‘vital contributions’ to development

Between 2010 and 2015, forests around the Mediterranean have expanded by two per cent, but that has come at the price of significant degradation and increasing vulnerability to climate change, population pressures, wildfires and water scarcity, warned a new UN report launched on Tuesday.

News In Brief 01 May 2018

  • Pre-monsoon rains already affecting refugee children in Bangladesh: UNICEF
  • Hostilities in Myanmar’s Kachin State ‘wholly unacceptable’: UN rights expert
  • Mediterranean migrant arrivals less than half of 2017 numbers: IOM
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Women and children threatened by sexual violence at refugee reception centres in Greek islands – UN

Asylum seekers are reporting sexual harassment and violence at some sub-standard reception centres on Greek islands – where even bathing during the daytime can be dangerous – despite Government measures to address the dire living conditions, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday.

More refugees and migrants feared lost in Mediterranean; UN urges safer resettlement options

Amid reports that some 160 people are feared lost during desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the United Nations refugee agency on Friday called for more action to save lives by offering more resettlement places and safe alternatives for people on the move.

News in Brief 24 November 2017 - Geneva (AM)

Rohingya return plan must guarantee their safety: UNHCR

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UN Chief: Peace and security link key for Mediterranean region

Peace and security are inseparable from the advancement of social progress and human rights, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday.

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News in Brief Tuesday 7 November - Geneva (AM)

Yemen blockade puts millions at risk, warn UN agencies

A blockade on basic supplies to Yemen threatens millions of people and should be lifted immediately, the UN said on Tuesday.

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News in Brief 18 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Libya “executions” should face investigation, says UN rights office

Reports indicating that suspected terrorists have been executed by forces aligned with the Libyan National Army (LNA) should face an independent investigation, the UN said on Tuesday.

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