migrants

News in Brief 4 March 2021

  • Mental health alert for 330 million kids in COVID lockdown: UNICEF
  • Suspicion of Muslims at epidemic proportions, Human Rights Council hears
  • Migrants drown after being forced into the sea off Djibouti: IOM 
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Italy failed to rescue over 200 migrants in 2013 Mediterranean disaster, UN rights body finds

A UN rights committee said on Wednesday that Italy failed in its international obligations to protect the right to life of more than 200 migrants on board a vessel that sank in the Mediterranean Sea, in 2013. 

News in Brief 22 January 2021

  • Guterres hails entry into force of treaty seeking nuclear weapons ban 
  • Darfur’s health centres ‘unable to cope’ with intercommunal violence 
  • Migrants need fair access to COVID-19 vaccine, say UN Special Rapporteurs 
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On EU’s doorstep, UN raises alarm for thousands of young migrants sleeping rough 

Well over 2,500 migrants and refugees have been forced to sleep rough in Bosnia-Herzegovina for several weeks – on the European Union’s doorstep – despite the fact that suitable sheltered accommodation is available. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Peter Auweraert, chief of mission in Bosnia for the UN Migration Agency IOM, describes the difficulties of trying to find a quick solution to the urgent problem. 

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News in Brief 5 January 2021

  • UNHCR relocates first Ethiopian refugees to new site in Sudan
  • UN appeals to spoilers in Central African Republic election to respect poll results
  • Mounting concern for Bosnia’s migrants left in freezing conditions
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The virus that shut down the world: The plight of refugees and migrants

In part four of our review of the global impact of COVID-19, UN News considers the new challenges faced by refugees and migrants during 2020; from a heightened risk of catching the COVID-19 virus in crowded camps, to being stranded due to travel restrictions, and becoming the targets of criminal gangs.

News in Brief 28 December 2020

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrant lives at ‘immediate risk’, warn UN agencies 
  • UN peacekeepers patrol polling stations during CAR elections 
  • World must prepare for the next pandemic, UN urges  
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrant lives at ‘immediate risk’, warn UN agencies

United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have called on authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to act urgently to help hundreds of migrants, stranded and without shelter, amid freezing winter temperatures. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Thousands of migrants lose shelter, after camp destroyed in fire

The closure and subsequent fire, on Wednesday, at a migrant camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina has left thousands of migrants without shelter and protection, amid plummeting winter temperatures, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported. 

News in Brief 18 December 2020

  • $254 million appeal launched for Mozambicans fleeing violent extremists in north 
  • Vulnerable migrants still dying in their thousands on perilous journeys 
  • UN rights office warns over arrest of demonstrators in Thailand on treason laws 
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