Senior humanitarian describes ‘horror scenes’ in Syria camps |

Speaking by videoconference to journalists in New York, Mark Cutts said humanitarians had seen “some real horror scenes” in the last few days, especially in the northwest, where he said the camps were “bad at...

Horrors of Hiroshima, a reminder nuclear weapons remain global threat |

Those first nuclear weapons deployed by the United States, indiscriminately killed tens of thousands of non-combatants but also left indelible scars for the immediate...

Decade of Sahel conflict leaves 2.5 million people displaced |

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the agency’s spokesperson, Boris Cheshirkov, informed that internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, going from 217,000 to a staggering 2.1...

Experts urge Iran to halt imminent execution of juvenile offender |

Mr. Shahbazi, now 20, was 17 when he was arrested for fatally stabbing a classmate during a fight involving four people.    He was scheduled...

UN chief: ‘We are in a race against time to help the Afghan people’...

Just two days ago, the United Nations launched its largest-ever humanitarian appeal for a single country, requiring more than $5 billion this year. Speaking to journalists in New York, the UN...

Yemen: ‘Political will, responsible leadership” needed, to end 7-year war |

“Genuine political will, responsible leadership and adherence to the interest of the entire population is needed”, he said. Military escalations Mr. Grundberg highlighted recent fighting, which...

‘Prompt, independent, impartial investigations’ needed in Kazakhstan: UN rights office |

Close to 10,000 people are now estimated to be held in detention following the riots. "We understand that the Ministry of Interior has announced...

Afghanistan: UN launches largest single country aid appeal ever |

Speaking in Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that $4.4 billion was needed for the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan alone, “to pay direct” to health...

Bangladesh: Second fire in a week tears through vast Rohingya refugee camp |

The blaze was first reported just before 5 pm local time and caused considerable damage to sections of the largest camp of its kind...

Myanmar: WFP plans to aid 4 million through 2022  |

According to the agency, the rise is driven by the ongoing political crisis, poverty, displacement, and the economic fallout from COVID-19.  Needs are now widespread, from...

Each day ‘a new adventure’ for UN humanitarian air service worker   |

Despite having been “around aircraft for so long” due to her personal and family history, Rasha admits that she still gets a “heart flutter” every she watches a plane take to the skies.  “It never gets ordinary being here”, she...

Pakistan: Smartcard registration drive for Afghan refugees ends |

The agency commended the Government of Pakistan for its country-wide campaign, the agency’s spokesperson, Babar Baloch, told journalists in Geneva. “Following a short pilot, the...

Waves of Haitians risk treacherous sea journey to find better life |

“I was trying the reach the Turks and Caicos Islands, but my boat capsized at sea. If there were opportunities to start up my...

People of Myanmar face ‘unprecedented’ crisis in 2022  |

According to a UN Humanitarian Needs Overview published on Friday by OCHA, the turmoil is projected to have driven almost half the population into poverty heading...

Grave violations rise for children in conflict   | | UN News

From Afghanistan to Yemen, and Syria to northern Ethiopia, UNICEF denounced grave violations against youngsters in both protracted and new conflicts.   ‘Dreadful disregard’  Last week, four children were reportedly among the victims of...

2021 Year in Review: Refugee, migrant numbers rise, despite travel curbs |

By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data. This figure is an increase from 2020...

Myanmar: Attack leaves 35 dead, including 4 children  |

The UN agency was “shocked and saddened” by the reported killing and burning of victims on 24 December, during a time when many prepared...

Despite ‘rampant’ poverty, ‘existential’ lack of funding impedes UNRWA’s work |

Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, said that chronic and drastic funding shortfalls could even precipitate its collapse.  “Today, austerity has reached its limit and is impacting the quality...

Iran: UN independent experts condemn secret execution of Kurdish prisoner |

The prisoner, Heidar Ghorbani, was secretly executed in Sanandaj Central Prison at dawn on Sunday – without prior notice to his family or lawyer....

Afghanistan economy in ‘freefall’, threatening to take entire population with it |

Speaking virtually to the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad, Pakistan, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian...

Migrant workers still at great risk despite key role in global economy |

As exemplified by the many roles of migrants considered ‘essential’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, the report highlights an increase in demand for their labour. Foreign...

Venezuela violated jurist’s rights, UN Human Rights Committee says |

In the decision, the Committee requested that Venezuela declare the criminal proceedings against Allan Brewer Carías null and void, and that he be awarded adequate compensation. It also...

UN rights office urges Colombia to reform policing of protests |

The report documents various instances of unnecessary or disproportionate use of force by police officers during widespread demonstrations that began on 28 April and...

Remember the Rohingya ‘forced to run for their lives’ |

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, began his official visit with a statement reminding that when conditions allow for...