FROM THE FIELD: A flood of humanitarian needs for Burundi lake dwellers |

Incessant heavy rains, followed by floods, landslides, and strong winds have led to farmland, dwellings, roads, markets and a wide range of businesses, disappearing...

Billions risk being without access to water and sanitation services by 2030  |

Latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNCEF) reveals that three in 10 people worldwide could not wash their hands with soap and water at...

Urgent action needed to end ‘inhumane conditions’ facing Haiti prisoners: UN rights chief |

The document published on Wednesday, based on visits to 12 detention centres by UN staff at the beginning of 2021, notes that in some instances...

Syria’s last cross-border aid lifeline must stay open, insist UN humanitarians |

World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Tomson Phiri said that the renewal of the UN resolution allowing cross-border operation was critical, since “millions of lives...

‘Invisible’ stateless people could miss out on COVID-19 jabs, UNHCR warns |

That’s the warning from UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which on Tuesday published a report showing that the “great majority” of national immunization plans in 157 countries...

Forced displacement at record level, despite COVID shutdowns: UNHCR |

According to the UN Refugee Agency flagship Global Trends Report published on Friday, the restrictive COVID-19 pandemic did not slow forced displacement around the...

Continuing Venezuela exodus and COVID-19 highlights need for global solidarity for most vulnerable |

Since 2015, some 5.6 million Venezuelans have left the country to escape violence, insecurity and threats, as well as a longstanding economic crisis which...

Freedom for all on two (or three) wheels |

The bicycle’s role as a simple, affordable and clean means of transportation is championed by the UN every year on World Bicycle Day, marked...

Staggering health needs emerge in Gaza, following Israel-Hamas conflict  |

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that it has provided essential medicines for trauma care and supported ambulance services for more than 2,000 injured...

Halt legislation on coercive mental health measures in Europe – UN experts  |

Five UN experts issued a statement calling upon the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics to withdraw a draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo...

Up to 400,000 could be displaced by new Goma eruption in DR Congo, warns...

Mercifully slow-moving lava spewed from the huge crater of Mount Nyiragongo last Saturday, causing thousands to flee Goma, a city of around two million. At...

During relative calm, growing humanitarian suffering in Syria, a ‘tragic irony’   |

“It is a tragic irony that this time of relative calm, compared with earlier years of the conflict, is also a period of immense...

Guterres deeply concerned over ‘forced landing’ and arrest of Belarus opposition journalist, as condemnation...

On Sunday, Roman Protasevich was flying on a Ryanair jet from Greece to Lithuania, where he has been reportedly living in exile since fleeing...

Security Council calls for ‘full adherence’ to Gaza ceasefire, focus on two-State solution |

In a Press Statement, the 15-member peace and security body welcomed the announcement of the ceasefire and gave recognition to the diplomatic mediation efforts...

Ceasefire can’t hide scale of destruction in Gaza, UN warns, as rights experts call...

Speaking from Gaza, Matthias Schmale from the UN relief agency for Palestinians UNRWA, said that there was no “going back to normal” in the...

UNHCR chief calls on US to end COVID-19 asylum restrictions at the Mexico border...

In a statement published on Thursday, Filippo Grandi welcomed the Government’s plans to implement “much-needed reform and capacity building to manage border processes”. He...

WHO appeals for regular access to Palestinian enclave amid ongoing Israeli strikes |

In a World Health Organization (WHO) press conference on Thursday, senior officials highlighted the “almost total destruction” of the central COVID-19 testing lab in...

Myanmar: Rights expert welcomes fresh sanctions against junta, urges other nations ‘step up’ |

UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews on Thursday urged all countries to follow the path taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.  Ramp...

Arbitrary expulsions of migrants in Chile must stop immediately, urge rights experts |

In line with international human rights norms and standards, the experts called on the Government of Chile to immediately stop collectively expelling migrants.  “Deportations of migrants cannot be carried...

‘I am alive, but I feel like I am dead’: a migrant grieves the...

“I have lost everything,” says Misrah, as she struggles to recount the most traumatic of events, witnessing the...

Stop evictions in East Jerusalem neighbourhood immediately, UN rights office urges Israel |

Eight Palestinian refugee families residing in Sheikh Jarrah are facing forced eviction due to a legal challenge by the Nahalat Shimon settler organization, with...

UN rights office urges independent probe into police operation in Rio, Brazil |

The operation started in the early hours of Thursday (local time) when, reportedly, police officers on the ground and in a helicopter overhead opened...

Latin America rights groups face growing threats, attacks: Bachelet |

“Governments and others in positions of power” including members of parliament and vigilante groups were at the root of the problem in a dozen...

155 million faced acute food insecurity in 2020, conflict the key driver |

It’s been five years since hunger levels were this bad across 55 countries under review, according to the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC),...