$667 million funding call to help Afghans through economic crisis |

To help ordinary Afghans, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced the launch of a “people’s economy” fund, to provide desperately needed access to cash. The fund...

Myanmar: Three million in urgent need of life-saving assistance, protection |

Updating journalists at the daily media briefing in New York, Stéphane Dujarric cited humanitarians in saying that “conflict, food insecurity, natural disasters and COVID-19”...

Yemen war reaches ‘shameful milestone’ – 10,000 children now killed or maimed 

Another “shameful milestone” has been reached in the conflict in Yemen with 10,000 children killed or maimed since fighting started in March 2015, the UN Children’s...

Afghanistan: Reuniting families on the run should be priority urges UNHCR |

Spokesperson Shabia Mantoo said Afghan refugees have been approaching UNHCR offices, desperately concerned about the safety and welfare of their loved ones left behind,...

The right to a clean and healthy environment: 6 things you need to know...

For the first time ever, the United Nations body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world, passed a resolution...

Myanmar: In race against time, experts collect evidence of rights violations  |

Working out of Geneva, there are experts in gender violence and crimes against children; analysts with experience in international justice; specialists in open source evidence; and investigators working with sophisticated information systems.   The team of professionals are formally known as the Independent...

DR Congo: Lack of sufficient funding means tough choices for humanitarians 

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a lack of funding, are leaving humanitarians with a stark choice over who to assist, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA)...

UNHCR recommends the end of refugee status for Ivorians by June |

“In light of the fundamental and durable changes in Côte d’Ivoire, I am pleased to recommend a general cessation of refugee status for Ivorian...

COVID-induced inequities demand ‘New Social Contract’ says rights chief |

Under the theme of Human Rights in Times of Challenge: A New Social Contract, rights chief Michelle Bachelet informed the World Human Rights Cities Forum...

Half of Afghanistan’s under-5s expected to suffer acute malnutrition  |

Acute food insecurity is affecting 14 million people in Afghanistan who are without reliable access to water, food and basic health and nutrition services, following...

$383 million humanitarian plan to address ‘living nightmare’ in Lebanon |

For the past two years, Lebanon has been grappling with multiple challenges, including economic and financial meltdown, political deadlock, as well as the disastrous...

Iraq: ‘Moral obligation’ to ensure justice for Yazidi and other survivors of ISIL crimes  |

On 1 March, the Iraqi Parliament passed the Yazidi Survivors Law (YSL) to deliver long-awaited support not only for Yazidi women, but other ethno-religious survivors targeted by the ISIL extremist...

Comprehensive support needed for Haitians facing expulsion in Americas |

In a joint appeal by UN migration agency IOM, the refugee agency UNHCR, Children’s Fund UNICEF, and human rights office OHCHR, they highlighted that...

Syria: 10 years of war has left at least 350,000 dead

A decade of war in Syria has left more 350,200 people dead, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council on Friday, noting...

UNICEF: Haiti’s children vulnerable to ‘violence, poverty and displacement’ |

“When children and families are sent back without adequate protection, they find themselves even more vulnerable to violence, poverty and displacement – factors that...

20 years after Durban Declaration, racism reverberates in ‘echo chambers of hate’ |

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), Heads of States and Governments gathered in the General Assembly hall as part of...

Refugees face dire consequences from COVID-19 underfunding, UNHCR warns  |

The emergency tops their list of the 10 most underfunded situations in 2021. Only one-third of the budgeted requirements of $924 million has been received, according to...

Venezuela’s justice system aiding repression of opposition: Rights probe  |

In its second report mandated by the Human Rights Council, the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, alleged that judges allowed evidence...

Human Rights abuses intensifying in eastern DR Congo – UNHCR  |

In the two most affected provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, UNHCR and its partners recorded more than 1,200 civilian deaths and 1,100 rapes, constituting a...

Hunger spikes in Haiti following deadly earthquake |

Following the release of its findings, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of (FAO) urgently called for more investment to help rural Haitians go back to small-scale farming and avoid a...

‘Unprecedented funding gap’ for 7 million facing hunger in Ethiopia: WFP  |

This month, WFP started delivering emergency assistance to communities in regions bordering war-torn Tigray. So far, the conflict has forced 300,000 people from their homes and 1.7 million into the nextdoor provinces of Afar and Amhara.   In...

Haiti earthquake: Waterborne disease poses new threat to children |

“The lives of thousands of earthquake-affected children and families are now at risk, just because they don’t have access to safe water, sanitation and...

‘Major’ humanitarian crisis looms in Afghanistan, UNHCR warns   |

The “reality is, the displacement crisis is inside Afghanistan”, with more than 600,000 Afghans displaced this year, “80 per cent of which are women and...

UN experts urge Afghanistan’s new rulers to prohibit torture ‘in any circumstances’ |

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) drew particular attention to the provisions of the Convention and of its Optional Protocol (OPCAT). Noting that Afghanistan has entered into “a...