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UN official says 8.4 million in Yemen “a step away from famine”

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, recently issued a statement calling for “sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access” to the country, saying that “the lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe…

UN migration body urges Facebook to curb People Smugglers

The United Nations’ migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has urged social media firms, including Facebook, to up their efforts in curbing people smugglers using their platforms. IOM spokesman Leonard Doyle has said people smugglers frequently use Facebook for unlawful deals to take migrants to Libya, where they could potentially be detailed, tortured,…

High Commissioner’s 10th Dialogue on Protection Challenges

The High Commissioner’s 10th Dialogue on Protection Challenges, which is aimed at discussing the proposed Global Compact on Refugees is taking place on December 12-13 in Geneva, Switzerland. In his speech opening the dialogue, Filippo Grandi, the United nations High Commissioner for Refugees cautioned that forced displacement has worsened a year after the New York…

Humanitarian groups warn of dire conditions at Greek asylum centres

Greek officials have indicated that the number have asylum seekers coming from Turkey to the Greek islands of Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesbos and Samos has quadrupled, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said that the situation in the camps is “beyond desperate”. MSF’s project coordinator on Lesbos, Aria Danika, said “entire families…are packed into small…

UN official calls for “realistic” approach to migration

Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration, spoke at the stocktaking meeting on migration being held in Mexico. Arbour said the Global Compact for migration, which will be an intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, presents “an opportunity to reorient the often-toxic narrative against migrants towards a more accurate narrative on migration that…

Mexico to host Intergovernmental Conference on Migration

From December 4 to 6, Mexico will host a meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which will take place in Puerto Vallarta. The meeting is a key step in the process to formulate the Global Compact for Migration, an intergovernmental agreement that will address all aspects…

1,300 Myanmar tribals take shelter in Mizoram

Mizoram’s government has taken in 1,300 tribals, most of whom are Buddhist or Christian, who fled violence in Myanmar’s Arakan state and are in southern Mizoram. The district’s police chief told IANS that “the Myanmarese fled their homes after the Army clashed with the outlawed ‘Arakan Army’ militant outfit cadres last week. As the armed…

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