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Syria Crisis – United Nations Response 1 June 2016

Inter-agency convoys deliver critical assistance to besieged towns in Rural Damascus
On 1 June, inter-agency convoys delivered critical life-saving assistance to two besieged towns in Rural Damascus: Darayya and Moadamiyeh, according to the UN spokesperson. He said that this is the first time that the UN has been able to deliver any assistance to Darayya since November 2012. The Darayya convoy delivered medicine, nutritional items for children and vaccines to some 4,000 people, while technical teams were assessing needs on the ground for future deliveries. The humanitarian situation in Darayya is dire, characterized by severe shortages of food, medicine, medical equipment and supplies, health facilities and personnel. The UN is strongly advocating for another convoy to Darayya containing food in the days to come. The Moadamiyeh convoy is the first of three planned convoys, bringing food to some 22,000 people. It is the fifth convoy to the town this year, but the first time the UN has had access since March.
Earlier, on 25 May, a joint United Nations-International Committee of the Red Cross-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy delivered much-needed humanitarian assistance to the hard-to-reach area of Houle in Homs. Food, nutrition, hygiene kits, and educational materials were delivered to 71,000 people. This is the third humanitarian convoy to Houle this year. Since the beginning of 2016, inter-agency operations have reached more than 800,000 civilians in need in besieged, hard-to-reach and priority cross-line areas. Many of these people have been reached more than once.

UNHCR Calls for Immediate Movement of Refugees and Asylum-Seekers to Humane Conditions

UNHCR is deeply saddened by the tragic death of the refugee who sustained fatal burns during the incident at the Nauru refugee settlement last week. UNHCR had been on Nauru undertaking a monitoring mission in relation to arrangements in place for the asylum-seekers and refugees transferred from Australia, and three staff were present at the site of the incident, though the man had not been interviewed by UNHCR or doctors accompanying the mission. Continue reading

Detaining asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention centres subject to international obligations, despite High Court decision

Following the decision handed down by the High Court of Australia this week in M68/2015, UNHCR affirms its long-standing position that Australia maintains responsibility for the protection of asylum seekers and refugees transferred to offshore processing centres under the existing bilateral arrangements with Nauru and Papua New Guinea respectively, and that any such arrangements must meet the respective countries’ international obligations. Continue reading

UNHCR welcomes change in Nauru’s detention policy

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes Nauru’s decision to end the detention of asylum-seekers and to clear pending asylum claims promptly.

On Monday, the Government of Nauru announced that, effective immediately, its Regional Processing Centre hosting asylum-seekers would become an “open centre” 24 hours a day and that all asylum-seekers would be free to move around the island. The Government also committed to processing some 600 pending asylum applications in the next week, and to enhancing support for the local integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country Continue reading

UN refugee agency chief urges Europe to formulate collective response to migrant crisis

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréWith the number of migrants fleeing to Europe the violence in their countries of origin continuing to increase, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today urged the European Union to speed up the formulation of an adequate collective response to this unprecedented crisis. “Since the beginning of the year, 293,000 migrants and refugees tried Continue reading

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp turns three, challenges for the future of thousands living there

As Jordan’s Za’atari camp the largest refugee camp in the Middle East prepared to mark its third anniversary, the UN refugee agency revealed on Tuesday (July 28) an increase in the number of refugees seeking shelter in camps across the rest of the country. UNHCR said that living conditions for more than half a million refugees living outside of camps in the country had become increasingly tough, swelling the population of other camps. The latest survey showed 86 per cent of urban refugees live below the Jordanian poverty line of 68 JOD (approx. US$95) per capita per month. Continue reading

The 1951 Refugee Convention

Twelve Nations Sign Refugee ConventionThe 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees was officially signed 64 years ago today at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, by Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia. Since its signing the Geneva Refugee Convention has been instrumental in helping an estimated 50 million people Continue reading