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Adhere to safeguards, avoid pushing back refugees, UNICEF, UN rights experts urge Europe

03 February 2017 – As Europe Union leaders gather today in Malta to discuss new measures on migration, including increased cooperation with Libya, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN rights experts underlined the need to ensure that children are protected and that migrants should not be pushed back to places where their safety is at risk.


EU should seek common approach to address tragic loss of life on Mediterranean – UN agencies

02 February 2017 – Ahead of a meeting of the European Council, the United Nations refugee and migration agencies have called on European leaders to take “decisive action” to save lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea along its central route in hopes of a better future.


US travel ban a 'significant setback' for those needing international protection – UN rights experts

01 February 2017 – Expressing concern that a new Executive Order by the United States President Donald Trump is in breach of the country's human rights commitments, a group of United Nations rights experts have called on the US to live up to its human rights obligations and provide protection for those fleeing persecution and conflicts.


UN fund allocates $6 million to help thousands in violence-hit parts of Central African Republic

31 January 2017 – The top United Nations relief official today approved an allocation from the Organization’s humanitarian emergency response fund to assist the response to new emergencies triggered by a surge of violence in the Central African Republic’s Kaga Bandoro, Bambari and Bria areas.


UN releases $100 million to sustain relief operations in world's most neglected crises

30 January 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today released $100 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund to sustain operations in nine “neglected crises” where levels of vulnerability are alarmingly high but funding remains critically low.


Amid hate speech, negative media spin ‘real stories’ of refugees and migrants must be told – UN official

26 January 2017 – With hate speech and rhetoric against migrants and refugees on the rise in various parts of the world, and the increased role of media in shaping perceptions towards them, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) today co-sponsored with the European Union (EU) a symposium drawing attention to this growing challenge and explore efforts to combat it.


UN refugee agency lauds Europe's rescue efforts in Mediterranean amid 'tragic start' to New Year

16 January 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency praised the Italian Coastguard in coordination with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, for rescuing some 1,500 people from boats on the Mediterranean struggling in rough weather throughout the weekend.


More than 90 per cent of children reaching Italy’s shores are separated or unaccompanied – UNICEF

13 January 2017 – Noting that the number of children arriving in Italy by themselves via the sea in 2016 more than doubled over the previous year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for urgent and special measures to protect them from trafficking, exploitation and abuse.