Croatia’s recently announced border monitoring mechanism, meant to provide for independent human rights monitoring of border operations, appears to fall short of the standards needed to ensure its effectiveness and success, 8 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said today.
Six months since the military’s seizure of power, aid agencies are warning of a spiralling humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar triggered by skyrocketing Covid-19 cases and widespread violence in the country. Over 60 per cent of reported deaths from Covid-19 in Myanmar have occurred in the past month alone, with the number of confirmed cases doubling in the last two months.
As severe flooding devastates Cox's Bazar, 32 humanitarian agencies call for urgent funding in Bangladesh.
A new report, Doors Wide Shut, documents how parents are being separated from their children by border authorities and pushed back across the border at different places without means of finding each other again. And this is only one of the illegal push-back practices registered as part of the Protecting Rights at Borders (PRAB) Initiative.
In light of the recent and rapid security deterioration, national drought and the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan, deportations of rejected asylum seekers from Europe should be suspended temporarily.
The drought in Afghanistan adds to challenges already faced by Afghans amid escalating conflict and insecurity as well as the health and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. Nearly a third of the population is facing emergency levels of food insecurity, with almost half of children under-five at risk of acute malnutrition.
New DRC-MMC position paper offers evidence-based recommendations towards a protection-sensitive approach to actions against human smuggling.
World leaders must seize the opportunity at a conference on the future of Libya this week to make continued commitments to addressing the humanitarian needs of a population who have not known peace for more than a decade, four aid groups working in Libya said today.
Comments from Charlotte Slente, Secretary General, the Danish Refugee Council, on new global displacement figures from UNHCR, showing 82.4 million displaced persons globally:
The Danish Refugee Council strongly condemns the killing of ten deminers working in HALO Trust in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province on 8 June, 2021.
The Danish parliament has passed a bill, opening the possibility to transfer asylum seekers and refugees to a third country – and hence externalize the Danish asylum procedure. The Danish Refugee Council find this idea irresponsible and lacking in solidarity.
A nationwide famine in Yemen can still be avoided. At the Senior Officials Meeting at June 1st, 2021 - a summit co-chaired by the EU and Sweden to discuss the most pressing issues faced by Yemen - world leaders have a real chance to pull the country back from the brink.
More than half of Lebanon's population lives below the poverty line while nine out of ten Syrian refugee families in the country live in extreme poverty. A new website developed by DRC Lebanon gives the opportunity to have a holistic response to every vulnerable individual’s need.
In a new report, DRC in partnership with six civil society organisations across six countries, have collected records of thousands of illegal pushbacks of migrants and refugees trying to cross Europe’s borders. Testimonies also reveal unofficial cooperation between authorities in different countries to transfer vulnerable people across borders to avoid responsibility.
22 April 2021 saw yet another preventable tragedy at sea with more than 100 people perishing in a single incident. DRC repeats its plea for the EU to commit to search and rescue in the Mediterranean and for expanding safe pathways to protection to avoid desperate crossings and countless deaths at sea.
In March, the civil war in Syria marked a sad ten-year anniversary. But despite the ongoing conflict and clear evidence of the dangers facing refugees who return, the Danish authorities have decided that the general security conditions in Damascus and the greater Damascus area have improved sufficiently that Syrian refugees in Denmark should return. As a result, so far more than 250 Syrians in Denmark have had their residence permits either withdrawn or not extended in the first instance by the Danish Immigration Service.
Only 26 hours of global military spending is enough to cover the $5.5 billion needed to help most at risk.
In light of two recent attacks on humanitarians in Ethiopia, DRC joins the Humanitarian International NGO (HINGOs) Forum and calls for the protection of all humanitarian aid workers and civilians to enable assistance to reach all people in need in Ethiopia.