LATEST SURVEY SHOWS SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON LIVED IN POVERTY IN 2017
Geneva, Switzerland (GIDSS.com)- A new study, conducted by UNHCR, WEP, and UNICEF reveals that the condition of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is worse than ever, with over half a million living in chronic poverty and a large percentage of that living below poverty line. They rely on international aid more heavily than ever as they find it harder to fulfil their daily needs.
According to the annual Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees (VASyR), the number of refugees living in extreme poverty is rising. 58 percent of households are now living on less than $2.87 per person a day, a 5 percent rise compared to the figure a year ago. Also, 76 percent of refugees are living on less than $ 3.84 per person a day.
Under the Lebanon Crisis Plan, financial assistance worth $ 2.7 billion is needed in 2018 to ensure that those refugees can meet their basic needs.
UN REFUGEE BODY TO DEMAND ISRAEL PAUSE FORCED RELOCATION PROGRAM
Geneva, Switzerland (GIDSS.com)- UNHCR is again urging Israel to stop its relocation policy for Eritreans and Sudanese to Sub-Sahara Africa, following 80 cases identified in which refugees who were forced to leave by Israel risk their lives by taking a dangerous route to Italy via Libya.
According to an interview conducted by a UNHCR staff, those refugees were also vulnerable to torture and extortion before arriving in Israel. The latest data shows that there are 7,700 Sudanese and 27,000 Eritreans in Israel. Israel has been in charge of refugee status determination since 2009. However, it only recognizes one Sudanese and ten Eritreans as refugees. The Jewish state has not received any Eritreans or Sudanese since May 2016.
Eritrean refugees escape a repressive regime and discrimination by crossing Sudan illegally, triggering the latter to close its border with Eritrea, the latest report suggested.
IOM TO BACK CONSTRUCTION OF SHELTER IN ZAMBIA
Sesheke, Zambia (GIDSS.com)- The UN Migration Agency and the government of Zambia are showing support for the construction of a protective shelter in the country’s border in Sesheke district, aimed at protecting vulnerable migrants, particularly children and women.
The shelter will provide other services and facilities such as healthcare with a possibility of finding a solution, which includes a return to those migrants country of origin.
MIGRANTS ARRIVAL IN MEDITERRANEAN HIT 1072 IN THE FIRST WEEK OF 2018, IOM DATA REVEALS
Geneva, Switzerland (GIDSS.com)- IOM, the UN migrant body, announced that 1,072 refugees and migrants were entering Europe in the first week of 2018. Around 450, each arriving in Greece and Italy, and the remainder in neighbouring Spain.
However, a death toll also exists from this migration. There were 81 deaths recorded in waters off Spain and Morocco and in the waters between Italy and Libya. The figure is higher than that of December 2017, when a total of 26 fatalities were recorded.
THE DARK SIDE OF US AUTHORITIES’CRIMINAL CASES HANDLING
Washington (GIDSS.com)- Human Rights Watch released a report today disclosing human rights violation conducted by US authorities in handling criminal cases. The document describes some illegal and abusive practices as the standard when a law is enforced to collect evidence from defendants.
The 77-page report “Dark Side: Secret Origins of Evidence in US Criminal Case” is based on cases recorded in 95 US state and federal states, involving 24 interviews with former and current officials, defence attorneys, as well as experts in investigative methods. Also, the HRW report includes an analysis of documents by an executive.
The human rights watchdog described evidence indicating how US law enforcement employ such tactics as re-creating a story about how they started an investigation, avoiding exactly how certain information was originally discovered. This method is widely known as a”whisper stop” or a “wall stop”.
This practice can be carried out like this: an intelligence body or a law enforcer will ask a local or state police officer to get a pretext-usually a minor traffic violation- after using information already gathered from various sources about a particular person. A law enforcement unit has the right to stop a suspect for the minor incident and subsequently can manufacture information which turns that suspect into a scapegoat for a larger crime.