News in Brief 02 March 2020

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This is the news in brief from the United Nations. Humanitarian aid and protection needs are growing more desperate by the day in serious ad Lib Governor. At where nearly one million people have been displaced by ongoing military operations according to a senior U N aid official Kevin Kennedy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria. Crisis was part of a cross-border mission from Turkey conducted on Monday by seven. Un Agencies to assess the feasibility of having sustained presence in the northwestern province the last opposition held stronghold people in it Lib traumatized and frightened and urgently need better access to shelter food sanitation basic health services and protection. He said in a statement and while local aid workers are doing a heroic job they are exhausted and also subject to being displaced and killed. He added Mr Kennedy stressed that as needs rise. It is imperative that the UN uses all methods to reach people in need whether from inside Syria or across borders. He reported that more than two thousand one hundred and fifty trucks carried aid from Turkey into northwestern Syria January and February. That's over double the number that made the crossing during the same period last year. However he said we need to do even more and scale presence on the ground meanwhile human rights violations. Continue to rise in Syria where women children and men face unprecedented levels of displacement amidst increasingly dire conditions. That's the assessment of the commission of inquiry appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and record all violations of international law in the nearly decade-long conflict. The commission has released its latest report and among the findings is that Syrians who were forcibly displaced through reconciliation agreements or who fled battles are now being hemmed into ever-shrinking spaces in it live and Western. Aleppo governorate under the rule of the H. T. S. terrorist group military operations to Root Out. The group of killed and injured. Scores of people said the report while markets camps and hospitals have been decimated. The report contains several recommendations for the Syrian government but also for warring parties and the international community to improve the protection of civilians. It is scheduled to be presented to the Human Rights Council next week and finally an independent human rights expert is calling for countries to repeal gender discriminatory laws grounded in religious belief and to address gender-based violence carried out in the name of religion by non-state actors. Ahmed Shaheed who is the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief made the appeal in his latest report presented to the Human Rights Council. Geneva on Monday as a special rapporteur he is appointed by the council does not a UN staff member. Mr Shaheed told the Body that he firmly rejects any claim that religious beliefs can be invoked as a legitimate justification for violence or discrimination against women girls or lgbt plus adding that the right to freedom of religion protects individuals and not religions as such the rights expert also expressed concern over the rise in political and religious campaigns which invoke religious freedom to seek to rollback human rights that are fundamental to gender equality. Deanne Penn U. N. News.

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