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In a paper presented to the European Union (EU) today, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called for a far-reaching reform of Europe’s global engagement with refugees, including the European asylum system. UNHCR called on Europe to offer more strategic and targeted support to countries of origin, asylum and transit of refugees, to review its contingency preparations to respond to large refugee and migrant arrivals, and to put in place a more efficient and better managed asylum system.


WARSAW, Poland — European human rights officials voiced serious concerns Monday over proposed legislation in Poland that would limit the right to freedom of assembly.

Proposed amendments to the law on assembly give priority to gatherings organized by public authorities, churches and religious organizations, to the detriment of other groups.

The lower house of parliament, the Sejm, approved the legislation last week and this week the Senate will debate it.


Egypt has introduced a law that makes it easier for the Egyptian authorities to shut down non-governmental organisations that are viewed as being too outspoken or critical, activists say.

The law, passed by the parliament last Tuesday, will let security agencies decide the fate of some 47,000 human rights organisations and charities – including that of those which were involved in the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.


DW: Was it a surprise for you that President Yahya Jammeh was so quick to admit defeat after 22 years in power and called to congratulate you?

Adama Barrow: It was not a surprise. The Gambian people have spoken. When the population speaks, you have to listen. Power belongs to the people. On that note, we thank President Yammeh for taking this bold decision.

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Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday lead the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

This is an important milestone of one of the most internationally acclaimed, progressive and transformative constitutions in the world.

The President is expected to address the commemoration at the George Thabe Sports Ground in Sharpeville, Gauteng.

This year marks 20 years since the signing into law of the Constitution by the late former President Nelson Mandela in Sharpeville on 10 December 1996.


(Brussels) – The opening of the International Criminal Court trial of a Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander is an important new chapter in holding the rebel group accountable for its brutal crimes in northern Uganda, Human Rights Watch said today.


(Nairobi) – Serious fighting in the Central African Republic in late November 2016 between two Seleka groups left at least 14 civilians dead and 76 wounded, Human Rights Watch said today. Armed groups appear to have deliberately targeted five of the civilians killed during the main clashes in the central town of Bria between November 21 and 23, and nine others in the ensuing days. Three other civilians are missing and presumed dead.


NEAR FALFURRIAS— The bright orange sun, veiled lightly by the morning fog, rose over the horizon as Heidi Orozco, 35, cried silently looking over the desolate ranchlands of Brooks County last Tuesday morning, wondering if her brother’s journey from Guatemala ended somewhere here in the dense brush.

“It was very painful for me,” Orozco said in Spanish. “I just thought: what if my brother’s bones are somewhere in there? What if the animals devoured him? There was a very strong energy there and it was very impactful.”


NEW YORK—The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group signed a new and final peace deal on Nov. 24. The Congress approved the agreement last week, giving the green light to start its implementation.

The rejection of October’s referendum by Colombian voters that would end more than 50 years of a civil war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), left a deeply polarized society. The victims were portrayed as the big losers as the opportunity of reaching a stable and long lasting peace seemed to vanish with the result.


Colombia's Senate has approved a revised peace accord with the country's largest rebel group, the Farc.

The first agreement was narrowly rejected in a referendum last month.

President Juan Manuel Santos says the new proposals are stronger and take into account the changes demanded by opponents of the scheme.

Those opponents, led by former President Alvaro Uribe, say the revised deal is still too lenient on Farc leaders.

The revised agreement now goes to the lower house of Congress for approval.