News in Brief

War-related trauma care established outside Iraqi city

Two fully equipped medical facilities to treat people with war-related traumas are being set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) outside the city of Mosul in Iraq.

The military operation to retake the city from extremists began a month ago.

WHO anticipates that around 40,000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of the ongoing battle.

Doctors will perform screening and triage, stop bleeding, and provide IV fluids and oxygen, and dispense medications as needed.

Two leading international war surgeons have also been recruited by WHO and are working with more than 75 general surgeons and junior medical doctors from the region.

Five million people going hungry in north-east Nigeria

Five million people in north-east Nigeria are facing what the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling “acute food insecurity.”

More than 80 per cent of the rural population there depends on crop or livestock farming.

FAO said that “already poor and vulnerable host communities” have absorbed large numbers of people fleeing violence perpetrated by the outlawed Boko Haram group.

The insecurity has severely disrupted markets and food availability.

The UN agency has appealed for US$25 million to support irrigated vegetable production and micro-gardening in the dry season, as well as rebuild livestock systems.

Egypt steps up travel bans on rights defenders with “chilling effect”

Egypt has been criticized for stepping up travel bans on rights defenders, a move which is having a “chilling effect” on society according to a UN independent expert.

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst said “restrictions imposed on defenders’ freedom of movement have become routine in what is seen as a broader crackdown against Egyptian civil society dating back to 2011.

Mr. Forst reviewed the cases of more than 15 human rights defenders, who were prevented from travelling abroad in 2016 for regional and international events.

He said the travel bans are being used as a method to prevent the legitimate exercise of rights.

Iran urged to end harassment of woman searching fate of brother

Iran has been urged by four UN human rights experts to end the harassment of a woman trying to learn the fate of her brother and his newborn daughter, who disappeared from prison more than 30 years ago.

Raheleh Rahemipour is facing criminal charges which the experts believe may be a direct reprisal for her search for her brother and niece.

Her brother was last seen in Evin prison in August 1984, a year after he and his pregnant wife had been arrested over their political beliefs.

Their baby daughter was born in jail, but was taken away when she was only a few days old; the couple was later told that she had died.

The UN independent experts are calling on Iran to drop all charges against Ms Rahemipour and halt the campaign against her.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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Source: United Nations Radio.