News in Brief 12 November 2015 (AM)

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A girl is given a dose of oral cholera vaccine in Baharka IDP Camp, Erbil Governorate, Iraq, on 2 November 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Maulid Warfa

More than 250,000 Iraqis successfully vaccinated against cholera

The first round of a cholera vaccination campaign targeting 255,000 refugees and displaced people in Iraq has been successfully completed.

The government campaign, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reached more than 90 per cent of its intended targets: refugees from Syria, and internally-displaced Iraqis.

To ensure that the vaccine is effective, a second round of inoculations is due to begin in early December.

The second dose will extend protection against the killer-disease for up to five years.

Filippo Grandi nominated as UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Filippo Grandi of Italy, has been nominated to be the new UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

His nomination by the Secretary-General comes following consultations with the regional groups within the UN General Assembly.

Mr Grandi was Commissioner-General of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) up until last year, and had a long-standing career with the UNHCR.

If elected by the Assembly, he will replace outgoing High Commissioner, António Gutterres.

Captive humanitarian workers in Libya released after five months

Humanitarian workers held captive in Libya have been released after five months.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for the country welcomed the news, and expressed gratitude to all those who had negotiated the release.

The two men, both Libyan nationals, work for a local charity which partners with several international humanitarian agencies.

UN coordinator, Ali Al-Za'tari, said that although they were delighted by the men's safe return, their capture highlighted the need for humanitarian workers to be given immunity from political disputes.

Indigenous peoples of Honduras facing "critical situation"

The indigenous peoples of Honduras are facing a "critical situation" regarding land and natural resources rights.

That's according to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN's human rights expert for indigenous peoples, at the end of her first official visit to the Central American country.

She said access to justice, education and proper healthcare were also an issue, along with a general threat of violence and impunity.

She urged the Honduran government to grant full recognition of their rights and titles to ancestral land.

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