News in Brief 26 January 2016 (AM)

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Relatives of a student killed in the Jabe neighbourhood of Bujumbura, mourn at home in the Burundian capital. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

Burundian government urged to allow UN human rights team in

The government of Burundi is being urged to allow a team of UN human rights investigators to deploy in the Great Lakes country.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that the team had been due to start work on Monday.

But so far the government had not agreed to let them in.

The team consists of two independent UN experts, and a member of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights.

Burundi has been in turmoil since April last year, following the decision by the president to run for a contested third-term, leading to hundreds of deaths.

New mission to help end conflict in Colombia, welcomed by UN chief

A Security Council resolution authorizing the establishment of a new mission to help secure a lasting peace in Colombia, has been welcomed by the UN chief.

The conflict between government and FARC rebel forces has gone on for 50 years, but a final peace agreement following a ceasefire is now being negotiated.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he would now begin preparations to set up the mission so that it would be "fully operational" when a final peace deal is reached.

The political mission will oversee the bilateral ceasefire and include unarmed observers from Latin American and Caribbean nations.

Nearly US$300 million needed for Syrian refugees in Iraq

An extra US$298 million is needed to help nearly 250,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq.

That's according to UN and other humanitarian agencies, launching an appeal in northern Iraq, at the opening meeting of the Iraq chapter of the Syrian Regional Refugee and Resilience plan.

Kurdish representatives said that the region was host to 97 per cent of Syrian refugees in the country, as well as around a million displaced Iraqis.

USD$550 million appeal to help Europe's refugees and migrants

With Europe's refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, UN and partner organizations are also appealing for US$550 million to support the on-going humanitarian response there.

The appeal, led by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), aims to fund humanitarian relief operations in all of the countries which have been impacted, with half of the funds allocated to Greece.

Around 850,000 refugees and migrants made the crossing from Turkey to Greece last year alone.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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