News in Brief 17 February 2016 (AM)

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This WFP 12-truck convoy, with food supplies to feed more than 7,000 people for one month, reached Luhansk in eastern Ukraine for the first time since the suspension of humanitarian activities four months ago. Photo: WFP/Logistics Cluster

Aid workers develop plan to address Ukraine's humanitarian needs

A plan has been developed by aid workers in Ukraine to respond to the "acute humanitarian and protection needs" of conflict-affected people there during 2016.

The UN-led response will target some 2.5 million people, including the elderly, women and children, who are the most in need of assistance.

The humanitarian partners are appealing for $298 million to carry out the plan.

Two years into the conflict, political negotiations have not succeeded so far in bringing the conflict in eastern Ukraine to an end.

A little over 3 million people in the eastern European country are facing deepening hardship, particularly with the onset of winter.

The Humanitarian Response Plan 2016 outlines a wide range of life-saving interventions from food to healthcare, shelter, warm clothing and basic education.

Australia violated rights of former Guantanamo inmate: UN

A group of UN experts has found Australia guilty of violating the rights of a former Guantanamo prison inmate.

David Hicks was arrested in Afghanistan in 2001 and sent to the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

After pleading guilty in 2007, he was convicted by a US Military Commission for "providing material support for terrorism" and sent home to Australia.

He was jailed for several months there under a transfer deal with the US authorities.

The experts say that detention raises serious concerns about the fairness of the procedures of the commission.

The sentence imposed on Mr Hicks constituted a "flagrant denial of justice" according to the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR.

UN peace envoy first visit to Burundi

The UN envoy for Burundi has wrapped up his first visit to the troubled east African nation.

Jürg Lauber, Chair of the Burundi Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) met with President Pierre Nkurunziza as well as other key stakeholders.

He discussed the status of the political negotiations as well as the faltering economy.

Burundi faced a serious political crisis since President Nkurunziza took the controversial decision to seek a third presidential term last year.

Since then, hundreds of people have reportedly been killed.

Some 220,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries and thousands more have been displaced within the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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