News in Brief 29 December 2016 (PM)

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Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance Mutuma Ruteere. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

End of "discriminatory" US counterterrorism measure welcomed

A decision by the United States to dismantle a controversial counterterrorism measure has been welcomed by two UN human rights experts.

The UN Special Rapporteurs on, respectively, racism and xenophobia, Mutuma Ruteere and freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, described it as "discriminatory and ineffective."

The National Security Entry-Exit Registry System targeted people visiting from countries that are home to active terrorist groups.

It applied to citizens from 25 countries in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa.

The national registry programme has led to both racial and religious profiling, the UN experts said.

Under the policy, they noted, not a single terrorism prosecution has resulted out of the 80,000 Arabs, Muslims, and South Asians who had registered.

Health workers in Mosul struggle to cope with growing number of patients

Health workers are struggling to cope with the growing number of patients arriving from displaced camps in Qayyarah, south of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

That's according to Dr Saleh Mohammed, a medical doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Jaddaa camp.

He treats an average of 150 patients every day in the camp, which serves around 11,000 people.

Acute respiratory tract infections and urinary tract infections are the two leading causes of disease in Jaddaa, Dr Saleh says.

WHO has been providing basic lifesaving medicines in the camps hosting people fleeing a military offensive to dislodge ISIL terrorists from Mosul.

The limited number of medical doctors available at the health facility makes it difficult to meet the basic health needs of many people.

And the lack of female doctors, obstetricians and gynaecologists creates challenges in responding to the health needs of women, who may not be comfortable consulting with male doctors.

Qayyarah sub-district currently hosts more than 25 000 people fleeing the fighting in Mosul, all of whom live in camps.

Iraqi families affected by Mosul crisis to get emergency food aid

Thousands of Iraqi families affected by the continuing crisis in Mosul will receive emergency food aid following a generous contribution from Denmark, the UN World Food Programme or WFP has announced.

The US $7 million donation will enable the agency to immediately provide ready-to-eat food, followed by monthly food rations.

WFP supports an increasing number of families across Iraq with unrestricted cash or electronic vouchers to spend in designated stores.

This new contribution places Denmark as the fourth largest donor to WFP's Iraq emergency operation.

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations.

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