News in Brief 10 March 2017 (PM)

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Newly displaced people from Mokha in Yemen's governorate of Taiz receive UNHCR assistance in Bayt al Faqih, in neighbouring Hudaydah governorate. Photo: UNHCR/Shabia Mantoo

UNHCR assisting thousands of newly displaced in Yemen

Renewed fighting across western and central Yemen has uprooted more than 62,000 people in recent weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported.

The majority of the people have fled Taizz governorate on Yemen's western coast.

Most of them are in dire need of assistance and are living in schools, health facilities and other communal spaces.

Others have found shelter in unfinished buildings or are living out in the open.

UNHCR and its partners have been supporting the newly-displaced people, for example by providing them with relief items such as mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets and buckets.

The agency continues to push for access within Taizz to reach those in need.

UNICEF mourns girls killed in shelter fire in Guatemala

The UN children's fund (UNICEF) has repeated its call for ending the institutionalization of children following a deadly fire at a youth shelter in Guatemala on Wednesday.

More than 20 girls died in the blaze at the state-run facility located on the outskirts of the country's capital.

In mourning their deaths, UNICEF urged the Guatemalan authorities to ensure proper procedures are in place to protect the country's children.

UNICEF also renewed its call for Governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to end the institutionalization of children and adolescents.

At least 240,000 children across the region are living in institutions, according to the agency.

Argentina: More action needed to end attacks due to sexual orientation

Although Argentina has implemented "progressive laws and policies" to protect people from being attacked due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Government is being urged to do more to fight institutional violence.

The appeal was made by UN human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn following a visit to the South American country.

Mr Muntarbhorn praised legislation there, such as a law that recognizes same-sex marriage.

However, he found that institutional violence is pervasive in Argentina, calling impunity for perpetrators "a major dilemma."

He made several recommendations for the authorities, including preventing laws on public decency and anti-drug measures from being used to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mr Muntarbhorn is the first UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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