UN Migration Agency Alarmed Following Collision of Navy Vessel, Migrant Boat near Tunisia

Eight migrants have died in the wake of a collision between a Tunisian navy vessel and a boat reportedly carrying 87 migrants on Sunday, 8 October. A further 38 migrants have been rescued and approximately 41 are still missing.

The tragic incident happened in the early hours of Sunday about 54 kilometers off Kerkennah Island, Tunisia. The migrants’ boat is believed to have left from the Tunisian port of Sfax and was headed towards Italy.

The 38 survivors, all Tunisian nationals, were rescued from the sea by the Tunisian navy on board the vessel involved in the Collison. They were brought back to Sfax and released shortly after. Tunisian authorities announced yesterday (10/10) that they are undertaking a rigorous investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency is following up on the status of the missing migrants. “We are saddened with this tragedy that is affecting so many migrants and their families” said Lorena Lando, IOM Tunisia Chief of Mission. “IOM is committed to support and advocate for safe and dignified migration. We are concerned about the increasing events of irregular migration from Tunisian coasts and we work closely with all stakeholders to develop long-term solutions,” added Lando.

“The number of Tunisian migrants who reached Italy by sea has increased,” said Federico Soda, Director of IOM’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, commenting the recent trends. “From January to August 2017, 1357 Tunisians have reached the Italian coast, while IOM estimates that over 1400 have arrived during the month of September 2017 alone. While the increase of September it is quite unusual, numbers per se are quite low compared to the arrivals registered in Italy in 2017,” said Soda.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Office of Migration (IOM).

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Cameroon and Ivory Coast Rail Business Briefing

The Ivory Coast and Cameroon Rail RTM will feature a Business Briefing in Chicago on October 19, 2017. The Business Briefing will provide a forum for representatives from Ivory Coast and Cameroon’s railroad industry to share information with U.S. companies on their needs and upcoming procurement opportunities for rail technologies and services. One-on-one meetings between the delegates and U.S. companies will be arranged.

This event is being organized by USTDA’s logistics contractor for this event, the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). For more information about how your company can participate in this event, please contact Nina Kundra at
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UN Human Rights Committee to review the following countries: Australia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Mauritius and Romania

The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of one of the main international human rights treaties, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is meeting in Geneva from 16 October to 10 November 2017.

The Committee will review these countries on the following dates: (18-19 October) Australia, (24-25 October) Cameroon, (16-17 October) Democratic Republic of the Congo, (17-18 October) Dominican Republic, (19-20) Jordan, (23-24 October) Mauritius and (25-26 October) Romania.

The above are among the 169 States that have ratified the ICCPR and so are required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 international independent experts. The Committee will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The public sessions, which will be webcast at http://WebTv.un.org/, will take place from 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 at Palais Wilson, Geneva.

More information, including submitted reports by the States, can be found here.

The Committee’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on 9 November 2017 here.

A news conference to discuss the findings is scheduled for 13.30 on Thursday, 9 November 2017, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Press Room 1).

Distributed by APO on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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UN Human Rights Committee to review the following countries: Australia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Mauritius and Romania

The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of one of the main international human rights treaties, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is meeting in Geneva from 16 October to 10 November 2017.

The Committee will review these countries on the following dates: (18-19 October) Australia, (24-25 October) Cameroon, (16-17 October) Democratic Republic of the Congo, (17-18 October) Dominican Republic, (19-20) Jordan, (23-24 October) Mauritius and (25-26 October) Romania.

The above are among the 169 States that have ratified the ICCPR and so are required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 international independent experts. The Committee will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The public sessions, which will be webcast at http://WebTv.un.org/, will take place from 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 at Palais Wilson, Geneva.

More information, including submitted reports by the States, can be found here.

The Committee’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on 9 November 2017 here.

A news conference to discuss the findings is scheduled for 13.30 on Thursday, 9 November 2017, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Press Room 1).

Distributed by APO on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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