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With almost a million people having crossed the Mediterranean as refugees and migrants so far this year, and conflicts in Syria and elsewhere continuing to generate staggering levels of human suffering, 2015 is likely to exceed all previous records for global forced displacement, the UN Refugee Agency warned in a new report.
On 17 December, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed deep concern regarding the reduced protections to the Sami indigenous people in the current draft law on the Finnish Forest and Parks Service (Metsähallitus).
On 17 December, Human Rights Watch called on Cambodian authorities to revise the draft law on trade unions, submitted to the National Assembly of Cambodia. The draft provides no protections to Cambodia’s domestic workers, who face abuse at work.
On 15 December, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmerman said that member states of the European Union have to improve their external border management. According to him, external border controls are essential for the security of the EU states.
On 15 December, Human Rights Watch called on Thailand authorities to provide necessary medical treatment to Thanet Anatavong who was arrested in his sickbed and has been held in military custody since 13 December.
Human rights activist and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was put on trial in Beijing. He has been under arrest for more than year and a half.
On 7 December, the first report on how European states are protecting children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust was published. New report on sexual abuse of children recommends covering all perpetrators by law and improving data collection.
On 1 December, in Sanaa, gunmen abducted two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which provides assistance to citizens affected by the local armed conflict.
On 1 December, Human Rights Watch reported that journalist Ismail al-Iskandrani who had reported on Islamist movements and developments in the Sinai Peninsula was unlawfully arrested in Egypt.
In 2015, Hungary has been confronted with an unprecedented task in the field of migration. 400,000 people arrived at its borders in search of international protection.