This is a compilation of the tweets by the MENA Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates, follow @IDC_MENA


Regional: New report from Mixed Migration Hub (MHUB) «Conditions and Risks of Mixed Migration in North East Africa», highlights the prominent risk of detention faced by migrants in the region.

The executive summary of MHUB’s report in Arabic can be found here.

Top United Nations official calls for new deal for Syrian refugees. During a tour of northern Jordan, Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has said that aid to Syria’s millions of refugees «must go beyond relief», so that refugees are enabled to create sustainable livelihoods within the region.

Syrians are responsible for a third of all new businesses launched by foreigners in Turkey.

Lebanon: Want to know where refugee assistance in Lebanon is by sector? This interactive map from UNHCR and UNICEF will help you out.

Israel: Court upholds policy of departure or detention for people seeking asylum. IDC member The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants has said that «the ruling will lead to the imprisonment of innocent people because of their justified fear to leave a place in which no one can guarantee their safety». The Hotline was one of the key organisations who brought forward a group of migrants’ petition against the state’s policy of indefinite imprisonment for asylum seekers and refugees crossing into Israel.

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Egypt: Fifteen Sudanese refugees shot dead on Egypt-Israel border, as they attempted to enter Israel .

Most of the people being smuggled through the Sinai are fleeing political violence in Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia, among other countries, making the perilous journey to seek asylum in Israel. Around 45,000 refugees and asylum seekers have sought safety in Israel since 2005, yet Israel rarely grants asylum and enforces policies of indefinite detention and ‘voluntary’ return. Many making the journey through the Sinai have been shot, sometimes fatally, by Egyptian security forces, while others have been tortured by Egyptian and Sudanese human traffickers, according to Human Rights Watch.

Syria: Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and the Syrian American Medical Society in New York City, host «Die-in» demonstration demanding the UN Security Council enforce their resolution to end attacks on health professionals in Syria. At least 679 medical workers have been killed in Syria since 2011.

Libya: Brilliant educational comic book tool aims to engage children in thinking about human rights, trafficking, and exploitation of foreign labourers.