Meeting Pakistani leader UNHCR chief discusses plight of fleeing Afghans

“I spoke rather tough with the President because I understand from his perspective that he cannot accept the flood of Afghans coming in,” the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, told reporters following his meeting with President Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Lubbers added that he had asked the Pakistani leader “to see his responsibility for the people here but also on the other side of the border when there is no alternative for them” but to flee. Mr. Lubbers said the Pakistani leader had asked the agency to concentrate its work in Afghanistan. “The President asked me… can you not be instrumental to provide camps for people who have to flee at the Afghan side of the border,” said Mr. Lubbers. “I said to him: we are the humanitarian and we never say immediately ‘no,’ because we have to be realistic as well.””If we go for refugee camps in the Taliban-dominated area, which is in process of militarization, we will be very cautious because we cannot go build camps and assist there when they are used for conscription of a forced labour or for a hiding place for those military who need a rest for while before going back to the front,” he added. In a related development, UNHCR reported today that Afghan refugees arriving in Pakistan described the health situation in the makeshift Taliban-controlled camp at Spin Boldak inside Afghanistan as deteriorating rapidly. Those interviewed by UNHCR alleged that the Taliban were preventing people from leaving Afghanistan, including those in need of urgent medical attention.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today that over the past two months, more than 32,000 tons of food had been distributed to some 2 million persons in Afghanistan, but that amount represented one third of the needs. Insecurity and a lack of trucks, fuel and personnel were hampering the distribution of the food supplies, the agency said. read more

Oxford alumni attack college over bitter campaign against dean

“However, the tribunal made some criticism of the Dean’s conduct and found that there was one breach of his fiduciary duty.” Last month Christ Church announced that its internal tribunal did not uphold the charges bought against him and that there had been “no cause” to remove him from his post.   Now Robin Priest, the chair of the Christ Church Association Committee which represents alumni, has written to the Governing Body urging the College to bring the “tawdry and damaging episode” to a close.The letter, seen by The Telegraph, says: “Our overriding concern is to help the House to recover from the bitter campaign against the Dean and the misguided proceedings of the past two years.”It goes on to ask question how alumni will be able to “regain confidence in the House after such a catastrophic misjudgment and failure of Governance”.Mr Priest urges the College to publish the Tribunal’s findings, arguing: “It is wrong that those who brought the charges against the Dean, which were found to be baseless, should now try to hide their actions.“It is even less acceptable if those same people are continuing to spend the College’s money on an attempted cover up.”Last month the Christ Church said in a statement that the complaint process has concluded, and Dr Percy would resume his duties as Dean.“As required by Christ Church’s Statutes, an internal tribunal was convened to consider a complaint raised against the Dean in September 2018,” they said.“Following a thorough investigation, the tribunal has decided that the charges are not upheld and that there is no cause to remove the Dean as Head of House. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford alumni have attacked Christ Church college for waging a “bitter campaign” against the Dean.The college has been accused of a “catastrophic misjudgement” over its failed attempts to oust The Very Rev Professor Martyn Percy, who presides over both Christ Church college and Cathedral.He was suspended last November, a move with led to an outcry from alumni who felt he had been treated unfairly.Christ Church, which was founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, said that Dr Percy had committed “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful” conduct, prompting speculation about the nature of his alleged offences.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Under pressure to clarify the nature of the allegations, the College later wrote to thousands of alumni to clarify that Dr Percy’s suspension related to a dispute over pay.Under Christ Church’s statutes, the dean can only be removed from office under specific circumstances.These include being convicted of an offence that renders the dean unfit for office, conduct that constitutes persistent failure or neglect of duties, physical or mental incapacity — or behaviour of an “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature”. Oxford University, Christ ChurchCredit: Ian Jones Oxford University, Christ Church read more