World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos
(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.
Research Officer, SEARP, IPCS
Human mobility is influenced by environmental change and natural disasters. Researchers have used trip distance distribution, radius of gyration of movements, and individuals' visited locations to understand and capture human mobility patterns and trajectories. However, our knowledge of human movements during natural disasters is limited owing to both a lack of empirical data and the low precision of available data. Here, we studied human mobility using high-resolution movement data from individuals in New York City during and for several days after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Thousands flee violence in Latin America
In December 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean will stake out a new course for the protection of the region’s displaced populations during the next decade. New displacement drivers require new regional measures.
El tema de niñez migrante no acompañada y separada de su familia en Guatemala es complejo, triste y dramático. Por esta razón, UNICEF se congratula de la presente investigación que de forma gráfica, organizada y detallada explica las distintas violencias y dramas que las niñas y niños de Guatemala sufren para lograr reunirse de nuevo con sus familiares en EEUU, para encontrar oportunidades laborales y educativas o para huir de la violencia.
The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.
US: Migrants Returned to Danger
Serious Flaws in Border Screening of Fleeing Central Americans
(San Pedro Sula, October 16, 2014) – The US government’s rapid-fire screening of unauthorized migrants at the border is sending Central Americans back to the risk of serious harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The government of Ethiopia has set ambitious goals for achieving economic transformation through growth in the agricultural sector. Ethiopia also relies heavily on foreign assistance, and development aid is indispensable to achieving the transformation goals. The United States (US) is one of Ethiopia’s top donors, with aid for agriculture development increasing since the launch of the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative in 2009. Ethiopia is expected to receive about $270 million of FtF funding over a five-year period (2011-2016).
Over the last few months, national attention has focused on the increase in Central American migrants apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley after crossing the southern border. These migrants, primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, include unaccompanied children, parents with children, and adults. Some are seeking to reunite with family in the United States. Many are fleeing violence and persecution in their home country and have requested asylum or other protection in the United States.
Geneva, 11 July 2014 (WMO) - Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.
June 25, 201: Statement submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives' hearing called “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors”
Current Humanitarian Crisis
Authors: Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, and Sarah Kreps, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
The Obama administration should pursue a strategy that places clear limits on its own sale and use of armed drones lest these weapons proliferate and their use becomes widespread. These are the central findings of a new report by CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow Micah Zenko and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Kreps.
Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-World War II era
A report released today by UNHCR shows that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.
Feed The Future initiative reduces hunger and poverty for millions, boosts incomes and nutrition around the World
Flood events in 2013 highlight the positive effect of defence measures
Natural catastrophe losses in 2013 were dominated by floods. Detailed analyses have shown that protective measures can drastically reduce losses. For example, the June 2013 floods in Germany and neighbouring countries proved to be considerably less damaging than the flooding in the summer of 2002.
Oxfam sets out to dispel the common myths around foreign aid and answer some of the most fundamental questions as to why the US gives foreign aid and how to make it more effective.
Why does the US give foreign aid? How much does foreign aid cost? What is the US doing to make foreign aid more effective? And why does Oxfam care about foreign aid?
UNHCR calls on the Americas to keep children on the run safe from violence
WASHINGTON, DC, United States, March 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency, in a report released on Wednesday, said it was concerned at the increasing numbers of children in the Americas forced from their homes and families, propelled by violence, insecurity and abuse in their communities and at home.