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30 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Restrictions Based on Area of Origin Prevent Safe Entry for Many

(Beirut) – Iraqi authorities are preventing thousands of families fleeing the fighting in Ramadi from reaching safer parts of the country. The government of Iraq has primary responsibility for protecting internally displaced people and should allow those fleeing danger in Ramadi or elsewhere to enter safer areas.

30 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

ADEN, May 29 (Reuters) - Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when local militia attacked Shi'ite Houthi rebels in a push to drive them from the district, residents and fighters said.

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30 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) - A historic 52 million people are fleeing conflict worldwide, a trend that will intensify over the next two decades because of climate change, International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband said on Friday.

"One of the drivers of displacement and potential conflict over the next 10 to 20 years will be climate (change) - resource scarcity," said Miliband, a former foreign minister of Britain. "Climate change is going to compound the cocktail that's driving war and displacement."

30 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Boko Haram firmly in new leader's sights

  • Buhari: we'll do all we can to find Chibok girls

  • Former military ruler admits economy in "deep trouble"

  • Inauguration follows historic March election win

  • U.S. pledges greater military assistance (Adds comment by UK foreign secretary)

By Julia Payne

30 May 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Magdalena Mis

LONDON, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food shortages threaten some 200,000 people in northern Cameroon after cross-border raids by Islamist sect Boko Haram forced people to flee their homes and fields, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

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30 May 2015 description

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | samedi 30/05/2015 - 03:30 GMT

Un manifestant opposé à un troisième mandat du président burundais Pierre Nkurunziza a été tué par balle vendredi à Bujumbura, où des grenades ont fait deux blessés légers, a constaté un journaliste de l'AFP.

Un homme a été tué par balle dans le quartier de Buterere (nord), alors qu'il tentait de manifester sous les tirs des policiers, ont indiqué à l'AFP des habitants.

30 May 2015 description

Jolo, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 5/30/2015 - 04:28 GMT

Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said Saturday.

Successive blasts targeted the mosque inside Camp Kasim on the island of Jolo early evening Friday -- an initial grenade attack followed by a bomb explosion less than 10 minutes later that was intended to target police who rushed to the scene, local authorities said.

30 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11914-AFR/3147-PKO/493

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Raimonda Murmokaitė (Lithuania):

30 May 2015 description

Le jeudi 28 mai 2015 a vu l’inauguration officielle, à Bangui, des locaux réhabilités de la Gendarmerie nationale. C’était en présence du Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée de stabilisation des Nations unies en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA), le Général Babacar Gaye, et le ministre de la Sécurité publique, Nicaise Samedi Karnou.

30 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

29 mai 2015 – L'Envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour la région des Grands Lacs, Said Djinnit, a rendu hommage vendredi aux parties burundaises pour leur engagement à surmonter les défis posés par la préparation des élections de 2015 et à rechercher des solutions pacifiques à travers le dialogue initié le 5 mai dernier.

30 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

29 mai 2015 – L'Expert indépendant sur le renforcement des capacités et de la coopération technique avec la Côte d'Ivoire dans le domaine des droits de l'homme, Mohammed Ayat, a encouragé vendredi le gouvernement ivoirien à poursuivre les réformes en cours dans le domaine des droits de l'homme, tout en veillant à assurer la libre expression de tous les partis politiques.

30 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

29 mai 2015 – Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a déclaré vendredi que la reprise des combats entre les groupes armés dans les régions de Gao, Mopti et Tombouctou, au nord du Mali, a forcé environ 57.000 Maliens à fuir leur domicile au cours des quatre dernières semaines.

29 May 2015 description

NP in South Sudan is deeply worried about the safety and security of 4 of our colleagues who have been unaccounted for a number of days. Mary, Rebecca, Michael and Duop are national protection officers serving in the Koch team in southern Unity. All 4 are from that area, living with their families when they were hired by NP last December, to join the team. Since that time, they have worked alongside their international counterparts to serve the people of Koch County. When the fighting returned to southern Unity, by complete coincidence all of the international colleagues were away.

29 May 2015 description

SG/A/1571-BIO/4728-PKO/492

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Eugene Owusu of Ghana as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

29 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

29 May 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Burundi today travelled to Tanzania where he hopes an East African community summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability and violence puts children at risk and could lead to a humanitarian crisis.

29 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

NASSAU, May 29 2015 (IPS) - Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have championed the phrase “1.5 to stay alive” in demanding that global temperature increases be kept as far below 1.5 degrees C as possible to limit the anticipated devastating effects of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable countries.

29 May 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 5/29/2015 - 21:59 GMT

Unidentified gunmen late Friday stormed two passenger coaches in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 19 people, officials said.

"The attackers forced the buses to stop, abducted more than two dozen passengers, and then shot at least 19 dead," said Ismail Ibrahim, a senior official in troubled Baluchistan province.

The buses were en route to the port city of Karachi when they were stormed in Mastung district, according to Akbar Harifal, deputy district commissioner.

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Safe Schools Declaration

(Oslo, May 29, 2015) -- 37 countries on May 29, 2015, joined an international Safe Schools Declaration that commits them to protect education from attack. In situations of conflict, widespread attacks on schools and universities, their students and staff, as well as the use of school buildings by armed parties is denying education to many thousands of people – with devastating results for individuals and their communities, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said. The Declaration was adopted at a meeting hosted by the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Oslo.

29 May 2015 description

Editorial by MSF Belgium President Meinie Nicolai, who recently returned from a mission as Nurse Supervisor on the Bourbon Argos, one of two Search and Rescue ships MSF is operating in the Mediterranean.

In what is being described as “record time”, the European Union has proudly agreed on a naval mission to target smugglers that bring refugees and migrants from Libya by boat across the Mediterranean to Europe.

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Havana, Cuba | AFP | Friday 5/29/2015 - 21:03 GMT

by Francisco JARA

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have begun working together on clearing the country's landmines, officials said Friday, but their peace talks remain fragile amid a surge in fighting.

FARC members and an army battalion carried out a preliminary seven-day mission to locate anti-personnel mines in the northern department of Antioquia, said officials from Cuba and Norway, the countries facilitating the talks.