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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Rights Key to New President’s Agenda

Religious Freedom, Military Accountability, Women’s Rights Among Issues for Action

(New York, August 29, 2014) – Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect.

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Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations

MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

The acknowledgement came at a workshop hosted by WFP in Medan to capture lessons learned on the logistics aspects of the Mount Sinabung emergency response.

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Trafficked Myanmar Fishermen Return Home from Indonesia

Indonesia - The IOM missions in Myanmar and Indonesia have organized a joint operation to return home a group of 14 Myanmar nationals who were trafficked onto Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters earlier this year.

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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Lack of truth, justice and reparation in Aceh for past abuses undermines peace process

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Amnesty

Index: ASA 21/021/2014

Joint statement by Amnesty International and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)

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Indonesia: IT community competes in disaster management software development

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GFDRR

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is prone to natural disasters. At the height of flooding in 2014, around 134,000 persons were directly affected. During the dry season, fires are also rampant.

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Floods force thousands to flee

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Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Palu | Archipelago | Tue, August 12 2014, 7:53 AM

Floods wreaked havoc in 16 villages in two districts in Banggai regency, Central Sulawesi, on Sunday, forcing 15,000 people to evacuate to safer ground.

“They are now staying in emergency tents set up by the Banggai authorities,” Bartholomeus Tandigala, the head of the Central Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), stated on Monday.

The flood-affected districts are Toili and West Toili. Ten villages in Toili and six in West Toili were inundated.

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West Papua Report August 2014

This is the 124th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN).

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CWS Initial Appeal: Mt. Sinabung Eruption (Indonesia)

APPEAL CODE: #700-O

INITIAL APPEAL GOAL: $200,043

August 4, 2014

SITUATION: After being dormant for more than 400 years, the 8,530-foot Mt. Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island, Indonesia, erupted in August 2010. Since then, more than 200 eruptions have displaced 30,000-plus people from 34 villages in Karo District, North Sumatra Province. The last major eruption, on Feb. 1, 2014, killed 14 people, including seven members of the Indonesian Christian Student Movement, known as GMKI.

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Papua to build hospital for HIV/AIDS patients

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Jakarta Post

The Papua provincial administration plans to build a hospital especially for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients, an official has said.

"So far the treatment of HIV/AIDs patients has been discriminatory. There must be a hospital specifically to treat those infected by HIV/AIDS," head of the Papua Health Office Aloysius Giyai said in Jayapura on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Papua is one of the country's regions most infected by the deadly disease.

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Still unlikely that Shiites will return home

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Jakarta Post

Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi defended on Monday the recent move by local authorities to prohibit hundreds of internally displaced Shiites from returning to their homes in Sampang, Madura, for Idul Fitri or visiting their relatives in other areas of the island, saying the reconciliation itself was still an ongoing process.

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IOM Partnerships in Indonesia Helping Victims of Trafficking

By Shafira Ayunindya and Angela Carreño

Indonesia

On the occasion of the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons this article highlights a remarkable partnership between IOM and an Indonesian Lawyers’ Association.

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Tirer les leçons de l'expérience asiatique en matière d'intervention humanitaire

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IRIN

BANGKOK, 23 juillet 2014 (IRIN) - En préparation du Sommet mondial sur l'aide humanitaire, des gouvernements, universitaires, acteurs humanitaires, responsables militaires et activistes de toute la région Asie-Pacifique se réunissent à Tokyo aujourd'hui, le 23 juillet, pour tirer des enseignements de l'expertise de la région en matière de réponse aux crises humanitaires.

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New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges

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Amnesty

Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said.

Widodo, who today was confirmed as winner of the 9 July presidential elections, has pledged to champion human rights during his time in the office – including addressing serious past human rights abuses, protecting freedom of religion, reforming the police and opening up access to Papua for international observers.

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Capturing Asia’s aid response lessons

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IRIN

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014 (IRIN) - Governments, academics, humanitarians, military leaders, and activists from across the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Tokyo tomorrow to glean expertise on responses to humanitarian crises across the region in the lead-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Australia reinforces its commitment in fight against AIDS

Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)

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Floodwater inundates hectares of rice fields

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Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Banyumas | Archipelago | Mon, July 21 2014, 6:07 AM

At least 3,000 hectares (ha) of rice fields have been inundated by floodwater in Cilacap and Banyumas regencies following three days of incessant rain.

Farmers said they were afraid their crops would fail if the flooding continued for another week. Floodwater also inundated a number of streets and disrupted traffic in the two regencies.

In Banyumas, floodwater destroyed around 1,000 hectares of paddy fields in Kemranjen, Tambak and Sumpiuh districts.