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29 May 2015 description

By: Emily Horin and Colin Cookman

The Afghan government is responding to an intense Taliban summer offensive in part by providing increasing support to armed militia groups, according to news reports over the past week. But USIP research, including a recent report that examines shifting efforts to disarm and rearm militias, shows that turning to local weapons-toting powerbrokers to shore up the state more often worsens instability.

29 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ayesha Tanzeem

KABUL— Hadeesa is only 14 years old, but her face already shows the signs of life weighing her down. She manages the family’s meager resources, takes care of a sick mother, and tends to a younger brother who gets beaten at work. Her father and brothers together make less than $40 a month, half of which goes towards the rent.

“We only eat bread with tea and pay rent," she says. "We can’t afford anything else.”

28 May 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

The start of the traditional spring fighting season has caused significant population movements in the Northern and Western regions, specifically in Badakhshan, Bagdhis and Kunduz provinces. Smaller scale conflict displacement has however also been recorded in Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Ghor, Herat, Jawzjan and Sar-e-pul.

27 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Demand End of Abuses in Burma, Access for Refugee Protection

(Bangkok, May 28, 2015) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations agencies to protect the rights of asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

27 May 2015 description

Given Afghanistan’s dynamic security situation and continuing uncertainty around transition of power, coupled with a growing budget deficit that is hampering the delivery of basic public health services ; the humanitarian community is expecting that 2015 will offer a continued complex and unpredictable operating environment.

27 May 2015 description

As crises continue to multiply, the SDC gives priority to engagement in fragile contexts and conflict affected countries. Markus Heiniger, an SDC expert on the subject of “conflict and human rights”, here answers a few questions in the context of an international meeting which took place on 25 May 2015 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

27 May 2015 description

Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Afghan People ended the third phase of the winter relief project. The $3.2 million project includes the distribution of food baskets and blankets. The relief supplies were distributed in cooperation with Afghan authorities, including the Afghan Red Crescent Society, and the Saudi Embassy in Kabul.

The Committee distributed 55,000 food baskets and 50,000 blankets to 55,000 needy families affected by the natural disasters across Afghanistan.

27 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Los operativos contra traficantes de inmigrantes deben respetar las leyes de derechos humanos

26 DE MAYO DE 2015

(Bruselas) – Las acciones militares de la Unión Europea (UE) contra las redes de tráfico de personas no deben poner en peligro las vidas y los derechos de los migrantes y solicitantes de asilo en peligro, dijo hoy Human Rights Watch. El 18 de mayo de 2015, el Consejo de la Unión Europea acordó crear una operación naval, EUNAVFOR Med, para identificar, capturar y destruir los barcos usados por los traficantes de inmigrantes en el Mediterráneo.

27 May 2015 description

OVERVIEW

In 2002, Afghanistan had one of the highest rates of maternal and child mortality in the world due to a lack of basic health care, equipment and facilities. As a result of the Afghan Government and development partners’ efforts to improve health services and public health policy, these rates are declining but remain among the highest in the region.

26 May 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

Flood Emergency Reconstruction and Resilience Project ADB to provide Rs.16 billion to Punjab Government

Rescue 1122 will be launched in Balochistan

NDMA commences 2015 pre-monsoon preparations fourth premonsoon preparedness and contingency planning meeting held at Karachi (Sindh)

Crackdowns: 1,358 proclaimed offenders arrested across in K-P

RAW at frontline to sabotage Economic Corridor, China warns Pakistan

Rights concerns: Military courts must not try children, says HRCP

26 May 2015 description

1. KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE

When the refugee influx began from North Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces, many humanitarian agencies thought the situation would be short-term. However as the operations expanded and there have been reports of destroyed property and infrastructure, refugee families are planning to stay longer. As a result, different interventions are needed, in particular livelihoods as families have exhausted their resources and need additional resources.