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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Lives adrift: Refugees and migrants in peril in the central Mediterranean

Report
Amnesty

The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way

A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiralling death toll with thousands of refugees and migrants losing their lives in a desperate bid to reach European shores.

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Syria refugees leave cruise liner after Cyprus standoff

09/26/2014 14:51 GMT

by Celine Cornu

LIMASSOL , September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.

A total of 345 migrants were plucked by the Salamis Filoxenia from a trawler in rough seas off the coast of Cyprus on Thursday.

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Syria refugees refuse to disembark in Cyprus after rescue

09/26/2014 05:51 GMT

by Celine Cornu

LIMASSOL, September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner were refusing Friday to disembark at Cyprus's main port, demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company said.

A total of 345 migrants, mainly women and children, had been plucked from a boat in trouble off the coast of Cyprus on Thursday by a Salamis Cruise Lines ship, according to the company and Cypriot authorities.

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Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

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Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 27th Session

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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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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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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General Assembly Adopts 24 Resolutions, 2 Decisions as It Takes Action on Reports of Fifth Committee

GA/11528

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Plenary
99th Meeting (Resumed*) (PM)

Delegates Welcome Key Text Raising
Troop Reimbursement Rates for First Time in Years

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Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says this figure equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

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Asylum seekers, immigrants find dead end in Cyprus

05/12/2014 03:19 GMT

by Caroline Nelly PERROT

NICOSIA, May 12, 2014 (AFP) - Roni Amude hoped for a new life when he arrived in Cyprus, fleeing the conflict in his homeland Syria, but more than two years later he is desperate to leave.

"As Cyprus is in Europe, I thought I'd get something here," complained Amude, who, like many immigrants on the eastern Mediterranean island, is disillusioned after two and a half years in its immigration system.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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UNHCR concerned at reports that asylum seekers, including Syrians, denied entry to some EU countries

GENEVA, November 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it was "greatly concerned" over reports that some European Union (EU) countries were placing barriers to entry or forcibly returning asylum-seekers, including people who have fled Syria.

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Anuario de Procesos de Paz 2013

En esta octava edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. También se analizan algunos casos donde las negociaciones o exploraciones son parciales, es decir, que no abarcan la totalidad de los grupos armados presentes en un país (caso de la India, por ejemplo).

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Cyprus: Location Map (2013)

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Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Security: Regional Assessment and Policy Guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel

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UN University

A new regional assessment of the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Sahel analyses the effects of climate change in terms of water scarcity, droughts and floods on human security.

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Mali + 12 others
General Assembly adopts 2013/14 peacekeeping budget approaching $8 billion for 14 operations, acting on fifth committee recommendations

In addition, the new United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will receive $366.77 million for the first six months.

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L’Assemblée générale approuve un budget de 7,5 milliards de dollars pour financer les opérations de maintien de la paix au cours des 12 prochains mois

AG/11390

Assemblée générale
Soixante-septième session
90e séance - après-midi

Peu après la clôture, cet après-midi, de la session de la Cinquième Commission chargée des questions administratives et budgétaires*, l’Assemblée générale a approuvé un budget de 7,525 milliards de dollars pour le financement de 14 opérations de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies, pour l’exercice budgétaire de 12 mois allant du 1er juillet 2013 au 30 juin 2014.

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Fifth committee approves financing for 14 peacekeeping operations as it concludes resumed substantive session

GA/AB/4069

Sixty-seventh General Assembly Fifth Committee
35th Meeting (PM)

Creation of New Mission for Mali Pushes Budget beyond Total for Current Year

Concluding its second resumed substantive session, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today recommended financial arrangements for 14 United Nations peacekeeping operations for the year beginning 1 July 2013 and ending 30 June 2014, which, once approved by the General Assembly, would exceed the previous year’s figure due to the addition of a new mission for Mali.