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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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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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KOFF Newsletter No. 130, September 2014 - Press Freedom and Peacebuilding

Table of Contents



Freedom of Expression and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 3


Gender Asymmetries in the Media World 4
Press Freedom, a Fundamental Issue for Peace 5
Civil Liberties at Risk in Algeria 5
Press House Palestine – a Free (Media) Island in Gaza 6
Syria: a Magazine to Escape the Horrors of War 6


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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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UN-SPIDER June 2014 Updates

UN-SPIDER at a glance

  • Expert Meeting on Flood and Drought Risk Reduction concluded
  • 57th COPUOS session: Outer Space for a sustainable Earth
  • UN-SPIDER speaks at 57th session of COPUOS
  • Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan successfully concluded
  • UN-SPIDER participates in IWG-SEM meeting
  • UN-SPIDER participates in European Space Solutions Conference
  • UN-SPIDER organizes pre-event to AMCDRR
  • OOSA Director explores collaboration on Space issues in Geneva
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Annual Report 2013

Annual Report for 2013: A strong response to complex crises

14-05-2014 News Release 14/81

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Forced Migration Review No. 45: Crisis

Many people who are displaced, or become ‘trapped’, in the context of diverse humanitarian crises do not fit well within existing legal, policy and operational frameworks for the protection of refugees and IDPs.

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Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Around 6.5 million people were newly displaced, almost twice as many as the 3.5 million during 2011. The conflicts in Syria and DRC were responsible for around half of the new displacements.

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Global emergency overview snapshot, 11-18 February 2013

The number of Syrian refugees continued to rise, amounting to a total of 830,675, an increase of around 38,500 newly registered refugees or individuals awaiting registration in a week

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Where the European Commission's humanitarian aid will go in 2013

The largest portion of aid will go to sub-Saharan Africa to which €344.5 million, representing 52% of the Commission's pre-programmed humanitarian funding, is targeted.

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Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers

The report “Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers” is published to mark the tenth anniversary year of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. It examines the record of states in protecting children from use in hostilities by their own forces and by state-allied armed groups. It finds that, while governments’ commitment to ending child soldier use is high, the gap between commitment and practice remains wide.

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Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue on arbitrary detention and on the human rights of internally displaced persons


7 March 2012

The Human Rights Council this morning heard the presentation of the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons and then held an interactive dialogue on arbitrary detention and on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

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Council concludes general debate on Universal Periodic Review and Human Rights situations that require the Council's attention

Human Rights Council

23 September 2011

The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its general debate on the Universal Periodic Review and its general debate on human rights situations which require the Council’s attention.

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The EU’s Dirty Hands: Frontex Involvement in Ill-Treatment of Migrant Detainees in Greece

EU: Border Agency Exposes Migrants to Abusive Conditions

Frontex Sends Migrants to Inhuman and Degrading Treatment in Greek Detention Centers

(Brussels, September 21, 2011) – Frontex, the European Union’s external border enforcement agency, is exposing migrants to inhuman and degrading conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today. Migrants apprehended along Greece’s land border with Turkey are sent to overcrowded detention centers in Greece, Human Rights Watch said.

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Disaster risk reduction in education in emergencies: a guidance note for education clusters and sector coordination groups


Disasters, with ever increasing frequency and intensity, are a major humanitarian concern. But disasters can be mitigated and their impact minimised if people take steps to reduce risks. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures are far less expensive compared with the cost of loss of life and the cost of managing its consequences. When actions to reduce risk are taken before a disaster strikes, the extent of the loss and damages is diminished and the resumption of education is swift. Disaster risk reduction is significant for education response in emergencies.

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Human Rights Council 17th Session Opening Statement by Ms. Navi Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, 30 May 2011

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

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OCHA ROMENACA Quarterly Regional Humanitarian Funding Update - 1st Quarter, January - March 2011

Regional Humanitarian Funding Update Q1 2011 highlights:

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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New Skype technology keeps UNHCR staff in touch

News Stories, 9 December 2010

GENEVA, December 9 (UNHCR) - Skype Limited has developed a low-cost version of its popular communications software application to connect UNHCR field staff in remote regions with their colleagues, family and friends.

The new low-bandwidth technology, created under a landmark partnership between the refugee agency and Skype that could also raise funds for UNHCR operations, has been tested in Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan.

It is currently available to more than 1,000 UNHCR employees in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Chad, Congo,

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Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (A/65/12)

General Assembly

Official Records

Sixty-fifth Session

Supplement No. 12

I. Introduction

1. Nearly sixty years after the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established by the General Assembly in December 1950, forced population displacement remains a major global issue. It has grown in magnitude and complexity. Today's global megatrends - including population growth, urbanization, food and energy insecurity, water scarcity and, particularly, climate change - are interacting with traditional drivers, such as conflict and violence,

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Rapport du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (A/65/12)

Assemblée générale

Documents officiels

Soixante-cinquième session

Supplément no 12

I. Introduction

1. Près de soixante ans après la création du Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés par l'Assemblée générale en décembre 1950, les déplacements forcés de population restent un problème mondial majeur dont l'ampleur et la complexité vont croissantes. Les grandes tendances mondiales actuelles - notamment la croissance démographique, l'urbanisation, l'insécurité alimentaire et énergétique, la pénurie d'eau