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World + 66 others
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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Myanmar + 5 others
South-East Asia Irregular Maritime Movements

UNHCR: Over 20,000 people risked lives in Indian Ocean in first half of 2014

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in South East Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

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Myanmar + 1 other
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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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12


  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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Improving performance of WASH actors

Capacity Self Assessments help organisations achieve their goals

Carmen da Silva Wells

Improving the performance of the WASH sector to achieve services for life requires change within organisations and sector institutions. Such change cannot be achieved with standardised one-off training for individual staff. A short paper describes our experience in Indonesia with Capacity Self-Assessments, a tool to catalyse a participatory process towards continually improving organisational performance.

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


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


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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China + 1 other
12 August 2014: China, Indonesia - Severe Weather


• Heavy rainfall affected the provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan and the City of Chongqing in the region of Southwest China, as well as Xinjiang in the north-west of the country, in the past few days.

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Floods force thousands to flee

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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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (5-11 August 2014)

Rescue efforts are ongoing in the southwestern province of Yunnan, where a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck on 3 August, affecting more than a million people.

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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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South Sudan + 16 others
OCHA Country Based Pooled Funds 2013

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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CWS Initial Appeal: Mt. Sinabung Eruption (Indonesia)



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

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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GIEWS Country Brief: Indonesia 24-July-2014


  • The 2014 aggregate rice production forecast close to last year’s record level

  • Cereal imports expected to increase in the 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices generally stable but at high levels

  • Overall food security situation satisfactory but localized food insecurity persists