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25 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Ulf Laessing

TRIPOLI, May 24 (Reuters) - Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said.

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24 May 2015 description

Tunis, Tunisia, 20 May 2015: UNDP Libya launched a Comparative Summary of the Two-Phase Baseline Study on Women, Peace and Security. The report was launched on 18 May 2015 in Tunisia and is the first of its kind, presenting a comparative view on women’s and men’s perceptions on the issue of protection, prevention and participation of women in Libya, based on data collected in 2014 through key informant and focus group interviews.

23 May 2015 description

23 May 2015 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemns the string of suicide bombings that have taken place over the past few days in the areas of al-Qubba (19 May), Sirte (20 May) and Misrata (21 May), responsibility for which have since been claimed by the Islamic State.

23 May 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY:

On 1 July 2013, WFP began implementing projects on national capacity development for school feeding in both Tunisia and Morocco with the aim of providing the governments with technical assistance in order to enhance their school feeding programmes.   

In 2011, WFP re-opened an office in Tunisia to provide assistance during the Libya crisis. In 2003, WFP closed its office in Morocco.

22 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 21 May 2015 10:29 GMT

ROME, May 21 (Reuters) - More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered.

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22 May 2015 description

Tunis, Tunisia, 19 May 2015 - UNDP and UNICEF jointly launched the Libyan Civil Society Organizations’ mapping report providing a detailed database with information on the nature of activities in the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Zawiya and Zuwara. The results will serve as a useful reference for relevant stakeholders in their developmental and humanitarian interventions in Libya.

21 May 2015 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/AB/4157

Sixty-ninth Session, 40th Meeting (AM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

Additional $88.1 million was needed to support the “last mile” of the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Controller told the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today as delegates reiterated concern about significant resources spent to support the operation’s high-level staff positions.

21 May 2015 description

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Progamme (WFP) has resumed food assistance to support displaced people whose lives have been impacted by the continuing armed conflict in Libya.

WFP is currently providing assistance for 51,000 of the most vulnerable Libyans who have been displaced in the west of the country. Through its partner, Shaikh Tahir Azzawi Charity Organization (STACO), WFP is providing pasta, couscous, rice, and other items to affected families in towns including Wadi ash-Shati, Misrata, Sebha and Traghen.

21 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Anti-Smuggling Operation Bound by Human Rights Law

(Brussels, May 21, 2015) – European Union military action against human smuggling networks should not put the lives and rights of migrants and asylum seekers in jeopardy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Council of the European Union agreed on May 18, 2015, to create a naval operation, EUNAVFOR Med, to identify, capture, and destroy boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean.

21 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Ulf Laessing

TRIPOLI, May 20 (Reuters) - Fresh elections are the only way to end conflict in Libya where two governments and parliaments are competing for power and the country's oil wealth, an influential Islamist supporter of a self-declared government in Tripoli said.

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20 May 2015 description

Introduction

By Mark Lattimer and Derek Verbakel

The 2015 release of the Peoples under Threat index marks the 10th year that Peoples under Threat has sought to identify those communities around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.

A number of the countries which rose most sharply in the index last year, including Syria,
Yemen and Ukraine, saw escalating violence over the course of 2014–15 and the killing, in total, of tens of thousands of civilians.

20 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lisa Vives

NEW YORK, May 19 2015 (IPS) - In the midst of one of Africa’s largest slums, vegetables are growing.

It began as a French initiative to support jobless youth after a spasm of post-election violence in 2008 – and feed them at the same time.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union

The Council has agreed today (18 May) to establish an EU military operation - EUNAVFOR Med- to break the business model of smugglers and traffickers of people in the Mediterranean. This decision, which is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge, will enable the formal start of the operational planning for the naval operation.

19 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Ayman al-Warfalli

BENGHAZI, Libya, May 19 (Reuters) - One person was killed and seven were wounded on Tuesday in a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants in the eastern Libyan town of Qubbah, a security official said.

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19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

19 May 2015 description

In this issue

■ Addis Insight

The African Union (AU) is increasingly focusing on the role of women in peace and security as part of its 2015 theme: women’s empowerment and development towards the implementation of Agenda 2063. This will also be the theme of the upcoming AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

■ On the Agenda

The PSC discussed the African position on the review of United Nations (UN) peace operations. Cooperation between the UN and the AU in peacekeeping in Africa has become increasingly important.

19 May 2015 description

Benghazi, Libya | AFP | Tuesday 5/19/2015 - 03:48 GMT

One year after Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against Islamist militias in Libya's second city Benghazi, the capital of the 2011 revolution is reeling from near daily fighting and shortages.

Last May, the controversial officer launched "Operation Dignity", but has so far failed to take the whole city even after being sworn in on March 9 as the conflict-ridden country's new army chief.

18 May 2015 description

R2P Monitor:

  • Provides background on populations at risk of mass atrocity crimes, with particular emphasis on key events and actors and their connection to the threat, or commission, of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

  • Offers analysis of the country’s past history in relation to mass atrocity crimes; the factors that have enabled their possible commission, or that prevent their resolution; and the receptivity of the situation to positive influences that would assist in preventing further crimes.

18 May 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Monday 5/18/2015 - 17:08 GMT

by Bryan McManus

EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

The scheme backed by foreign and defence ministers in Brussels will involve European warships and surveillance aircraft gathering intelligence and then raiding boats to crack down on people smugglers.