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Tunisia + 3 others
Stranded West African Migrants Rescued at Sea Voluntarily Return Home from Tunisia

Tunisia – A group of 32 Gambians and 24 Malians rescued at sea off Tunisia en route to Europe have voluntarily boarded flights home with IOM assistance.

The migrants were part of a group of 97 migrants rescued by the Tunisian navy off Sfax on 26th February 2014. The 97 included four people identified as refugees, ten unaccompanied minors and one woman.

The West Africans, who travelled through Libya, paid smugglers for passage on a small boat, which ran into difficulties in rough seas between Tunisia and Italy.

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Portuguese embassy in Libya target of gunmen attack: news agency

04/18/2014 22:25 GMT

LISBON, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - A security officer was wounded in an attack by four gunmen at the Portugese embassy in Tripoli overnight Thursday, news agency Lusa said.

The men fled when other security officers arrived on site, the Portuguese agency said, adding that the wounded officer's life was not in danger.

A string of attacks targeting diplomats and Libyan politicians have hit Tripoli. Earlier this week, Tunisian and Jordanian diplomats in Libya were kidnapped.

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Security Council press statement on Libya

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the Jordanian diplomatic convoy in Tripoli, Libya, on 15 April, which resulted in the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador and injuries to his driver.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at this attack and called for the immediate release of the Jordanian ambassador.

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Gunmen kidnap Jordan envoy to Libya

04/15/2014 12:24 GMT

by Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, April 15, 2014 (AFP) - Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador as he travelled to work in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, the two countries' governments said.

It is the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moamer Kadhafi.

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Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce

Report
Amnesty

The trial of former Libyan officials, including Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, risks descending into a farce after the court ordered today that he and six other defendants be tried via video link, said Amnesty International.

On 23 March, a day before the last hearing in this case, two amendments were made to Libya’s Code of Criminal Procedure to allow hearings via video link.

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Italy + 3 others
Italian Red Cross assisting thousands of migrants arriving by boat

More than 4,000 migrants and asylum seekers have arrived by sea to Italy within the past 48-72 hours, and thousands more are expected in the coming weeks and months.

With the European spring having arrived, the seas are calmer and safer, and this normally leads to an increase in migration, which both authorities and aid agencies try to prepare for.

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Libya + 4 others
Libya's coastguard detains more than 400 immigrants en route to Europe

By Feras Bosalum and Julia Payne

TRIPOLI, April 10 (Reuters) - Libya's coastguard has detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said on Thursday.

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Libyan Rebels Agree to End Blockade at 2 Oil Ports

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Voice of America

Libya's government has reached an agreement with rebels to reopen two of four oil ports, in a major breakthrough to end an eight-month blockade.

Libyan officials Sunday announced the opening of the ports of Zueitina and Hariga - the smaller of the four terminals seized by rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli and a greater share of oil wealth.

The two sides have agreed to reopen the two remaining ports, Ras Lanuf and As-Sidra, after two to four weeks of more negotiations.

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Somalia + 11 others
Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 426, 3 avril 2014)

Situation Générale en mars 2014

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-mai 2014

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin s’est améliorée en mars le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge suite aux opérations de lutte et au dessèchement des conditions. Néanmoins, il subsiste un risque que des groupes d’ailés et peut-être quelques petits essaims puissent se déplacer dans les aires de reproduction printanière de l’intérieur de l’Arabie saoudite et du Yémen, où une reproduction est possible.

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World + 5 others
ACLED Regional Report: North Africa, April 2014

In the last three years, the North African political landscape has been dominated by the Arab Spring uprising, and accompanying transformations in both the level and nature of violence across the region. Between 1997 and December 2013, the North African region (including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) constituted 12.3% of the total number of conflict events in the African continent recording over 9000 violent events in total.

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World + 21 others
Shelter Projects 2011-2012

The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.

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Somalia + 11 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 426 (2 Apr 2014)

General Situation during March 2014

Forecast until mid-May 2014

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World + 6 others
CrisisWatch N°128 - 01 April 2014

As the Central African Republic becomes increasingly fractured along communal and regional lines, the re-emergence of the rebel Front populaire pour le redressement (FPR) in the north further worsened insecurity. Muslims continue to be targeted daily. African Union peacekeepers fell victim to two attacks by anti-balaka militias, with at least one killed. Chadian peacekeepers were accused of firing on civilians in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Bangui, reportedly killing at least 24.

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Libya: What the ICRC did in 2013

31-03-2014 Facts and Figures

Supporting the Libyan Red Crescent Society (LRCS)

The ICRC:

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Djibouti + 14 others
Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 425, 4 Mar 2014)

Situation Générale en février 2014

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-avril 2014

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Insight - Armed militias hold Libya hostage

  • Libya struggling with progress three years after Gaddafi ouster

  • Rival militias have entrenched divisions

  • Key groups are in Zintan and Misrata

  • History, Gaddafi, left weak institutions, no sense of unity

By Patrick Markey and Ulf Laessing

TRIPOLI, March 30 (Reuters) - When a militia holding Libya's eastern ports loaded a North Korean-flagged tanker with oil earlier this month, the Libyan parliament sacked its own prime minister and turned to U.S. commandos to bring its cargo back.

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IOM Trains Libyan Civil Society Organizations in Psychosocial Support

Libya - IOM has completed a three-month project to build capacity and mentor 35 community-based organizations in Tripoli in the field of psychosocial support.

The project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), was implemented in partnership with Libya’s Ministry of Culture and Civil Society.

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UNSMIL Welcomes GNC Decision to hold supplementary elections for the Constitution-Drafting Assembly

Tripoli, 26 March 2014 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya welcomes the decision of Libya’s General National Congress to commission the High National Elections Commission to hold supplementary elections for the Constitution-Drafting Assembly.

The Mission hopes that this will be an adequate opportunity to bypass all the obstacles that have prevented holding the elections in several constituencies.

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Libya + 1 other
Japan Contributes US$5.2 Million to Support Explosive Remnants of War Clearance Efforts in Libya

Tripoli, 17 March 2014 – Japan is contributing US$5.2 million to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to facilitate the clearance of explosive remnants of war, a program coordinated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The contribution by the Government of Japan will go to executing the project “Support to Battle Area Clearance (BAC) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)” in Libya, which runs from 1 April 2014 through 31 March 2015 and is to be carried out in partnership with Libyan authorities.

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Malta + 3 others
Amnesty International urges Malta to abide by international obligations in search and rescue operations

Report
Amnesty

AI Index: EUR 33/001/2014

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Malta

Malta has accepted a recommendation to continue its cooperation with neighbouring countries regarding rescue operations at sea,i and in its response has stated that, as regards to search and rescue, it will continue to abide by its international obligations and to cooperate with neighbouring countries.