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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Positive Deviance training brings positive changes

Report
World Vision

In Sri Lanka, the Postitive Deviance Hearth Programme introduces mothers of children with low weights to new methods of preparing high-nutritional meals with locally available foods. While teaching them different methods for preparing the food in an appealing way for children, they also learn about good health and hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 15 - 21 July 2014

In the Philippines, 54 people were reported dead, 100 were injured and three are still missing. Around 525,800 people were displaced and seeking shelter in 1,200 evacuation centres.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Sri Lanka's NGO crackdown triggers free speech fears

07/20/2014 02:10 GMT

by Amal JAYASINGHE

COLOMBO, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan government crackdown this month on NGOs has sparked claims that President Mahinda Rajapakse, paranoid that he could be toppled, is again attempting to silence critics and tighten his grip on power.

The defence ministry this month banned non-governmental organisations from holding press conferences, awareness campaigns, training for journalists, workshops and disseminating press releases on everything from voter rights to exposing corruption.

Agence France-Presse:

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Sri Lanka announces probe into military's alleged rights abuses

07/17/2014 13:31 GMT

COLOMBO, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lanka announced Thursday an investigation into its military over allegations of rights abuses, following intense international pressure for a war-crimes probe into the island's decades-long ethnic conflict.

President Mahinda Rajapakse said a current government-appointed Commission of Inquiry (COI) would be expanded to probe the military and Tamil rebels over abuses allegedly committed during their war that ended in 2009.

Agence France-Presse:

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11

Highlights

  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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Lawyers for detained asylum seekers say 153 Sri Lankans being held 'behind locked doors'

Lawyers representing 153 asylum seekers on an Australian Customs ship say the men, women and children are being held against their will and "behind locked doors".

According to court documents lodged in the High Court, the Sri Lankans "do not have freedom of movement", are living in rooms with no windows, and families on the ship have been split up, with the women and children separated from their husbands and fathers.

The documents form part of a High Court challenge against the Government's powers to hold the asylum seekers at sea.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 9 - 15 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Helping vulnerable people to rebuild their lives

In the north and east of Sri Lanka, households headed by women and persons who were disabled due to the conflict are among the vulnerable needing support to develop sustainable livelihoods. The ICRC is enabling them to start income-generating activities and develop appropriate skills.

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Strong Winds damage over 800 houses

Over 870 houses have been damaged in Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Ratnapura, Monaragala and Matale districts.due to strong winds, Gale force winds have wreaked havoc in Uva Paranagama, Haldummulla, Welimada, Haputale and Bandarawela Divisional Secretariat areas and Measures have also been taken to provide relief to the affected people, the Disaster Management Centre sources said.

According to the sources, about 152 houses in Nuwara Eliya, 526 in Badulla and 154 in the Ratnapuara district were damaged due to strong winds.

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World + 8 others
FACTBOX - Communities that uprooted and relocated after disasters

Report
AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:00 GMT

Author: Alisa Tang

After disasters strike, communities sometimes have no choice but to build a new life in a new place.

AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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IDMC Annual report 2014

From the director

I had the pleasure of joining the IDMC team in 2013, taking the helm from Kate Halff, who after four years of the excellent work and dedicated service, left the organisation in May.

2013 was another year of turmoil for many. Conflicts and disasters worldwide forced millions of people to flee their homes, leaving many stuck in limbo within the borders of their own country.

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How Can We Bridge Nutrition and Rural Development in Sri Lanka?

Report
World Bank

SUBMITTED BY SEENITHAMBY MANOHARAN ON WED, 07/09/2014

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Government allocates Rs. 200m to reconstruct property damaged in Aluthgama and Beruwala

The government under the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's instructions has allocated Rs. 200 million to reconstruct the properties and businesses that were damaged during the clashes Aluthgama and Beruwala.

Minister of Resettlement Gunarathna Weerakoon speaking to media said speedy measures are being taken to reconstruct the damaged property in the two towns and the government has set aside Rs. 200 million for this purpose.

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Rs. 4 billion allocated for agricultural loans to farmers

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to increase the amount allocated for agricultural loans for the farmers up to Rs. 4 billion. President Rajapaksa has made this decision at a meeting held in the Presidential Secretariat on Friday in response to a request made by farmer organizations.

Accordingly, the funds will be released to the relevant banks to issue loans to the farmers.

The meeting was called to obtain views and ideas from farmer organizations and trade union representatives to prepare the next year budget proposals.

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Special program by Rehab Ministry to assist war affected

The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry will provide assistance to people who were badly affected by violence during the terrorist war under an Inter-Ministerial Program implemented by the Rehabilitation Authority.

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Father of 3yo asylum seeker fears family will be 'wiped out' if returned to Sri Lanka

The father of a three-year-old asylum seeker being held on a Customs vessel at sea fears his family would be "wiped out" if returned to Sri Lanka.

The girl is among a group of 153 Tamils who left India last month in a boat for Australia, and could be held for weeks while the High Court decides their fate.

They face an uncertain future, as Sri Lanka has indicated it will not take them back and India has confirmed it is not in negotiations to take them.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Investing in the Demographic Dividend: Successes, Challenges, and Way Forward for Sri Lanka

Investing in youth pays dividends, evidence from Sri Lanka shows

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Young people hold the keys to the future; unlocking their potential will lead to a better world for everyone. These facts are supported by mounting evidence from Sri Lanka, where UNFPA has worked with policymakers and other partners to support and empower youth.

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Press briefing note on Australia

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani

Location: Geneva

Date: 8 July 2014

Subject: Australia