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MSF Not Present in Sri Lanka Battle Zone

PARIS/COLOMBO—The medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned about an interview suggesting that it was present in 2009 in Sri Lanka’s war zone and that it received surrendering militants to be treated.

MSF made numerous requests to the government for access to the battle zone in northern Sri Lanka and these requests were repeatedly denied, despite MSF’s extremely serious concerns about the fate of civilian populations who were trapped in the heavy fighting.

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Government Promises, Ground Realities

Brussels, 1 March 2012: Sri Lanka's post-war course is threatening future violence. As its 19th session in Geneva begins this week, the UN Human Rights Council has a chance to do something about it.

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New Houses for Tsunami Affected People in Trincomalee

Hon. Basi Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development declared open the new housing scheme at Nelsonpura in Trincomalee district on 29 February 2012.

Nelsonpura new house scheme has been built for the benefit of Tsunami-affected families. This house complex has 80 Housing units and the total cost of this project is Rs. 120 million.

Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, Eastern Province governor, Hon. Susantha Punchinilame, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also participated at this occasion.

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India + 2 others
UNHCR India Fact Sheet - February 2012

Operational objectives

  • Ensure protection of asylum-seekers pending refugee status determination

  • Improve the living conditions of refugees and asylum-seekers

  • Strengthen the partnership with the Government of India on global issues of concern to UNHCR

  • Strategically implement durable solutions: local integration, voluntary repatriation and resettlement

  • Support Government and NGOs efforts to protect Sri Lankan refugees and facilitate their voluntary repatriation

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RSF calls on UNHRC to condemn violations of freedom of information

(RSF/IFEX) - 28 February 2012 - Reporters Without Borders calls on all members of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, which began its 19th session yesterday, to pass a resolution condemning the Sri Lankan government's violations of freedom of information and to demand an end to threats and violence against news media and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka.

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Financial assistance to Tsunami-affected families for Reconstruction of Homes

Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development was the chief guest at the occasion of handing over cheques for Tsunami-affected families in Karawahuvattei in Kalmunai electorate division.

This financial assistance, worth of Rs. 110 million, was provided to 200 tsunami affected families to reconstruct their homes. Under this program each beneficiaries was received a grant of Rs. 550000 to build their homes. Funds were allocated by the Ministry of Economic Development.

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European Union supports upgrade of Health Facility in Eastern Sri Lanka

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European Union

A significant milestone was achieved on 3 rd February 2012 with the official handover of upgraded health facilities in Thoppur Rural Hospital, Mutur in Eastern Sri Lanka with funding by the European Union (EU) through the Red Cross.

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World + 8 others
Food Price Escalation in South Asia—A Serious and Growing Concern

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Asian Development Bank:

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Council conclusions on EU priorities at the UN Human Rights Council

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European Union

3149th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting

Brussels, 27 February 2012

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"1. Ahead of the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the EU reaffirms its strong support to the Human Rights Council and welcomes the progress made in performing its mandate over the last year.

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

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European Union

Brussels, 23 February 2012
6875/12 PRESSE 66

The EU believes that the end of the conflict has offered a historic opportunity to achieve a peaceful and stable future for the people of Sri Lanka. Genuine reconciliation among all groups and communities in this country is essential and this requires justice and accountability for past events. The EU notes the view of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lay in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

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Japan supports livelihood projects in East

The Government of Japan has extended a total of US$ 1,079,116 (approximately Rs. 130 million) for two livelihood projects in Trincomalee and Batticaloa.

The first project titled ‘Livelihood Development Project in Resettlement Areas in Trincomalee Phase 2’ will support to renovate eight minor tanks and provide agricultural promotion exercises and assistance for dairy farmers. This project will be implemented by Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and benefit more than 450 families.

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Enumeration of Vital Events 2011 ‐ Northern Province, Sri Lanka

Official record on deaths occurred during conflict released

The Census and Statistics Department has released an official report on the deaths occurred in the five districts of Northern Province for the last four years of the conflict that ended in May 2009.

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UNDP concludes an independent evaluation of the Transition Recovery Programme and Support to Mine Action Project

UNDP recently concluded an independent evaluation of its Transition Recovery Programme (TRP) and Support to Mine Action Project (SMAP) to assess how it was faring in contributing to UNDP Sri Lanka’s Country Programme results. The TRP is UNDP’s flagship programme and provides recovery support to the conflict affected populations in the North and East, while the SMAP provides management support to the mine action sector in Sri Lanka.

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NGOs call for accountability for abuses of Sri Lankan civilians

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Enough Project

In a recent statement to the United Nations, the Enough Project in conjunction with a coalition of other NGOs is urging the U.N. Human Rights Council to examine the severe atrocities committed by Sri Lankan security forces and rebels during the final months of the country’s 26-year civil war. The statement backs an initiative by United States to press the council to address impunity in Sri Lanka during the HRC’s upcoming session in March.

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Chad + 18 others
ACTED Newsletter No. 78 February 2012 [EN/FR]

FOCUS - Sahel: The food crisis looms

A future in dotted lines Log book of a mobile team at the gates of the Sahara Deprived of food and income “Many are those who would not cope without solidarity”

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Joint Humanitarian and Early Recovery Update January 2012 - Report #39

This report indicates the UN and NGO partner response to continuing humanitarian needs and early recovery concerns, in support to the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts to rebuild the former conflict-affected regions. Activities show progress towards the sectoral priorities and goals described in the 2011 Joint Plan for Assistance.

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Le Conseil souligne l’importance de la prévention et de l’alerte rapide face aux violences sexuelles lors d’attaques généralisées ou systématiques contre des civils

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Conseil de sécurité 6722e séance – matin & après-midi

Le Conseil de sécurité a, aujourd’hui, au terme d’un long débat sur les femmes et la paix et la sécurité, mis l’accent sur l’« importance de la prévention, de l’alerte rapide et d’une réponse efficace aux violences sexuelles lorsqu’elles sont utilisées comme tactique de guerre ou dans le cadre d’une attaque généralisée ou systématique contre des populations civiles ».

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Calls mount for government action on war inquiry

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IRIN

COLOMBO, 21 February 2012 (IRIN) - As the government of Sri Lanka comes under increasing international pressure to implement recommendations submitted by a presidentially appointed war commission, IRIN asked national analysts which recommendations were most easily achievable.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Afghanistan + 18 others
Asia Pacific Food Situation Update - February 2012

Food prices climb for the first time since July

A sixth-month downward slide in food prices came to an end in January as the FAO Food Price Index rose for the first time since July 2011. FAO analysts cited poor weather as the possible main factor. The Index stood at 214, a 4 point or 2 percent increase over December. Nonetheless, food prices were still 7 percent below the levels recorded in January 2011. The increase was propelled by rising prices in every commodities group measured by FAO, with oils and fats recording the largest increases.