THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Having regard to Council Regulation (E C) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof, Having regard to Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community ("Overseas Association Decision"), and in particular Articles 21 and 30 thereof;
Today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day - a day to focus attention on the deadly pandemic that continues to take 1.8 million lives each year. But have HIV and AIDS slipped into the shadow of other global crises?
Human Rights Council
Conseil des droits de l'homme
APRES-MIDI 7 juin 2010
Dépénalisation de l'homosexualité dans le contexte du sida, réparations pour les femmes victimes de violence
et pauvreté des personnes âgées sont au cœur du débat
Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a conclu, cet après-midi, ses dialogues interactifs avec le Rapporteur spécial sur le droit qu'a toute personne de jouir du meilleur état de santé physique et mentale possible, M.
Sudan, Russia and the Philippines are this year's top three major risers in the internationally-acclaimed global ranking 'Peoples under Threat', Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says.
The international human rights organization says that the list of states that have risen most prominently in the table this year are those which have all been the scene of past mass violence, and whose fall down the risk register in recent years has now suddenly been reversed - putting the lives of tens of thousands under threat.
'Those governments who are most likely to kill …
Staff Union President Frustrated by Failure To Bring Perpetrators to Book as Deadly Annual Trend Continues
The trend of deadly attacks against United Nations personnel continued in 2009, with at least 28 civilian staff members losing their lives due to acts of violence, according to the United Nations Staff Union Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.
In addition, the Committee said today, seven peacekeepers were killed during the year, six of them in three separate incidents in Darfur, and the Deputy Force Commander of the United …
REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS
1. Sudan: disarmament in the south raises fears of fresh violence
According to an IRIN report on 22 September, a recent campaign by Southern Sudanese authorities to seize illegal arms in the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Juba may spark further violence.
The president of the region, President Salva Kiir, announced the campaign will continue until all the weapons have been confiscated.
Join Forces in Human Rights Council and to Press Repressive Governments for Change
(Johannesburg) - The European Union and South Africa should take steps to enhance cooperation on international human rights issues when they meet this week, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to South Africa's minister of international cooperation and the prime minister of Sweden, which currently holds the EU presidency.
Commission on Sustainable Development
9th & 10th Meetings* (AM & PM)
Chair Says Old Solutions No Longer Fit Twenty-First Century Challenges; Round Table on "Responding to the Food Crisis through Sustainable Development"
REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS
SUDAN: DETERIORATING SECURITY HAMPERS PROVISION OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
According to a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) statement on 24 March, the deteriorating security situation in several parts of southern Sudan is hampering the return of Sudanese refugees and disrupting humanitarian activities in the area.
In mid-March, life in the border towns of Yei, Nimule and Kapoeta was brought to a standstill when war veterans from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) organised coordinated protests. The veterans claim they have not …
HPG Policy Brief 34 - April 2009.
Nine conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in March 2009, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.
In Sudan, fears of a rapid deterioration of humanitarian conditions and security in Darfur mounted after Khartoum expelled 13 international aid organisations, following the International Criminal Court pre-trial chamber's 4 March decision to issue an arrest warrant for President Bashir for atrocity crimes.
We are pleased to announce an additional contribution of $138 million toward the 2008 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
This contribution is in addition to previously announced U.S. contributions totaling $95.4 million for UNHCR's Iraq programs and another nearly $10 million provided to support the organization's refugee resettlement efforts.
The European Commission has adopted a €160 million food aid decision targeting an estimated 18.7 million people living in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa. This funding decision, the largest ever launched by the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department, aims to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people facing food shortages due to natural catastrophes, economic and political crises, and armed conflicts. It is the first food aid decision for 2008.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr.
Sixty-second General Assembly
28th & 29th Meetings (AM & PM)
Myanmar Continues to Be Serious Concern in Light of Continuing Human Rights Violations, Committee Told by Under-Secretary-General
Political solutions were urgently needed to resolve the conflict in Darfur, where there could be no military solution, Sima Samar, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, said today as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its discussion of human rights issues.
Plan International today welcomed the United Nations' Machel Review report which warns that more needs to be done to protect children in conflict situations.
Tom Miller, chief executive of Plan International, the leading children's NGO, said:
"The reality is that 10 years after Graca Machel's first report, child protection in areas affected by conflict is still not a high enough priority.
Sixty-second General Assembly
13th & 14th Meetings (AM & PM)
Contribution of Children to Peacemaking, Peacebuilding not to be underestimated, says UNICEF Executive Director
A former child soldier in Sierra Leone turned best-selling author took the international community to task today for failing to do more for children living amid conflict, as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) began its discussion on the rights of children this afternoon.
13e et 14e séances - matin et après-midi
SUDAN: DARFUR REBELS ALLOW AID DELIVERY
On 6 August, rebel leaders in Darfur ended a four-day meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, with a commitment to allow free access by humanitarian agencies to people affected by the western Sudanese conflict.
In a statement issued after the talks, the rebels pledged to stop hostilities against aid organisations and African Union (AU) peacekeepers deployed in the volatile region.
The meeting, which aimed to forge unity among the fragmented groups, brought together leading personalities from the rebel movements who took a …