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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Thailand + 7 others
Two Years with No Moon: Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand

A new report details how Thailand’s use of immigration detention violates children’s rights, risks their health and wellbeing, and imperils their development.

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Sri Lanka to begin own probe on war crime allegations soon

Sri Lanka will soon begin a probe on alleged war crime violations parallel to the investigations conducted by the to Investigate Into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons.

According to a report by Lankapuvath, the inquiries will go hand in hand with the investigations being conducted by the Presidential Commission on missing people.

Maxwell Paranagama, the Chairman of the Presidential Commission probing the missing persons inquiries has told media that probe on the war conducted by them will begin soon parallel to the public hearings of the Commission.

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Demining 98% has completed

The demining of all areas needed to restore civilian life in the North to normalcy has been completed. Announcing this, Media Spokesman of the Media Centre of the Defence Ministry Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya said nearly 98 percent of the and landmines in the Northern and Eastern Provinces have been cleared.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday (Aug 27) he said only 80 square kilometers of the total of 5000 square kilometers remain to be cleared.

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President instructs to release necessary funds to assist drought stricken people

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Treasury Secretary Dr.P.B.Jayasundara to release necessary funds to relevant authorities to provide financial and material assistance to people in the drought affected areas. Accordingly those affected will be provided with dry rations and financial assistance.

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World + 5 others
KOFF Newsletter No. 130, September 2014 - Press Freedom and Peacebuilding

Table of Contents

Editorial

FOCUS

Freedom of Expression and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 3

REPORT

Gender Asymmetries in the Media World 4
Press Freedom, a Fundamental Issue for Peace 5
Civil Liberties at Risk in Algeria 5
Press House Palestine – a Free (Media) Island in Gaza 6
Syria: a Magazine to Escape the Horrors of War 6

NEWS

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Bangladesh + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (26 August - 1 September 2014)

More than one million people are affected by floods in Bangladesh, while in Sri Lanka, low rainfall in August has aggravated the drought, which has hit 1.8 million people.

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 suggests moves to investigate war-time missing

Report
IRIN

COLOMBO, 29 August 2014 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures.

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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Army & “Derana” Distribute Water Tanks to Drought-Affected Villages in Jaffna

Security Force Jaffna further extended its assistance to Jaffna people affected due to long-drawn drought distributing plastic water tanks to various parts of the peninsula. Headquarters 55 Division based at Kaddaikadu made arrangements to hand over 72 such water tanks donated by “Derana” media organization at a request of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera at a brief function held on Tuesday (26) at Thalaiady Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed (RCTM) school.

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Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 03 | August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climate change and delayed monsoon has caused 20% loss of paddy harvest in the country during Maha 2013

  • Foot and Mouth Disease among livestock is rapidly spreading despite control measures by the Government

  • ERC approves over $2 million CERF funding to provide humanitarian assistance to drought-affected people in Sri Lanka

  • Heavy rainfall cause havoc in the southern Sri Lanka causing 27 deaths in June 2014

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Hameedia Helps Drought-Stricken Families in North-East Sri Lanka

Hameedia recently embarked on a humanitarian mission to provide water for families most affected by the ongoing drought in North-East Sri Lanka. The Hameedia team comprising ten members visited Polonnaruwa, Sinhapura, Galloya and Higurackgoda and delivered water tanks and bottles to families most severely affected by the drought. Due to immense poverty, thousands of people in these villages did not have access to clean water and this was creating health and sanitation problems.

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More rehabilitated LTTE cadres entrusted to relatives

“I have never heard that any country that has paved the way for the development of capabilities of persons who took arms against their state and ensure they get employment,” said Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera at a function organized to hand over rehabilitated LTTE cadres to their relatives.

Seven LTTE cadres who were rehabilitated at the Punthottam Rehabilitation Camp in Vavuniya were entrusted to their relatives yesterday. 11,970 LTTE cadres of the 12,298 who gave themselves up to the Army have so far been reintegrated into society.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Army provides drinking water to drought hit areas in East

Due to prevailing drought in the areas of Aluthoya, Mahamorakanda, Hathreskotuwa, and Galoya junction of the Eastern Province, a water donating campaign was conducted on Sunday (24th August) by 8th Artillery Regiment, Security Forces East with the sponsorship of The Buddhist Channel and Sambodhi Viharaya of Colombo.

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Food Security and Nutrition among the Tuberculosis infected patients: A case study among the patients screened at Chest Clinic of Medical Research Institute of Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Objectives of this study are as follows:

  • To study about the current status of Tuberculosis (TB) in Sri Lanka and the major threats and challenges to household food security due to TB: There is a lack of TB related data in Sri Lanka and this study hopes establish some key data on the current TB situation in Sri Lanka. This study also hopes to assess the major threats and challenges faced by the household of TB patients due to food insecurity.