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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Inhumanity and Humanitarian Action: Protection Failures in Sri Lanka

Tufts University

The divisive and discriminatory policies that have disfigured Sri Lankan society and its political culture for much of its contemporary history did not disappear when the Tamil Tigers and civilians, trapped in the Vanni, were put to the sword as the country’s bitter civil war came to an end on the blood-soaked beaches of Mullaitivu in May 2009.

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WFP Assists Communities Affected By Drought In Sri Lanka

A WFP-led Rapid Drought Assessment estimates as many as 770,000 people have been affected by the drought, which has resulted in the loss of about one-third of the paddy harvest in some areas.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 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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Blistering Drought Leaves the Poorest High and Dry

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sep 29 2014 (IPS) - The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

“Since last October we have had nothing but sun, all day,” the 40-year-old father of two school-aged children told IPS. If his layman’s assessment of the rain patterns is off, it is by a mere matter of weeks.

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Sri Lanka Takes Progressive Steps to Reduce Socio-Economic Impacts of Disasters

World Bank

Colombo, September 26, 2014 — The Ministry of Disaster Management together with the World Bank launches a Climate Resilient Program today. The program is launched at the three day Disaster Management Conference at the BMICH in Colombo titled “the Future we want – a Safer Sri Lanka”.

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President Rajapaksa Hands Over US$1 Million Donation to Palestine

NEW YORK: President Mahinda Rajapaksa officially handed over Sri Lanka’s US$1 million donation to Palestine when he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this afternoon on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

President Rajapaksa, who has been a long-time supporter of the Palestinian cause and is the Founder President of the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine, announced the donation in August of this year.

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Somalia + 7 others
Human Rights Council discusses capacity building and technical assistance to Somalia and the Central African Republic

25 September 2014

Hears Updates on Sri Lanka, Iraq, Cambodia, Yemen and Democratic Republic of Congo and Holds General Debate on Capacity Building and Technical Assistance

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Oral update of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (A/HRC/27/CRP.2)

Human Rights Council

Twenty-seventh session

Agenda item 2

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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Liberia + 5 others
Sri Lanka donates medical examination gloves to Ebola-stricken countries

Sri Lanka today donated one million medical examination gloves to West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak as its contribution to the global appeal, ‘Road Map for Ebola’ by World Health Organization (WHO).

The consignment of gloves worth Rs. 5 million will be distributed among medical workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a symbolic hand over of the gloves to WHO's Country Representative Dr. Firdosi Rustom Mehta at Temple Trees this evening.