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16 Aug 2017 description

Assault on journalism and freedom of expression

Pushing norms and standards in politics, conflict and media to new extremes, leaders in every region of the world in 2016 consolidated and expanded their powers at the expense of freedom and democracy.
From armed conflict and forced migration to the spread of misinformation and the rise of right-wing populism, the chaotic and disheartening developments of the year in many ways marked the new frontiers of global repression and inequality.

16 Aug 2017 description

PESHAWAR: Countrywide registration of undocumented Afghan nationals will start on Wednesday (today) and would continue till the end of December.

Director General Afghan Commissionerate Waqar Maroof said that approximately one million Afghan nationals, who were residing in Pakistan without legal documents, would be registered.

He said that around 600,000 Afghan nationals were likely to be registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that around 200,000 unregistered Afghan nationals had gone back to their country in 2016 to avoid deportation.

16 Aug 2017 description
  1. Rivers Flow Situation Reported by Flood Forecasting Division. All rivers are flowing at Normal levels except; River Indus at Kalabagh, Taunsa, Guddu & Sukkur are at Low Flood Level. Details at Annex A.

  2. Past Meteorological Situation and Future Forecast by PMD. No significant rainfall reported in last 24 hours. PMD forecast for next 24 hours predicts mainly dry weather in most parts of the Country. However, isolated thunderstorms / rains expected over Gilgit Baltistan & Kashmir Details at Annex B.

15 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

Madeeha Anwar

Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, beleaguered for years by terrorism and lawlessness, has seen a decline in militant activities during the past few months as the result of government counterinsurgency operations, a recent security report says.

FATA Research Center (FRC), a non-governmental organization based in the capital of Pakistan, observed a decline of 19 percent in violent incidents during the second quarter of 2017 in the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the border with Afghanistan.

15 Aug 2017 description

Highlights
- 1,464 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
- 8,766 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
- 81,286 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017
- 215,084 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017
- 94% of returnees from Pakistan (1,378 individuals) assisted
- 5% of returnees from Iran (443 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

15 Aug 2017 description

In July 2017, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 3,314 deaths and injuries from explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 68% (2,269) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

At least one death or injury from explosive violence was recorded in 25 countries last month. The five worst impacted countries were Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, according to civilian casualties.

15 Aug 2017 description

By Faiza Ilyas

KARACHI: Regretting the country’s slow progress on childhood vaccination especially on the polio front despite massive government spending over the years, experts at the concluding day of a health seminar held on Monday called for concerted efforts to break the many myths surrounding vaccines, one of the most effective ways to prevent many serious illnesses.

They also warned about the high prevalence of antibiotic resistance resulting from the overuse and misuse of antibiotics and urged doctors to be cautious in their prescriptions.

15 Aug 2017 description
  1. Rivers Flow Situation Reported by Flood Forecasting Division. All rivers are flowing at Normal levels except; River Indus at Kalabagh, Chashma, Taunsa, Guddu & Sukkur is at Low Flood Level. Low to Medium level food is expected in the Hill Torrents of D. G. Khan Division. Details at Annex A.

14 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoP repatriation program assists nearly 260,000 displaced households to return to FATA

  • Recent polio vaccination campaigns reach 92 percent of targeted children countrywide

  • Flooding results in nearly 50 deaths and displaces at least 11,200 people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

14 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia on 13 August was 4,705. Of those, 4,413, i.e. 94%, were accommodated in 18 governmental centres. (below chart refers).

  • UNHCR and partners received reports of 122 recorded collective pushbacks from Hungary, and 102 from Croatia, with many alleging to have been denied access to asylum procedures. Report of three pushbacks from Romania were also received.

14 Aug 2017 description
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Forward

Education unlocks the potential of young minds, and helps new generations realise their dreams for the future. However, we are facing a global education crisis. Millions of children are out of school, or in school but not learning. We must put education at the top of the agenda.

14 Aug 2017 description

Highlights:

  • From January to 13 July 2017, nearly 193,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Afghanistan, up by 10,000 compared with the previous week.

  • All 3,200 displaced people who fled Mirzawolang village to Sar-e-Pul City after the recent attack on their village are being assisted with cash, food and emergency household items.

  • An eight-month project aimed at integrating 24,000 undocumented Afghan returnees from Pakistan was launched in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, by DRC-DDG with funding from the Canadian Government.

14 Aug 2017 description
  1. Rivers Flow Situation Reported by Flood Forecasting Division. All rivers are flowing at Normal levels except; River Indus at Kalabagh, Chashma, Taunsa, Guddu & Sukkur is at Low Flood Level. Low to Medium level food is expected in the Hill Torrents of D. G. Khan Division. Details at Annex A.

13 Aug 2017 description
  1. Rivers Flow Situation Reported by Flood Forecasting Division. All rivers are flowing at Normal levels except; River Indus at Tarbela, Kalabagh, Chashma, Taunsa, Guddu & Sukkur is at Low Flood Level. Details at Annex A.

12 Aug 2017 description

STATE OF THE FIELD

Violent conflict upends and polarizes societies, disrupting social structures and gender roles.
Projects and policies intended to assist communities that are fragile or affected by violence are more successful if they consider conflict’s different effects on men, women, boys, and girls.
Approaches to conflict resolution that account for gender issues and include a broader array of society reduce gender-based violence, enhance gender equality, defuse conflict, and lead to more sustainable peace.

USIP’S WORK

12 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

QUETTA, PAKISTAN — Pakistan's army says "terrorists" have targeted a military truck with a bomb killing eight soldiers and seven civilians in the southwestern city of Quetta.

A military statement Saturday says the bomb also wounded 25 people, including 15 civilians. It says incendiary explosives were used in the blast that sparked fires in nearby vehicles.

Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan, said the blast took place near a private hospital but its nature is still being investigated. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

12 Aug 2017 description
  1. Rivers Flow Situation Reported by Flood Forecasting Division. All rivers are flowing at Normal levels except; River Indus at Guddu at Medium Flood Level, River Indus at Kalabagh, Chashma, Taunsa & Sukkur and River Kabul at Nowshera are at Low Flood Level. Details at Annex A.