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World + 13 others
Opportunity to protect the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Asia Pacific region must be seized


Ahead of the Special Regional Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons due to be held on 20 August in Indonesia, Amnesty International calls on Asia-Pacific governments to ensure that regional approaches and solutions to address the plight of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees will be developed with human rights protection at their heart.

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World + 13 others
The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012

After several years of mega-disasters and consequent high funding for disaster response, international humanitarian disaster funding dipped to the relatively low 2009 level.

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World + 8 others
Economic losses from disasters set new record in 2012


The world has experienced three consecutive years where annual economic losses have exceeded $100 billion due to an enormous increase in exposure of industrial assets to extreme disaster events.

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Philippines + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Situation Update - December 2012

Typhoon Bopha hits Philippines banana harvest hard

About one quarter of the banana crop in the Philippines, a major food export for that country, has been destroyed by Typhoon Bopha, according to early damage assessments. Furthermore, banana growers fear the storm may have served to spread “Panama Disease,” which has been described by some researchers as “one of the most destructive plant diseases in modern times.”

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World + 42 others
Global emergency overview snapshot, 10-17 December 2012

Tropical cyclone Evan hit Samoa and Fiji on 13 and 16 December. As a category 4 storm, Evan caused significant damage to homes and infrastructure on both islands.

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World + 12 others
Asia's 2012 figures and trends


BANGKOK, 11 December 2012 (IRIN) - The good news: fewer people died from natural disasters in Asia in 2012 than in previous years. The bad news: between January and October, natural disasters still claimed more lives here than anywhere else in the world - and experts predict the trend will continue as populations and industries expand in a region that already houses the world’s largest number of urban residents.


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World + 7 others
Floods deaths down but economic losses significant

In 2012 so far, floods were the most frequent disaster occurring in Asia (44%), accounted for 54% of the death toll, 78% of people affected and 56% of all economic damages in the region.

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World + 42 others
Global emergency overview snapshot - 26 November to 6 December 2012

An earthquake with magnitude 5.6 has hit South Khorasan province in Iran, killing at least eight people and injuring 12. As of 6 December, no further information available

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World + 16 others
Fidh Newsletter Asia n.3 - Focus: Impunity and transitional justice


Focus: Impunity and transitional justice

In Asia, while notable progress has been made in building and strengthening democratic institutions in some countries, authoritarian or essentially un-­ democratic political systems persist in many others. Regardless of the form of government, however, impunity remains a key challenge to the promotion and protection of human rights across Asia. Several countries, including Afghanistan, Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, are torn apart by protracted conflicts and other situations of violence, resulting on widespread human rights violations

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World + 13 others
The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2012: Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure to Disasters

UN report finds disasters taking heavy toll on economic development in Asia-Pacific

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA, 23 October 2012 - A UN Report released today at the opening of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk reduction shows that Asia and the Pacific is paying a huge price for extreme weather events which are now impacting negatively on the continent's economic development.

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Eritrea + 29 others
Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers

The report “Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers” is published to mark the tenth anniversary year of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. It examines the record of states in protecting children from use in hostilities by their own forces and by state-allied armed groups. It finds that, while governments’ commitment to ending child soldier use is high, the gap between commitment and practice remains wide.

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Marking World Humanitarian Day

By David Tereshchuk*

August 16, 2012—As the international community prepares to mark World Humanitarian Day this Sunday, August 19, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and its partners are bringing hope and comfort to survivors of civil unrest and natural disasters in many countries across the globe.

Among the most perplexing of current emergencies is the crisis in Syria. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled the violence in their homeland while unrest has mounted over the past year, with some 78,000 crossing into neighboring countries.

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Afghanistan + 13 others
Asia Pacific Food Situation Update - March 2012

FAO forecasts good rice harvests in Asia-Pacific in 2012

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Haiti + 10 others
A decade of donations

Irish Red Cross

Ireland Donates €70 Million to Emergency Appeals

It was announced today that Ireland has donated more than €70 million to Red Cross emergency appeals over the last 10 years. Speaking at the Irish Red Cross in Dublin, Annita Underlin - Director of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Europe Zone, said that, ‘the generosity of the Irish public has literally changed thousands if not millions of lives around the world’.

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World + 14 others
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya (A/HRC/19/55)


The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, presents her fourth report to the Human Rights Council, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 7/8 and 16/5.

In chapter II of the report, the Special Rapporteur provides an account of her activities during the reporting year. She draws the attention of Member States to the 234 communications sent under the mandate during the past year. More detailed information on the communications is contained in addendum 2 (A/HRC/19/55/Add.2) to the present report.

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World + 16 others
Hunger, Need to Reduce Risk for Major Disasters Among Top Concerns for 2012

NEW YORK – The number of children in poverty who are hungry could reach unparalleled levels in 2012 given the state of the global economy, Church World Service says in its annual New Year's assessment.

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Colombia + 20 others
Report of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (A/HRC/16/48)

Human Rights Council

Sixteenth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

I. Introduction 1. In 2010, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances commemorated its 30th anniversary. During its thirty years of existence, the Working Group has fulfilled its humanitarian mandate to assist families to ascertain the fate and whereabouts of their disappeared family members. Nevertheless, it deplores the fact

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Chad + 13 others
High Commissioner's Opening Statement to 61st Session of Excom

Palais des Nations, Geneva

4 October 2010

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Mr. Chairman, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies. May I express my very deep gratitude and appreciation for your leadership and support. Thank you very much on behalf of UNHCR.

In December of this year, UNHCR will mark its 60th birthday. Next year we will celebrate that same anniversary for the 1951 Refugee Convention, as well as the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. We will also mark 150 years since the birth of the first High Commissioner for Refugees at the

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Kyrgyzstan + 12 others
Update on UNHCR's operations in Asia and the Pacific - 2010

Regional update - Asia and the Pacific

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

30 September 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and developments in the region since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010. A more comprehensive report will be provided in the forthcoming Global Appeal 2011 Update.

A. Major challenges and new developments

Following the displacement of an estimated