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World + 29 others
Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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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 + 70 others
CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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World + 24 others
UNHCR Global Trends 2013: War's Human Cost

The massive increase was driven mainly by the war in Syria, while major displacements were seen in CAR and S. Sudan. UNHCR's annual report shows the immense costs of not ending wars and failing to resolve conflicts.

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Les déplacements forcés dans le monde dépassent les 50 millions de personnes pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale, selon un rapport du HCR

Un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR montre que le nombre de réfugiés, de demandeurs d’asile et de personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur pays à travers le monde a dépassé les 50 millions de personnes pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

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World + 17 others
Annual Report 2013: Protecting civilians in armed conflict

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Geneva Call

The recent War Report describes 27 on-going non-international armed conflicts in 24 States or territories, all involving armed non-State actors (ANSAs), most of them unequivocally subject to International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Violations of international humanitarian norms are widespread in all of these conflicts, with civilians consistently suffering the most. Many IHL violations – though not all – are committed by ANSAs.

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World + 38 others
Annual Report 2013

Annual Report for 2013: A strong response to complex crises

14-05-2014 News Release 14/81

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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

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Amnesty

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

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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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Asia's 2012 figures and trends

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IRIN

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.

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.

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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

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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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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.