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Red Cross boosts livelihoods in DPRK with EU support

April 23rd, Beijing/Stockholm: The Red Cross Red Crescent will step up its work in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to boost people’s resilience in face of disasters and improve communities’ food security, using new funding from the European Commission.

The Commission grant of 500,000 Euros was made through the Swedish Red Cross to support projects in the Pukchang and Unsan districts of South Phyongan Province.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

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EU Statement - United Nations Security Council Arria format: Human Rights in the DPRK

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Summary: 17 April 2014, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union by H.E. Mr. Ioannis Vrailas, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the Meeting of the UN Security Council in Arria format on the "Briefing of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK"

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

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DPRK: UN expert embarks on a new stage of human rights work

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki Darusman, at the end of his visit to Japan, 8 to 10 April 2014

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 – 8 April

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Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

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3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: crimes against humanity revealed

Shin Dong-hyuk was born in Political Prison Camp No. 14, the only known escapee from the so-called “total control zone” of a political prison camp in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Model of a prison camp No. 18 in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea © EPA/STR“In front of all the inmates, political prisoners, and in front of my father and myself, my mother and older brother were publicly executed,” he said.

“My mother was hanged in front of me and my father.”

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Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (A/HRC/25/L.17)

Human Rights Council Twenty-fifth session Agenda item 4

Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 March – 1 April

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CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

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Rights Body Calls for Prosecuting Leadership

Recommends UN Security Council Action, Targeted Sanctions

(Geneva) – The UN Human Rights Council sent a clear message on March 28, 2014 that North Korean leaders should be brought to justice through Security Council action.

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UN vote a positive step to end crimes against humanity

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A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice, said Amnesty International.

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution on Friday condemning North Korea for systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations, including crimes against humanity, that continue to be committed in the country.

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Human Rights Council extends mandates on Syria, Iran, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Myanmar

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Also Extends Mandates on Adequate Housing and on Human Rights Defenders

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N. Korea may achieve self-sufficiency in cereals in 2014, FAO says

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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:37 PM
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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – North Korea could, given the right conditions, become self-sufficient in cereals this year, after a sizable increase in harvests which has enabled it to reduce cereal imports by more than half from five years ago, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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Foot and mouth disease spreads to cattle in North Korea - U.N.

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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:19 PM
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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - North Korea is struggling to contain foot and mouth disease, which was earlier reported in pigs and has now spread to cattle, officials from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday after returning from a visit to North Korean farms and markets to assess the outbreaks.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19 - 25 March

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Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11 - 18 March

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Council holds interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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17 March 2014

The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.