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Sudan: Fear for safety, fear of torture, forced relocation

Report
Amnesty
AFR 54/058/2007

36 displaced people from Otash Camp, South Darfur

Security forces seized 36 people from Otash Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur on the evening of 29 October. They are in danger of being tortured or otherwise ill-treated in detention.

There is a pattern of IDPs being detained incommunicado and beaten by police or national intelligence and security forces in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. A group of IDPs from Kalma Camp were arrested and detained by police on 21 August: most were beaten

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Finland to provide assistance to flood-affected areas of Eastern and Northern Africa

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted EUR 700,000 of emergency assistance through the Finnish Red Cross to the areas of Eastern and Northern Africa affected by severe flooding. The emergency appeal launched by the UN amounts to EUR 60 million, in addition to which the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC, have launched an appeal totalling EUR 12 million.

The floods are a result of unusually heavy and persistent rain. In Eastern Africa, the worst-hit countries include Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda. For instance, in Ethiopia the floods have impacted

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Sudan: A who's who of the Darfur groups in Sirte

Report
IRIN
SIRTE, 1 November 2007 (IRIN) - The two armed rebel groups active in Darfur when the region erupted into major conflict in 2003 - the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) - have since splintered into a bewildering array of often warring factions.

Darfur means "home of the Fur" - the largest African-descended community in the region. The second biggest ethnic group is the Masalit, followed by the Zaghawa. The other major community consists of Arab tribes, known as Darfuris of Arab descent.

One major split took place in November

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Sudan: Official spokesman of government delegation at Serte negotiations - direct talks to begin next December

Serte, Libya, Nov. 1 (SUNA) - Direct negotiations between the Government and the armed movements in Darfur would begin next December, said Official Spokesman of the Government's delegation, Ambassador Abu Zaid Al-Hassan. Ambassador Abu Zaid added in a statement to SUNA that the first phase of the negotiations was devoted to evaluation and that all the parties believe that the negotiations must continue and sittings must not be adjourned and the dialogue must not be halted. Answering a question by SUNA on his overall assessment to the progress of the negotiations,
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Sudan: Humanitarian Action in Darfur, weekly bulletin no. 13

Headlines

- Hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) forcibly relocated from Otash Camp (South Darfur) on the night of 28 October.

- The El Fasher Rural Development Network (RDN) completed the construction of 13 permanent classrooms in North Darfur.

- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is currently training 50 women in Ardamata IDP Camp (West Darfur) on the construction and use of fuel-efficient mud stoves.

Key overall developments

On 30 October, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said that US $250 million have been pledged by Arab countries,

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Crisis Watch No. 51 - 1 Nov 2007

Nine actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in October 2007, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch, released today.

Fighting between Pakistan's army and militants in Northwest Frontier Province and the Tribal Areas intensified, while political instability in the country escalated with a deadly attack on a rally marking the return from exile of Benazir Bhutto, leader of the Pakistan People's Party. The ruling junta in Myanmar/Burma continued to suppress dissent, with reports now suggesting that hundreds may have been

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Sudan: UN envoy continues forging ahead with historic Darfur peace talks

Report
UN News Service
The top United Nations envoy for the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur is continuing to hold meetings as part of the landmark peace talks in Sirte, Libya, to end the crisis which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced more than two million others to flee their homes.

Today, Jan Eliasson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Envoy for Darfur, met with Sudanese presidential adviser Nafie Ali Nafie in Sirte where they reviewed the progress made during the talks thus far.

Mr. Nafie told the Special Envoy that

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Algeria + 14 others
Department of field support, as complement to peacekeeping department, should becoherent, unified, inclusive, fourth committeehears as debate opens


GA/SPD/383

Sixty-second General Assembly
Fourth Committee
14th Meeting (AM)

Troop Contributing Countries Seek Equitable Representation, in Field,At Headquarters, in Restructuring Process, Decision-Making, Senior Management

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Chad + 1 other
Chad-Sudan: Legal framework a hindrance in 'child-trafficking' case

Report
IRIN
DAKAR, 1 November 2007 (IRIN) - Chadian and UN officials say the absence of a child trafficking law in Chad will hamper efforts to prosecute members of a French association who were arrested in the country while trying to take 103 children to host families in France.

The association, L'Arche de Zoé (Zoe's Ark), says it was trying to rescue Sudanese orphans from "certain death" in the Darfur region, on the border with Chad.

Six members of the group - arrested on 25 October - have been charged with abducting minors for the purpose

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Burundi + 12 others
Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (3rd Quarter 2007)

The Regional Humanitarian Funding Update provides a quarterly overview of funding levels and trends in the 14 countries of the Central and East Africa region (CEA(1)) based on data reported to the Financial Tracking System (FTS(2)). The CEA region faces the greatest level of humanitarian need anywhere in the world. Out of the 15 Consolidated Appeals for humanitarian assistance worldwide 9 were issued in response to emergencies in the CEA region.

The third issue of the Quarterly Humanitarian Funding Update looks at humanitarian funding levels in the region; at updates

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Burundi + 7 others
Floods in Central and East Africa, Update 3 (1 - 31 October 2007)

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