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World + 27 others
2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Fact Sheet

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR

April 19, 2013

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Brazil + 26 others
A Hidden Crisis?: Increase in killings as tensions rise over land and forests

Report
Global Witness

Survey finds sharp rise in killings over land and forests as Rio talks open

New figures collected by Global Witness on the killings of activists, journalists and community members who were defending rights to land and forests show the true, shocking extent of competition for access to natural resources. The briefing, A Hidden Crisis?, finds that over 711 people appear to have been killed in the last decade – more than one a week. In 2011 the toll was 106 people, almost doubling over the past three years.

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World + 28 others
UNHCR Global Trends 2011 - A Year in Crisis

Global Trends Report: 800,000 new refugees in 2011, highest this century

GENEVA, June 18 (UNHCR) – A report released today by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees shows 2011 to have been a record year for forced displacement across borders, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000.

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Afghanistan + 6 others
CrisisWatch N°95, 1 July 2011

Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) moved into North Sudan's South Kordofan state capital Kadugli at the start of the month, triggering large-scale fighting with Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) units from the region. The UN reported heavy bombardment of villages by the SAF, widespread civilian casualties and at least 73,000 people forced to flee. It also accused the government of blocking aid deliveries and intimidating peacekeepers.

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Algeria + 100 others
El estado de la inseguridad alimentaria en el mundo 2009

Mensajes principales

El estado de la inseguridad alimentaria en el mundo 2009 es el 10.=BA informe de situación de la FAO sobre el hambre en el mundo desde la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Alimentación (CMA) de 1996. En el informe se destaca el hecho de que, incluso antes de que se produjeran la crisis alimentaria y la crisis económica, el n=FAmero de personas que padecían hambre había aumentado lenta pero constantemente. Sin embargo, el inicio de estas crisis provocó el incremento pronunciado del n=FAmero de personas que padecen hambre en el mundo.

Como resultado de la crisis económica

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Colombia + 5 others
JRS Dispatches No. 210

(Extract)

VENEZUELA: VIOLENCE BETWEEN ARMED GROUPS TOO COMMON

On 22 February, violence between two armed left-wing Colombian groups, ELN and FARC, cost the life of a four year old girl. The incident, which took place in Apure state 10 minutes from the Colombian border, is believed to have over control of the illegal smuggling arms, petrol and cocaine believed to be worth 3.5 million euro per month. Official sources reported conflicts between the two groups have escalated in the last few months.

The shooting occurred in a small housing

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Burundi + 61 others
The Global Appeal 2007

The Global Appeal 2007

Introduction

UNHCR's Global Appeal is published yearly to alert governmental and private sector donors, Executive Committee (ExCom) members and Standing Committee observers, Governments and their Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and other institutions and interested individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and others of concern to UNHCR. This tenth Global Appeal outlines the Office's strategies and programmes for 2007, and will be launched officially at UNHCR's annual

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Angola + 14 others
JRS Dispatches No. 199

(Extract)
Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

KENYA: REFUGEE BILL RE-INTRODUCED

On 3 August 2006, the Kenyan Minister for Immigration tabled the revised refugee bill in parliament for the first reading where he announced its title and purpose. The second reading will be delayed because the parliament adjourned until 3 October 2006.

The bill seeks to make provision for the recognition, protection and management of the refugees in Kenya, enhancing

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Colombia + 8 others
JRS Dispatches No. 169

(Extract)

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

VENEZUELA: TENSION ON THE COLOMBIAN BORDER

March was a tense month on the Venezuelan Alto-Pure border, in particular in El Nula where the presence of armed groups intensified. On 10 March, in response to the insecurity, local civil society groups, including JRS Venezuela, organised a protest condemning the presence of armed Colombian groups, extortion and kidnapping.

The protest was widely covered by the national media. Fr Acacio Belandria, the local Episcopal representative, roundly condemned the presence of armed groups in the area and demanded

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Burundi + 10 others
JRS Dispatches No. 161

(Extract)

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

BURUNDI: SUCCESS OF ELECTIONS CONTINGENT ON DISARMAMENT AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE

Despite numerous delays dating back since Burundi's largest rebel group the FDD entered into a peace agreement with the government in November 2003, the process of demobilization and reintegration of both former rebel groups and the national army is scheduled to begin at the end of this month. The programme being coordinated by the United Nations Mission to Burundi, the ONUB, will face the task of achieving the

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Angola + 8 others
JRS Dispatches No. 156

(Extract)

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

ANGOLA: REPATRIATION SPEEDS UP BUT FOOD AID RATIONS CUT

On Friday 27 August, the Angolan Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Luanda held a meeting to update NGOs on issues relating to the repatriation of Angolan refugees from neighbouring countries in southern Africa. Weekly and twice weekly convoys have started from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia to various cities in around Angola.

Repatriation by air from Zambia to Huambo began on 6 September and UNHCR expects to begin airlifting refugees

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Chad + 7 others
JRS Dispatches No. 154

(Extract)
REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

VENEZUELA: WHAT WE HOPE FOR FROM THE BORDER

Some weeks ago, various families from Puerto Lleras, a village situated by the Colombian river Arauca, sought refuge in Las Palmas hacienda, an area near to El Nula, in Páez municipality in Alto Apure region in western Venezuela. The total number of people was 97, mostly made up of women and children, including unaccompanied children.

This movement is a clear indication of the humanitarian crisis at the Venezuelan-Colombian border. In the last

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Afghanistan + 40 others
FAO/GIEWS Foodcrops and Shortages No. 4/2003

CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION
OVERVIEW

As of August 2003, the number of countries facing serious food shortages throughout the world stands at 38, with 23 in Africa, 8 in Asia, 5 in Latin America and 2 in Europe. In many of these countries, food shortages are being compounded by the effect of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on food production, marketing and transport.

In eastern Africa, abundant rains in July and August generally improved the prospects for the 2003 cereal crops. However, severe floods and erratic rains in some areas may still affect

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Afghanistan + 28 others
Chart: Where MCC material aid goes


Shipments from 1995 to March 31, 2002

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Angola + 10 others
JRS Dispatches No. 116

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 116)
Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

REFUGEE SITUATION IN KENYA

With the general elections in Kenya scheduled for the end of the year, the refugees are once again suffering the consequences of "election fever" reports JRS in Kenya. The last couple of months have seen the harassment and arrest of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers in Nairobi - anti refugee sentiments fuelled by local politicians,

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Afghanistan + 45 others
Humanitarian crises - 18 million beneficiaries of ECHO funding during 2000

IP/01/1256
Brussels, 10 September 2001

Launching the latest Annual Review of the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), Poul Nielson, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, has highlighted the vital role played by ECHO in delivering relief to victims of humanitarian tragedies. He reported that, during 2000, the €492 million managed by this Commission department had benefited 18 million people in 65 different countries in the world. "This aid is vital" he said, "in saving lives, alleviating misery and

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Afghanistan + 36 others
FAO/GIEWS Food Outlook No. 4, 2000

Rome, September 2000
Extracts from FAO/GIEWS Food Outlook No. 4, 2000

Highlights

Latest indications continue to point to increased cereal output in 2000, although the growth will be lower than expected earlier. This reaffirms earlier forecasts that total cereal production will not be sufficient to meet expected utilization requirements in 2000/01, causing global cereal reserves to be drawn down.

FAO's latest forecast for cereal production in 2000 is 1 881 million tonnes, up 0.3 percent on last year. Output of

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Afghanistan + 15 others
Opening Statement of Ms. Carolyn McAskie, Emergency Relief Coordinator, a.i., at the Humanitarian Segment of the Economic and Social Council

Mr. Vice-President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. It is an honor and a pleasure for me to address this session of the Council today. On behalf of the Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, I would like to extend to you his deep regrets for not being able to join us today. As you are all aware, his functions as Special Representative of the Secretary General for East Timor have kept him away from headquarters since November last year. However, despite his heavy responsibilities, Mr. Vieira de Mello and I remain in
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.