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The Crime of Displacement: Holding Leaders Accountable

The recent conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity is a great accomplishment for international justice. Not since the Nuremberg trials has a former head of state been successfully prosecuted by an international court. Amongst the many West Africans watching the trial closely were thousands of former refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled the gruesome violence inflicted by Taylor’s forces. Over the course of the conflict in Sierra Leone, approximately half of the country’s population was forced to flee.

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Eleventh session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review to be held from 2 to 13 May 2011


28 April 2011

Sixteen Countries Will Have Their Human Rights Records Examined

Sixteen States will have their human rights records examined during the eleventh session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group to be held in Geneva from 2 to 13 May. These countries are (in order of review) Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, the Seychelles, the Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Hungary and Papua New Guinea.

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Self-Sufficiency Demands Greater Efforts, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Conference on Africa's Realities, Challenges


Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro's remarks to the international conference "Africa, an Opportunity for the World: Realities and Challenges", in Yaoundé, today, 18 May:

I would like to express my deep appreciation for your warm welcome. We have been made to feel very much at home here in Cameroon.

On behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the entire United Nations system, I would like to express our congratulations on your nation's fiftieth anniversary since independence. I was too young

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Post-conflict peacebuilding - Contemporary challenges and the way forward

"POST-CONFLICT PEACEBUILDING: Contemporary challenges and the way forward."
Cairo meeting, 19 May 2009

Chairs' Comprehensive Report

Key issues highlighted in the discussions

- In the immediate aftermath of conflict, while there are many challenges that are often interrelated, a manageable set of priorities should be outlined by national leaders, preferably but not necessarily in the context of a peace agreement, supported by the international community. This would result in an early common strategy providing the

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UN SC, in presidential statement, expresses willingness to explore ways to further promote use of mediation in peaceful settlement of disputes


Security Council
6108th Meeting (AM & PM)

Hears from More than 40 Speakers in Day-Long Debate; Political Affairs Head Presents Report on Enhancing Effectiveness of UN Mediation

The Security Council, the principle United Nations body charged with the maintenance of international peace and security, cited today the importance of mediation and expressed its readiness to explore further ways and means to reinforce the promotion of mediation as an important tool for the peaceful settlement of disputes "wherever possible before they evolve into violence".

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Le Conseil de sécurité souligne l'importance des initiatives du Secrétaire général pour promouvoir la médiation et régler pacifiquement les différends


Conseil de sécurité
6108e séance – matin & après-midi

Le Conseil de sécurité, au terme d'un débat qui a rassemblé aujourd'hui une quarantaine de pays, a souligné l'importance des initiatives prises par le Secrétaire général, M. Ban Ki-moon, pour « promouvoir la médiation et régler pacifiquement les différends ».

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Press conference on World Food Programme 'Purchase for Progress' partnership

Announcing a partnership determined "to put hunger out of business", the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to help poor farmers in the developing world -- reeling from the triple shock of global food, fuel and financial crises -- raise their incomes.

The new initiative, Purchase for Progress, or "P4P", announced at a Headquarters press conference this morning, joins WFP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation in connecting hundreds of thousands of farmers to reliable markets,

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Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 176 - 24 to 30 Sep 2007

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters. The mandate of the WHO Departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.
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Africa: Taking a new view of HIV and people who flee conflict

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 25 October (PLUSNEWS) - Conflict and displacement translate into high numbers of HIV infections, fuelling the global epidemic. Or does it? It's an assumption that has stigmatised refugees and displaced people, but experts are now turning the hypothesis on its head.

According to Dr Paul Spiegel, senior HIV/AIDS technical officer with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), in many cases, conflict and humanitarian emergencies may actually work to limit HIV infections.


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Mental Health Conference in Africa: IMC to highlight innovative programs

Santa Monica, CA, April 12, 2006 - International Medical Corps will be participating in a conference aimed at addressing a critical gap in health care in Africa: mental health. Dr. Lynne Jones, IMC's technical adviser on mental health, and IMC psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Asare, will be presenting on their work in Sierra Leone. Also from IMC, psychiatrist Dr. Mustafa Elmasari, who is based in Chad, will discuss IMC's work initiating mental health services for Sudanese refugees there. Both programs go far beyond the psychosocial work typically done by international agencies.
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Daily press briefing by the office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General 3 Jan 2006

Following is a near verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

Good afternoon, and welcome back and Happy New Year.

Security Council

Tanzania has assumed the rotating Presidency of the Security Council for the month of January, and Ambassador Augustine Mahiga is holding bilateral talks with other Council members today about their work over the coming month.

As the year begins, five new Council members -- Ghana, Peru, Qatar, the Republic of Congo and Slovakia -- are

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ACHPR: Contribution on the situation of defenders in Africa

African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights
38th ordinary session, Banjul, November 2005

Contribution by: The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).

Under their joint programme: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Under the topic on the agenda: "Situation of Human Rights Defenders"

The FIDH and the OMCT, under their joint programme, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, would like to draw the attention of the members of the African Commission

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US ends special status for SLeone refugees, extends Burundi, Sudan programs

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday announced the termination of a program that gave special status to refugees from Sierra Leone, saying conditions in the country had improved to the extent it was now safe for them to return.
At the same time, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said he was extending the so-called "Temporary Protected Status" (TPS) program for refugees from Burundi and Sudan because those nations remain at war.

After consulting with the State Department, Ridge said he had determined that Sierra Leone no longer met the criteria

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UNHCR Africa Fact Sheet Jun 2002

On 1st January 2002, there were 4.2 million people of concern to UNHCR in Africa out of about 20 million world-wide. The Africa figure included 3.3 million refugees, 500,000 internally displaced or recently returned displaced people and 267,000 former refugees who recently returned home. In comparison, in January 2001, the global number of people of concern to UNHCR was 22 million, of whom 5.3 million were in Africa. Of these, some 3.6 million were refugees.

During 2001, more than 210,000 new refugees

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Sex and corruption scandals taint African aid work

MONROVIA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A study in West Africa has revealed the widespread sexual exploitation of refugee children by aid workers and peacekeepers in exchange for supplies sent to save lives.

The scandal, details of which emerged on Tuesday, is the latest in a series involving sex and corruption to taint aid and peacekeeping operations on the world's poorest continent.

Below are some scandals in recent years:


February - United Nations says investigation reveals that some peacekeeping troops in Mozambique paid for sex with children.


Reuters - AlertNet:

For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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WFP Emergency Report No. 51 of 2000

This report includes: (A) Sierra Leone (B) Sudan (C) Angola (D)Ethiopia (E) Burundi (F) Vietnam (G)Laos (H)New contributions
From Francesco Strippoli, Senior Humanitarian Adviser. Available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page (www.wfp.org), or by e-mail from Zlatan.Milisic@wfp.org. For information on resources, donors are requested to contact Valerie.Sequeira@wfp.org at WFP Rome, telephone 39 06 6513 2009. Media queries should be directed to Trevor.Rowe@wfp.org, telephone 39 06 6513 2602. The address of WFP is Via Cesare Giulio Viola
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Press briefing on children in armed conflict

The Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, told a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon that education was the most important means of preventing the exploitation of children in armed conflict. The early re-establishment of education programmes must be part of any effort to protect and rehabilitate children once a conflict was over, she said.
Also speaking at the briefing were the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu; and David Hirsch, President of World Vision. The
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Special efforts are needed for recovery of child soldiers, Third Committee told during debate on children's rights

Press Release GA/SHC/3539 - 19991028
Warning that without timely assistance, Africa could quickly fall back into the cycle of violence, the representative of Sierra Leone called for a comprehensive programme of assistance to the children of war-torn societies in order to bring durable and sustainable peace to the continent as a whole. He addressed the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) this morning as it met to continue considering issues related to the promotion and protection of the rights of children.

Stating that his country's armed conflict

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IRIN Update 575 of events in West Africa

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for West Africa
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SIERRA LEONE: Missing priests reportedly safe

Sixteen people missing since Friday, including the Bishop of Makeni, Giorgio Biguzzi, two priests and various aid workers, are now safe, the Missionary News Agency (MISNA) reported.

MISNA had reported on Monday that Biguzzi was believed to have been detained by members of the Armed Forces Revolutionary


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UNHCR Urges Support for African Peace Agreements

By Judy Aita
USIA United Nations Correspondent
U.S. envoy says Kosovo response can be inspiration for African aid

United Nations -- The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees July 26 urged the Security Council to provide strong support for the Lusaka and Lome peace agreements, either through the direct deployment of peacekeepers or through the provision of logistical support to forces deployed by other countries.

In a special meeting with the Security Council, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata also urged the