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Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

10/21/2014 - 02:31 GMT

by Antoine Lambroschini

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.

After three weeks of largely low-key campaigning, more than five million voters are to elect 217 deputies in a ballot pitting the Islamist Ennahda movement -- the country's largest party -- against a host of secular groups.

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Tunisie : le président Marzouki défend son bilan à l'approche des élections

19/10/2014 - 23:56 GMT

Le président tunisien Moncef Marzouki, candidat à sa succession, a défendu son bilan en se disant "confiant" dans sa victoire lors de la présidentielle du 23 novembre, la première depuis la révolution de janvier 2011.

"La Tunisie a réalisé 50% des objectifs de la révolution (...) en un temps record", a-t-il assuré dans une longue interview diffusée dimanche soir par la chaîne privée Al-Hiwar Ettounsi.

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Les pêcheurs tunisiens à la rescousse des migrants naufragés

Report
IRIN

TUNIS, 15 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - À Zarzis, une petite ville portuaire du sud-est de la Tunisie d'environ 70 000 habitants, les pêcheurs sillonnant la Méditerranée s'improvisent secouristes, volant à la rescousse de bateaux bondés de migrants illégaux partis des côtes libyennes pour rejoindre l'Europe.

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Tunisian fishermen - unlikely heroes

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IRIN

TUNIS, 14 October 2014 (IRIN) - In Zarzis, a small port city of some 70,000 in southeastern Tunisia, fishermen plying the Mediterranean have become inadvertent saviours, rescuing boatloads of illegal migrants to Europe setting out from the shores of Libya.

Ahmed is one of them. He squints in the bright light as fishing boats with names scrawled in Arabic across their sterns bob gently around him. He sits on a pile of nets, his broad woven mdhalla hat angled back on his head, while in the distance, large cargo ships sit docked in a nearby commercial port.

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IOM Libya Situation Report, as of 12 October 2014

Highlights

  • Evacuation of over 250 migrants of different nationalities accomplished via Tunisia, Egypt or directly out of Tripoli

  • Over 900 emergency relief kits distributed among people in need within Tripoli city area, departing migrants and those in detention centres

  • Almost 1,036 migrants from different countries tracked and scheduled to receive repatriation support through the IOM network

  • 2 capacity building trainings for humanitarian and psychosocial workers carried out in Zarzis, Tunisia

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En visite en Tunisie, Ban Ki-moon salue les progrès réalisés pour démocratiser le pays

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UN News Service

10 octobre 2014 – A l'occasion d'une visite vendredi en Tunisie, le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a salué les progrès réalisés dans la démocratisation du pays et a réitéré le soutien des Nations Unies pour poursuivre dans cette voie.

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Update for September with a Forecast through Mid-November, 2014

SUMMARY

The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm in September in summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region. Only a few adults and hoppers were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad. A similar situation may be present in northern Mali where surveys were not possible.
Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia remained calm during this month.

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African Union Election Observation Mission to be deployed in Tunisia

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African Union

Addis Ababa, 29 September 2014: Based on the approval of the African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and as part of its continuous efforts to enhance democratic election in Africa, the African Union Commission will deploy a long term election observers mission for the scheduled parliamentary and presidential elections in the Republic of Tunisia in October and November 2014.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Le développement, seule réponse durable face au désespoir, affirment plusieurs Chefs d’État et de gouvernement

AG/11562

Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
9e & 10e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

Au deuxième jour du débat général de la soixante-neuvième session de l’Assemblée générale, plusieurs chefs d’État et de gouvernement ont, aujourd’hui, insisté sur la nécessité de concentrer les efforts de la communauté internationale sur l’élimination de la pauvreté et la réduction des inégalités, deux fléaux qui alimentent l’extrémisme et le terrorisme.

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Tunisian Red Crescent up border support for stranded refugees amid Libya unrest

Tunisian Red Crescent receiving refugees fleeing Libya unrest and providing them with first aid services.

By Soraya Dali-Balta, IFRC

The renewed violence in Libya has significantly spilled over into Tunisia, where thousands of Libyans headed to escape the ongoing armed clashes. The Tunisian Red Crescent Society (TRCS) has since August mobilised its volunteers to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs resulting from the influx of refugees.

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Gender equality guaranteed in Tunisia's new constitution

TUNIS/NEW YORK – Tunisia’s adoption of a constitution guaranteeing equal rights and protection from gender-based violence is a huge step forward for women and girls, says Meherzia Laabidi, the vice-president of the country’s National Constituent Assembly. But with discriminatory laws still on the books, and few enforcement mechanisms in place, much more work remains to be done.

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IOM Libya Situation Report, as of 14 September 2014

Highlights

Evacuation of 200 migrants from various countries accomplished via Tunisia, Cairo or directly out of Tripoli

Over 900 NFI kits distributed among people in need within Tripoli city area and departing migrants and those in detention centres

More than 7.000 TCN from different countries tracked and provided with basic support trough IOM network

Overview

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for August with a Forecast till Mid-October, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

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The Netherlands and Tunisia lend support for women’s rights in Mali and Yemen

The Netherlands and Tunisia are joining forces to help Mali and Yemen promote women’s rights and sex education. An agreement to this effect was concluded at a meeting between Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mongi Hamdi. This undertaking is part of a larger effort by Ms Ploumen to support other countries on these issues.

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Libyans Seeking Aid in Tunisia Tell of a Home Torn Apart

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New York Times

By CARLOTTA GALLSEPT. 9, 2014

SFAX, Tunisia — Libyans seeking medical care and a refuge from war are filling the private clinics in this coastal Tunisian city for the second time in three years, bringing with them fresh accounts of the violence racking their country.

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En Libye, les migrants pris au piège de l’insécurité

Libye - L’OIM est préoccupée par l’insécurité croissante qui touche plus de 200 000 migrants qui vivent et travaillent à Tripoli, à Misurata et à Benghazi en Libye. Parmi eux, 7000 personnes sont particulièrement vulnérables et ont besoin d’une aide d’urgence pour être évacués.

D’après les autorités, près de 150 000 habitants (soit 31 000 familles) de Tripoli ont fui les combats qui font rage depuis deux mois dans la capitale.

International Organization for Migration:

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Tunisie : Il faut mener une enquête sur la fusillade mortelle de la police

Deux morts lors d'un recours à la force apparemment illicite

(Tunis) – Les autorités tunisiennes devraient mener une enquête complète et indépendante au sujet de la fusillade impliquant la police et ayant entraîné la mort de deux jeunes femmes le 23 août 2014. Tout agent ayant eu recours à la force létale illégalement devrait être tenu de rendre des comptes.

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Displaced Migrants Face Growing Risks in Libya as Fighting Intensifies

IOM is monitoring the growing insecurity of some 200,000 overseas migrants living and working in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, including 7,000 people IOM categorizes as “vulnerable migrants” in urgent need of evacuation assistance.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Tunisia 03-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above average cereal harvest gathered in 2014
  • Relatively stable domestic grain prices observed
  • Economic growth recovers but high unemployment rates, in particular among young people, remains a concern