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Anuario 2011 de procesos de paz

En esta sexta edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. También se analizan algunos casos donde las negociaciones o exploraciones son parciales, es decir, que no abarcan la totalidad de los grupos armados presentes en un país (caso de la India, por ejemplo).

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Afghanistan + 28 others
2011 Yearbook on Peace Processes

This sixth edition of the Yearbook of Peace Processes analyses conflicts in which negotiations are being held to reach a peace agreement, regardless of whether these negotiations are formalised, are in the exploratory phase, are faring well or, to the contrary, are stalled or in the midst of crisis. It also analyses some cases in which negotiations or explorations are partial; that is, they do not include all the armed groups present in the country (such as the case of India, for example).

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Yemen: Reveal Opposition Figures' Whereabouts

At Least Eight Southern Activists Detained and Missing

(Sanaa, March 1, 2011) - At least eight people including a southern opposition leader have been "disappeared" after Yemeni security forces detained them in Aden in February 2011, Human Rights Watch said today.

Security forces detained five prominent members of the Southern Movement on the night of February 26. Security forces had previously detained a Southern Movement leader, Hassan Baoum, taking him from his hospital bed, along with his son, Fawaz, who brought

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Afghanistan + 6 others
CrisisWatch N°91, 1 March 2011

Popular revolt continued to convulse the Arab world in February. The rapid spread and escalation of unrest underlined the magnitude of events, but their pace makes the direction of change uncertain.

After almost three weeks of massive protests Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on 11 February. The Supreme Military Council took control and promised presidential and parliamentary elections within six months. On 22 February a new civilian cabinet was sworn in.

Just days after Mubarak's downfall protests broke out in Libya against Muammar Qaddafi's four-decade rule. Hundreds

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Yemen: UN human rights chief warns against use of force

GENEVA (1 March 2011) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday warned Yemeni authorities against violent repression of planned mass peaceful protests, and called on the Government to protect the rights of demonstrators and journalists under international law.

Noting reports that opposition protestors have called for a "Day of Anger" today, the High Commissioner urged all parties to exercise restraint and to respect the right to life and the freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

"People have the legitimate right

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Bangladesh + 10 others
Multilateral Aid Review: Ensuring maximum value for money for UK aid through multilateral organisations

Executive Summary

1. The Multilateral Aid Review was commissioned to assess the value for money for UK aid of funding through multilateral organisations. Forty-three organisations were assessed. Nine were deemed to offer very good value for money, sixteen to offer good value for money, nine to offer adequate value for money, and nine to offer poor value for money for UK aid.

2. The organisations covered by the review ranged from multilateral development banks to UN specialised agencies, and from development finance institutions to humanitarian organisations.

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Afghanistan + 26 others
Bilateral Aid Review results: Country summaries

This review has focused the UK's bilateral aid programme in fewer countries so we can target our support where it will make the biggest difference and where the need is greatest.

Our resources and impact will be concentrated on 27 countries which account for three quarters of global maternal mortality and nearly three quarters of global malaria deaths: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories,

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Afghanistan + 4 others
Unpicking the Bilateral Aid Review

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3:50 PM by Jonathan Glennie

Given the pressing political need to mollify critics of aid, it is little wonder that this review is based on a now-familiar emphasis on results and value for money, but lacks reference to the kind of issues that more seasoned observers of aid will be looking out for (such as an emphasis on developing country-led development strategies and donor harmonisation).

Having said that, the two fundamental pillars of this review are sound: a reduction in the geographical scope

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Yemen: Local radio stations to tackle social issues

Yemen Times
Tom Finn


SANA'A, Mar. 1 - A workshop on the role of local radio stations in tackling important social issues in Yemen was chaired on Monday by the Women's Media Forum, in collaboration with the Responsive Governance Project (RGP) funded by USAID.

Mangers from the local radio stations of Lahj, Aden, Shabwa and Abyan met with the General Director of Radio and Television, Dr. Abdullah Al-Zalb, to share their ideas on the importance and potential of local radio in Yemeni society.

"Radio stations are a vital medium

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Tunisia + 9 others
Stability in the Middle East: The Other Side of Security

"Find their worst grievances and deal with them"

By Anthony H. Cordesman

Mar 1, 2011

National security is normally seen in terms of military strength and internal security operations against extremists and insurgents. The upheavals that began in Tunis have highlighted the fact that national security is measured in terms of the politics, economics, and social tensions that shape national stability as well. It is all too clear that the wrong kind of internal security efforts, and national security spending that limits the ability to meet popular needs and expectations

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Djibouti + 8 others
UNHCR Somalia Briefing Sheet - March 2011

General Situation

Somalia is the country generating the highest number of refugees in the world, after Afghanistan and Iraq. As of the end of February 2011 there were 509,586 Somali refugees, mainly hosted in Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Tanzania and Uganda and almost 1.5 million Somalis internally displaced within the country, settled mainly in the South-Central region.

As of the end of February 2011, 23,371 Somalis sought refuge in neighboring countries while another 29,000 were internally displaced, mainly in South Central Somalia, in particular from

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UNHCR Operation In Somalia Fact Sheet - March 2011

UNHCR Operational Highlights

- Somalia is the country generating the highest number of refugees in the world, after Afghanistan and Iraq

- Somali people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. One in every seven Somali children dies before the age of five and one in every five children living in the South-Central region is malnourished

- UNHCR leads humanitarian agencies' protection and emergency relief interventions targeting almost 1.5 million IDPs, in addition to delivering protection and assistance to over 1,900 refugees in Somalia

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Benin + 28 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation No. 1 - March 2011

Global wheat production to increase in 2011

Cereal import bill in poor food-deficit countries rising due to higher international prices

23 March 2011, Rome - FAO's first forecast for world wheat production in 2011 stands at 676 million tonnes, representing a growth of 3.4 percent from 2010, the March 2011 edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said today. This level would still be below the bumper harvests in 2008 and 2009.

Wheat plantings in many countries have increased or are expected to increase this year in response to strong prices,

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Yemen + 1 other
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination considers Report of Yemen

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

28 February 2011

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has considered the combined seventeenth and eighteenth periodic reports of Yemen on its implementation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Presenting the report, Huda Abdullatef Alban, Minister of Human Rights, said that Yemen respected human rights and dignity based on the equality of all its citizens who were respected

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Logistics Cluster Yemen Operation Situation Report - February 2011




1 Coordination

Two Inter Cluster Coordination Meetings (ICCM) took place on February 2011, one in Sana'a and the second in Haradh District. WFP as the Logistics Cluster lead presented the Logistics Cluster activities to the ICCM members.

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Afghanistan + 9 others
To Redress Violence against Women - 'Prevalent and Pervasive' - Victims Must Not Be Returned to Egregious Situations, Commission on Status of Women Told


Commission on the Status of Women
Fifty-fifth Session
9th & 10th Meetings (AM & PM)

Reparations Should Subvert, Not Reinforce, Pre-Existing Patterns, Gender Hierarchies, Says Special Rapporteur on Violence, as Session Enters Second Week

Violence against women remained the most prevalent and pervasive form of human rights violations and its elimination depended on the effective implementation of standards to ensure that its root causes and consequences were pursued at all levels, the Commission

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Russian doctor kidnapped in Yemen

ADEN, Yemen - Tribesmen in southern Yemen kidnapped a Russian doctor on Monday, a hospital official said.

"A Russian doctor... was abducted by gunmen and taken to the town of Al-Mahfad" in the nearby province of Abyan, the manager of the hospital in the town of Ataq in Shabwa, Mohammed Salman, told AFP.

Salman said that the doctor, who works at Ataq hospital, contacted him by telephone and told him that his abductors have "demands."

The tribesmen kidnapped the doctor in retaliation for an air strike by the Yemeni air force on a suspected Al-Qaeda

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World + 12 others
To Stay and Deliver - Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments [EN/AR]


Executive summary

Providing humanitarian assistance amid conflict has always been a dangerous and difficult endeavour; however, over the last decade aid worker casualties tripled, reaching over 100 deaths per year. From 2005 onwards the largest numbers of violent attacks on humanitarian personnel have been concentrated in a small number of countries representing the most difficult and volatile operating environments. Attacks in some of these settings have also grown more lethal and sophisticated and the number of kidnappings has risen dramatically.

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Egypt + 7 others
OCHA ROMENACA Regional Humanitarian update: January-February 2011 (English & Arabic)

Libya in Turmoil: 200,000 flee to neighbouring Countries

The uprising in Libya that began 17 February led to a crisis which is also affecting neighbouring countries particularly Tunisia, Egypt and Niger. The international humanitarian community was at the end of February responding in Libya, although at a limited scale due to high insecurity, as well as across the borders in neighbouring countries in support of the governments. Around 200,000 people, mainly male migrant workers, had fled the country by the end of February

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Egypt + 6 others
Governments Urged to Act on Arms Trade Treaty (English & Arabic)

Campaigners today called on governments meeting at the UN to ensure no weapons or munitions are sold to human rights abusers.

The call came as delegates meet in New York this week to resume negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a legally-binding treaty to regulate the global arms trade.

"The killings and injuring of peaceful demonstrators in the Middle East and North Africa show the urgent need for stringent controls on a wide range of arms that are likely to harm innocent citizens. Governments of arms producing countries need to understand