Middle East and North Africa: Protest and repression set to continue in 2012
Repression and state violence is likely to continue to plague the Middle East and North Africa in 2012 unless governments in the region and international powers wake up to the scale of the changes being demanded of them, Amnesty International warned today in a new report into the dramatic events of the last year.
Period covered by this Ops Update: 24 Oct. to 29 Dec. 2011.
Appeal target (current): This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 15,145,940 in cash, kind or services to assist 300,000 beneficiaries.
73% based on the revised amount above. While has been a good response from donors and partners in terms of in-kind donations for the current emergency operation, cash support has been limited which discourages flexible and quick responses in highly fluid context.
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