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World + 6 others
New restrictions on NGOs are undermining human rights: Pillay

GENEVA (25 April 2012) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday expressed deep concern about current or recent moves in a number of countries to curtail the freedom of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society actors to operate independently and effectively.

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Chad + 5 others
In Brief: States gather for landmine meeting

JOHANNESBURG, 29 November 2010 (IRIN) - The five-day Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP) of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention began in Geneva, Switzerland, on 29 November 2010.

The Mine Ban Treaty (MBT), which seeks to prohibit landmine production, destroy stockpiles and clear all mine-contaminated land, has been signed by 156 states, and since the convention entered into force in 1999 has stigmatized the use of landmines to such an extent that even non-signatories have in some cases complied with many of its provisions.

The meeting will include, among other


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Afghanistan + 27 others
Peoples under threat 2009

Despite recent changes in US policy towards the Islamic world, the latest annual global listing of Peoples Under Threat has seen the threat level rise further for communities in Muslim countries affected by international and civil conflicts.

Every year Minority Rights Group International publishes Peoples Under Threat, identifying those groups or peoples around the world most at risk of genocide, mass killing or other systematic violent repression. 2009 is the fourth year that MRG has compiled the list, which is based on current indicators from authoritative sources (see How is Peoples

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Afghanistan + 25 others
Increased risk for minority civilians in renewed wars against Islamic extremists - New global survey

Despite changes in the US approach to the Muslim world, civilian populations are at greater risk than ever before in countries at the frontline of the war against terrorism, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says as it launches its annual global 'Peoples Under Threat' ranking.

Both Muslim and non-Muslim minorities are at growing risk in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, and the threat is also rising in Ethiopia and Eritrea, the ranking show.

'The rhetoric of the "war on terror"

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Chad + 16 others
European Parliament resolution of 7 May 2009 on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2008 and the European Union's policy on the matter

European Union


The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the tenth European Union Annual Report on Human Rights (2008) (Council document 14146/1/08),

– having regard to Articles 3, 6, 11, 13 and 19 of the Treaty on European Union and Articles 177 and 300 of the EC Treaty,

– having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to all relevant international human rights instruments(1) ,

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Afghanistan + 37 others
New report released in New York today: Internal displacement at record high

International efforts have failed to reduce the scale of internal displacement caused by conflict. According to IDMC's report Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2008, an estimated 26 million people were still displaced within their countries, the same number as in 2007 and the highest since the early 1990s.

- "In the context of conflict prevention, forced displacement remains a major challenge, as does the protection of

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Afghanistan + 47 others
Annual report 2009

Brussels - The global economic meltdown beginning in the latter part of 2008 had its effect on Crisis Group, as on every other organisation dependent on government, foundation and corporate income. We had to engage in some serious belt-tightening, reducing staff in some areas and cutting costs in others. But we have been able, overall, to maintain our reach and effectiveness, thanks to the loyalty and commitment of our staff and supporters.

Proving the impact of Crisis Group's

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Afghanistan + 15 others
Transcript of press conference by UN SG Ban Ki-Moon at UN Headquarters, 17 Dec 2008


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It's a great pleasure to meet you.

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Burundi + 10 others
Threat posed to international peace by uncontrolled trade in small arms cannot be overemphasized, Security Council told as it holds day-long debate on issue


Security Council
5881st Meeting (AM & PM)

Some 50 Speakers Examine Means of Intensifying Fight against Illicit Trade

With up to 875 million small arms and light weapons in circulation worldwide and responsible for over half a million deaths each year, the Security Council today examined the means of intensifying the fight against their illegal proliferation, being told that the threat to international peace and security posed by the uncontrolled trade cannot be overemphasized.

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Afghanistan + 43 others
Annual report 2008

Brussels - What continues to make the International Crisis Group unique among organisations active in conflict prevention and resolution is our highly distinctive methodology: a combination of field-based research, sharply practical policy recommendations, and high-level advocacy. In January 2008 we were named by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, after an international peer survey, as one of the "Top Ten Think Tanks in the World". But we think of ourselves not just as a think tank, but a do tank.
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Afghanistan + 10 others
More vital than ever to move away from selectivity and partial approaches to human rights issues, Third Committee told


Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
32nd & 33rd Meetings (AM & PM)

Regrettable That Certain Countries Continue To Name, Blame Others Rather Than Promote Human Rights

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Afghanistan + 87 others
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jan 2006 - mid-2007 (A/62/12)

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.

2. Despite a plethora of complex challenges,

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Afghanistan + 17 others
World leaders striving to rebuild war-torn nations champion gains, seek broad global support, as General Assembly wraps up second day of general debate


Sixty-second General Assembly
6th & 7th Meetings (AM & PM)

While championing their successful efforts to rebuild war-torn nations, several world leaders struggling to ensure peace and long-term development today appealed to the General Assembly for broad international support to ensure that their fresh - but precarious - triumphs remained intact.

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Afghanistan + 10 others
Hunger's global hotspots 14 Jul 2007


Ten countries where violence persists and populations live in fear. People in Hunger's Global Hotspots don't know what tomorrow will bring and they often have to rely on WFP for their next meal


Several security incidents have been reported especially in the southern provinces where incidents recorded included an attack and looting of trucks transporting WFP food apart from abductions, assassinations and suicide bombings in several parts of the country where military operations by international and Afghan forces countering

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Burundi + 22 others
Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Mid-Year Review of the Humanitarian Appeal 2007


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Statement by Dan Toole, Director Emergency Programmes, on OPT, Zimbabwe

GENEVA, 16 July 2007 - First, many thanks for joining me today. I want to take advantage of being here for ECOSOC to really talk about a couple of emergencies ... really two emergencies that I wanted to address today that are seemingly quite different but when you look at both the isolation and the under funding of the two examples, they're quite similar. Isolation, both externally and internally imposed, combined with under funding for humanitarian action denies children of their basic rights. It also makes it very difficult for us to provide that assistance.
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Afghanistan + 9 others
ICRC Nigeria delegation newsletter: The Humanitarian - Jun 2007

Thirty Years of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions: The journey so far

Barrister Bayo Bola-Solarin

The Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 are treaties, which are universally accepted for the protection of war victims. Their universal acceptance is total with 194 countries ratifying the treaties. Particularly, the Geneva Conventions protect the wounded and sick, the shipwrecked, prisoners of war and civilians. Their protection also covers medical duties, medical personnel, medical units, facilities, and means of transport.

As is the case universally, there is

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Afghanistan + 12 others
G8 foreign ministers' meeting Potsdam - chairman's statement, 30 May 2007

G8 Foreign Ministers met in Potsdam on 30 May to discuss a range of global and regional issues. The meeting focussed on Kosovo, the situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iran as well as North Korea. We met with Foreign Minister Kasuri of Pakistan and Foreign Minister Spanta of Afghanistan to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, cooperation between their countries and how the G8 can support such cooperation. On this subject, we issued a joint statement with our colleagues from Afghanistan and Pakistan. We also exchanged views on Iraq,
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Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2006


The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council is pleased to present its yearly Global Overview on trends and developments with regard to conflict-induced internal displacement.

The Global Overview provides an analysis of the world-wide internal displacement crisis, reflecting developments in 2006. It is a unique report in that it is the only comprehensive and regularly published account of the global internal displacement situation. In addition to an analysis of developments at the global level, the report

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Crisis Watch N°44 - 4 Apr 2007


- summarises briefly developments during the previous month in some 70 situations of current or potential conflict, listed alphabetically by region, providing references and links to more detailed information sources (all references mentioned are hyperlinked in the electronic version of this bulletin);

- assesses whether the overall situation in each case has, during the previous month, significantly deteriorated, significantly improved, or on balance remained more or less unchanged;

- alerts readers to situations where,