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Acquérir une nationalité pour se créer des racines

BRUXELLES, Belgique, 1er septembre (HCR) – Il y a trois ans, Railya Abulkhanova expliquait à une équipe du HCR pour le tournage d'une vidéo qu'elle se sentait comme une plante du désert appelée 'le virevoltant'. « Cette plante se détache de sa tige et elle roule au fil du vent... Avec la brise, elle finit par disparaître. C'est comme l'apatridie », dit-elle dans sa vidéo de la série du HCR intitulée « story-telling ». « Pour ma part, je tiens à me créer des racines », a ajouté Railya

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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Statelessness: Hoping to acquire a nationality and put down roots

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 1 (UNHCR) – Three years ago, Railya Abulkhanova told a UNHCR film crew that she felt like a tumbleweed. "It rolls . . . with the breeze it rolls away. That is what it is. That is statelessness," she said in the story-telling series interview. "And me; I want to put down roots," Railya added.

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KOFF Newsletter No. 130, September 2014 - Press Freedom and Peacebuilding

Table of Contents

Editorial

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Freedom of Expression and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 3

REPORT

Gender Asymmetries in the Media World 4
Press Freedom, a Fundamental Issue for Peace 5
Civil Liberties at Risk in Algeria 5
Press House Palestine – a Free (Media) Island in Gaza 6
Syria: a Magazine to Escape the Horrors of War 6

NEWS

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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International freedom of expression rapporteurs urge stronger protection of journalists covering conflicts

GENEVA / WASHINGTON / VIENNA / PRETORIA,1 September 2014 – Recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary and unjustified incarcerations of journalists around the world must be condemned and opposed by the international community, a group of international freedom of expression rapporteurs* said today.

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Pacific Island MPs commit to Health and Rights Pathway at SIDS

Parliamentarians have a strategic role in implementing the health and human rights goals nations are committing to at the UN’s 3rd Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference, which begins in the Pacific island nation of Samoa today.

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), its national committees, and the Pacific parliamentarians who are in delegations to SIDS will work together to ensure the population and development priorities in the already agreed SIDS outcome document, the Samoan Pathway, can be implemented.

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International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances Saturday 30 August 2014. Remove all obstacles to aid search for the disappeared, UN experts urge governments

GENEVA (30 August 2014) –Two United Nations expert groups on enforced disappearances call on States “to remove all obstacles” to aid investigations into the fate of disappeared persons.

On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances urge Governments to support relatives of the disappeared by removing all obstacles hindering their search for loved ones, including through the opening of all archives, especially military files.

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Cruz Roja no olvida a las personas desaparecidas

30 de agosto, Día Internacional de los Desaparecidos

Con motivo del Día Internacional de los Desaparecidos, que se celebra el 30 de agosto, el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) hace un llamamiento a la comunidad internacional para sensibilizarla sobre la tragedia de las personas desaparecidas y el drama que viven sus familias.

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Policy Prohibiting Listed Government Forces from Contributing Troops to UN Missions

In this discussion paper, Watchlist argues that the UN should develop and implement a policy that prohibits government security forces listed in the annexes to the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict from contributing troops to UN-mandated missions, until the Secretary-General has certified the full implementation of their action plan with the UN to end and prevent violations against children.

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One third of Latin Americans risk falling into poverty, says UNDP

UNDP calls for universal social protection, with more emphasis on health and education to avoid social and economic setbacks

San Salvador, August 26 2014 - Although poverty in Latin American and the Caribbean has been cut nearly in half in the last decade, many have been unable to enter into the middle-class: the population at risk of falling into poverty reaches 200 million, according to a new study released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) here today.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response

The use of drones raises serious practical and ethical issues that humanitarian organizations must address through transparency, community engagement, and guidelines for privacy and data security.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days

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International humanitarian law – 150 years of fighting for more humanity in war

Bern, 22.08.2014 - The first Geneva Convention was signed on this date 150 years ago, marking the birth of international humanitarian law as we know it today. It has since evolved through a number of stages and increased in scope, but violations are still commonplace, and even now there are countless victims of war crimes. This has prompted Switzerland to join forces with the International Committee of the Red Cross to launch an initiative aimed at strengthening international humanitarian law.