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Jakarta workshop seeks to strengthen protection at sea in Asia-Pacific

JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 23 (UNHCR) – Fourteen key countries in the Asia and Pacific regions have agreed to step up efforts to minimize the loss of life at sea while ensuring that people moving irregularly by boat receive the protection they need.

"We are here because the countries of origin, transit and destination that you represent recognize the need for genuine multilateral and regional cooperation, to address in a humane way the ever more urgent and complex challenges presented by mixed maritime movements," said James Lynch, UNHCR's regional representative.

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Analyse: l’eau et les conflits


KUALA LUMPUR, 23 avril 2014 (IRIN) - « La concurrence féroce pour l'accès à l'eau douce pourrait bien devenir une source de conflit et de guerre à l'avenir », avait déclaré en 2001 Kofi Annan, alors secrétaire général des Nations Unies. Un an plus tard, il était revenu sur ses propos et avait déclaré que les problèmes liés à l'eau pouvaient être un « catalyseur de coopération ».


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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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In Horn of Africa, Links Between Disaster, Conflict, and Displacement

What are the links between climate change, conflict, and the displacement of people? A panel of experts discussed this nexus and its implications in the Horn of Africa at the International Peace Institute on April 3rd in an event cosponsored by the Nansen Initiative.

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Protecting civilians: the gap between norms and practice

Attacks on civilians have become an all too commonplace occurrence in conflicts, illustrated vividly in crises in Syria and the Central African Republic.

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Disability no justification for denying people’s right to make their own decisions - UN experts

  • Recognizing legal capacity should not be dependent on ‘discriminatory mental capacity assessments’, says UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Accessibility is key for the enjoyment of human rights on an equal basis

GENEVA (22 April 2014) – People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a UN committee has stressed in new guidelines on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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As Nature of Conflict Changes, Is International Humanitarian Law Still Relevant?

Against the backdrop of appalling violence against civilians in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, along with the persistent obstruction of humanitarian aid around the world, international humanitarian law may appear redundant in the twenty-first century. Initially designed with interstate wars in mind, one of the main objectives of this body of law is to limit the effects of conflict on people who are not, or no longer, participating in hostilities, especially civilians.

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Protéger la vie privée des bénéficiaires - Principes et normes opérationnelles pour une utilisation sécurisée des données personnelles dans les programmes de transfert monétaire et électronique

L’utilisation des transferts électroniques dans les programmes de transfert monétaire (PTM) s’est accrue dans la sphère humanitaire ; ces transferts sont de plus en plus reconnus comme un type d’intervention rentable et efficace dans certains contextes d’urgence. En 2011, le Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) a émis des recommandations dans ses recherches sur le thème des transferts électroniques, dans le rapport Les nouvelles technologies dans les programmes de transfert monétaire et l’aide humanitaire (Smith, G. et al, 2011).

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Robustness, Cooperation with Local Forces and the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP)


Both the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and the future development of robust peace operations have caused considerable debate in recent months among practitioners and policy makers. The Center for International Peace Operations undertook to host a group of key UN stakeholders in Berlin with a view to taking stock of the state of these discussions, sharing up-to-date information, collecting open questions and developing policy options.

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Unanimously adopting resolution 2150 (2014), Security Council calls for recommitment to fight against genocide


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7155th Meeting (AM)

Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, the Security Council condemned without reservation any denial of the genocide and urged member States to develop educational programmes to help prevent similar events.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2150 (2014), the Council called upon States to recommit to prevent and fight against genocide and other serious crimes under international law.

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The UN and Casualty Recording: Good Practice and the Need for Action

Jacob Beswick and Elizabeth Minor

This report from the Every Casualty programme explores the current state of casualty recording practice, and use of information about casualties, within the UN.

It concludes that when the UN systematically records the direct civilian casualties of violent conflict, and acts effectively on this information, this can help save civilian lives. However, casualty recording is not currently a widespread practice within the UN system.

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Casualty Recording: Assessing State and United Nations Practices - Joint Summary of Findings and Recommendations

The reports show that neither the UN, nor most states, systematically record and analyse data on the casualties of conflict, despite the evidenced benefits for improved humanitarian response.

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Counting the Cost: Casualty recording practices and realities around the world

AOAV releases today a new report shedding a light on states’ practices to record deaths and injuries in areas affected by conflict and armed violence. To increase interest and understanding of this practice, the Oxford Research Group simultaneously releases a report looking at how the UN has gone about recording casualties of conflict.

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Deadly Environment: The Dramatic Rise in Killings of Environmental and Land Defenders

Global Witness


This report looks at known killings of people defending environmental and land rights. It identifies a clear rise in such deaths from 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies. In the most comprehensive global analysis of the problem on record, we have found that at least 908 people have died in this time. Disputes over industrial logging, mining and land rights are the key drivers, and Latin America and Asia-Pacific particularly hard hit.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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A glimmer of hope for victims of sexual and gender-based crime in Africa

For decades, women and girls in Africa have been victims of rape, sexual slavery and other brutal forms of sexual and gender-based violence. In a continent rife with various forms of conflict, such violence has frequently been used as a weapon of war.

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Draft Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes, released on 7 February 2014, ushers in new hope for addressing such crimes.

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Children can now lodge complaints with the UN about violations of their rights

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries*.