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30 Dec 2004 description


In Brief

Appeal No.01.21/2004;

Programme Update no. 2;

Period covered: July to November 2004;

Appeal coverage: 58.6%;

Outstanding needs: CHF 2,146,843 (USD 1,896,500 or EUR 1,391,300).

Click here to go directly to the attached Contributions List, also available on the website.Appeal target: CHF 5,184,993 (USD 3,894,098 or EUR 3,337,619)

29 Dec 2004 description

In Brief

Appeal No.01.21/2004;

Programme Update no. 2;

Period covered: July to November 2004;

Appeal coverage: 58.6%;

Outstanding needs: CHF 2,146,843 (USD 1,896,500 or EUR 1,391,300).

Click here to go directly to the attached Contributions List, also available on the website.Appeal target: CHF 5,184,993 (USD 3,894,098 or EUR 3,337,619)

23 Dec 2004 description
report Human Rights Watch

A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

Summary

23 Dec 2004 description
report Human Rights Watch


A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper
Summary

23 Dec 2004 description
report Human Rights Watch

Impunity Fuels Human Rights Violations by Troops

(New York, December 23, 2004) - The Angolan army arbitrarily detained and tortured civilians with impunity in Cabinda, and continue to restrict their freedom of movement despite an apparent end to the decades-long separatist conflict in the oil-rich enclave, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.

In the past year, the Angolan army has subjected civilians to extrajudicial …

22 Dec 2004 description
report World Vision

Farmers across the Province of Huambo are gathering together to listen to a new radio program - ''Conversa na Lavra'' ("Farm Talk") - broadcast by the local radio station in Huambo and sponsored by World Vision.

"Farm Talk" is broadcast every Monday at 5.30 am in the local Umbundo language and every Wednesday in Portuguese at the same time.

17 Dec 2004 description

UNITA demand politicisation of Electoral Commission

The largest opposition party, UNITA, has demanded that an Independent Electoral Commission be set up in such a way that it is itself represented, along with churches and civil society.

On 6 December UNITA leader Isaias Samakuva told a workshop of opposition parliamentarians that the creation of an independent electoral commission must be at the centre of a new electoral law for the next election, which is expected to be held in September 2006.

Samakuva also raised UNITA's opposition to the suggestion by President Jose Eduardo …

30 Nov 2004 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

30 Nov 2004 description

By Mr Mulenga Nkula, Advocacy and Policy Officer, JRS Zambia

Zambia, a landlocked country surrounded by eight other southern African countries of which some are refugee-producing, hosts two major refugee groups - from Angola, and refugees from the Great Lakes Region (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi). The total number of refugees as of August 2004 was estimated at 207,925 out of which UNHCR assisted 128,252.

30 Nov 2004 description

By Mr Mulenga Nkula, Advocacy and Policy Officer, JRS Zambia

November 2004

Zambia, a landlocked country surrounded by eight other southern African countries of which some are refugee-producing, hosts two major refugee groups - from Angola, and refugees from the Great Lakes Region (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi). The total number of refugees as of August 2004 was estimated at 207,925 out of which UNHCR assisted 128,252.

30 Nov 2004 description

(Extract)

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

BURUNDI: SUCCESS OF ELECTIONS CONTINGENT ON DISARMAMENT AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE

Despite numerous delays dating back since Burundi's largest rebel group the FDD entered into a peace agreement with the government in November 2003, the process of demobilization and reintegration of both former rebel groups and the national army is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

22 Nov 2004 description

End to electoral impasse?

Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has floated a suggestion that could unblock the electoral logjam that has stood in the way of setting the date for the next presidential and parliamentary elections. He has suggested that elections to the Angolan parliament, the National Assembly, should take place in September 2006, with presidential elections being held in 2007.

In May Angola's parliamentary opposition parties walked out of the Constitutional Commission which was drafting a new constitution.

19 Nov 2004 description

by Tapiwa Gomo

It is now two years since the government of Angola and the main opposition party, UNITA, brought to an end almost three decades of conflict with the signing of the Luene Memorandum of Understanding.

The move has not only brought hope in the country at large, but also given the opportunity for the Angola Red Cross Society (CVA) to rebuild and better serve what is one of the most vulnerable populations in the world.

17 Nov 2004 description

New Global Report Finds Child Soldiers In Over 20 Conflicts Worldwide

LONDON - Governments are undermining progress in ending the use of children as soldiers, said a coalition of the world's leading human rights and humanitarian organizations in a newly published report.

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today released the most comprehensive global survey of child soldiers to date.

08 Nov 2004 description
report British Red Cross

At 5pm on November 8, Blue Peter launched a new appeal on BBC1.

01 Nov 2004 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

22 Oct 2004 description
report Global Witness

Diamond controls in many countries are seriously flawed. But controls alone will probably never work unless diamond digging in some African countries pays more than a dollar a day. These are messages contained in two reports released today, prepared jointly by Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada, NGOs closely involved in the creation of the Kimberley Process diamond certification system.

Leaders of the world's diamond industry and representatives of more than 40 countries will gather in Ottawa on Oct.

19 Oct 2004 description
report Global Witness

SUMMARY OF UK AND US RESULTS OF GLOBAL WITNESS AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SURVEY

This report presents the results of Global Witness and Amnesty International's survey into the diamond jewellery retail sector's implementation of self-regulation to support the Kimberley Process, the international diamond certification scheme launched to combat the trade in conflict diamonds. Many members of all sectors of the diamond industry made three commitments in January 2003:

  • To implement a code of conduct to prevent buying or selling conflict diamonds

18 Oct 2004 description

AI Index: POL 30/038/2004 (Public)