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31 Dec 2007 description

Earthquake Intensity Zones in Africa

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

29 Dec 2007 description
report Human Rights Watch

Prosecution Decision to Close Inquiry Into December 2005 Killings Seriously Flawed

(Cairo, December 29, 2007) - Five Egyptian and international human rights organizations today called on President Hosni Mubarak to authorize an independent judicial inquiry into the December 30, 2005 police assault on Sudanese protestors - refugees, asylum seekers and migrants - in Cairo that resulted in the deaths of 27 persons and injured scores more.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Hisham Mubarak Law Center and the Nadim Center for …

12 Dec 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10674

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
69th, 70th & 71st Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Also Stress That, despite Progress in Target Areas of 2002 Action Plan, Millions of Children Remain Victims of Hunger, Violence, HIV/AIDS, Exploitation

03 Dec 2007 description
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General Situation during November 2007
Forecast until mid-January 2008

03 Dec 2007 description

Note: Map production date estimated.
Situation: Nov 2007. Forecast to: 15.01.2008

13 Nov 2007 description
map ReliefWeb

Note: Includes the coverage of the Regional Disaster Response Adviser for Central Asia

08 Nov 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/SHC/3903

Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
39th & 40th Meetings (AM & PM)

Refugee Figures Rise to Nearly 10 Million After Several Years of Decrease, High Commissioner Tells Committee

A draft resolution that would have the General Assembly declare 15 October of each year as the International Day of Rural Women was approved as orally revised without a vote today by the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), as Member States stepped up collective efforts to better the lot of women living in rural areas.

03 Nov 2007 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Should Provide UN Access to 48 Asylum Seekers Transferred by Israel

(New York, November 3, 2007) - Egypt should cease summary returns and provide the United Nations access to 48 asylum seekers, most of whom appear to have fled war-torn Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today. Egypt reportedly forcibly returned at least five of the group to Sudan on October 28.

Forty-four Sudanese, three Ivorians and one Somali have been held in incommunicado detention since Israel forcibly transferred them to Egypt on August 18, after they crossed briefly into Israel.

31 Oct 2007 description

Summary

- 416 Sudanese refugees return to Southern Sudan, the highest return in the past seven weeks

- Jonglei state MoH reports outbreak of 7 cases of measles.

23 Oct 2007 description

Since November 2006, Refugees International has led the call for increased assistance to Iraqi refugees and displaced people.

The displacement of Iraqis from Iraq is now the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.

The UN estimates that over 4 million Iraqis have been displaced by violence in their country, the vast majority of which have fled since 2003.

15 Oct 2007 description

NGOs urge UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): "Provide immediate effective protection and find rights-based durable solutions for Palestinian refugees, including voluntary repatriation"

BADIL, Geneva; 15 October 2007: Some 270 NGOs from around the world reminded member states of the UNHCR Executive Committee that, "Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) constitute the largest and longest-standing unresolved caseload of refugees and displaced persons in the world today.

11 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

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.

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01 Oct 2007 description


Large-scale voluntary repatriation set to resume

Close to 160,000 Sudanese refugees have returned home since the launch of the voluntary repatriation operation in December 2005. Since January this year, UNHCR has repatriated 37,768; close to 4,500 have returned through self-assisted voluntary repatriation and 14,365 spontaneous returns have been recorded. A sharp drop in the rate of returns (table on page 2) is attributed to the rainy season when road and air travel is reduced to a strict minimum due to heavy downpours and flooding.