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24 Dec 2013 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Thursday five new awards totaling more than $6 million to help protect and empower women in countries affected by crisis, conflict, and transition. Deputy Assistant Administrator Sarah Mendelson from USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance announced the awards at a roundtable event where participants reflected on progress and next steps for USAID’s implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP).

20 Dec 2013 description

Libya/Mali - Upon request of the Malian Government, IOM carried out last week an operation to assist the voluntary return of 163 Malian stranded in Libya for several months.

Most of the stranded migrants in this group had initially left Mali for Algeria. With the money earned working in the Northern African country they jointly bought a boat to make their way towards Lampedusa in late July, an island known as a prime transit point for migrants wanting to enter Europe, particularly those originating from Africa.

20 Dec 2013 description

Ali Elakermi has earned for himself the label of Libya’s second longest-serving prisoner of opinion, having spent about 30 years in Gadhafi regime prisons. Nearly three years after the 2011 revolution that toppled the dictatorship, Elakermi is a determined human rights campaigner who bluntly says more efforts are needed for human rights to take hold in the new Libya.

He, many other human rights advocates like him and Libyans in general have their opportunity to make their voice heard when Libya drafts a new constitution.

19 Dec 2013 description
Niger + 3 others
Le CICR au Niger

19-12-2013 Introduction

Au Niger, le CICR vient en aide aux personnes qui ont fui les conséquences de conflits au Mali, au Nigéria et en Libye, et aux populations résidentes qui pâtissent de celles-ci. Le CICR porte également assistance aux victimes des aléas du climat dans des zones antérieurement touchées par des violences armées et des tensions intercommunautaires. .

Assistance aux déplacés, aux réfugiés et aux migrants en détresse

18 Dec 2013 description

In the aftermath of recent armed clashes in Tripoli, MAG delivered emergency ‘risk education’ in Libya’s capital to help communities protect themselves from the threat from explosive remnant of war.

Two years after the end of the Revolution, the security situation in Libya remains tense. Dozens of demonstrators were killed last month when an anti-militia demonstration in the Gharghour district of Tripoli turned violent. Heavy fighting followed in other areas, most notably Tajoura and Souq al Jumaa, on the eastern edge of the city.

17 Dec 2013 description

MISRATA – The preparations took months, the final drag a few hours and in a matter of a few minutes 50 tonnes of explosives went up in smoke, destroyed in two controlled detonations and ridding Libya of dangerous, unstable explosive remnants of war that pose a serious threat to public safety.

17 Dec 2013 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
7083rd Meeting (PM)

Expressing its grave concern at the worsening security situation and political divisions in Libya, the Security Council today reiterated its support for the North African country’s people and elected political institutions, underlining the importance of a single, inclusive national dialogue that could forge consensus around priorities for securing a transition to democracy.

16 Dec 2013 description

MAG and international aid organisation Handicap International have each destroyed 25 tonnes of ammunition in Libya, in two massive controlled explosions outside Misrata.

The demolitions took place on 12 December, and followed extensive clearance activities at Misrata's Ammunition Storage Area (ASA) and surrounding communities.

After our Technical Field Manager activated the MAG detonation from a distance of 800m away, the ground trembled, a loud thumping noise could be heard kilometres away, and a huge cloud of smoke rose hundreds of metres high.

13 Dec 2013 description

Handicap International destroyed 25 tons of explosive remnants of war in Misrata on Dec. 12. The explosion removed the threat of 27,086 conventional weapons collected over the past year, ensuring these weapons cause no harm to Libyans.

This massive explosion is Handicap International's second in 2013. Such an operation demands close coordination with air traffic control, which cleared air space, and required road closures in and out of the area. Misratan radio also announced the planned explosion to ensure the local population anticipated the sound and flash.

13 Dec 2013 description

"Syria has become the great tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.” António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Syria, 3 September 2013.1

12 Dec 2013 description

INSS Insight No. 496, December 12, 2013
Yoel Guzansky , Erez Striem

09 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

9 December 2013 – The continued “precariousness” of security in Libya highlights the need for dialogue between the Government and the main armed militias, the top United Nations official in the North African country told the Security Council today.

09 Dec 2013 description

Tripoli, 8 December 2013 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomes the release from Zawiya on 7 December of Muhammad al-Barghuthi and three other senior members of the Social Council of the Warfallah Tribes following more than one year in detention without charge or trial.

These releases took place in the week in which the Law on Transitional Justice was promulgated by the General National Congress. The law requires all detainees still held without judicial process to be released or handed over to the judiciary within 90 days of its promulgation.

09 Dec 2013 description
report Human Rights Watch

Failures in Police Protection, Lack of Accountability of Militias

(Tripoli) – Libyan authorities should urgently announce the results of promised investigations into at least two deadly clashes between protesters and militias during 2013. The clashes killed dozens of people and injured hundreds.

06 Dec 2013 description
report Mail and Guardian

06 Dec 2013 00:00| Alex Duval Smith

Chad has been hit by a refugee influx from Darfur and Central African Republic as well as the return of its citizens expelled from Libya.

The people at the World Health Organisation call it "routine childhood immunisation". But they have not witnessed the anything but routine sleuthing required of Anastasie Nague as she plays her part in preventing disease in a new, three-pronged humanitarian emergency affecting landlocked Chad.

05 Dec 2013 description

A United Nations team of ammunition specialists is offering technical advice to local authorities on the recovery work and is assessing the state of an Ammunition Storage Area at Brak Al-Chati in southern Libya where an explosion on 28 November killed over 40 people and injured many others.

05 Dec 2013 description

Updates on refugees and asylum seekers