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18 Dec 2003 description

Skopje, FYR Macedonia, 18 December 2003 -- Nearly 8,000 illegal weapons ranging from rocket launchers to assault rifles were turned over to authorities under a 45-day voluntary disarmament programme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), officials here announced.

16 Dec 2003 description

Skopje (dpa) - Macedonians handed over 7,500 arms during the 45-day weapon amnesty programme, aimed at decreasing illegal weaponry in the ethnically divided country.

Besides small arms, Macedonians and ethnic Albanians also voluntarily submitted some 100,000 pieces of ammunition and 165 kilos of explosives, Blagoja Markovski, the spokesman of the operation, said Tuesday at the end of the programme.

The programme started on November 1, as a joint action by Macedonian authorities and the United Nations Development Programme, which financed most of it.

It involved a …

11 Dec 2003 description

Not much expected of government body charged with establishing fate of disappeared.

10 Dec 2003 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York, December 10, 2003) -- More should be done to address the plight of Kosovo Roma refugees in Macedonia, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today. The Macedonian government, its Western counterparts, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should redouble efforts to ensure them dignified living conditions.

05 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA -- The UN refugee agency said on Friday that it was seeking over $1 billion to fund its refugee assistance and protection work next year to care for more than 20.5 million refugees and other people worldwide. This includes $955 million for its annual budget and over $57 million for supplementary programs for the Liberian crisis and Sudanese refugees.

02 Dec 2003 description

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27 Nov 2003 description

Source: IWPR and Saferworld
Disarming civilians in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia means making them see guns are a threat to security, not a guarantee.

By David Quin, Vladimir Jovanovski and Ana Petruseva in Macedonia; Naser Miftari, Artan Mustafa and Jeta Xharra in Kosovo; and Ilir Aliaj and Lazar Semini in Albania (BCR No 470, 27-Nov-03)

Sweat pours down Emin Limani's face as he picks up gun after gun - and then shovels them into a furnace. He's melting them down as part of a scheme to disarm Kosovo.

25 Nov 2003 description
report Council of Europe

Recommendation 1631 (2003)1

1. The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned at the high numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from various armed conflicts and human rights abuses which have occurred since the early 1990s in more than ten Council of Europe member states.

2. The precise number of the internally displaced population is difficult to determine as governments often do not keep any record of internal movements of their own populations. However, in 2002, it was estimated at between 3.2 and 3.7 million in Europe.

05 Nov 2003 description

By Arie Farnam, Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

CAGLAVICA AND BELO POLJE, KOSOVO - When he was 5 years old, Yeton saw his grandmother gunned down by black-uniformed Kosovo Liberation Army soldiers. Then, his mother picked him up and ran out of the village toward the Montenegrin border.

"I wish we could go back to our house and our friends," he says, now standing on a road outside a refugee shelter.

31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003

31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003


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30 Oct 2003 description

Thousands of Roma could be forcibly returned to Kosovo if, as seem likely, they turn down the offer of asylum in Macedonia.

23 Oct 2003 description

OSLO/GENEVA, 23 October 2003 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) today called on the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to increase efforts to address the plight of the three million people who have been displaced within their own countries by armed conflict or human rights violations and still wait to be able to return to their homes.

20 Oct 2003 description
report UN General Assembly

Fifty-eighth General Assembly
37th Meeting (AM)

The progress made over the last year to revitalize the activities of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), particularly with regard to implementing the outcomes of major international conferences, was highlighted this morning, as the General Assembly considered the report of that body.