Appeals & Response Plans
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
- Myanmar: Floods - Jun 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016
- South-East Asia: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
- Myanmar: Floods - Aug 2013
- Tropical Cyclone Mahasen - May 2013
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Atrocity Alert is a weekly publication by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect highlighting and updating situations where populations are at risk of, or are enduring, mass atrocity crimes.
Central African Republic
Ten years ago world leaders agreed to work together to stop the use of child soldiers - progress has been made but there are still child recruits in countries around the world. As many as 300,000 children are believed to be serving as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world - depriving them of a normal childhood and education.
These boys and girls, some as young as seven, serve in government forces and armed opposition groups. They fight on front lines, participate in suicide missions and act as spies, messengers or lookouts.
» Provides background on populations at risk of mass atrocity crimes, with particular emphasis on key events and actors and their connection to the threat, or commission, of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
» Offers analysis of the country’s past history in relation to mass atrocity crimes; the factors that have enabled their possible commission, or that prevent their resolution; and the receptivity of the situation to positive influences that would assist in preventing further crimes.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of the Central African Region (LRA), Central African Republic, Somalia, and Sudan/South Sudan. It includes recommendations in particular concerning Myanmar which is expected to be taken up by the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
Albert Camus, the French philosopher who was no stranger to insurgencies and resistance movements, warned that "good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding". The motivation behind In Their Words: Perspectives of Armed non-State Actors on the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict is to help ensure that international efforts to protect children from the effects of armed conflict, and particularly the impact of armed non-State actors (NSAs), do not fall victim to such a prophecy.
Much has been accomplished …
Dispatches is a fortnightly e-mail bulletin of the JRS International Office.
REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS
1. Sri Lanka: authorities open closed camps
On 1 December, Manik Farm camp in the northern city of Vavuniya finally opened its doors.
Ahead of the Security Council's adoption of a groundbreaking resolution on children and armed conflict, the top United Nations official on the issue, Radhika Coomaraswamy, and Claude Heller, Permanent Representative of Mexico, today hailed the resolution as a major step forward in the fight against impunity for crimes against children.
Addressing a Headquarters press conference as the Security Council prepared to adopt resolution 1882 (see Press Release SC/9722), Ms.
La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général pour les enfants et les conflits armés, Mme Radhika Coomaraswamy, a salué cet après-midi, devant la presse, le caractère « extrêmement historique » de la résolution que devait adopter un peu plus tard le Conseil de sécurité en vue d'élargir aux auteurs de meurtres et mutilations d'enfants, ainsi que de viols et autres formes de violence sexuelle contre les enfants, les listes figurant en annexe des rapports du Secrétaire général sur les enfants et les conflits armés.
« C'est une étape très importante, car le Conseil de sécurité …
ACTED in Pakistan
Distributions of hygiene and household kits to vulnerable IDPs in North West Frontier Province
ACTED in Pakistan, in cooperation with OFDA, has started a distribution of hygiene and household kits to IDPs living in public buildings and with host families in Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi Districts. As to date ACTED has distributed 606 hygiene and 785 household kits. ACTED will proceed with the distribution in the coming weeks, eventually reaching 6,100 IDP families.
The Security Council was closely monitoring developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, but it could not prejudge them, Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, Council President for April, said today at a Headquarters press conference.
"If there is a need for international action by the international community, they will ask for a meeting of the Security Council," he said of several delegations, including Japan, which were monitoring the situation.
Outlining the Council's programme of work for the month, he said the first of three open debates would …
Pledges and contributions
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of 16 new contributions for 2008 (as of 31 May) totalling $83,180,357.
The World Health Organization has intensified its humanitarian relief work across the globe, launching 40% more emergency response operations and coordinating the work of multiple health players involved in crises.
These were among the messages discussed on 11 June during the WHO Humanitarian Forum 2008 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.