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17 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Poor Record in Several Member States

(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.

05 Feb 2010 description
report African Union

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE N0.

16 Dec 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

Summary

Migrants drowning at sea after being turned away from shore. Children detained with adults and at risk of physical and sexual abuse. Workers cheated out of wages and confined to their workplace. Authorities extorting bribes. Governments denying health care benefits to those who might most need it.

In 2009, through field research and ongoing monitoring, Human Rights Watch documented human rights violations against migrant women, men, and children in every region of the world, publishing dozens of materials, including 14 reports.

16 Dec 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

Deaths, Labor Exploitation, Violence, and Poor Treatment in Detention

(New York, December 16, 2009) - Many governments' policies toward migrants worldwide expose them to human rights abuses including labor exploitation, inadequate access to health care, and prolonged detention in poor, overcrowded conditions, Human Rights Watch said today in advance of International Migrants Day, on December 18, 2009.

A 25-page roundup of Human Rights Watch reporting on violations of migrants' rights this year, "

15 Oct 2009 description

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SOME ITEMS IN THIS ISSUE REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

1. Zimbabwe: education crisis felt throughout the region

Increasing numbers of children are leaving Zimbabwe in search of services and opportunities no longer available at home.

Young Zimbabweans are at risk of becoming a generation of adults without the education, skills or opportunities needed to become active members of society.

31 Jul 2009 description

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Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Meets USAID Leaders

The prime minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, came to USAID headquarters June 9 to thank senior officials for U.S.

24 Nov 2008 description

(Abu Dhabi, 24 November 2008): His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, today hosted a global launch of the 2009 Humanitarian Appeal, in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"We are delighted to welcome so many distinguished guests and host this important event with the United Nations, raising our voice on behalf of the millions of needy people across the globe.

28 May 2008 description

(London) Amnesty International today challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

'The human rights flashpoints in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar demand immediate action,' said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, launching AI Report 2008: State of the World's Human Rights.

'Injustice, inequality and impunity are the hallmarks of our world today.

13 May 2008 description

OVERVIEW

At present, 37 countries throughout every region of the world are experiencing localized food insecurity, lack of access to food, or shortfalls in food production or supplies. In the past year, global food prices have increased an average of 43 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund.

16 Apr 2008 description

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, April 16 (Reuters) - Leaders of key members of the U.N. Security Council and the African Union meet at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday where they are expected to debate the crises in Zimbabwe, Sudan and Somalia.

The meeting, which will be chaired by South African President Thabo Mbeki, is due to focus on Security Council cooperation with the AU and other regional organizations.

South Africa has drafted a resolution cementing this cooperation, which is expected to adopted on Wednesday.

U.N.

13 Apr 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

10 Dec 2007 description
report UN News Service

L'appel humanitaire 2008 lancé par Ban Ki-moon aujourd'hui à Genève regroupe les besoins de financement de 188 organisations, dont ceux des agences des Nations Unies, et vise à collecter 3,8 milliards de dollars afin d'aider quelque 25 millions de personnes réparties dans 24 pays.

« Nous vivons dans un monde de prospérité sans précédent », a rappelé le Secrétaire général dans un message transmis aujourd'hui depuis Genève.

10 Dec 2007 description

(Geneva: 10 December 2007): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for $3.8 billion to provide urgent support to 25 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries worldwide.

"We live in a world of unprecedented prosperity. But despite this, millions of people continue to endure crises where the essentials of existence - clean water, life-saving drugs, and emergency shelter among others - are denied them and where insecurity is a part of everyday life," the Secretary-General said.

09 Oct 2007 description

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SOUTH AFRICA: UMCOR HELPS CENTRAL METHODIST MISSION

UMCOR continues to support the Central Methodist Mission Ray of Hope ministry in Johannesburg, South Africa by helping approximately 1000 asylum seekers and refugees-mainly from Zimbabwe. UMCOR will help with basic services, food, medical and material support as they settle into permanent homes.

UMCOR is helping to provide temporary accommodations until permanent shelter becomes available and while the people stabilize their political and economic status.

22 Jun 2007 description

By Peter Apps

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Most of Africa has seen better rains and better harvests than in recent years, aid workers say, but they fear a looming crisis in Somalia while drought and HIV are slashing crop output in parts of southern Africa.

Last year saw a serious drought in East Africa, while 2005 saw a food crisis in Niger that grabbed worldwide headlines. Experts say 2007 looks easier but four countries -- Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and Somalia -- are cause for concern.

At the same time, aid agencies are trying to address underlying chronic long-term …

12 Jun 2007 description


The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to food, the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights, and adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and the Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty.

07 Mar 2007 description

Summary

Fragile states contain 14% of the world's population but account for nearly 30% of people living on less than $1 a day. One person in three is undernourished. This is twice as high as in other poor countries. Fragile states cannot or will not deliver what citizens need to live decent, secure lives. They cannot or will not tackle poverty. As such, they significantly reduce the likelihood of the world meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

22 Jun 2006 description

Event: Chatham House Africa Programme
Location: London
Speech Date: 21/06/06
Speaker: Lord Triesman