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31 May 2013 description
report Small Arms Survey

The small arms and light weapons held by non-state armed groups—such as opposition and insurgent movements, pro-government militias, and community-based vigilante groups—pose multiple threats.

09 Aug 2012 description

(Nueva York, 9 de agosto de 2012): La más alta funcionaria de las Naciones Unidas para la asistencia humanitaria, Valerie Amos, asignó 55 millones de dólares del Fondo Central de Respuesta a Emergencias (CERF) para reforzar la operación humanitaria en ocho países con emergencias humanitarias insuficientemente financiadas.

01 Aug 2012 description

Reflections on Current Challenges and Future Prospects

Special Report by Susan Hayward


The field of religious peacebuilding has begun to move closer to the mainstream of conflict resolution practice and theory. The 2011 unrest in the Middle East and North Africa—the Arab Spring—reflects ongoing challenges and opportunities for the field.

06 Jul 2011 description

Dentro de los grupos de población, las mujeres que pertenecen a minorías y las mujeres indígenas son objetivo de violaciones y otros tipos de violencia sexual, torturas y asesinatos debidos específicamente a su identidad étnica, religiosa o indígena, según el informe anual del 2011 de El Grupo Internacional de los Derechos de las Minorías (MRG por su siglas en ingles) presentado hoy.

20 May 2011 description


Committee on NGOs
24th & 25th Meetings (AM & PM)

Completing its fourth day of the resumed 2011 session, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) today recommended special consultative status for 25 entities to the Economic and Social Council, and postponed consideration of 26 additional groups until the Committee receive answers to its outstanding questions.

23 Mar 2011 description

New York, March 23, 2011 - The recorded number of people displaced within their country due to conflict or violence rose to 27.5 million in 2010, which is the highest in a decade, according to a report by the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

The report, Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2010, was today launched by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children …

26 Jan 2011 description

Human Rights Council

Sixteenth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

I. Introduction 1. In 2010, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances commemorated its 30th anniversary. During its thirty years of existence, the Working Group has fulfilled its humanitarian mandate to assist families to ascertain the fate and whereabouts of their disappeared family members.

19 Jan 2011 description


Refugee situations are becoming increasingly protracted, with refugees trapped in a state of limbo, unable to access durable solutions and relying in part on external assistance in order to survive. Humanitarian agencies, including UNHCR, are struggling to find ways of promoting livelihoods and self-reliance in these circumstances.

Livelihood interventions such as microfinance present an attractive option to address these challenges since refugees in long-term displacement do not face an imminent prospect of return or resettlement.

23 Sep 2010 description

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on the Universal Periodic Review process. In the context of the general debate, speakers raised, among other things, the fact that countries from every corner of the world had participated in the Council's Universal Periodic Review. The Universal Periodic Review was one of the Council's most important features, and it was the shared responsibility of Member States to uphold this principle, and to engage in a transparent, objective, non-politicized, non-selective, and constructive dialogue.

16 Sep 2010 description


1. South Africa: regulation of Zimbabweans, a welcome step

Johannesburg, 14 September - JRS has given a cautious welcome to the introduction of new regulations affecting Zimbabweans in South Africa.

The new regulations stipulate that Zimbabweans, present in the country before 31 May 2010, may be eligible for a four-year work, business or study permit, if they are in possession of a current Zimbabwean passport and meet other qualifying criteria.

28 Jul 2010 description

National Security, Interagency Collaboration, and Lessons from SOUTHCOM and AFRICOM

Before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
U.S. House of Representatives

16 Jun 2010 description


Nairobi, 6 June 2010 - JRS has welcomed the recent introduction of legislation on renewing US commitments to disarmament of the rebel group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), and the reconstruction of areas affected by the ongoing conflict.

The 2009 Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama on 24 May.

18 May 2010 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 18 May 2010 (IRIN) - At least 6.8 million people were displaced last year, mainly by long-running conflicts, pushing the number of those forced to live away from home to 27 million - the highest since the mid-1990s, a new report states.

"The massive population movements and shocking violence are a sad reminder of the price that civilians pay in armed conflict," Elisabeth Rasmusson, secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), said while launching the 2009 annual report on displacement at London's Royal Institute of International Affairs.

17 May 2010 description

Geneva/London, 17 May 2010 - In 2009 the world witnessed more people displaced within their country by conflict and violence than at any point since the mid-1990s.

19 Mar 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 19 March 2010 (IRIN) - The steep decline in anti-personnel landmine use in the past decade by governments is being mirrored by a similar trend among armed non-state actors (NSAs).

According to the 2009 Landmine Monitor, a civil society network monitoring compliance with the decade-old Mine Ban Treaty (MBT), at least 59 NSAs in 13 countries have committed themselves to halt the use of anti-personnel land mines.

01 Feb 2010 description

From the editors

The striking fact that for the first time in human history there are now more people living in towns and cities than outside them is not in itself a reason for FMR to be covering urban displacement. Behind that fact, however, lies the multiplicity of reasons why people have been moving into urban environments and the reality that for many of them it is not a matter of choice.

Relatively little is known about the precise numbers of those forcibly displaced into urban settings, their demographics, basic needs or protection problems.

28 Jan 2010 description

Geneva (ICRC) The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, and the CEO of Holcim Ltd, Markus Akermann, today signed a long-term agreement during the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland.

As a new member of the ICRC Corporate Support Group, Holcim will fund humanitarian projects as part of its commitment to sustainable development

"We are very pleased that Holcim has joined the ICRC's corporate support group and look forward to strengthening our relationship with the company," said Mr. Kellenberger.

08 Sep 2009 description

The Swiss Campaign to Ban Landmines is delighted to announce the launch of an advocacy kit on gender and mine action.

This kit has been developed as a tool to empower local women's grass roots organisations wishing to advocate for gender mainstreaming in mine action in seven (7) countries: Colombia, Croatia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Yemen.

Existing research indicates that local women's grass roots organisations hold vital information about women, girls, boys and men in mine affected communities.

09 Jul 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, USA 9 July 2009 - Representatives of UNICEF and the Dutch Government met at UNICEF House yesterday to review progress achieved under the Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition Programme funded by the Netherlands.

This four-year, $201 million programme represents the largest single earmarked contribution to UNICEF from a government donor.

17 Jun 2009 description




At the end of May, the total number of persons made homeless in Juba by the government policy of demolition reached 30,000, according to the Southern Sudan Rehabilitation and Relief Commission (SSRRC).

Dispatches was told on 12 June by sources in the southern Sudanese capital, Juba, that this policy is causing a public outcry as no alternative land or compensation has been provided for those made homeless.

The UN news agency, IRIN, reported that some of the people affected said they were not …