- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
States Must Take Specific and Immediate Actions Beyond Quarantine
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today that an urgent response to the Ebola outbreak is not just an option, but a legal obligation, and outlined immediate actions states must take, including assuring safe conditions for health care workers and using appropriate containment strategies.
A Report by Physicians for Human Rights
with the support of UNAMSIL
Boston - Washington DC
(BOSTON) Today, human rights and humanitarian groups called on the jewelers of America to join them in severing the link between diamonds and conflict in Africa.
Physicians for Human Rights announced today the launching of the Campaign to Eliminate Conflict Diamonds. The Campaign is a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, peace, and development organizations dedicated to the eradication of international trade in diamonds whose proceeds fuel conflict, suffering, and destruction in Africa.
The Hon. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
In anticipation of next week's meeting of the World Diamond Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, a coalition of 58 American human rights, humanitarian, development, peace, academic, and religious groups, released a letter today calling on the international diamond industry to cease dealing "conflict diamonds." Conflict diamonds are primary sources of revenue for abusive insurgent armies in Africa, the most prominent diamond-reliant groups being the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone and Angola's Unita rebels.
The Problem: The crisis in Sierra Leone, while it has largely disappeared from the newspapers, is by no means over. British forces,which have played a crucial role in protecting civilians, particularly in Freetown, and in supporting the U.N. force (UNAMSIL) throughout the period of the hostage crisis, are to be withdrawn within ten days. Although some 13,000 UNAMSIL peace-keepers have been deployed in Sierra Leone, this force alone is not a substitute for the British forces.
Physicians for Human Rights and 26 religious,
humanitarian, Africa, and human rights organizations sent the below letter
to Senator Judd Gregg today regarding his hold on peacekeeping funds for
May 21, 2000
Senator Judd Gregg
United States Senate
393 Russell Senate Office Building