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11 Oct 2017 description

The "List of Shame": Children and Armed Conflict

Last Thursday, 5 October, the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict was presented to the UN Security Council. Many of the grave violations outlined within the report - including the recruitment of child soldiers, targeting of civilian infrastructure, and indiscriminate use of weapons in civilian areas - constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

08 May 2015 description

'There Was A Massive Explosion' - A Landmine Survivor's Story

Kaw Ye Ung stood on a landmine in Myanmar when he was 16. “I went into the bushes to go to the toilet and there was a massive explosion,” he said, “I did not know there were mines there.”

Ung lost both of his legs in the tragic accident, but has a very positive outlook on life:

“I have a tricycle, which makes me mobile, allowing me to travel around the village. The Government and the UN helped me with training and tools, and now I repair televisions for a living.”

06 Jul 2012 description

La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général pour les enfants et les conflits armés, Mme Radhika Coomaraswamy, a présenté devant la presse, cet après-midi, les plans d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats signés au Myanmar, la semaine dernière, et il y a 15 jours en Somalie.

Mme Coomaraswamy, qui effectuait sa dernière conférence de presse à ce poste, au Siège des Nations Unies, à New York, s’est réjouie d’avoir été le témoin de la signature du Plan d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats pour le Myanmar.

20 Jun 2012 description

World Refugee Day (20 June) is an opportunity to reflect on the plight of the more than 42.5 million men, women and children who are displaced by conflict and political unrest worldwide.

This year the global theme is ‘dilemmas’, which emphasises the tough choices facing refugees living in conflict situations, often with young families. People displaced from their homes and communities are rendered vulnerable not only by the conflict or natural disaster they are fleeing, but the reality that displacement itself threatens lives and safety.

08 Dec 2009 description
report European Union


Brussels, 8 December 2009

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"1. The Council reiterates its firm commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights. In 2009, further action has been taken to continue to implement the EU policy on human rights and democratisation in third countries. Human rights remain a priority of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

03 Apr 2009 description


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Madam Ban Soon-Taek arrived in London, United Kingdom, from The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday, 1 April, for the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit.

26 Jan 2009 description

In response to seven days filled with tragedies suffered by boat people off the coasts of Africa, Asia and the Americas, the International Catholic Migration Commission sounds a loud "Mayday!" to governments, international institutions, civil society organisations and the media to respond with urgency and humanity to the plight of the men, women and children in these crossings.

Published reports over just the seven days January 16-23 have described:

- Jan.

13 Nov 2008 description

Much of the loss of life in the great cyclone Nargis in Myanmar could have been avoided. Humanitarian organizations urge governments to take action before the disasters hit.

Every year natural disasters are becoming more frequent and the humanitarian consequences of global climate change more devastating. But much could be done to predict storms, floods and droughts and to communicate them effectively, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees L.

21 Jul 2008 description

Aquello que en su origen fue un Boletín de noticias del IECAH, instituto dedicado al estudio e investigación de la acción humanitaria, la construcción de la paz y la prevención de conflictos violentos, ha ido transformándose en una publicación que si bien sigue centrada en las novedades, las iniciativas y la actualidad del sector humanitario, da también cabida a otras áreas de la cooperación al desarrollo.

19 Jun 2008 description
report European Union


In its three human rights resolutions adopted on Thursday in Strasbourg, the European Parliament criticises the Burmese government's treatment of its own people, voices concern at the high civilian death toll in Somalia's civil war and condemns the executions of juveniles in Iran.

Burmese junta condemned

Parliament's resolution on Burma deplores the continuing oppression by the junta, the renewed house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the government's actions following the recent cyclone and the ineffectiveness of EU sanctions on Burma.

The resolution …

11 May 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.

31 Mar 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

Use Security Council Presidency to Save Lives

(New York, March 31, 2008) - South Africa should use its Security Council presidency in April 2008 to make significant progress on human rights crises in Somalia, Darfur and Burma, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to South Africa'sminister offoreignaffairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and members of the United Nations Security Council.

'The Security Council should be signaling hope to civilians in crisis, but so far it has failed the people of Darfur, Burma and Somalia,' said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human …

28 Mar 2008 description


Human Rights Council

27 Mar 2007 description

El "Barómetro" es un informe trimestral editado en castellano y en inglés por el Programa de Conflictos y Construcción de Paz de la Escola de Cultura de Pau de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, que analiza los acontecimientos ocurridos en el mundo a lo largo del trimestre (enero-marzo 2007) a través de ocho apartados: conflictos armados, tensiones, procesos de paz, rehabilitación posbélica, crisis humanitarias, desarme, derechos humanos y dimensión de género en la construcción de la paz.

30 Nov 2006 description




On 28 November, UN agency- the World Food Programme, reported that flood water was receding in Garissa District, where about 100,000 of the 167,000 mostly Somalia refugees in camps in the Dadaab area of the district were affected.

Heavy rains currently pounding most parts of the country have added misery to the Somali refugees in Dadaab camps, after the camp completely flooded and the only road - and convoy supply route - linking Dadaab and Nairobi became impassable.

On 20 November, …

31 Mar 2006 description

Post disaster impact assessments in Asia-Pacific

In this issue:

  • Post disaster impact assessment
  • Socio-economic impact of the December 2004 earthquake and indian ocean tsunami
  • Post disaster building damage assessment
  • Damage and loss assessment in agriculture
  • Psychosocial impacts
  • Forgotten vulnerability
  • Gender considerations
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20 Oct 2005 description
report East-West Center

Executive Summary

The tsunami of December 26, 2004 devastated thousands of communities along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. More than 240,000 people were killed. Tens of thousands went missing and are presumed dead, and more than a million people were displaced. Those most affected by the tsunami were the poor, including fi sher folk, coastal workers with small retail or tourist businesses, workers in the tourism industry, migrants, and those who farmed close to coastal areas.

05 Oct 2005 description

Bangkok (dpa) - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Wednesday that it had received 2 billion Swiss francs (1.5 billion dollars) for tsunami relief in Asia and pledged full accountability for the enormous amount.