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Regional Iraqi Monthly Statistical Report

Iraq All Active Population Report

Egypt All Active Population Report

Egypt Iraqi Monthly Statistical Report

Iran All Active Population Report

Iran Iraqi Monthly Statistical Report

Jordan All Active Population Report

Jordan Iraqi Monthly Statistical Report

Lebanon All Active Population Report

Lebanon Iraqi Monthly Statistical Report

Syria All Active Population Report

Syria Iraqi Monthly Statistical Report

16 Sep 2011 description

16 Sep 2011 15:13 Source: Reuters // Reuters

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AMMAN, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Syrian troops killed six farmers when they raided a village in the southern province of Deraa on Friday in stepped-up military operations in pursuit of army defectors, local activists said.

The attack just before Friday prayers on Busra al-Harir, a village off the main highway of Jordan, followed an overnight clash near the village between loyalist troops and defectors, they said, adding that the minaret of one mosque was hit by tank fire and fell.

16 Sep 2011 description

16 Sep 2011 14:56 Source: Reuters // Reuters

(Updates death toll, adds activist 6-month toll)

  • Syrian forces attack anti-Assad protests, chase deserters

  • Defector appears on state television, recanting earlier comments

  • Syrian forces crossed into Lebanon overnight

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

AMMAN, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Syrian forces shot dead 20 people on Friday and flooded rural areas around Damascus with troops to try to end six months of demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

16 Sep 2011 description

"Yesterday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer succumbed to his wounds almost one week after being injured in the course of performing his duties," said Béatrice Mégevand-Roggo, the ICRC's head of operations for the Near and Middle East. "It is completely unacceptable that volunteers who are helping to save other people's lives end up losing their own."

16 Sep 2011 description
report UN News Service

15 September 2011 – The world is undergoing “a moment of uncommon turbulence,” facing enormous political, economic, humanitarian and environmental challenges, but the United Nations stands ready to help deal with all of them, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Briefing journalists at UN Headquarters in New York ahead of next week’s opening of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Mr. Ban said the agenda of world leaders is more crowded than ever.

16 Sep 2011 description

The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor of stability, security and prosperity in the world. Forged by our shared sacrifice during the Second World War and affirmed in the midst of the Cold War, our alliance has succeeded in adapting and innovating to face the new challenges of the 21st Century. Our shared values, our commitment to democracy and the rule of law, and the natural friendship between our peoples form the foundation of a proud and deep relationship between our two great nations.

16 Sep 2011 description

SG/SM/13803

« Alors que nous sommes confrontés à une palette extraordinaire de défis géopolitiques et humanitaires, à des turbulences sans précédent et à une grande angoisse liée à la crise économique et financière, l’ONU est plus que jamais nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins des populations. »

15 Sep 2011 description

In this issue:

  • Protracted Civil Unrest in Syria
  • Protection is main Humanitarian Concern in Libya
  • Central Asia: Earthquake hits Fergana Valley, 14 killed
  • World Humanitarian Day 2011
  • Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan sign up to the Regional Centre for Disaster Response and Risk Reduction
14 Sep 2011 description

14 Sep 2011 13:47 Source: Reuters // Reuters

  • Major military thrust in northwest began this week

  • Envoys pay respects to activist suspected of being tortured to death

  • Turkey toughens criticism of Assad

By Khaled Oweis AMMAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Dozens of tanks and hundreds of soldiers stormed towns and villages near Syria's northwest border with Turkey on Wednesday, stepping up President Bashar al-Assad's efforts to crush popular unrest and pursue army defectors, local activists said.

14 Sep 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN Commission Should Investigate Ambulance Shooting in Homs

(New York, September 14, 2011) – A merciless attack on a Red Crescent ambulance is the latest evidence of grave danger to humanitarian workers in the embattled Syrian city of Homs, Human Rights Watch said today.

The September 7, 2011 attack on the ambulance by unknown assailants injured three rescuers and the wounded patient it was transporting. The attack highlights the need for an on-the-ground, independent investigation into human rights violations in Syria, Human Rights Watch said.

14 Sep 2011 description
report The Guardian

Influence of financial players on agricultural commodity markets blamed for global food price inflation and hunger

Felicity Lawrence guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 September 2011 11.21 EDT Article history

The activity of financial speculators is overwhelming agricultural commodities markets, fuelling global food price inflation and hunger, according to new analysis from the anti-poverty group the World Development Movement (WDM).

14 Sep 2011 description

AFTERNOON

13 September 2011

President of Maldives: Recent Events across North Africa and the Middle East Represent a Defining Geopolitical Moment, Similar to the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, this afternoon told the Human Rights Council that recent events across North Africa and the Middle East represented a defining geopolitical moment, comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall, as the Council held a panel discussion on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests.

13 Sep 2011 description

13 Sep 2011 13:46 Source: Reuters // Reuters

AMMAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Syrian forces shot dead five mourners on Tuesday when they fired at a funeral for villagers killed the day before in the countryside near Hama in one of the largest military assaults against pro-democracy protests, local activists said.

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13 Sep 2011 16:27 Source: Reuters // Reuters

CAIRO, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Arab foreign ministers called on Tuesday for the Syrian leadership to take urgent steps to halt violence in Syria, where tanks and troops have been sent to quell five months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Read the full story on the Alertnet

13 Sep 2011 description

AFTERNOON

12 September 2011

President of Council Appoints Members of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Alleged Violations of Human Rights Law in Syria

The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its general debate and heard an address by Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict. The President of the Council also announced the appointment of members of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged violations of human rights law in Syria.

13 Sep 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11131

Sixty-fifth General Assembly
Plenary
118th Meeting (AM)

Secretary-General Commends President’s ‘Superb Stewardship’ of World Body,
As It Takes Action on Several Outstanding Matters Ahead of Sixty-sixth Session

12 Sep 2011 description
report UN News Service

12 September 2011 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today appointed three experts to probe alleged abuses in Syria, where the number of people killed since the start of the Syrian Government’s crackdown on protesters earlier this year has now reportedly reached at least 2,600.

Sergio Pinheiro of Brazil will chair the independent commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Syria since March, when the pro-democracy protests began.

12 Sep 2011 description

MORNING

12 September 2011

High-Level Dignitaries from Uruguay, Sri Lanka and Benin Address the Council

The Human Rights Council this morning opened its eighteenth regular session, hearing statements by the Foreign Minister of Uruguay, the Minister of Plantation Industries of Sri Lanka, the Minister of Justice for Benin, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and then holding a general debate.

12 Sep 2011 description
report UN News Service

12 September 2011 – The United Nations human rights chief today called on authorities in countries in North Africa and the Middle East going through political transition to exercise restraint and to take steps to prevent acts of retribution or revenge. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay noted that leadership in human rights requires a “particular and sustained” focus on situations where the old governing guard has been challenged but not yet ousted or replaced.

11 Sep 2011 description

The head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to reforms after a meeting in Damascus this weekend.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to reforms, the head of the Arab League said after a meeting in Damascus Saturday, even as Mr. Assad's regime continues a brutal crackdown that has killed thousands.