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31 Dec 2011 description

The “IOM MENA 10-month report” looks into IOM’s engagement in assisting migrants and displaced population since the start of the Libyan crisis to the end of 2011. Firstly, it provides an insight into Libya, reporting on the activities, operations and challenges faced in gaining access to the besieged locations and reach to the stranded migrants. Secondly, it analyses IOM’s response and activities in four of the Libya`s neighbouring countries, namely Tunisia, Egypt, Chad and Niger.

29 Dec 2011 description

Period covered by this Ops Update: 24 Oct. to 29 Dec. 2011.

Appeal target (current): This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 15,145,940 in cash, kind or services to assist 300,000 beneficiaries.

Appeal coverage:

73% based on the revised amount above. While has been a good response from donors and partners in terms of in-kind donations for the current emergency operation, cash support has been limited which discourages flexible and quick responses in highly fluid context.

Appeal history:

27 Dec 2011 description
report European Union

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, and Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made today the following statement:

22 Dec 2011 description

By Taha Zargoun

RAS JDIR, Libya, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Libya's new government on Thursday reopened its main border crossing with Tunisia after a three-week closure, after taking over control of the post from militias that had clashed with Tunisian security forces.

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22 Dec 2011 description

On December 19, a contribution agreement was signed in Tunis, whereby the European Union entrusted IOM with EUR 9.9 million to establish the preconditions required to support transition processes and promote sustainable recoveries in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

More specifically, under this comprehensive three year programme, which will commence on 01 January 2012, IOM will seek to address emerging migration-related challenges in each target country.

22 Dec 2011 description

le 19 décembre, un accord a été signé à Tunis par lequel l’Union Européenne a confié à l’OIM 9,9 million d’euros afin d’établir les pré-requis à l’appui du processus de transition et promotion du relèvement soutenable en Egypte, Tunisie et Libye.

Plus précisément, à travers ce programme de trois ans qui démarrera le 1er janvier 2012, l’OIM va œuvrer à relever les défis de la migration dans chacun des pays-cibles.

22 Dec 2011 description

AusAID, together with UniQuest and the University of Queensland (UQ), is helping to improve skills for dryland farming in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

Food production on dryland in African countries is particularly important to ensure food security. However, despite efforts to introduce more sustainable and productive systems such as conservation farming and agroforestry, African farming is still governed by traditional slash and burn techniques.

20 Dec 2011 description

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Here are the latest details of the revolts in the Middle East and North Africa and their aftermath:

EGYPT: Thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Some were seeking a new revolt against army rule and others celebrated the changes already achieved.

  • Military leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, accused of hanging on to power, defended the military on Tuesday and announced a partial lifting of a state of emergency.

19 Dec 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 13 December 2011: Can I begin by thanking all members of the AFET Committee for the support and involvement that you have shown over the last months. I am extremely glad that the Heads of Delegations' discussions with the Committee are going very well and I am looking forward to your comments on them. I can tell you that the feedback from each of them is universally extremely positive. I am also extremely appreciative of the outcome of the budget discussion; you have understood the very particular issues that we face.

19 Dec 2011 description

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Pier Sixty at Chelsea Pier
New York, NY

December 16, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. Well, if it ever were a secret. (Laughter.)

Thank you, Marc, and thanks to all of you for being part of this evening to support such an extraordinary, important organization that is relied upon certainly across the world, and that includes the State Department.

16 Dec 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Recent Political Prosecutions Show Urgency of Reform

(Tunis, December 17, 2011) – Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly should urgently revise laws to ensure freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary, Human Rights said in a report released today. Legal reform in those two areas is key to safeguarding the human rights of all Tunisians, Human Rights Watch said.

16 Dec 2011 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 06 December — 12 December 2011, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org

16 Dec 2011 description

Le gouvernement tunisien et la Banque africaine de développement ont officiellement lancé, le 14 décembre, le programme national d’alimentation en eau potable en milieu rural en Tunisie. L’accord de financement, de 183 millions de dinars tunisiens (95 millions d’euros) a été signé à Tunis, le 19 octobre 2011. Ce financement vise à soutenir le renforcement de l’accès à l’eau potable dans les zones rurales, une des priorités de la Tunisie.

15 Dec 2011 description

Jedi and Abdulkadir are two Somali refugees from Mogadishu who had been working in Libya for a few years before having to flee after violence erupted earlier this year. They both share the burden of exile and high hopes for a future that can erase their tragic past.

Despite a staggering age gap, Jedi Momal Iman and Abdulkadir Muktar Molim became good friends soon after they arrived in a refugee camp on a sandy plain in southern Tunisia earlier this year. Jedi, 40, and Abdulkadir, 20, had been living in Shousha camp since last February.

15 Dec 2011 description

TUNIS Dec 15 (Reuters) - Tunisia re-opened its two border crossings with Libya on Thursday after a two-week closure caused by clashes between rogue Libyan militias and Tunisian security forces, security sources and witnesses said.

The failure by Libya's government to keep order at the border crossings, vital supply routes for the Libyan capital, underlined the challenges facing the new leadership which took over from ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.

14 Dec 2011 description

The Tunisian authorities must allow asylum-seekers to enter the country through Libyan border crossings and give them access to UN officials to establish their refugee status, Amnesty International said today, after another group of asylum-seekers was returned across the Libyan border.

In the latest in a series of such incidents, on 10 December Tunisian security forces returned a group of sub-Saharan African asylum-seekers to their point of entry along the Libyan border.

13 Dec 2011 description

Executive summary

The North Africa region, made up of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, is economically and demographically diverse. These five middle income countries were generally on track in 2010 to achieving the health Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target by 2015, even if facing significant rural and urban disparities and gaps in coverage.

13 Dec 2011 description

Executive Summary

The complexity of humanitarian challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) historically derives from the pre-existing causes- the long running conflict, instability and displacement in the Middle East as well as vulnerabilities related to natural disasters and socio-economic factors in most parts of the region. The humanitarian consequences of the recent civil unrest have exacerbated the situation across the region especially for the most vulnerable with minimal coping capacities.

09 Dec 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Protect Universities From Threats of Violence

(Tunis, December 9, 2011) – The Tunisian authorities should protect individual and academic freedoms from acts of violence and other threats by religiously motivated groups acting on university campuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Both the university authorities and the state security forces will need to cooperate to protect the rights to security and education of students and faculty.