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19 Dec 2012 description

December 2012 | Peace Brief by Robin Wright and Garrett Nada

Summary - The Middle East faces even bigger challenges in 2013 than it did during the first two years of the so-called Arab Spring. So far—a pivotal caveat—the Arab uprisings have deepened the political divide, worsened economic woes and produced greater insecurity. Solutions are not imminent either.

11 Dec 2012 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above average cereal harvest gathered in 2012

  • Relatively stable domestic grain prices observed but high meat and vegetable prices contribute to increased inflation

  • Economic growth recovers but high unemployment rates, in particular among young people, remains a concern

10 Dec 2012 description
report European Union

Today, on 10 December, we celebrate Human Rights Day. Standing up for Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law is the silver thread that runs through EU external relations.

10 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

DOHA, 9 décembre 2012 (IRIN) - Au cours de ces 30 dernières années, les catastrophes naturelles, y compris les évènements climatiques extrêmes, ont affecté 50 millions de personnes dans le monde arabe, selon un nouveau rapport de la Banque mondiale. Le rapport spécule sur un scénario terrifiant de hausse régulière des températures de plus de 50 degrés Celsius d’ici à la fin du siècle, ce qui pourrait engendrer une cascade de catastrophes, selon les experts.

07 Dec 2012 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 13 November—03 December, 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.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

In Focus 1

North Africa 2

Northeast Africa 4

Horn of Africa 6

05 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

DOHA, 5 December 2012 (IRIN) - In the last three decades, 50 million people in the Arab world have been affected by natural disasters, many of them extreme climate events, according to a new report by the World Bank. The report projects the horrific scenario of temperatures regularly rising over 50 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, which experts fear could lead to countless more disasters.

05 Dec 2012 description
report Human Rights Watch

Repression of Siliana Protests Shows Need for Nonviolent Means, Training

(Tunis) – Clashes between police and protesters in the northern city of Siliana on November 27 and 28, 2012, injuring more than 210 people, highlight the urgent need to reform Tunisia’s security forces. The government should ensure that the announced independent commission of inquiry investigates any excessive use of force by the riot police during the protests.

04 Dec 2012 description

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée préoccupante en novembre avec la formation de petits essaims au Mali, au Niger et au Tchad et le déplacement de groupes d'ailés au Nord vers la Libye, la Tunisie et l'Algérie.

03 Dec 2012 description
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General Situation during November 2012
Forecast until mid-January 2013

03 Dec 2012 description

AI Index: MDE 30/012/2012

Amnesty International is deeply concerned by reports that as many as 300 protesters and bystanders have been injured by the Tunisian police’s use of excessive force in Siliana, a city south west of Tunis, during demonstrations on 27, 28 and 29 November. Protesters have been calling for the departure of the governor of Siliana, economic development of the town and the release of 13 detainees arrested during protests in April 2011 and who remain in pre-trial detention. Further protests were reported on 29 November as a general strike continued.

03 Dec 2012 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville

Location: Geneva

Date: 30 November 2012

1) Tunisia

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is expressing alarm at the current violent unrest in the Tunisian town of Siliana and urging the Government to ensure that security forces stop using excessive force against demonstrators. The High Commissioner also stresses that demonstrators should at all times avoid resorting to violence.

30 Nov 2012 description
report UN Radio

Ecouter

Des affrontements ont opposé protestataires et policiers tunisiens à Siliana et dans sa région où de graves violences auraient fait plusieurs blessés parmi des manifestants qui réclament le départ du gouverneur et de meilleures conditions de vie.

23 Nov 2012 description

Desert Locust threat extends to additional countries

In the past week, Desert Locust infestations have been reported in Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Saudi Arabia while increased activity occurred in Niger, Mauritania and Sudan.

22 Nov 2012 description

Extension de la menace acridienne à d’autres pays

Au cours de la semaine écoulée, des infestations du Criquet pèlerin ont été signalées en Libye, au Maroc, en Égypte et en Arabie saoudite, tandis qu’une activité plus importante avait lieu au Niger, en Mauritanie et au Soudan.

22 Nov 2012 description
report Save the Children

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19 Nov 2012 description
report UN News Service

16 November 2012 – Noting that the transitional justice process in Tunisia faces some serious challenges, an independent United Nations expert today urged authorities there to put human rights at the centre of their efforts in this area.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, welcomed the Government’s efforts to implement transitional justice measures over the last two years, especially in the areas of truth and reparations.

16 Nov 2012 description
report UN News Service

16 November 2012 – Le Rapporteur spécial sur la promotion de la vérité, de la justice, de la réparation et des garanties de non-répétition, Pablo de Greiff, a salué vendredi les progrès accomplis par le gouvernement tunisien pour mettre en œuvre des mesures de justice transitionnelle ces deux dernières années, en particulier pour la recherche de la vérité et les réparations. Il l'a toutefois invité à poursuivre ses efforts dans les domaines des poursuites et des réformes des secteurs judiciaire et sécuritaire.

16 Nov 2012 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

In Focus 1

North Africa 2

Northeast Africa 4

Horn of Africa 6

09 Nov 2012 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 23 October—05 November, 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

Inside this issue