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06 Jul 2011 description

Dentro de los grupos de población, las mujeres que pertenecen a minorías y las mujeres indígenas son objetivo de violaciones y otros tipos de violencia sexual, torturas y asesinatos debidos específicamente a su identidad étnica, religiosa o indígena, según el informe anual del 2011 de El Grupo Internacional de los Derechos de las Minorías (MRG por su siglas en ingles) presentado hoy.

25 May 2011 description

HELSINKI, Finland, May 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed a unique and moving series of regional dialogues with women that began in India last November and wrapped up in Finland this week.

The seven dialogue meetings brought together hundreds of women in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas and were aimed at giving refugee women a voice and an opportunity to influence change during UNHCR's landmark 60th year.

07 Mar 2011 description

plus a selection of articles on other aspects of forced migration

From the editors

Militia, freedom fighters, rebels, terrorists, paramilitaries, revolutionaries, guerrillas, gangs, quasi-state bodies... and many other labels. In this issue of FMR we look at all of these, at actors defined as being armed and being non-state - that is to say, without the full responsibilities and obligations of the state.

29 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

NEW YORK, 29 October 2010 (IRIN) - The consensus was "could do better" as senior government representatives met in New York to commemorate UN Security Council Resolution 1325, a decade-old commitment to strengthen the role of women in peace and security.

Ambassadors and government officials widely endorsed a Security Council decision on 27 October to create indicators to measure progress from now on.

"There's a need for the indicators so the UN can measure how many women are in peacekeeping, are mediators, and are in parliament across the spectrum," Mary …

24 Jun 2010 description

(Extract)

Senegal Adopts Disability Law

Senegal adopted a national law on the rights of persons with disabilities in May 2010. Drafted with input from disability organizations, the law aims at guaranteeing access to services including healthcare, education and employment. "We salute the spirit of partnership with civil society that helped bringing about this new text. Implementation will now be crucial to ensure this law on paper truly answers the needs of persons with disabilities, including mine survivors," said Mamady Gassama, of the Senegalese Mine Victims Association.

16 Jun 2010 description

UGANDA: JRS WELCOMES US COMMITMENT TO REBEL DISARMAMENT

Nairobi, 6 June 2010 - JRS has welcomed the recent introduction of legislation on renewing US commitments to disarmament of the rebel group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), and the reconstruction of areas affected by the ongoing conflict.

The 2009 Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama on 24 May.

01 Feb 2010 description

From the editors

The striking fact that for the first time in human history there are now more people living in towns and cities than outside them is not in itself a reason for FMR to be covering urban displacement. Behind that fact, however, lies the multiplicity of reasons why people have been moving into urban environments and the reality that for many of them it is not a matter of choice.

Relatively little is known about the precise numbers of those forcibly displaced into urban settings, their demographics, basic needs or protection problems.

07 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- For children living in peace, war is the stuff of fast-paced action movies or high-adrenaline computer games. Yet today, an astounding figure released by UNICEF shows that more than 250,000 children are fighting in wars and armed conflicts worldwide and witnessing atrocities.

From the "little bees" of Colombia to the "baby brigades" of Sri Lanka, boys and girls, some as young as six, have been transformed into small but highly efficient killing machines.

But what happens to child soldiers when the guns fall silent?

17 Jun 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

SUDAN: DEMOLITION LEADS TO HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

At the end of May, the total number of persons made homeless in Juba by the government policy of demolition reached 30,000, according to the Southern Sudan Rehabilitation and Relief Commission (SSRRC).

Dispatches was told on 12 June by sources in the southern Sudanese capital, Juba, that this policy is causing a public outcry as no alternative land or compensation has been provided for those made homeless.

The UN news agency, IRIN, reported that some of the people affected said they were not …

07 Mar 2008 description


Human Rights Council
MORNING

High Commissioner Says She Will Not Seek a Second Term in Office

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today presented her annual report to the Human Rights Council which was followed by an interactive dialogue. Ms. Arbour announced that this would be her last annual report, as she had informed the Secretary-General that she would not seek a second term when her mandate expired at the end of June 2008.

09 Nov 2007 description

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IVORY COAST REBELS PLAY DOWN PEACE PROCESS DELAYS

On 2 November, a spokesman for the New Forces rebel group, Sidiki Konate, dismissed international criticism over delays in implementing the peace accord.

25 Oct 2007 description

Maternal mortality was "one of the most serious human rights issues that we face today", said Paul Hunt, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, during a press conference at Headquarters this afternoon.

Every year, over 500,000 women died of maternal mortality, whether in childbirth or in complications relating from pregnancy, with 95 per cent of those deaths occurring in Africa and Asia.

14 May 2007 description
report Christian Aid

Introduction

A world struggling to cope with the largest enforced movement of people in its history. Tens of millions displaced, living in parlous conditions - their very futures threatened by the enormity of the problem.

That was the dire situation at the end of the Second World War, and Christian Aid - known at the time as Christian Reconstruction in Europe - was founded to help address it.

28 Feb 2007 description

(Extract)

VENEZUELA: VIOLENCE BETWEEN ARMED GROUPS TOO COMMON

On 22 February, violence between two armed left-wing Colombian groups, ELN and FARC, cost the life of a four year old girl. The incident, which took place in Apure state 10 minutes from the Colombian border, is believed to have over control of the illegal smuggling arms, petrol and cocaine believed to be worth 3.5 million euro per month.

13 Dec 2006 description

Will share strategies to promote security and more inclusive government and political systems

WASHINGTON, DC - Despite making profound contributions to stability, prosperity, and peace throughout the world, women remain severely underrepresented in governments worldwide. The Initiative for Inclusive Security, including the global Women Waging Peace Network is committed to increasing women's political participation in conflict and post-conflict societies.

23 Oct 2006 description

Oslo=5F(dpa) =5F Norwegians donated 190 million kroner (28 million dollars) in a televised fundraiser to benefit the Norwegian section of Doctors Without Borders, tallies said Monday.

The Norwegian section of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focused on "forgotten disasters" in its Sunday telethon.

Chairman Kristian Tonby told Norway's NTB news agency the funds would be used "where the needs are greatest."

20 Jun 2006 description

GENEVA, 20 June 2006 - While the global refugee population continues to shrink according to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, the number of people displaced within their own country remains at an alarmingly high level, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council warned on the occasion of today's World Refugee Day.

"Finding durable solutions for the millions of remaining refugees must remain a priority, but it is equally important to redouble our efforts to assist and protect the much larger number of people who have been forced to seek …

29 May 2006 description

GENEVA, May 29 (UNHCR) - UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), two leading organisations working for the protection of refugees, signed an agreement Monday which aims to improve the protection of displaced people worldwide.