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31 May 2010 description

Key Messages

- Food access is difficult for poor households, due to high and volatile prices.

- Armed clashes continue to affect food security conditions, while concerned agencies have major problems reaching population in need of assistance.

- An estimated 7.2 million are reported food insecure with concerned agencies highlighting a severe and alarming problem of hunger in the long term.

- UN agencies do not have sufficient funding to assist the population.

31 May 2010 description

The lack of updated information about food security is of concern to many countries, especially during and after economic crises, natural disasters, and conflicts. In this paper we present an analytical framework for assessing the effects of such crises on food security. This methodology can compensate for the lack of recent data in the aftermath of various crisis situations and thus provide important information to policymakers.

30 May 2010 description
report Yemen Times

Mohammad Bin Sallam and Fuad Mus'ed


ADEN, May 30 - Three soldiers were killed last Friday when an armed group belonging to the Southern Movement ambushed a military group and truck in Balah, Lahj, southern Yemen.

As a result, the security forces blocked the main road in Al-Habeelain, Lahj, and commodities, such as food and oil, have run out, according to locals.

Clashes between the armed group and the security force reached houses and shops in the surrounding area.

Merchants planning to sell their goods in Al-Dhale' and Yafe' were stopped, …

28 May 2010 description

Human Rights Council

Fourteenth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

I. Introduction

1. A targeted killing is the intentional, premeditated and deliberate use of lethal force, by States or their agents acting under colour of law, or by an organized armed group in armed conflict, against a specific individual who is not in the physical custody of the perpetrator.

28 May 2010 description

* Separatists ambush two security convoys, kill three

* Yemen tribes reconcile with gov't over air strike

* Tribesmen allow government to repair oil pipeline

SANAA, May 28 (Reuters) - Separatists ambushed two convoys of Yemen's armed forces, killing three soldiers and wounding 11 others, the Defence Ministry website said on Friday.

Separately, the Yemeni government reached an agreement with the kinsmen of a mediator killed in a pre-dawn air strike earlier this week, after a series of clashes with Yemeni armed forces, a government official told Reuters.

Two soldiers …

27 May 2010 description
report UN News Service

27 May 2010 - United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners are striving to continue providing assistance to more than 320,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in conflict-affected areas of Yemen despite limited funding and access difficulties due to insecurity, a UN office reported today.

Overall there are an estimated 342,000 people, including the IDPs, in need of relief in the five provinces or governorates hit by armed conflict in the country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

In Sa'ada governorate alone - the province worst …

27 May 2010 description

(London) A global justice gap is being made worse by power politics despite a landmark year for international justice, said Amnesty International today in its annual assessment of human rights worldwide.

Launching Amnesty International Report 2010: State of the World's Human Rights, which documents abuses in 159 countries, the organization said that powerful governments are blocking advances in international justice by standing above the law on human rights, shielding allies from criticism and acting only when politically convenient.

"Repression and injustice are …

27 May 2010 description

27 May 2010 18:02:49 GMT

* Tribesmen renew attack on oil pipeline

* Yemeni tribe, government agree truce which expires Friday

* Tribe wants those responsible for airstrike put on trial

(Adds new pipeline attack)

By Mohammed Ghobari

SANAA, May 27 (Reuters) - Kinsmen of a Yemeni mediator killed in an errant airstrike targeting al Qaeda blew up an oil pipeline on Thursday in the second such attack this week, a government official said.

The airstrike has provoked clashes between tribesmen and the army, stoking instability in Yemen, which is a focus of Western security …

26 May 2010 description

26 May 2010 08:30:43 GMT

* Central government faces toughening challenges to unity

* Southern separatists have little support internationally

* Analysts see deteriorating economy as root problem

By Raissa Kasolowsky

SANAA, May 26 (Reuters) - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh this week marked 20 years ruling a united Yemen, but has little to celebrate in a country buckling under the pressure of separatist, sectarian and al Qaeda violence.

Pro-unity billboards lining the streets of the capital Sanaa -- "Strength in unity and unity in strength!" -- serve as …

25 May 2010 description

Committee on the Rights of the Child

25 May 2010

The Committee on the Rights of the Child this morning opened it fifty-fourth session, hearing an address by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Committee also adopted its agenda and programme of work for the session, and a new Committee member, Azza El-Ashmawy, took the solemn oath.

Ms. Pillay noted that today marked the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

25 May 2010 description

25 May 2010 19:41:38 GMT

* Mediator had sought to persuade al Qaeda men to surrender

* News website says strike carried out by drone

* Tribesmen blow up crude pipeline linking Maarib to coast

* Kidnappers release U.S. couple, who arrive in Sanaa

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam

SANAA, May 25 (Reuters) - An air strike in Yemen targeting al Qaeda missed its mark and killed a mediator, prompting members of his tribe to blow up an oil pipeline in clashes that followed, a provincial official said on Tuesday.

Separately, a Yemeni government official said a U.S.

25 May 2010 description
report World Bank

Press Release No:2010/429/MENA

In Washington:

25 May 2010 description


The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to General Assembly resolutions 63/147 and 64/76 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2009/3.

The report describes the major humanitarian trends and challenges over the past year and analyses two thematic issues of current concern: operating in high-risk …

25 May 2010 description
report World Bank

Press Release No: 2010/430/MENA


24 May 2010 description
report IRIN

SANAA, 24 May 2010 (IRIN) - In a televised speech on the eve of Unification Day, commemorating the merger of northern and southern Yemen on 22 May 1990, President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced an amnesty for all imprisoned southern separatists and Houthi rebels in the north.

"On this immortalized national occasion, we order the release of all those detained on charges of rebellion in Saada and outlaws [southern activists accused of secession] in some districts of Lahj, Abyan and Dhalea governorates.

24 May 2010 description
report Yemen Times

Khaled Al-Hilaly


Depending on who he's speaking to, 29-year-old Abdulsalam Ismail Abubaker, will switch between fluent Somali, English and Arabic, impressing listeners with his convincing arguments.

In a meeting about the media coverage of refugee issues, he explained how stigmatizing Somali refugees with crimes and diseases like Aids, can affect their lives.

He started his speech by first expressing appreciation for Yemen giving Somalis refuge.

"We thank the Yemeni people for hosting us," he said in a calm and tactful way, "Yemen is …

23 May 2010 description
report Yemen Times

Fuad Mused

For the Yemen Times


ADEN, May 23 - Last Friday, security forces in Aden put an end to protests of Southern Movement supporters calling for secession from the north of the country.

Dozens of the Southern Movement supporters protested after the Friday sermon in the districts of Al-Tuwahi, Sheik Othman, Al-Buriqa and Al-Mansoora, according to local sources.

The protests coincided with celebrations in Taiz for the 20th anniversary of Yemen's unification in 1990, during which President Saleh announced an amnesty for all Southern Movement …

23 May 2010 description

23 May 2010 20:18:11 GMT

ADEN, May 23 (Reuters) - Clashes between Yemeni police and gunmen who had briefly held two policewomen captive killed at least one person on Sunday in south Yemen, Yemeni media said.

20 May 2010 description
report Yemen Times

By: Ali Saeed


A new information system, approved by the Yemeni government, is expected to improve transparency in Yemen's allocation and spending of foreign grants to the country. It also promises to speed up development.

At a conference in London, in 2006, donors pledged USD 5.7 billion to Yemen.