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28 Feb 2011 description

Libya in Turmoil: 200,000 flee to neighbouring Countries

The uprising in Libya that began 17 February led to a crisis which is also affecting neighbouring countries particularly Tunisia, Egypt and Niger. The international humanitarian community was at the end of February responding in Libya, although at a limited scale due to high insecurity, as well as across the borders in neighbouring countries in support of the governments. Around 200,000 people, mainly male migrant workers, had fled the country by the end of February

28 Feb 2011 description

Since 1994, the European Commission has provided over €48 million in humanitarian aid to help the most vulnerable population groups in Yemen to survive conflicts, displacements and natural disasters.

Thousands of refugees from the Horn of Africa have also benefited from the aid.

28 Feb 2011 description

Over the past years, repeated internal conflicts and clashes (conflict in the north, secessionist movement in the south and terrorist threats) have disrupted the provision of basic services, including health care services.

Only about 30% of the 320 000 people internally displaced (IDPs) by the outbreak of fighting in Sa'ada Governorate in August 2009 have returned to their homes.

28 Feb 2011 description
report Logistics Cluster




1 Coordination

Two Inter Cluster Coordination Meetings (ICCM) took place on February 2011, one in Sana'a and the second in Haradh District. WFP as the Logistics Cluster lead presented the Logistics Cluster activities to the ICCM members.

28 Feb 2011 description

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

28 February 2011

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has considered the combined seventeenth and eighteenth periodic reports of Yemen on its implementation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Presenting the report, Huda Abdullatef Alban, Minister of Human Rights, said that Yemen respected human rights and dignity based on the equality of all its citizens who were respected without any distinction of race, age or colour.

28 Feb 2011 description

Campaigners today called on governments meeting at the UN to ensure no weapons or munitions are sold to human rights abusers.

The call came as delegates meet in New York this week to resume negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a legally-binding treaty to regulate the global arms trade.

"The killings and injuring of peaceful demonstrators in the Middle East and North Africa show the urgent need for stringent controls on a wide range of arms that are likely to harm innocent citizens.

28 Feb 2011 description
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Providing humanitarian assistance amid conflict has always been a dangerous and difficult endeavour; however, over the last decade aid worker casualties tripled, reaching over 100 deaths per year. From 2005 onwards the largest numbers of violent attacks on humanitarian personnel have been concentrated in a small number of countries representing the most difficult and volatile operating environments. Attacks in some of these settings have also grown more lethal and sophisticated and the number of kidnappings has risen dramatically.

27 Feb 2011 description
report Yemen Times

Ali Saeed and Sadeq Al-Wesabi


SANA'A, Feb. 27- For the fifth time, Al-Masdar online, an independent local news website, was blocked by the government last Saturday night, according to Yaser Al-Arami, editor-in-chief of Al-Masdar online.

Al-Arami told the Yemen Times that the website was blocked because of its news about recent developments in Aden, Sana'a and other governorates.

27 Feb 2011 description

Feb 27 (Reuters) - Here are details of some of the protests against authoritarian leaders which have already deposed the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt and shaken the Arab world.

LIBYA -- Armed rebels opposed to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were in control of Zawiyah, some 50 km (30 miles) west of the capital Tripoli, on Sunday.

Read the full article on Reuters-Alertnet.

26 Feb 2011 description

Amnesty International has received reports that security forces in Yemen refused to allow residents to take the injured to hospital after Central Security forces fired on anti-government protesters and bystanders yesterday when at least 11 people were killed.

Security forces fired on protesters from armoured vehicles, as well as attacking houses where protesters were believed to have been seeking shelter.

25 Feb 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Crucial That Rights Defenders Can Work

(New York, February 25, 2011) - The Yemeni government should bring to justice the armed men who attacked a guard providing security at a local human rights organization, Human Rights Watch said today.

The attack raised broader concerns for the security of human rights defenders at this critical time, Human Rights Watch said.

At 2 a.m.

25 Feb 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

At Least a Dozen Wounded in Shootings on Peaceful Protests

(Aden, February 25, 2011) - Government security forces opened fire on peaceful anti-government protesters in several areas of the Yemeni port city of Aden on February 25, 2011, killing one demonstrator and wounding at least a dozen others, Human Rights Watch today.

The security forces opened fire in the afternoon in the al-Mu'alla district as more than 1,000 protesters chanting "peaceful, peaceful," and carrying posters reading "peaceful" stopped about 100 meters from a line of approximately 100 …

24 Feb 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Sanaa, February 24, 2011) - A second protester died on February 23, 2011, from an attack by provocateurs on anti-government demonstrators at Sanaa University the night before, Human Rights Watch said today.

24 Feb 2011 description

GENEVA - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is greatly saddened to have learned this week of a tragedy in the Gulf of Aden in which fifty-seven Somalis are reported to have drowned when their boat capsized. There was just one survivor.

Fifty-four of those who died were Somali refugees, while the remaining three were smugglers. The incident happened on Sunday. The only survivor swam for 23 hours before reaching Yemeni coast near the port town of Bir Ali, some 400 kilometres east of Aden. As of late Wednesday twenty-three bodies had been recovered.

23 Feb 2011 description
report Voice of America

Suzanne Presto | Cairo

Reports coming out of Libya indicate government-sanctioned violence against protesters is intensifying during a widening revolt. The international community has denounced the violence, while Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has threatened death for anyone who takes up arms against him.

Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters in Rome Wednesday that there are credible reports that about 1,000 people have been killed in Libya's ongoing crackdown.

23 Feb 2011 description

Geneva - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is preparing to send a special envoy to the Middle East to assess national Red Crescent societies' requirements to cope with the massive social crisis that has spread across the region.

23 Feb 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Supporters Kill one Protester and Injure 38 in Sanaa

(New York, February 23, 2011) - Police allowed pro-government armed groups to attack peaceful protesters in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on the night of February 22, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today.

23 Feb 2011 description
report AlertNet

Source: Alertnet // Megan Rowling

LONDON (AlertNet) - The U.N. food aid agency is planning to provide 1.8 million poor Yemenis with additional food supplies for six months from May in an effort to help them cope with rising prices that are contributing to political tensions in the southern Arabian nation.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

23 Feb 2011 description

Amnesty International has today urged the Yemeni authorities to end its crackdown on anti-government demonstrations after two protesters were reported to have been killed in Sana'a.

They would be the first fatalities in the capital since the outbreak of unrest earlier this month and bring the total killed to 16, including 13 in the southern city of Aden.

The two protesters reportedly died after being shot on Tuesday night, when security forces, aided by men described by witnesses as "thugs", stormed a group of people who had set up a protest camp outside Sana'a …