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08 Jun 2018 description

President's address at the Human Rights Watch Summit

Switzerland is the birthplace – 150 years ago – of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions that followed. And while the ICRC still has its headquarters in Geneva, we are a truly global organization of 16,000 staff working 80 countries affected by conflict and violence....places like Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Myanmar, Colombia, Lake Chad.

08 Jun 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Asia in 2017. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). In 2017, 263 security incidents affecting NGO staff members, programmes and assets were reported. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information.

It is neither a complete count nor representative.

31 May 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Central African Republic

06-07 April 2018: In Bria city, Haute-Kotto prefecture, unidentified armed men forcibly entered the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) base, threatened members of the team present on site, and stole medical goods. On 09 April, MSF decided to partially suspend activities in Bria for an indefinite period. On 16 April, the organisation resumed its external consultations. Source: RJDH

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

23 May 2018 description
report UN Security Council

CS/13348
22 MAI 2018

Près de 90 intervenants, dont 5 ministres, ont pris part aujourd’hui au débat annuel du Conseil de sécurité sur la protection des civils en période de conflit armé, présidé par le Ministre des affaires étrangères de la Pologne, M. Jacek Czaputowicz. Après avoir brossé un tableau très sombre de la situation, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, a engagé les États Membres à prendre des mesures concrètes pour asseoir le respect du droit international et inciter les parties à tout conflit à adopter de bonnes pratiques.

21 May 2018 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2017, there were at least 701 attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients, and ambulances in 23 countries in conflict around the world. More than 101 health workers and 293 patients and others are reported to have died as a result of these attacks

09 May 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Aid assistance in Bangladesh includes disaster preparedness, sustainable development, healthcare and food security. Since August 2017 more than half a million people have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, joining more than 200,000 others who had arrived in previous cross-border influxes.

This country profile is based on the analysis of security incidents and concerns shared by nine aid agencies through the Aid in Danger project. It provides a unique insight into the environment in which aid agencies work.

12 Apr 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Central African Republic

05 March 2018: In Paoua town, Ouham-Pendé prefecture, and across the wider Central African Republic, fighting among armed groups continues to stall humanitarian response efforts. Source: Devex

07 March 2018: In Bangassou city, Mbomou prefecture, rumours of an armed attack in the city forced several unspecified NGOs to withdraw. Source: RJDH

18 Mar 2018 description

Operational summary

26-28 May 2017: Low pressure area formed in the Bay of Bengal and intensifies into Tropical cyclone Mora (TC Mora).

29 May 2017: Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) issues danger signal no. 10 in six coastal districts (Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni and Chandpur) as TC Mora approaches the coast of Bangladesh. BDRCS deployed its volunteers to support the evacuation of population to safe shelters. A disaster management information system (DMIS) update is issued.

15 Mar 2018 description
  • The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

  • Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

  • The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

06 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

  • 319,000 Children in need of humanitarian assistance (37% of total people in need)

  • 863,000 People in need (2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview)

  • 129,000 IDPs in Rakhine (2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview)

  • 107,000 IDPs in Kachin and Shan (2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview)

Highlights

21 Feb 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Burkina Faso

15 January 2018: Update: An Australian humanitarian doctor kidnapped on 15 January 2016 continues to be held hostage by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Source: aOuaga

Central African Republic

29 Jan 2018 description

AFGHANISTAN

More than 17,000 people have reportedly been displaced in Afghanistan in the past week. This includes more than 10,000 people who fled military operations in Chardarah district, Kunduz Province, and arrived in Kunduz City, according to initial information. Following an attack on the office of Save the Children in Jalalabad, Kandahar Province, that killed four staff members, the international NGO suspended activities across the country.

17,000 people displaced

PHILIPPINES

16 Jan 2018 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

» Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

» The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

10 Jan 2018 description

Myanmar occupies a special place among the different contexts where localisation has had a major influence on the way aid practices have evolved. It was the focus of one of the case studies during the research project, “More than the Money: Localisation in Practice”, that Groupe URD carried out for Trócaire.

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