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16 Dec 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

31 October - 01 November 2018: In Batangafo town, Ouham prefecture, armed men looted and burned down three IDP camps, destroying them completely and leaving around 27,000 persons homeless. This incident prompted NGOs to suspend their activities at the IDP sites and forced some 5,000 IDPs to seek refuge in a nearby hospital. Sources: MSF, Reuters, RJDH and Thomson Reuters Foundation

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 416 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Asia between January 2017 and June 2018. 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). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

30 Nov 2018 description

Over 32,000 people have been temporarily displaced by fighting in 33 locations since January 2018, representing more than twice the number of people over the same period in 2017. Civilians have been displaced multiple times, increasing psychological trauma, especially for elderly people and disrupting children's education. There are now almost 106,000 displaced people in 172 camps in Kachin and Shan. The United Nations has not been permitted by the Government to deliver assistance to people in need in areas beyond Government control since June 2016.

30 Nov 2018 description

Of the organisations that applied for travel authorizations (TAs), all received TAs for field access in central Rakhine, albeit after submitting detailed and restrictive paperwork outlining their planned activities. The highest number of TAs were granted in Sittwe, Pauktaw and Mrauk-U. The most common TA duration is 30 days.

17 Nov 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

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01 October 2018: On Sulawesi island, the National Disaster Management Authority asked international NGOs to pull out and announced that it would only authorise certain selective forms of foreign aid. No reason was given for this decision. Sources: IRIN and The Guardian

15 Nov 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:

29 Oct 2018 description

Most organizations (96%) continue to receive travel authorizations (TAs) for field access in central Rakhine but only after submitting detailed and restrictive paperwork outlining their planned activities. Of the 22 organizations that applied, 20 had their TAs approved during September. The highest number of TAs were granted in Sittwe, Pauktaw and Mrauk-U. The most common TA duration is a month. One organization had its TA request rejected and another received no response from the Coordination Committee. As a result, a total of 38 staff (4%) did not get the field access they requested.

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 346 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Asia between January 2017 and March 2018. 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).

18 Oct 2018 description

More than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt today (Thursday 18 October) galvanised the support of more than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Burundi

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting protection of IDPs and refugees. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

28 Sep 2018 description

The latest tracking of travel authorizations as of 11 September underscores the unpredictability of humanitarian access to people in need in central Rakhine. While in July, 100 per cent of travel requests were eventually approved, in August, 82 per cent of humanitarian personnel had their TAs approved, while 18 per cent (172 people) had their TAs rejected, preventing them from accessing people in need. These personnel came from two organizations (one UN and one INGO) that had their TA requests refused despite complying with requests for additional paperwork.

28 Sep 2018 description

Over 28,000 people have been temporarily displaced by fighting in 26 different locations since January 2018. In addition to this temporary displacement, there are now 107,000 IDPs in camps/settlements in Kachin and northern Shan. The United Nations has not been permitted by the Government to deliver assistance to people in need in areas beyond Government control since June 2016. National partners continue to be able to access most areas but their access to people in humanitarian need continues to be complicated by delays and cumbersome procedures.

26 Sep 2018 description

Executive Summary

Shan State is the biggest of Myanmar’s administrative units. For convenience, this territory is divided into three areas (Shan East, Shan North and Shan South).

Building a Democratic and Peaceful Shan State

18 Sep 2018 description
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Africa

Cameroon

10 August 2018: In Bamenda city, Mezam department, Northwest province, an ambulance belonging to the Bamenda Regional Hospital was shot at by either national military personnel or Ambazonian fighters, seriously wounding a nurse, and slightly injuring the driver. Source: Cameroon-Info

Côte d’Ivoire

17 Sep 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). »

13 Sep 2018 description
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Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

01 August 2018: In Alindao town, Basse-Kotto prefecture, unspecified assailants killed an aid worker from a local NGO. His motorcycle was found heavily burned nearby. No further details available. Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and AWSD

11 Sep 2018 description
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Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

09 August 2018: In Rutshuru town, North Kivu province, militants from the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) attacked a group from the Norwegian NGO Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), kidnapping six of the aid workers before releasing them again later the same day. Source: ACLED

Nigeria

11 Sep 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Ravina Shamdasani 
Location: Geneva 
Date: 11 September 2018

Myanmar freedom of expression

A host of ill-defined laws has been used in Myanmar to exert control over independent journalism across the country, including in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, a UN human rights report on freedom of expression in the country has found. The report states that it has become “impossible for journalists to do their job without fear or favour.”